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KINGSTONE – A Novel


51xN38O4IbLI am very excited to announce the publication of my first ever novel, Kingstone, a short fantasy story in the style of J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Hobbit. It has been some time in the making, and I am very proud to say that it is now available for purchase on Amazon, worldwide, as an eBook or paperback.  Please get yourself a copy and let me know what you think.


Synopsis

Elross believed that he was just an ordinary boy, no different to any other in the secluded valley of Anibar. But one night, an encounter with a mysterious stranger, who saves his life from a ferocious beast sets his feet on a path of discovery, about himself and the wider world outside. His whole world is soon turned upside-down, and he quickly finds himself surrounded by creatures he had only known from the bedtime stories his father had read to him as a boy. It is among this new world of marvels that he comes to learn of an enchanted stone which holds within it the possibilities of immortality…the Kingstone.


Get your copy on Amazon today;

Paperback: Amazon.com

eBook: Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, GermanyIndia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands,  SpainUKUS

The History of the Christmas Tree


61abwvvtr2blThe Christmas Tree – An extract from the book Religious Customs in the Family by Fr. Franics X. Weiser, S.J.

“…The first description of a Christmas tree with familiar features is given in a German manuscript of the year 1605. It was in the sections at the left bank of the Rhine that the tree developed, and from there it spread through of the country, slowly at first, but with sudden great speed from about 1800 on. It came to America through the immigrants towards the middle of the 19th century.

Considering these historical facts, it will be clear to parents how the meaning and message of the Christmas tree is completely religious. It stands in the house at Christmas time as a symbol and reminder that Our Lord is the “Tree of Life” and the “Light of the world.” Its many individual lights might be explained to the children as symbols of His divine and human traits and virtues. The glittering decorations indicate His great glory. The fact that it is evergreen is an ancient symbol of eternity.”

To continue reading buy the book from Fidelity Books, The Book Depositry or Amazon

More information about the history of the Christmas tree on ewtn.com;  The Christmas Tree: Legends, Traditions, History

Beyond the Mask


The leading mercenary for the British East India Company, Will Reynolds has just been double-crossed and now is on the run in the American Colonies. Working to redeem his name and win back the affections of the woman with whom he’s never been fully truthful, Will now hides behind a new mask in hopes of thwarting his former employer. As his past life closes in on him, Will must somehow gain the trust and the help of his beloved Charlotte – as well as Ben Franklin – while he races against time to defuse a plot of historical proportions. -via Koorong

A revolutionary new family film that brings history to life in a faith-filled adventure celebrating grace, liberty, and the true freedom that can only be found in Christ.
– Koorong

Dove “Family-Approved” For Ages 12 and Over

Please read the content review via Dove review Beyond the Mask

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How to create a waterfall braid


 

By Clare

Today I will show you how to create the waterfall braid. It is a braid that can look very complicated but, in fact, its fairly simple once you know how to do a French braid. I have even done it on myself (in picture no. 3). So be sure to try it out!

 

Items Needed: Brush or comb, spray bottle, 1 small hair elastic, bobby pins, hairspray {if desired}.

Time Requirement: 5 minutes

Skill Level: medium

  1. Begin by picking up a small section of hair where you want to start the braid {I started on the front, above the right eye}…
  2. Divide this small section into three strands…
  3. Begin a normal French braid.
  4. Do one complete stitch by taking the outside strands over the middle strand once…
  5. You now drop the right hand piece and let it fall out of the way.
  6. This is where it gets a little tricky… now pick up a small section of hair to add back into the braid and add it back as the right hand piece. You have basically just dropped the right hand strand and replaced it with a new strand in the exact same location.
  7. Now take that right hand strand and cross it over the middle strand.…
  8. You then add hair to the top strand {this is exactly what you would do with a regular French braid) and cross it over the middle strand…
  9. You have now just finished your second stitch of the braid at this point.
  10. Repeat steps 4-8 over and over again until you get to a point where you want to finish off the braid.
  11. Using the three remaining strands, create a basic braid down the remainder of the hair and secure with an elastic, or pin the ends underneath some hair to hide them.

Please leave a comment telling us what you think of this braid, if your not sure how to, click here: https://catholichomeschoolaustralia.com/how-to-use-this-site/

Mother Angelica passes away Easter Sunday


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On the 27th of March, (Easter Sunday), Mother Angelica, the founder of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) passed away, aged 92.

To read the life story of this remarkable nun and for program schedules for her funeral and other events visit the EWTN website.

http://www.ewtn.com/motherangelica/index.asp

“You must laugh your way to heaven, because tears won’t get you there.” – Mother Angelica

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Watch episodes of Mother Angelica Live Classics

 

He Has Risen!


Happy Easter!

“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling  clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.’ ” Luke 24.29

 

Hairstyles for Easter


By Clare

If you are like me I am always looking for new hairstyles for special occasions. So in the next week or so, I will post some hairstyles for Easter!

Items Needed: Brush, comb, spray bottle, 2-3 small hair elastics.

Time Requirement: 3-5 minutes

Skill Level: Easy

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Begin by parting the hair in the middle…
  2. Grab a medium-sized section of hair starting at the part line …
  3. Begin a simple 3-strand plait, only make one of the strands a lot thinner than the other two, {as you braid, you’ll notice a different look to the braid, which is fine}…
  4. Continue braiding the hair, until you reach the ends……
  5.  Secure with an elastic …
  6. Now, go back and gently pull a little bit the on the of the larger strands to loosen up the braid…
  7. Next, go to the other side of the head and repeat steps 2-6…
  8. Secure both braids at the back of the head with a small elastic…
  9. And your done!

If I get up to 5 comments on this post I will possibly film a video tutorial on the next hairstyle, so please leave a comment below letting me know what you think of this hairstyle.

Adventures in Odyssey


“Since 1987, Adventures in Odyssey has presented exciting entertainment that brings moral and biblical principles to life. The show’s memorable characters and situations are designed to ignite the imaginations of kids.

The adventures often start with grandfatherly Mr. Whittaker (“Whit”), who runs an ice cream shop called Whit’s End. Young friends from all over town come to Whit for advice, and his employees (perky Connie Kendall and genius Eugene Meltsner) often learn as much as the kids!”  via whitsend.org

Some episodes are available to listen to online at (http://www.whitsend.org/radio) which I would definitely recommend .

St Patrick’s day is coming up soon and Adventures in Odyssey have a two part episode about Saint Patrick which is done very well, and is available to purchase here: (http://www.whitsend.org/albums/31-days-to-remember/394-saint-patrick-a-heart-a-fire-1-of-2.aspx)

 

 

How much do you know about Lent?


Here are a few Lenten activities.

How much do you know about Lent? Take the quiz to find out.pdf(Click here to download)

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(http://www.catholicicing.com/free-crown-of-thorns-printable-for-lent/)

Lenten Calendar 2016

Chart of Fast & Abstance

 

 

How to do a French braid


By Clare

I got a comment asking what a French braid was, so today I will show you.

I like how there is so many different ways to wear a French braid with a side part, middle part, diagonally braided, or just straight down the head (shown in the pictures)

Items Needed: Brush,comb, spray bottle, 1 hair tie, hairspray {if desired}

Time Requirement: 2-8 minutes

Skill Level: easy

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Divide a small section of hair where you want the braid to start (usually at the crown of the head) into three even sections.
2. Cross the right hand section over the middle section. (The original right hand section is now the middle section).
3. Cross the left hand section over the middle section. (The original left hand section is now the middle section).
4. Grab a small section of hair from the right and add the new section of hair to the existing section on the right and then cross it over the middle section
5. Again grab a small section of hair on the left  add this hair to the existing section on the left and then cross it over the middle section.
6. continue steps 4-5 until you run out of hair to add in, finish the braid off with a normal 3 strand plait, secure the ends with an elastic.

And there you have the French braid!

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