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

 

Christmas Activities

Before the Christmas Vigil Mass it has become a family tradition to have a buffet style dinner with shrimp, cheese, and other munchies. After that, we get ready for our candlelight procession.

Preparations for this night begin the day before when we decorate our tree and then close off the Christmas Room. No peeking allowed! The room remains sealed until after our procession.

We begin by lining up, youngest to oldest, in our family room. Dad lights everyone’s candles and we carefully walk through the hallway towards the Christmas Room, being careful not to set anyone’s hair on fire. (Yes, we did have a brief accident one year, but I thought fast and put the fire out quickly. No one was hurt, but we learned that burnt hair stinks!)

This year, Sophia, the youngest, carried the Baby Jesus to his creche.. Joseph read the gospel account of the Nativity from St. Luke. And then the Christmas Room was revealed. After we entered we sang some more carols, including Happy Birthday, and then we began opening gifts.

Generally, after everyone has opened a few of their own gifts, we get ready to go to the Vigil Mass. We assist at a Traditional Latin Mass and our chapel is usually decorated tastefully and beautifully for the birthday of Our Savior.

Thomas’ First Christmas
The Christmas Room

Before the Procession to the Christmas Room

Josh and His New Sword
Sophia With The Baby Jesus
Singing Christmas Carols by Candlelight
Mary Catherine, Joshua and Therese

More Carols around the Baby Jesus’ Crib

Family Picture Time