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Noreen Claire

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  1. No and No. As baptized non-Catholic Christians, your marriage (assuming that neither of you was previously married) was legal to you at the time you were married and, as such, is already considered valid. You would not need to have your marriage blessed in the church. (You could *want* to have it blessed, but it isn't necessary.)
  2. There is a little corner store in my city that, from the outside, looks like a run-down market. It is so famous for its British meat pies that it has been featured on multiple television shows and people drive for miles to come buy them. I haven't been there since my Nana died - it might be time to go again!
  3. I was a non-practicing Catholic when, at age 21, I married another non-practicing Catholic in a civil marriage. We had one child. We divorced shortly thereafter. At age 34, I was a practicing Catholic when I married another practicing Catholic. My first marriage was considered invalid because I did not follow the rules set out for marriage between two Catholics. I did not require an annulment. My friend's mother divorced from her husband over twenty years ago. She chose to remain celibate in order to continue to receive communion, rather than get an annulment (he asked, she said no).
  4. Thanks for this. Several of the other books you listed were sent home with us from the librarian! I think I'll ask him to finish one other book first, and then he can move on to Order of the Phoenix. He does have three younger brothers, so it's not like he won't get a chance to re-read/re-listen to them again! Thanks, everyone.
  5. DS7 (he'll be DS8 next week) finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. DH took him to visit his grandfather this afternoon and they all watched the movie together. This is how we've handled the first four HP books with *this* child. Now, DS7 wants to start Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix immediately, to continue on with the story. I think that I want him to wait. Book #5 is where the story gets darker, beloved characters start getting killed off, and the action is scarier. Also, Harry is a bit of a miserable punk in this book and I'm not really interested in my darling child getting any hints on how to become a surly teenager any earlier than need be. He's mad at me for not letting him start it right away. The librarian gave him half a dozen other books, all 4th-6th grade reading level, but none of them as *dark* as Order of the Phoenix. He doesn't seem interested in any of them, yet. How do you handle it when your child is capable of doing the reading but might not be ready for the topics? Should I just let him read it? FWIW, DH hasn't read any of the books and defers to my decision.
  6. I have 10 emails, total. Four are 'unread', though I have read them. They are necessary for somethings coming up in the next two weeks. The other six include things that I would like to keep for future reference (I reread them occasionally). Everything else is deleted as soon as I am done with it, and I empty the trash regularly. Too many emails in my inbox make me anxious... ETA: I unsubscribe from things that show up in my spam file. I don't need that kind of stress in my life!
  7. Same issue here. DS21 is on depakote for seizures. We get it through the mail, so he gets 90 days at a time but, from every once in a while, they are a different manufacturer that the last delivery. I used to try to mix the bottles together to mitigate the problem.
  8. We rent out two condos (neither of which we've been able to sell, we don't want to be landlords). Tenant #1 (my old home) pays with bank check that is dropped off in my mail slot the day it is due (15th of each month). Tenant #2 (husband's old home) requires multiple text messages/phone calls/emails to remind him that the rent is past due. When he finally shows up, he pays with a starter check, usually post-dated. Last time it bounced. :cursing:
  9. I live in an average-sized city north of Boston. We have one library, with no branches, which owns its own books. I borrow through inter-library loan a lot. The consortium here is roughly 18 city/town libraries, only two of which have a 2nd branch in their own city/town. We can also borrow from the Commonwealth Catalog, so we can borrow from almost any library in the state (though, this is a bit spottier, takes longer, and you can't renew the item). Almost everything is returned to my own library, and they send it back to it's home.
  10. My recommendation would be to continue using the CWP book that you have, but work it out together. Solve the questions out loud along with him, and model your thought process to him. He will learn from doing it with you!
  11. They don't buy food for this school program - it runs entirely on donations. (I donate cash to other food pantries/kitchens for the reasons you mentioned.) They have a small list of items that they request, and I always include those (mac n'cheese boxes, oatmeal packets, granola bars, etc). I have had two students attend this school in the past, so I am familiar with its demographics. I am trying to send things that are gluten- and nut-free (we have allergies here, I know how hard that can be). This program send kids home with bags of whatever they have on-hand, so diapers, formula, and menstrual products are not useful in this program, because they may go to families that don't need them. I will keep an eye out for small soaps, toothpastes, etc. Thanks.
  12. I have a B.S. in mathematics, an M.Ed. in Math Ed, and have taught HS math for over a decade... for the life of me I *still* can't memorize 7x6, 7x8, or 6x8! It's like there is a hole in my brain where those numbers should go. It brings me great shame. :banghead:
  13. All I know is that, if a parent sends in a note that they need help, the kids bring home a backpack with food in it. I'm not sure if it is over the weekend or during the week. It is not over the summer. I don't think that parents can request certain items over others, they just get whatever gets sent home by the PTO volunteer that runs the school's foodbank. This school's food bank only gets whatever is donated by students/staff. I will add instant mashed potatoes to my list, thanks! I did buy several salt & pepper sets and small jars of cinnamon (with coupons, they were half-price). Also, corn bread mixes, individual packs of chocolate pudding cups (and plastic spoons) for kids to bring for lunches, and large cans of baked beans.
  14. Buying for the school's program has been a real change in mindset. When I shop for my family, I try to buy in bulk and/or get the best unit price. For the food program, I'm trying to buy so that multiple families can benefit and, more importantly, they have to be small enough packages so that kids can carry the backpacks home. I'm not sue I can do oil & sugar, but I can do salt & pepper, small seasoning blends, cans of stock, etc. I hadn't thought of shelf-stable milks to go with cereal and applesauce/fruit cups. I'll keep my eye out for sales. Thanks!
  15. Our local public elementary school has it's own food bank. They provide backpacks full of nonperishable food for families that ask for help. Every few weeks I try to cut our own grocery budget by about $20-25 and buy some items for the food pantry instead. In the past, I have donated: bags of brown rice & cans black beans box of pasta & can of pasta sauce (no glass jars allowed) cans of tuna (no mayo - it's expensive!) jars of peanut butter (there was a great sale w/coupons) boxes of mac n' cheese packages of cheese crackers boxes of instant oatmeal packs granola bars What else can I buy that is a combination of nutrient dense, filling, yummy, useful, relatively easy to cook, and not so expensive that I can't buy at least 5 at a time? I don't want to just buy random things that may or may not go together, and I don't want to just buy snack and/or convenience foods. Any ideas?
  16. Creak (like squeak). I'm from north of Boston.
  17. I have that book out from the library right now, along with the book she recommends in the 4th edition. Both are online used for cheap. Thanks for commenting - everyone else seems to have bought a 'curriculum', rather than follow the WTM plan. This is what we will most likely do.
  18. Anyone have any experience with NOEO Chemistry? I was wondering if I could just buy the $20 instructor's guide and get the rest of the assigned books from the library... Trying to do science on the cheap, IYKWIM.
  19. my town: $71, 392. the town a few blocks away: $34, 852
  20. This is my problem - I come from a public school background (I taught HS math until I DS5 was born). My experience was to figure out where the students needed to be at the end of the year and then schedule it. At home, this works for spelling, handwriting, history, etc, but it isn't working for *him* for math. I just needed help getting my head around the logistics of how to accommodate his needs. We aren't 'do the next thing' people. I am a scheduler at heart and he thrives on structure. I write out his daily assignments in a notebook that he works from during the day. Combining an easier topic with a harder topic looks like it might fit the bill. I will still have to schedule it, and write it out in his assignment book.
  21. This is the thing, right here. If he's doing something that is challenging, he's really excited and into it and wants more. If it's boring, he does the assigned portion of his work quickly and runs away. Currently, he's not being challenged. I'm not trying to force him to be ahead, I just want him working on something more challenging - something that is worth his time. We started doubling up easier/harder lessons yesterday, and he seemed pleased to be getting the easy stuff out of the way. We will take it one day at a time.
  22. Caedmyn, I feel your pain. From your description, I may be slightly more 'touchy-feely' than you, but only slightly. I *love* my babies but, when they get to be around 2.5yrs old, they start to get on my nerves a bit. I am not a touchy-feely person by nature; I was raised by non-touchy-feely parents. I am positive that *I* have sensory issues (noise, textures, noise, touching, did I mention noise?), and having five kids can wreak havoc on my nerves. (To be honest, I had these issues when there was only one kid. Five can be overwhelming.) However, I make a concerted effort to hug everyone when they need/want it. My 7yr old *needs* reassurance via hugs. The only time I won't hug him is when I'm nursing. That's just too much touching for me. *shudders* My oldest, DS21, doesn't look for physical affection from me anymore, so I also make an effort to hug him every once in a while, just because I know that he needs it. We do our best. Sounds to me like you're doing a great job.
  23. I had this same worry when I started homeschooling, even though my third son (now 4) won't start 1st grade until September, 2018. Then, what to do with boys #4 & #5? Since I'm a scheduler by heart, I made a spreadsheet. We will continue on with the history (and science) progression that we started with boy #2, and tweak the work load expected for each grade level. He's my spreadsheet (because I love spreadsheets and it makes me happy...).
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