Simple Homeschooler Mission Statement

This blog, Simple Homeschooler, exists to help mothers with their most important and sacred duty of being managers of their homes. Primarily this means creating a space where her family is loved unconditionally, while at the same time she encourages the family members to take daily steps toward spiritual perfection.

Simple Homeschooler and my First Communion. Create BIG memories.
This is me on the day of my First Holy Communion

our purpose as mothers

As humans we were created to know, love and serve our Heavenly Father in this world so that we can be happy with him in the next. As mothers, the education of our children, both spiritually and academically will help us attain our eternal reward, Heaven, because fulfilling our daily duties requires the sacrificing and unselfish commitment necessary to attain true humility. Each day we die to ourselves a little more and thus move closer to a life in Christ.

The cross and our homes

Embracing our cross means striving for only the best in our homes. From creating a cozy, relaxing atmosphere, to training our children, to supporting our husbands – Trusting in Divine Providence provides that every minute of every day we are granted the opportunity to embrace our crosses for the greater glory of God.

My intention for this blog is to help younger women in the spirit of Titus 2: 3-5. That is, to “encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”

What must we do to serve god

With that in mind, I will write about homemaking, specifically meal planning for large families and minimalism for controlling the clutter and creating a relaxing atmosphere. I will also write about our Traditional Catholic Faith, especially how to celebrate feast days and how to teach our children to love and serve the Lord. Finally, I will give tips on homeschooling. What has worked for us and also what has not worked for us, including scheduling, organizing, curriculum and resources.

i am here for all of you

I encourage all my readers of Simple Homeschooler

Simple Homeschooler believes children need to connect with nature and homeschool moms need a break occasionally
Getting out to explore nature gives everyone a much needed break

to contact me with questions or comments. I will endeavor to answer you each individually as well as address some of your concerns on the blog.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I pray for you all and wish you joy and peace as we travel the path of Simple Homeschooling.

~Leslie

 

Quick and Easy Large Family Beef Stroganoff

I often get asked for ideas on what to feed a large family. This recipe for Beef Stroganoff is a family favorite. It can be very inexpensive depending on your choice of ingredients.

What you’ll need:

3 lbs Ground Beef
1 Medium Onion
Small can mushrooms
36 oz of Egg Noodles (I used three 12 oz bags of Egg Noodles)
3 oz Tomato Paste
3 Cups Sour Cream (maybe a little more if not creamy enough)
2 tablespoons Better than Bullion
2 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp thyme
Salt/Pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Cook 3 lbs ground beef, chopped large onion, and drained mushrooms over medium heat.

Prepare eggs noodles in boiling water. Once done, drain and set aside in large serving pan. Mine is like this:

Drain excess grease from ground beef once it’s thoroughly cooked.

To the ground beef, add in 3-cups sour cream, 3 oz tomato paste, two tbsp bouillon, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and salt/pepper to taste. Mix completely.

Pour the cooked ground beef mixture evenly over the cooked egg noodles.

Serve.

Preparing for A Traditional Catholic Baptism

Matthew 28:19 “Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”

Scroll all the way down for a video of our daughter’s Baptism. She is now 12 years old.

Ah, the Sacraments! One of the best parts of being a Catholic!

Amanda’s Baptism 1997

And Baptism… well what better way to welcome a new child into this world than by also erasing all Original Sin and paving his/her way for life in Christ and as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ?

And so, it is with such humble gratitude, that my husband and I find ourselves again asked to be Godparents to a special new little girl that entered our world last week. I was supposed to have been on hand to help her momma give birth. It was a privilege I was very excited about and anxiously looking forward to. But, sadly, the flu finally found our home and I was one of the first to fall prey.

But, Deo Gratias!, labor was fast and easy and the sweet girl arrived surrounded by her parent’s love. And then, surprisingly, we were asked to be godparents!

So I thought I’d reveiw for my readers what it means to be a Catholic godparent?

According to fisheaters.com (emphasis mine)

“In the case of children, the role of the godparent is to be that of “spiritual guardian” who takes up any “slack” in the child’s catechesis, helps ensure that his godchild learns the Faith, and prays for the godchild throughout his life. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in his Summa Theologica III-67-8:

Now it has been stated…that godparents take upon themselves the duties of a tutor. Consequently they are bound to watch over their godchildren when there is need for them to do so: for instance when and where children are brought up among unbelievers. But if they are brought up among Catholic Christians, the godparents may well be excused from this responsibility, since it may be presumed that the children will be carefully instructed by their parents. If, however, they perceive in any way that the contrary is the case, they would be bound, as far as they are able, to see to the spiritual welfare of their godchildren.

This is a very solemn obligation, not one to be entered into lightly. Parents should choose their child’s godparents very carefully and select traditional Catholics who know the Faith, understand the obligations of godparenting, and are willing and able to live up to them. Parents and godparents should work together for the goal of helping the child to know, love, and serve God! During the Rite of Baptism, the godparents will answer for the child, that is, they will make the replies to the questions asked by the priest of the one to be baptized.”

Below is the baptism of our daughter Isabella. Our priest at the time was Fr. Hewko and he gives a wonderful explanation of everything he is doing.

Please keep our new goddaughter in your prayers (name withheld for privacy).

The Lonely Homeschooler

Have you ever wondered if you are causing your children to be forever lonely by homeschooling them? While some siblings get along just great, others seem to be the lone sheep in the family, constantly searching for a companion. A ‘bosom friend’ as Anne Shirley would say.

This article by Melody Lyons was shared to me by a good friend.

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A siblings ‘girls night’. Painting nails, face masks, hair styles, food and a movie.

In it she addresses every mother’s concern for her children. She affirms what I have been thinking for the past few years, ever since we pulled all of our children from our private Catholic Schools.

Melody begins with:

This article is written primarily for homeschooling parents who wonder if their kids will ever find true, Christ-centered friendships with someone of similar age… and also for those parents who avoid homeschooling because they are afraid for the same reasons. I will spoil the ending for you in this first paragraph but then you still have to read the rest of the post. The answer to your question is: Likely, but not certainly.” >>more…

This is well worth the read and I would love to know your thoughts. Either comment here or head over to my Facebook page.

~ Have a simply happy homeschool day!

A Catholic Guide To Minimalism by Sterling Jaquith

I’ve discovered a new author! I love it when that happens. Just when I think I’ve exhausted bloggers and authors that pertain to my own life, I come across a fresh face and a whole new world opens up to me.

Sterling Jaquith fits that description. Last week I created a quick post to let my readers know about the book Not of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism that is currently available for free with Kindle Unlimited. I hadn’t read it yet, but was so excited to come across it that just wanted to share as soon as possible. I still have not had time to read the whole thing, but I really like what I have read.

However, Sterling also has a YouTube Channel and podcast! Huge help for a busy mom!

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