SummarySix Seton Families who welcomed us into their homes to share their homeschool stories in 2016 send Christmas greetings. Blessings on their homes and yours!
Merry Christmas from the Berquist family!
This year has been a challenging year for us, with Dad deployed, school, and activities, but through the grace of God we have persevered, our faith has grown stronger, and we have learned that joy is a choice.
This Christmas we wish all of you fellow Seton families the grace and perseverance you need for the challenges that will meet you this coming year. We also hope you choose joy so that your families may grow closer and stronger.
Have a merry and peace-filled Christmas!
9 Homeschoolers with a Military Dad. Loving It!’ December 2016
Merry Christmas from the Evinger family!
Dear Seton Families, we thank God for each of you.
It is a joy to be in communion with you as we all strive to give our children the best spiritual and academic education we can!
This past year, we have been blessed with new life — Amanda is four months pregnant — and we are truly grateful.
We have also enjoyed Mariam’s First Communion, and countless other blessings.
May the peace of the Divine Infant be yours, now and always!
‘Savoring the Gift of Seton: The Evinger Family Story’, May 2016
Merry Christmas from the Berquist family!
High school homeschooling is proving more difficult than elementary grades but with Seton’s online tests and resources, we are making our way through.
This season of Advent is keeping our gaze on the Christ child as well as keeping close in mind that Jesus will come again.
We want to be ready.
‘”Yes, They’re All Ours!” – The Owen Feature Family Story’, Nov 2016
Merry Christmas from the Boyd family!
What an exciting time is this time of Advent and Christmas, and what a precious gift from God, this time we have with family and friends!
Our holiday prayer for everyone would be to use this special season as an invite to a deeper relationship with God our Father. Use this gift of time for worship, thanksgiving, praise, and to focus on peace, happiness, love and joy.
May we grow in understanding and appreciation of our many gifts and blessings throughout the new year!
From the Boyd family
‘7 Ways the Seton Curriculum Makes Us a Stronger Family’, September 2016
Merry Christmas from the Sanico family!
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” (Luke 2:14).
We recently had our Advent retreat together with the Cebu Catholic Homeschooling Family and Support Group, a group of Catholic homeschooling families in Cebu,
Philippines and another Advent recollection with Elim Communities, a Catholic Charismatic group. Both activities were enriching and enlightening.
From our family to yours, we pray that you may find peace amidst the business of the season – the peace that surpasses all understanding, the peace that takes away all fear, and the peace that only the Lord can give. May your family find the joy of Christmas – Jesus Christ Himself!
‘Lessons of Life – 7 Pillars of Homeschooling Success’, October 2016
Merry Christmas from the Bissonnette family!
Happy Advent! As a military family, each Christmas has been different. We have spent Christmas in many different locations: Japan, Florida, California, and Texas.
This Christmas will be our first and last Tender Tennessee Christmas. In addition to their daily Seton lessons, the kids have been busy practicing for various Advent activities. With other co-op homeschoolers, they will sing carols and present handmade ornaments and cards to senior citizens at the YMCA and local nursing home.
They will all perform in the Nativity play at the chapel on base. Our oldest son will play the piano, and also fill the role of the Angel Gabriel. Our younger son will be Joseph. Our daughters will be a shepherdess, a sheep, and Mary’s donkey.
All of the preparations for these activities have helped to keep our minds focused on the reason for the season: Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We all know it is a special time to prepare our hearts for Jesus (even our little 5 year old)! We have been ornamenting our Jesse Tree daily. We listen to Holy Heroes, read a daily Advent devotional, and listen to daddy leading the Scripture readings each morning.
As for mama, I make time for reading an Advent book for women, praying, getting sleep, and taking a walk each day. I have made time for Confession, Adoration, and Communion as well, so that my mind and soul can find calm amidst all of the transportation, food preparation, teaching and training for the children.
Don’t think we’re perfect! We are blessedly normal. We pray that our sons don’t make burping noises while they sing to the seniors. We pray for our girls not to do justice to their costumes and fight like barnyard animals at the Christmas play.
We pray that we have the patience not to raise our voices at our children when they don’t pay attention to the daily devotion. We are grateful for another opportunity to prepare our hearts for our Savior this Advent.
For our family, it’s the most wonderful and busy time of the year, but it is all to celebrate Jesus. We pray God blesses you and your family throughout the Christmas season and may your days be merry and bright!
‘Prayer, Work & Play with a Homeschool Military Family,’ April 2016