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Issue #2, January 22, 2010

In this Issue:

  • From Laura's Desk: Do you have a passion?
  • A March for Life, 2009 Reflection
  • Homeschooling Tips and Ideas: Daddy-Daughter Ball
  • Read Aloud Review: "Ginger Pye" by Eleanor Estes
  • The Saintly Corner: St. Francis de Sales
  • New Product Announcements: C2 - More Customer Input
  • Our Favorite Recipes: Taco Soup
  • Used Curriculum Corner: Math, Grammar and Spanish books!
  • From Laura's Desk

    Welcome to January...a time of regrouping after the bustle of the holidays. It can be almost like starting the school year over again if you've had a "long winter's break" like some of us :)

    If you live in the north, like I do, then you have the drab, cold months of February and March still to come. Don't you agree that whenever you have something to keep you busy, this cold, dark time seems to go by a lot faster? So I ask you...

    Do you have a passion?

    If you have a hobby or collection or anything that you just LOVE to talk about, why not turn all that knowledge into a content-based website? I started my SBI site about two years ago and it has been a blast. It is always something I look forward to diving into.

    I love to talk about homeschooling; after all, it makes up a large part of who I am. My husband and I found SBI and thought it would be a great way to make some extra money and have some fun in the mean time.

    Don't get me wrong. It is a lot of work and the progress is sometimes slow, but it is so much fun to see how your traffic snowballs when you follow the right steps.

    Check out this page and see for yourself.

    As an added bonus this month, I thought I'd include an essay my daughter Amanda wrote after she attended the annual March For Life last year. Remember to pray and fast to end abortion!

    The evening of the March for Life, after the crowds had all dispersed, the sun had set and we had all eaten our dinner, the "Awesome Group" (my group) went on a tour of some of the many monuments of Washington D.C. The first one we stopped at was the Lincoln Memorial.

    After I attempted to take some photos, I strolled over to the side of the monument where the immortal Gettysburg Address is engraved in the wall. Leaning up against one of the towering columns, I read the words written so many years ago, soaking it in. I read it as I always have, thinking of the Civil War, when I came to the last paragraph. I gasped slightly and read the words in a way I have never read them before. New meaning leapt out at me and I re-read them.

    "It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced... It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

    I read them again and felt my eyes well up with tears. That was why we were there, why everyone there that day was in Washington D.C. Why there is a March for Life.

    "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us. That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain."

    President Lincoln was speaking about the soldiers, but in a way, he could have been speaking about the unborn. Those children gave their lives, maybe without a choice, but they gave them anyhow. I read somewhere once that everyone was created for a purpose, and that you will not die until that purpose, that mission is fulfilled. It is my belief that the mission of the aborted unborn children is to bring about the conversion of their mothers, to serve as an example to all those contemplating abortion and bring about their conversion, so that our nation and the world might someday realize and repent of the evil it has been allowing for far too long. During their short lives, those children were part of the Church Militant, they were soldiers too. Now that they are in heaven, they are part of the Church Triumphant, but they are still fighting with their prayers, so that not another child will have to die in the war against The Enemy.

    In the words of President Lincoln, "It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain!"

    We must continue the fight, those of us who were given the chance to be born, to grow up, to live our lives for the honor and glory of God.

    It is my hope that all you who read this will read that last paragraph of the Gettysburg Address, and then read it again and again. Then resolve in your heart to fight for the pro-life cause so that these dead children shall not have died in vain.

    Homeschooling Tips and Ideas

    This past month we held our annual Daddy-Daughter Ball. As usual, it was a wonderful event. The girls love getting dressed up in all of their finery. Even my husband dons a tux for the party. I had the honor of being able to attend this year for the first time...as the photographer. You can check out all the details on my Daddy-Daughter ball page.

    Read Aloud Review

    This month's Read Aloud review is written by my third daughter who chose the book "Ginger Pye" by Eleanor Estes.

    A Review by Teresa Dominick

    "Ginger Pye" is a cute book. It is entertaining for the whole family and the kids will love the adventures that Jerry, Rachel, and Ginger have together.

    Jerry Pye, like most little boys, wants a puppy; if only he can get one dollar. Thankfully he gets that one dollar with the help of his sister, Rachel, and is able to buy the puppy he has his eye on. Jerry names the dog, Ginger Pye. They have lots of fun with their dog until one day Ginger disappeares! What will happen next? Will Ginger be found alive? Who stole her? What's going on with the yellow hat? To find out...go read the book!

    You can go here if you're interested in more information about this book, or to purchase it from my Amazon e-store. Help me keep this site going by purchasing items through my store. Thanks :)

    The Saintly Corner

    This issue of The Saintly Corner takes us to January 24th when the church celebrates St. Francis de Sales.

    By Megan Dominick

    Francis was born on August 21st in the year 1567 at Chateau de Thorens, he was the oldest of twelve children. His parents Francois de Boisy and Francoise de Sionnz wanted Francis to become a lawyer and to carry on the family line. At the age of 12 Francis attended the College de Clermont in Paris, France. Francis was taught by the Jesuits. Later on he studied law and theology in Padua, Italy at the university. Not long after he had finished collage Francis received a message that told him "Leave all and follow me," so he had taken it as a call to the priesthood. His family was opposed to it, and he had refused a marriage that was arranged for him. But his gentle ways soon won his family.

    Francis was appointed provost in the diocese of Geneva, Switzerland in the year 1593. Geneva was a stronghold of Calvinist at the time. While there, his gentle ways brought many back to the church. He even brought his message to the deaf by using sign language. In 1602 he was made the bishop of Geneva. Francis liked to work with children when he could. He helped St. Jean Frances de Chantel found the Order of the Visitation.

    St. Francis de Sales died on December 28th, 1622 in Lyon, France. On January 8th, 1662 he was beatified by Pope Alexander VII, and on April 19th, 1665 he was canonized by the same pope. Pope (Blessed) Pius IX declared St. Francis a doctor of the church in 1877, and Pope Pius XI made him the patron saint of writers and journalists.

    Prayer of Saint Francis de Sales

    O love eternal, my soul needs and chooses you eternally! Ah, come Holy Spirit, and inflame our hearts with your love! To love -- or to die! To die -- and to love! To die to all other love in order to live in Jesus' love, so that we may not die eternally. But that we may live in your eternal love, O Savior of our souls, we eternally sing, "Live, Jesus! Jesus, I love! Live, Jesus, whom I love! Jesus, I love, Jesus who lives and reigns forever and ever. AMEN

    St. Francis de Sales, pray for us

    New Product Announcements

    Another exciting item that Site Build It offers its customers is something called C2. I won't go into any of the technical stuff, but what it allows us to do is to provide a "forum" of sorts that our website visitors can contribute to.

    My husband and I are in the process of mapping it all out, and we hope to have some of the pages up soon. One of the pages we plan on changing first is the Read Aloud page. Once C2 is up and running on that page, you will have a chance to share your favorite Read Aloud book with me and all the other people who come searching for great books to read with their family.

    I can't wait to get this going, as it seems like it will be a lot of fun for everyone. Check back often so you can be the first to participate!

    Our Favorite Recipes

    One of the challenges of homeschooling is finding the time and energy to provide your family with a good dinner every night. Recipes that are easy, quick, nutritious and enjoyed make it to the top of our list. This is one of our favorites, originally given to us by good friends and presented to you by my daughter Rebecca.

    Taco Soup

    Our family loves this recipe, it is so good that after your first time making it you'll want to make it again and again! We hope you enjoy it!

    2 pounds ground beef, browned
    1 small onion, chopped and sauteed in ground beef drippings
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper (reduce if you don't like spicy foods)
    1 1/2 packages dry taco seasoning
    1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
    1 tablespoon dried minced onion
    2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 tablespoon honey
    1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    1 quart water
    15 oz. can black beans
    16 oz. tomato sauce
    16 oz. tomatoes and green chilies

    First combine all the above ingredients in a 5 quart or larger crock pot. Cover and cook for 1 hour on high and reduce heat to low for 3-4 hours. Serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese and/or sour cream.

    Used Curriculum Corner

    I've struggled with how best to offer used curriculum that I come across. To keep an updated page on my website would take a lot of work. I've decided to try offering items through my newsletter and see how it goes. This part will definitely take some tweaking, so please be patient with me as I work all of the bugs out.

    For now, I will list items that I have in my own home that are used but still in good shape. If you are interested in purchasing them, you can contact me and we can arrange the shipping. The price I have listed is what they will sell for PLUS shipping charges. Of course, shipping will depend on how fast you want the items and where you live in relation to me. We can work all the details out through email. Hopefully this will be a win-win situation for both of us!

    If this goes well, I might consider listing curriculum that other people would like to sell. I'm not sure what the details will be yet, so stay tuned. For now, here are the items I currently have for sale:

  • Life of Fred Fractions - Used price $10 plus shipping. This book is in excellent condition, just a small whited out section on the inside front cover.
  • Life of Fred Decimals and Percents - Used price $10 plus shipping. This book is also in excellent condition.
  • Easy Grammar: Grades 4 and 5 copyright 1996 - Used price $12 plus shipping. Other than a bit of a bent cover, this book is in very good condition. No writing inside.
  • Easy Grammar Plus Copyright 1995 - Used price $12 plus shipping. Same as above, very good condition.
  • Power Glide - Spanish Junior Adventure Pack: 4 books plus 9 audio CDs - Used price: $30 plus shipping
  • If you are interested in any of the above titles, just contact me with your name, email address and which book(s) you are interested in and we will arrange for shipping.

    Remember, you are purchasing used materials. To the best of my ability, I have fairly represented the above mentioned products. All sales are final.

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    Until next time, may God Bless you abundantly!