Friday, May 20, 2011

Oh, To Be A Mommy

Oh, To Be A Mommy 

Dean’s cell phone rang. He and I were walking the isles of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania home school conference, weaving in and out of the crowds. “It’s for you. It’s Sophia.”

I stopped to catch my breath. Pressing the phone to my ear I said, “It’s Mom. . . What did you say? It’s loud here.”
“The doctor wants to deliver the baby Monday.”
This Monday?”
“Okay, we’ll be there Sunday. This is exciting.”

Joseph Charlton was born May 16th – two weeks early at 7 lbs, 2oz. to Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Englar. The doctor said he would have had a smoother time of it if the baby weren’t holding onto the cord. Baby Joseph was in my arms later in the day when his dad instructed 3 year-old William to touch a finger to the baby’s hand in greeting. When I watched Joseph wrap his tiny fingers (this time) around William’s, a tear came to my eye. The gesture symbolized the beginning of a friendship. I prayed that they would be the best of brothers for their lifetimes.

As if to mark the occasion, three boxes arrived filled with our Mother Culture® CDs. Nigel did a neat job with the jacket design. Although the company printed the artwork darker than was previewed, the sound quality is very good.

Would you like to refresh your outlook? Could you use some reassurance? This talk sympathizes with the busy, hardworking, self-sacrificing home teacher. It presents an array of tried-and-true ideas for safeguarding enthusiasm.

The principles of Mother Culture are invigorating. I illustrate each with an anecdote. The listener is invited to work out whatever principles appeal to her within the uniqueness of her personality.

“Many a truth is spoken in jest,” I think Shakespeare said. Turning the pages of my notes I uphold the majesty of motherhood, embrace the blessing of femininity, and move onto the funny side of things. Recorded live in 2004, I vividly remember that Friday evening. The audience was filled with married couples with whom I apparently had a rapport. I was quite pleased to hear their laughter.

There isn’t an ounce of info-mercial in this talk. I omitted even a mention of my books  (although writing is how our family earns a living). This makes the CD most pleasant to the ears of a parlor of ladies. I’d be happy to serve the sympathy. Will you pour the tea or coffee?   

To place an order for Mother Culture® CD

Send check for $10.50 to:

Charlotte Mason R. & S.
P O Box 296
Quarryville, PA 17566

(In U.S.A. CD is $8.50, shipping $2.00. In Canada CD is $8.50, shipping $5.00. Send postal money order in U.S. dollars.)

It was fun to be recognized (I wasn’t speaking) at the Harrisburg conference by readers who stopped me in the isles to introduce themselves. It was pure delight to chat face to face.

As we are soon to be out-of-stock I placed my talk (as of Nov 2017)  free on Youtube. 

Seeking to Minister,
Karen Andreola 


  1. I live only 2 hours away from Harrisburg...It would have been a blessing to have gotten a chance to meet you and chat for awhile.

    I did not know about the conference,may Our Lord will allow it next year.

    Congratulations on the baby's birth. You are now a grandmother. What a precious time this must be for your family.

    I will be sending you my check. It is a pleasure to read your books Karen.

    Embrace His blessings today,

    Mrs. M.

  2. Wonderful news about the arrival of Joseph! I think there is family resemblance in that first picture. Blessings to all!

  3. I would love to buy your CD and I can have it sent to my mom's in the state of Washington. ( I live in Canada) Could I send I think you call them a money order. Okay it is suppose to be just like money but it would be addressed out to you. If that is good please let me know. I would love to get one. I have followed your writings sense my 18 yo was 3 1/2 yrs old. [o=

    Congrats on your grandbaby! May you enjoy your time with your family. What a blessing.

    Blessings in Him<><

  4. Congratulations and blessings to Sophia, her husband, little William and new baby Joseph!!
    He is just precious, Karen.
    So beautiful, and Sophia's sweet and smiling face reminds me of the beautiful mother and child you have on the header of your blog.

    Happy to hear about the CD and I will be ordering one.

  5. Congratulations! How precious is the photo of mother Sophia and Joseph. Thank you for sharing these moments. I too will be sending a check in the mail for a CD. I have long wanted to hear you speak and now I can.
    Thank you

  6. Hello Ladies,
    Sophia and Andrew will be happy to read your congratulations and I am happy you are interested in my talk.
    Mary, due to my Canadian readers' prompt notification of their interest I refreshed the post with Canadian instructions. Overseas orders can inquire. May my talk be a blessing to you.
    Thank you,
    Karen A.

  7. Congratulations Karen and family. What a blessing to see the generations continue. I will be ordering a tape as well.I simply enjoy your postings so very much. Enjoy your stay with your daughter,may God bless you each moment you are together.
    Dawn E. Brown

  8. What a blessing to have another little one added to your family. He is beautiful!

  9. Karen,
    Congratulations! The Lord has indeed blessed your family! The baby photos are precious. How exciting! The first greeting between brothers was very heartwarming. It reminded me of when we trained our three year old how to handle his new baby brother. Every time Caleb went to touch the baby we said, “Gentle.” It wasn’t until a few months later that we realized we had created a funny situation. It was when Caleb introduced his new brother, “This is my brother, Gentle.”
    Tell Nigel, I love the cover.

  10. What a beautiful child! Happiness and joy to you all.

    I love newborn pictures. They are so filled with hope.


  11. Congratulations, Karen!

    He is dear, like William is!

    I am eager to hear your talk - Nigel did do a wonderful job on the cd case!


  12. Congratulations on the birth of a new grandchild! -such a sweet face!

    Is this talk available in digital format as well?


  13. Congratulations on the birth of this precious new flower in your garden of life.

    May the Lord bless Sophia and her husband with wisdom and understanding as they raise their children.

    Blessings to you and your whole family too. May this new Grandson be a blessing to all who meet him.

    PS The cd looks great. Check your inbox I am keen to order one :)

  14. Congratulations on the arrival of your new grandson! What a precious time this is!

  15. Dear Karen,

    My congratulations to you and Dean and to Sophia and her husband. What a blessing a new baby is indeed!


    Could you paypal an invoice for your new CD? Just wondering. If so my email is

    Blessings to you and yours!


  16. Dear Ladies,
    I read your kind notes while away. Thank you.

    Tiffany, my talk isn't available on a downloadable electronic format. Suzanne, we haven't set up paypal invoicing, either.
    I do appreciate your interest my talk, however.

    Caleb's "This is my brother Gentle," is funny. I'm always uplifted by "the cute factor." Thanks for the story.
    Karen A.

  17. I enjoyed your cd and loved being able to hear your voice.