The Dizzy Disciple

Who you are is God's gift to you. Who you become is your gift to God. As a homeschool mom, I am both teaching and learning everyday. May I always be a disciple who is unafraid to have her light shine!

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Location: Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, United States

I'm a Catholic homeschool mom with two daughters, one husband, and four cats. In addition to being the "teacher" at home, I teach weekly at our area learning center, as well as work at our local YMCA a few times a week. Occasionally I take to the stage and have some fun on my own!

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Another year of religious education begins...

Yesterday our parish religious education formation (REF) classes began for the younger grades (the older grades have got a week done already), and after leaving my position as one of the REF staff for the past five years, I found it incredibly refreshing to just be a catechist for a change. To be able to just spend time with the kids and get to know them all in a special way is something I'm looking forward to. I'm also blessed to have both of my godchildren in my class. Since both of my own are in sacrament prep. years--and also because I think they can benefit from a teacher OTHER than mom after all day--I chose 3rd grade because of my godchildren.

I'm sure you'll hear LOTS about the adventures of being a catechist during the year...but after being staff, it sure was nice to be able to just walk out and say goodbye to the new coordinator when I was done! I ask for your prayers for the year ahead; I've been entrusted with helping to nurture 21 little souls in their faith development, and I am confident that with God's grace I may make a difference without totally losing my own sanity! Mother Seton, pray for me!

Always the last to play...

Well, after seeing this meme on so many of the blogs I read on a regular basis, I finally decided to play the game...I think there may only be a couple of people left to tag who haven't played already, but I'll try!

1. Delve into your blog archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag five people to do the same.

The actually 23rd post was a game also, so I chose the one right after it...after a week of being out every night for either work or a meeting at church (have one preparing for communion and one for confirmation), I have discovered that months later, life is much the same...

"So often I have the kids all day and then say hello and goodbye when Ape gets home to head off to either work, school, or church."

In further reflection, I think I really rather like the title of the actually 23rd post, as I could use a small bowl of it right now...."WHAT, NO MOCHA CHIP?!"

Okay, I know I can tag my loving Ape husband because he hasn't had time to be on the computer at all in the past couple of weeks.
I also have to tag my best buddy Magou in Maine. (Don't worry if you don't have 23 posts, either...just pick the last one!)

Friday, September 23, 2005

Following Hurricane Rita through the blogs

I was just over at Minivan Mom's blog and reading about all the preparation they've continued with in preparing for Rita, and it hit me. The thing that drives me nuts about the weather reporters and the news is that it seems so STAGED....like the nut out holding on to the street pole so the wind won't knock him over....in a CAT 3-4 hurricane. Seems pretty stupid to me, but I guess it's about ratings. And then in reading the blogs of an online buddy from NW Houston, it all seems so REAL. These are people who are LIVING it...not trying to impress anyone, just trying to do all they can to keep their homes and loved ones safe.
They also gave some other Houston blogs in their post who will be updating as best they can. I plan on checking in with these folks on a regular basis to get a more genuine firsthand account....please keep them all in your prayers, along with the countless others who are getting ready to face Rita.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Happy First Day of Autumn

I love the autumn....I love leaves ablaze with colors, the smells of apple pies and pumpkin bread, the sound of geese flying overhead...and yes, I'm one of those wierd people that look longingly at my trunk, knowing that SOON I'll be able to trade the summer clothes for sweatshirts and later on sweaters. For those who are warm weather people, this is the beginning of the "season of dread" as I've heard it called to day. For me, it's the beginning of my favorite--and yes, all too short--time of year. I've never been a summer person....I prefer snow and cold to the heat and humidity that summer brings. I remember the two years I lived in Houston; I arrived on June 28, and walking out of the airport it was like walking into a wall of hot humid air. I was never so glad to get home two years later to the colder climates and change of season.

Some people think of fall as the time when everything dies. I like to think of it as the time that we crawl into our cocoons to change into something better come spring. More time indoors brings more time to curl up with a good book or spend more time reflecting. This winter I hope to re-read the biography of Mother Seton, as well as either Augustine's Confessions or perhaps C.S. Lewis.
I always try to read one good spiritually rich book in the fall. It helps me to look at myself and see what parts need to "die to Christ" over the coming winter.

For now, I will enjoy the cool, crisp mornings and try to ignore the still warm afternoons....I know those days are numbered! My darling Ape husband has an additional reason to like this time of year...with the weather cooling off, it means that mowing season is almost over for another year!

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A couple of anniversaries...

I'm still trying to figure out how the month has almost gone by and I've posted only a couple of times...I sure hope that I can find a little more computer time in the coming weeks!! This month marked my 15th wedding anniversary to my Ape husband...and for that I am forever grateful. I am amazed that it has gone so quickly, and perhaps more amazed--with the state of our nation's current divorce trends--at how easy the marriage has been. Not that we haven't had a few bumps, but for the most part, it's been a joy to be his human bride. I guess that's how it works when you let God do the choosing...

I also need to extend a Happy Anniversary to a couple of best buddies this month...one a fellow blogger from Maine, and another who I've come to love here in Nazareth. (Have a happy driveway dinner! :O))...

Finally, in looking back through my archives, I realized that I just passed my six month anniversary in the blogosphere. March 1, 2005 was my first post, and I have to say that I've gotten to know some incredibly wonderful women (and a few men) in cyberspace. Even though we may never get a chance to meet face to face, I feel so much love for so many of you...whether it be Houston, or south Jersey, or Maine, or so many other places. I also feel honored to be part of such an incredible group of articulate and intelligent individuals!

Friday, September 02, 2005

The big move to new bedrooms...

...or maybe a better title for the post might be "WHERE do we put all these books??" I came home from work to find that my Ape husband, along with the help of the Authoress and the Storm Queen had in fact moved the rest of the furniture to their new locations...quite a task! Right now they can find their beds and I have clean clothes in the laundry. The rest of the upstairs is just pile after pile of books...some are where they should be, and most will still need to be moved. I also have dust bunny retirement communities all over the place...it will be great for my allergies! Tomorrow we'll have to hit the dollar store for a couple of nightlights as the girls' old room had a dimmer switch, but the main part of it all is done.

I also went and turned in my work keys today--all but my actual office key, as I hadn't moved my stuff out yet. I did that tonight, and the car is full and THAT will have to be unloaded in the morning...but I am now "officially" done (aside from the many phone calls yet to come!). My new job is going really well...after three weeks I am now the senior person on my shift and will start closing the building next week. The guy who was supposed to work the later timeframe had been on suspension and didn't show the first night he was due back...needless to say, they'll be hiring someone new! Aside from the fact that the job is somewhat boring from time to time, I love it. The people are great, it's entirely kid friendly, and promises to help me get into shape to boot! I've been going to TOPS since January and have taken off about 30 pounds, but realized that for any real lasting effect and the remainder of the weight coming off, I really HAVE to work exercise into my lifestyle...maybe it will grow on me~ :O)

Off to bed....hopefully I can find my OWN clean clothes for morning!