Thanks to Lauren Gulde and Santa Clara Design, I have a professionally designed website. I won the free design in Santa Clara’s annual contest in honor of the feast of St. Clare.
Please take some time to look around and let me know how you like it. I have added a few pages that don’t have much on them yet. That’s my next project! And I want to revise my Welcome page too. If there’s anything else you’d like to see here, let me know!
If you have been following me through your WordPress Viewer, you will have to re-subscribe for that. WordPress controls it. But I’d suggest you subscribe by email as well, so you can receive exclusive deals and sneak peeks of my upcoming book. (I promise I won’t overwhelm you with emails. I much too busy for that!) Just click on the envelope icon at the top of the sidebar.
Everyone else (I think–cross my fingers) should now be on my new mailing list.
I will probably be ironing out some bugs for a while, so please be patient if something doesn’t work quite right. And be sure to let me know!
13 thoughts on “Welcome to my new, self-hosted blog!”
Thanks, Jenny! I notice your site has been re-designed too. (Sorry if it’s been a while. I haven’t visited as much as I should lately.) Isn’t it fun to have a new look?
yes, I agree..your site is clean, bright, invitingwith a sense of light, the Light of God
Hello – I am very glad I ran across your site. I downloaded and read your book from Amazon, ‘Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints’, and loved it! I am still moving around your blogs and reading your postings, but I find them very inspirational and informative! My daughter entered the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph last September, on the Feast day of St. Michael the Archangel. They are blessed with the FSSP Seminary nearby, and the Latin Mass! She just turned 19 last month and is thriving in Carmel! She had been telling us since she was 12 that she was going to be a Carmelite nun! Your site has helped me to understand and grasp Carmelite spirituality. I saw that you have a brother in Carmel in Wyoming. I have friends with brothers and sons there as well. What a blessing!! And I LOVE Mystic Monk coffee. It’s the best! I just wanted to stop and say hi and thank you for your blog, your book and your insights! God Bless!
Welcome, Melanie! My brother attended the seminary in Lincoln a few years back. The monks have taught the nuns there how to pray the Carmelite Rite. Blessings on you for giving your daughter to God!
Since you liked my ebook, I want to make sure you know I have a book called Trusting God with St. Therese due out this summer. I will be giving a free chapter to the subscribers to my email list in just a few months’ time, so make sure you sign up.
I didn’t know that the Monks taught the nuns how to pray the Carmelite Rite. What a blessing they are to all of us!
I have signed up for your email newsletter and very much looking forward to your new book! Thank you and God Bless! Happy Feast Day of our Lady of Lourdes!
I’m delighted to have you as a subscriber. Happy feast day to you as well.
Hi Connie. A friend shared a blog of yours with me and I really enjoyed reading it…it was my WORD from the Lord that day. I was wondering how I can subscribe to your blog and receive daily emails from you and your ministry?
Tanya, Welcome to Contemplative Homeschool. We can subscribe by following this link http://wordpress.us7.list-manage2.com/subscribe/post?u=21051e520360269fdf2c11252&id=334e3d307f.
Thanks and God bless!
I don’t know if you and others on here take prayer request, but I will ask anyhow.
My family once homeschooled and had strong faithful children. Our oldest daughter wanted to be a nun very early on. Then we experienced some “Spiritual Abuse.” Probably not surprising for those of us who have a Carmelite like spirituality. We also lost our home and and had to move, get a much less paying job, I had to go to work with poor health, and my kids have lost their faith. We also have dispersed as a family. The ones who moved out live in different States even to finish college. We are no longer very close. our 3rd daughter got into drugs for a period, and on and on. I felt for a time my marriage was not going to make it through all this.
So I have vented on a public forum, with hopes you will pray for healing for all of us. And trust in the way things worked out despite much prayer went into our moving to the place we lost so much. For me the losing of my kids faith is really what matters, though having to work ill is not easy!!
Holly, I am praying for you and your family. It is really hard when you pray for something good and God does not seem to hear your prayer–especially when the salvation of loved ones is concerned. Do not give up hope! Sometimes we need to be like Abraham, believing that God will raise our loved ones from the dead if necessary. God delights to answer the prayers of those who trust in Him, but He often purifies our trust for a long time before we see the fulfillment of our desires. Hang in there! You are not alone. Find a few special friends among the saints who can share your burdens with you daily. And feel free to email me privately too if you need further encouragement. crossini4774 at comcast dot net.
I just read your entry on motivating the phlegmatic child and am curious about what differences you had with the Bennett’s book (which you recommended but did say was not fully satisfactory).
The Bennetts’ book is the most comprehensive of all the good sources I have found yet for temperaments. Art is a licensed psychotherapist. But a few of the things they say in their book contradict my experience. Most experts say you can have a mix of 3 temperaments (or more). The Bennetts say that you can only have a mix of 2. While I think they’re right in saying someone who has two opposite temperaments (such as sanguine-melancholic) would be unhealthy, I find many people have a bit of a third temperament in them. I could not identify my temperament on the first reading of their book and I took umbrage at their suggestion that I didn’t really understand myself. I saw myself as a phlegmatic with strong emotions, which seems like an oxymoron. I felt that they were saying I must be bipolar. After my husband had a seminar on the DISC temperament system at work, he brought materials home. I found a temperament mix that sounded exactly like me. I was so relieved and encouraged! Then I was eventually able to see that I am almost a perfect split between phlegmatic and melancholic, and that some of the tendencies I saw as choleric were really melancholic. But I do have some choleric tendencies as well. That may be because my dad is sanguine/choleric and my mom is choleric/melancholic. So it may be learned behavior rather than temperament. But I still think the Bennetts oversimplify things when they say you can’t be both quick reacting and slow reacting. They don’t take into account the fact that different TYPES of stimuli may produce different types of reactions in one individual. Some things don’t bother me at all. Other things bother me greatly.
The strongest choleric tendency I see in myself is an urgency to begin whatever I am really interested in. I don’t think a phlegmatic would feel an urgency to do anything. I know from my husband that melancholics tend to hesitate and often never get started–either because they see so many potential problems that they decide it’s not going to work out, or because they’re waiting for the perfect circumstances that never arrive. When I really want to do something, I just forge ahead. Cholerics do the same. But maybe I am misunderstanding the underlying motivation to my behavior.
In short, I think people are more complex than the Bennetts’ book would have you believe, at least on first reading. I have gone back and gained a lot from it now that I have identified myself as phlegmatic/melancholic. One other point is that the other Catholic authors I have read say that most saints are cholerics or melancholics. That makes sense to me. And when I try to identify saints’ temperaments, most of them are one of those two. But the Bennetts say all four temperaments have an equal ability to become saints. I do think it’s harder for sanguines and phlegmatics and it is important to recognize that without writing such people off.
So there’s an answer which is probably longer than you wanted!