Friday, February 26, 2010

This is Getting to be a Habit -- Friday Quick Takes

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I didn't mean for a whole week to slip by, but although I find myself longing to check my e-mail during the day (even though it's not like I have a million important e-mails waiting for me even at the end of the day), by the time I get my nightly computer time, I don't feel like blogging all that much. In the meantime, life has gone on.

--2--

The most exciting event of the week around here was the ordination of a new priest in our diocese. It was exciting for our family, because the new priest has been the deacon at our parish and we've enjoyed getting to know him. It was also exciting and busy for our family, because my husband's schola sang much of the music for the Ordination Mass. And it was exciting and historically noteworthy for our diocese, because this particular priest was ordained under the pastoral provision and is the first married priest in the diocese.

We pray that he and all the other priests out there are guarded from evil.

And if anyone wants to throw in their two cents about married priests in general, they can do it elsewhere. Any snark and I will delete it. I do not see a conflict between asking men in the normal routine to take on a discipline of celibacy and also offering a special provision for converts who, when married, never had considered the possibility of the priesthood, but nonetheless felt called to serve God as priests.

--3--

School continues around here, and I daresay at a better clip than usual. I just ordered Math-U-See Zeta for the oldest and a new student text for Math-U-See Alpha for the five year old. The five year old is obviously the math genius of the family (or maybe not, but she really seems to have a great grasp of numbers and how they work). She whipped through the Primer book in no time and is ready to move on.

As for the seven year old, I'll be moving her to a different math program next year. I think it will be a better fit for her and will cut down on the competition if and when her little sister passes her by.

--4--

Speaking of homeschooling, I think I have decided on all the books I want to buy to grind a little knowledge into the heads of educate my children. I'll post a list eventually.

It seems as though I need new books (by new, I mean new to us -- I'm perfectly happy to buy said books used when I can find them) in almost every subject. The oldest, of course, being the oldest, needs new books because he is journeying into uncharted waters. The next oldest needs different materials than her brother used, because she is a totally different kid and what works for him does not, as a general rule work well for her. The five year old, however, only needs a few new things that fill in for consumable workbooks we've consumed in the past. Otherwise, she'll just be reusing what we have or coming along on the subjects I'm buying for her siblings.

When considered in terms of the cost of private school, homeschooling is a downright bargain. But books sure aren't cheap.

--5--

The baby girl is chattering up a storm these days. Often coming in to tell on her older siblings, although since the only word I can usually make out in her complaints is their names, they usually get off pretty lightly. Not to mention that an infraction to a 19 month old can be something as minor as someone playing with their own toys. She's lucky she's cute.

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Now that the week is almost over, the weekend looms large. Up this weekend -- cooking for 100-ish. A friend and I are making a brunch to celebrate our new priest's First Mass. I am hoping we don't have a lot more people than usual show up. First Masses can be a big deal, but on the other hand, as a convert, he didn't have a whole lot of people he wanted to invite.

--7--

Also on Sunday, the seven year old's First Confession. She's very aware of her sins, as she has informed me. If she can manage a little actual repentance that would be helpful too. I can't believe she's so old. And I have to come up with a First Communion veil next. Yikes.

More Quick Takes to be found at Jen's place.

4 comments:

nicole said...

Yea for a new priest! That is always exciting for a diocese, as we need so many priests.

I might need to look into some math supplements for my 2nd grader to work with this summer, so she doesn't lose skills over the break. We don't homeschool, but I know we'll need to keep some kind of school in their life in the summer.

mrsdarwin said...

Our 18-month-old is really starting to chatter, though I can't understand most of what he says. It's just that the patterns of babbling have shifted into word-like structures and intonations. Occasionally I have triumphs: I just realized that when he says "co co" he doesn't actually mean "cocoa" as I'd been assuming, but "cup".

We also have a first Confession coming up this Saturday. I worry a bit about her understanding, but I guess that will come in time. (And given that I'm the teacher for the RE class, I can tell that she's about on par with the rest of the 7 and 8-year-olds, so that's comforting.)

mrsdarwin said...

Our 18-month-old is really starting to chatter, though I can't understand most of what he says. It's just that the patterns of babbling have shifted into word-like structures and intonations. Occasionally I have triumphs: I just realized that when he says "co co" he doesn't actually mean "cocoa" as I'd been assuming, but "cup".

We also have a first Confession coming up this Saturday. I worry a bit about her understanding, but I guess that will come in time. (And given that I'm the teacher for the RE class, I can tell that she's about on par with the rest of the 7 and 8-year-olds, so that's comforting.)

Patricia Tryon said...

In Portland, a formerly Presbyterian minister was ordained years ago. He came with a wife, who was warmly welcomed, too. And lest anyone challenge the validity of such, the archbishop who ordained him was chosen by B-16 as his successor at CDF!

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