Category Archives: family life

Easter 2001 and my First Miscarriage

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! The thing each expectant mother dreads:  miscarriage.  It was the year 2001.  I started spotting on Good Friday. What a fearful sight!  This was my 8th pregnancy, but my first experience with a miscarriage.  I was scared, but I started working on an action …

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! source Today our family will light our first Advent candle – a purple one.  This candle signifies hope. As it says in Romans 15:12-13 12 And again, Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will spring up,     one who will arise to rule over the nations; …

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Kris Kindles – an Advent Tradition

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! We start Kris Kindles (KK’s) today, the first day of Advent. This literally means “Christ Child”.  We choose names from a bowl and treat that person as the Christ Child for the Christmas season.  This is our gift to Christ on his birthday – …

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Jesse Tree – an Advent Tradition

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! The first Sunday of Advent is the day to start the Jesse Tree. What is the Jesse Tree?  Jesse was the father of King David in the bible.  Jesus was born of the line of David.  So the Jesse Tree is a compilation of …

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Praying with a Baby and Littles

Hi!  I’m Melina, mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! I recently encountered the question in a Catholic Mothers’ Facebook group, “What kind of shape does your prayer time take when you have your baby & littles around?” I didn’t have to think long to come up with my answer. We’ve always prayed a rosary …

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Morning Prayer

  Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2! I wake up in the mornings and I immediately start thinking of all the things that need to get completed that day.  I’m making lists in my head, then transferring them onto paper…first, so that I can prioritize and second, so I don’t …

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Empty Rooms but a Full Heart

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11, and Grandmelina to 2! Yesterday I got a call from a 2 1/2 year old.  After a little coaxing, I had a conversation about jumping on the bed.  It lasted approximately 2 minutes before my granddaughter hung up the phone.  And her mom had no idea the rascal …

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Our Lady of Fatima – May 13th

Click HERE to get your copy of the above colouring page. May 13th, 1917, in the middle of World War I, Mary appeared to 3 shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal – Lucia and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco.  Appearing six times, Mary stressed the importance of praying the rosary. On May 13th, 1981, on the Feast …

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A Mother’s Challenge – Letting Go and Letting God

Hi!  I’m Melina, a homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 1 (and a half!). Today is the day I have to let go and let God, because this is the day I have to sit back and let one of my kids live with the consequences of his actions. He left for college with …

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Lent – a Time for Spiritual Growth

We grow spiritually when we pray, when we fast, and when we give alms.  This Lent we should aim to grow in each of these areas.  Here are some ideas to get you started: Start off Ash Wednesday with a day of fasting and abstinence Plan to fast from one of your favourite foods for …

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