It's been extremely quite around here hasn't it?! We're still alive and kicking, but life as we know it has been quite the roller coaster! Between health issues, a new baby, self employment and large family logistics, we've definitely had our plate full! It's been quite the ride for the past couple of years, but it looks as though we can see the rainbow at the end of the storm!
I've been working on designing a new blog where I will share our family adventures and my love for all things design. In the meantime, take a peek at what we've been up to with our children and our family music group, Cielito Lindo!
I'm sharing some inspirational blogs and ideas to get you ready for Lent with your little ones!
My children look forward to the Advent and Lent seasons, as they are times for family traditions and spiritual growth. I'll be honest, as a kid, I didn't look forward to Lent and I didn't really even know what Advent was. In comparison, my own children cannot wait for Advent and Lent, and I'm really glad for it. I feel blessed that I am able to be a stay at home mother, and share the beauty and richness of our Catholic faith with my children. One forum where the ladies never cease to inspire me is the 4 Real Learning forum. I especially visit the discussions under the heading: Domestic Church, for ideas and inspiration in celebrating the Liturgical year in our home. Through this forum I've found wonderful bloggers such as Meredith at Sweetness and Light, Jessica at Shower of Roses, Lena at Joy Filled Family, Lacy at Catholic Icing, Charlotte at Waltzing Matilda,Jen atWildflowers & Marbles, Anne at Under Her Starry Mantle, and Jennifer at Family in Feast and Feria, and so many more that inspire me. You can check out their blogs to see ideas on how their family observes Lent in their home.
"Mami, is Lent when the frijoles turn into jelly beans?" -My son
The sacrifice jar is almost out! That means that Lent is just around the corner and for the duration my children can earn these:
And on Easter morning their sacrifices will turn into the sweetness of these:
This is one of the many things we do to show the children that we are on a 40 day journey with Jesus during Lent. At the end, there is the joy and sweetness of Easter. The grit before the glory, the pinto bean before the jelly bean!
Some people color their beans purple because that is the Liturgical color of the season. We however, have found that purple colored pinto beans are a bit too tempting for little ones! ;)
Daily readings from the book: A Family Journey with Jesus through Lent. The kids absolutely LOVE this book from Catholic Child, as it speaks from both the perspective of a child living during the time of Jesus, and from Jesus giving a special message to the children. There is also a "Scripture Memory Verse" for each story, and my children love to repeat it and see if they can memorize it.
We are using these 8x10 posters of Vincentini's depiction of the Stations of the Cross to meditate on our Lords Passion along with a Stations of the Cross for Children type book. After each station we sing the Stabat Mater, you can hear the verses on this DVD carried by Catholic Child, "The Way of the Cross for Children". Here are a few verses of the Stabat Mater that particularly tug at my heart strings:
"Can the human heart refrain From partaking in her pain, In that Mother's pain untold?
Bruis'd, derided, curs'd, defil'd, She beheld her tender child All with bloody scourges rent.
For the sins of His own nation, Saw Him hang in desolation, Till His spirit forth He sent."
Along with all the activities above, we are also keeping a sacrifice jar. Every time the children make a genuine sacrifice and offer it up to God we put a bean into the jar. On Easter morning, all of the beans will have turned into jelly beans! The sweet reward after all the sacrifice during Lent!
Check out this great idea called "40 bags in 40 Days" blogged by Jessica at Shower of Roses. It is a great way to involve the family in making a sacrifice to detach yourselves of material things, and reduce the clutter while doing. If you can donate your stuff to someone in need, than Great! Even better! Also be sure to check out Jessica's "Jesus Tree" posts with daily scripture readings and ideas.Finally, Check out Holy Heroes Lenten Adventure. The kids will be sure to love the videos, games, coloring sheets and ideas! Our kids love listening to their Stations of the Cross CD as well as the Sorrowful Mysteries, especially during Lent.
Have a Holy Lent!
Want to teach your little one's about the Catholic faith the Montessori way? Check out Elizabeth Papandrea's Catholic Montessori album!
For years I've had a business idea I thought would be fabulous, but the reality of having so many projects and being busy with my children, I think perhaps this idea could be better off in someone else's hands. So if anyone is interested, I am considering the sale of my two domains:
catholicprintables.com and catholickidsprintables.com
Feel free to shoot an email to montessoricandy at gmail dot com if you are interested in making an offer on these domains!
Yay! Catholic Child is now on Facebook! Since Catholic Child specializes in products ranging from tots to teens, when I'm specifically shopping for my kiddos, it makes it a lot easier for this busy mama of 7 (Yes 7 now!) to find great Catholic gifts and resources directly catering to us. And let me tell you! Every moment counts for our busy family, so I really love having a go-to company where I know I can easily find something both me and my kids will love. I'm very particular about what goes into our home, especially with our children's books and play things, so I really like that the family behind Catholic Child has a Montessori connection with their children having attended Montessori school.
Speaking of being particular! I'm particularly eyeing this lovely book that I found on this lovely article: Fostering a Lifestyle of Faith. Doesn't it look cute?! I think we're going to have to add this one to our must have list!
I've been pretty busy getting ready to start school and working from home as a marketing consultant, managing social media and writing copy and content for a few companies! Since I have a lot going on right now, I thought I'd repost some oldies, but goodies! I hope everyone is doing great and that you have a wonderful start to the new school year!!!
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Stephanie over at Discovery Days and Montessori Moments has shared some lovely pictures of her local Catechesis of the Good Shepherd atrium. Get inspired and check out the rest of her wonderful blog while you're there.
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