Back-to-School :: 2020-2021

by | Sep 9, 2020 | Back-to-School, Giveaway, Schultütes | 116 comments

“The spirit of adventure was rising in them all, and no one really wanted to be back at school.” – Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis
… but they were all ready for their back to school treats! 

I was questioning my younger self yesterday, as I assembled this year’s Back-to-School Schultütes… “WHY did I start these little annual traditions all those years ago?!?” I just don’t have the energy I had when I was younger… However they really didn’t take that long to assemble, and the smiles on all my children’s faces made it worth the extra effort!

I’m in love with our new school supplies from OOLY. I happened to discover them at my favorite local store, Pilgrim’s Market in Coeur d’Alene, and had to get some for this year’s Schultütes.
I had to get her the little fox… 
Last week she chased off a coyote, saving all but one of our chickens. 

We also celebrated with Birthday Cake for our Blessed Mother ♥
..Back-to-School Pictures..

Twinkle Toes :: 12th Grade 
Chiquita :: 10th Grade

Snuggles :: 8th Grade  

Rose :: 5th Grade

Bud :: 3rd Grade  
Grace :: Pre Pre-School 😉 
“Mama! Where’s mine?!?” 

Our sweet little “Joy” was not too happy that her older sis wouldn’t share… 
A is for Angel (not Anger) 😉 
I also had a lovely new picture book for my children… 
… and a beautiful handmade wire wrap rosary from The Rose Picker to send to one of you! 
Update: For all those who are curios, the book, under the rosary, is my Roman Catholic Daily Missal (1962)
To enter the rosary giveaway simply leave a comment on this post! 
I’ll randomly choose and then contact the winner on September 14th. 
Thank you to The Rose Picker for sponsoring this giveaway!
**Giveaway has ended – Congratulations, Patricia!**
P.S.  The Rose Picker is offering 10% OFF ROSARIES until October 1, 2020 
with coupon code: SHOWEROFROSES


  1. Rachel

    Such a gorgeous rosary! Looks like a very exciting first day tradition!

    2020-09-09 16:59:48

  2. Nicole

    Beautiful! Prayers for a great school year

    2020-09-09 17:09:23

  3. Amanda

    Beautiful rosary, beautiful school traditions!

    2020-09-09 17:13:14

  4. Jay Boyd

    Such a beautiful family! I’m so glad you give us peaks into your life! And that rosary is beautiful!

    2020-09-09 17:16:37

  5. Krista

    Awesome new supplies. And that new picture book looks amazing!

    2020-09-09 17:19:47

  6. Rachel Siebert

    Such a beautiful rosary. I can't believe how grown up the children are getting. I've been reading your blog for years, and the girls have really matured into young ladies in the last couple of years.

    2020-09-09 17:24:03

  7. Brenna

    Would love this book!

    2020-09-09 17:26:53

  8. Bethany PK

    Beautiful family. Have a wonderful and fun school year!

    2020-09-09 17:39:04

  9. Sarah Mason

    Beautiful family! I've been following you for years and it is so neat to see all of your children grow. Thanks for the chance to win! I've been eyeing "A is for Angel" for the past few weeks. I pray that your school year goes well.

    2020-09-09 17:45:41

  10. Mindy LaPointe

    God bless on your school year. We also picked up the A for Angel book, it’s so lovely!

    2020-09-09 17:58:18

  11. Jolene

    I always enjoy your updates.

    2020-09-09 18:00:18

  12. Roxanne M

    Such a beautiful family and rosary! All good things begin with Our Blessed Mother. I enjoy your posts and have borrowed many recipes, ideas, and suggestions. Thank you for sharing your faith and family.

    2020-09-09 18:02:30

  13. Chrissy

    I love your site, please keep it up. You help me live my faith!

    2020-09-09 18:11:31

  14. Missy

    Beautiful children! Have a great new school year!

    2020-09-09 18:14:52

  15. Emilce

    Thanks for these great ideas on starting the new school year!

    2020-09-09 18:19:22

  16. Mary

    I’ve heard great things about that book!

    2020-09-09 18:34:15

  17. Charlotte(MotherOwl)

    Wow, I love that rosary. Shultüten reminds me of the year we spent in Germany, where I had to super-express make some, as it was a new to me tradition. – I think I'm not eligible for the giveaway, living in Denmark, but I just had to comment on this wonderful post.

    2020-09-09 18:42:00

  18. Ali

    Blessed school year

    2020-09-09 18:43:00

  19. Kristina

    Beautiful rosary! Also… those are some great ideas at the start of a new school year!

    2020-09-09 18:46:27

  20. Meleanie Schafer

    So incredibly beautiful!! I also LOVE the school photos and the awesome gifts for each of the children! Beautiful family!! Love your blog!

    2020-09-09 18:51:44

  21. Elizabeth A Leone

    Love your site. Your family is beautiful. Love the rosary!

    2020-09-09 18:53:38

  22. Gina

    What a beautiful giveaway. Thank you for the chance to win.

    2020-09-09 18:54:38

  23. Emily Snow

    Beautiful back to school pictures! The Rosary is beautiful and wire wrapped lasts forever. What a generous heart you and the maker have.

    2020-09-09 19:08:35

  24. Kenya de Jesus

    So beautiful ❤️

    2020-09-09 19:11:08

  25. Leslie

    Your blog is always inspiring to me. Have a great school year!

    2020-09-09 19:16:14

  26. Gina

    What a beautiful rosary! Thank you for having these giveaways

    2020-09-09 19:18:27

  27. Patricia

    I started giving Back to School schultutes to my kids a few years ago after reading about them here. My kids love that tradition. Thank you for showing that to me. I plan to start looking over your blog for ideas about St Nicholas gift ideas. Thank you for everything you do Jessica.

    2020-09-09 19:19:36

  28. Virginia Sheehan

    Blessings on the new school year. 💗

    2020-09-09 19:22:42

  29. Lisa

    Have a blessed new year of learning together! Would love to be blessed with such a lovely rosary!

    2020-09-09 19:24:43

  30. Eva M.

    You had me at “no one really wanted to be back at school“ lol! – you definitely can’t tell by looking at their beautiful, smiling and eager faces! Have a blessed school year!

    2020-09-09 19:24:57

  31. Jill

    What a great way to celebrate your first day!

    2020-09-09 19:30:14

  32. Alison

    What a lovely rosary! I consult your blog frequently. You have the best gift ideas for my Godchildren. Thanks so much for sharing your life and beautiful family.

    2020-09-09 19:30:47

  33. Teresa Brilhart

    What a beautiful rosary! Best wishes for a school year filled with wonder and grace!

    2020-09-09 19:38:39

  34. Andre

    Oh wow, that rosary is gorgeous! I love your posts and inspirations.

    2020-09-09 19:40:19

  35. Anna V

    Beautiful pictures & Rosary! 💖💙

    2020-09-09 19:41:37

  36. Toni Onks

    Your children are growing up so fast – as are mine! Such a lovely rosary. Thank you!

    2020-09-09 19:44:45

  37. Mary

    What a nice surprise for your kids. I homeschool my youngest three, but have never done anything like that. Wish I was a student like you. Your kids are growing up so fast. Your baby is beautiful. The rosary is beautiful too.

    2020-09-09 19:45:19

  38. Melinda

    Blessings to all this new school year!!

    2020-09-09 20:05:16

  39. Estrella

    Beautiful pictures. It’s nice to see all the joy. We are starting our 4th week of being evacuated from our house due to the devastating wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mtns on Aug. 18 (my mom’s 80th b-day). Just so, so much. But seeing you happy family bring joy and hope. 💕

    2020-09-09 20:07:32

  40. Emily

    So beautiful! Deo Gratias! ❤️💕

    2020-09-09 20:13:39

  41. Frances T

    You always have such great ideas for gifts! Thank you for sharing once again!

    2020-09-09 20:14:18

  42. AnnieMarie

    You create such beautiful memories for your children, and what a lovely way to begin the school year. Sadly, our first day fizzled, but that's not to say I can't make the days to come special…just need to find my energy…it's there somewhere LOL! The rosary is absolutely beautiful!!! My soul would delight in fingering the beautiful beads while saying our family rosary each night. Blessings on your new school year.

    2020-09-09 20:18:39

  43. Jennifer M

    I thought the "A is for Anger" book was a great follow-up to the little crayon war. : P I'd love to hear what your family is using for school this year. I think half of the things we use I first read about here on your blog. : ) I hope you all have a great school year!

    2020-09-09 20:23:45

  44. Bridget

    Schultutes have become such a wonderful tradition in our home for the first day of school! It's such a fun way to start a new school year. The rosary is absolutely stunning!

    2020-09-09 20:33:19

  45. Anne

    You have a beautiful family. I hope our school year goes half as well as your first day looks!🤣❤️ And what a lovely rosary. I’ve been trying to say the whole 15 decades daily. This world needs more rosaries!! Thank you for this giveaway. God bless you and your wonderful family. ❤️🙏🏼❤️

    2020-09-09 20:39:59

  46. Barbara Anne

    What a beautiful family tradition, Jessica.

    2020-09-09 20:56:33

  47. Melanie

    Beautiful rosary and book! Everybody is getting so big!

    2020-09-09 21:00:10

  48. Mimi G

    It's these little traditions that the kids will always remember fondly. As they get older, they'll realize and appreciate even more the extra work it took.

    2020-09-09 21:07:39

  49. Mary

    This is our first year homeschooling and I made a shultute for our daughter. She was surprised. The rosary is beautiful.

    2020-09-09 21:14:33

  50. Sarah H

    Great pics! Have a wonderful school year!

    2020-09-09 21:18:15

  51. Kimberly

    Jessica, I'm so grateful you blog/IG! Thank you for sharing!

    2020-09-09 21:19:10

  52. Jazlyn

    We just started our first year of homeschooling and are loving it.

    2020-09-09 21:24:32

  53. Courtney

    The book and rosary are both beautiful! I love the back to school traditions. So special! Do you have links for your older 2 girls dresses? They are so pretty!

    2020-09-09 21:25:54

  54. Amy

    So lovely! Thanks for the ideas.

    2020-09-09 21:30:05

  55. Melissa

    Oh I love this idea. I am going to have to use it next year. That book and rosary are beautiful.

    2020-09-09 21:32:13

  56. Grace Gagnon

    I hope you have a wonderful school year!

    2020-09-09 22:07:20

  57. Jamie Salvucci

    Would love that beautiful rosary! Blessings on a new school year.

    2020-09-09 22:22:22

  58. Rebecca

    Jessica, you’ve inspired me many times over the years, Thank you for continuing to show how homeschooling is such a continual blessing!

    2020-09-09 22:39:06

  59. Laura G.

    Thank you for the rosary give-away. So beautiful! I love the school photos of your children. God bless.

    2020-09-09 23:33:06

  60. Jessica Gordon

    Thank you!

    The green floral long sleeve dress was from Amazon: (Right now you can get some of the colors for only $9.99 – my girls wear the Women's Size S)

    Correction… It's the Short Sleeve that is really inexpensive at the moment:

    The other is the Reese Floral Midi dress in Mustard from JessaKae last fall, but it's not currently available.

    2020-09-09 23:34:26

  61. Grace

    Oh! Those schultutes brought back memories! We just graduated our youngest (twins) in June, but I used to scramble around the night before school assembling schultutes for my kids. And yes, I asked myself the same question every year!

    2020-09-09 23:34:29

  62. Laetare

    Back to school blessings to all of you! Enjoy those wonderful treats!

    2020-09-09 23:37:15

  63. Kathryn B

    A is for Angel is a beautiful book! Thank you for sharing so many ideas!

    2020-09-10 00:11:18

  64. Gabriela

    Hi ! Wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing! Just a question what curriculum, plan or suggestions do you have for pre-K homeschooling? Thank you!

    2020-09-10 00:30:17

  65. Megan

    Beautiful rosary! And thank you for the ideas, I’m definitely going to start the shultutes tradition next year!

    2020-09-10 00:32:03

  66. Frances

    The Rosary looks beautiful! You are doing an amazing job! Thanks for sharing, you are inspiring me.

    2020-09-10 01:18:31

  67. Diane

    You have a wonderful family. Have a wonderful school year.

    2020-09-10 01:49:10

  68. Elaine

    Beautiful back to school event. May the coming school year be very rewarding.

    2020-09-10 01:52:42

  69. Christal


    2020-09-10 02:01:54

  70. Tess

    Lovely family! Would love the rosary!

    2020-09-10 02:24:11

  71. Mary

    Have a blessed new school year. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

    2020-09-10 02:57:39

  72. Melissa Sebestyen

    Best wishes for your new school year!

    2020-09-10 03:19:56

  73. Jennifer Fagge

    You have beautiful children and wonderful traditions and make the Faith fun. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    2020-09-10 03:43:57

  74. Molli McG

    The rosary is lovely! Thanks for sharing – I love learning about new Catholic shops to support.

    2020-09-10 03:58:28

  75. Rocio

    It's nice to see another back to school post with your beautiful children. Your older two look so grown up now. This reminds me about the alphabet path 🙂 Good times.

    2020-09-10 04:10:34

  76. Debbie F

    I wish a happy, healthy, and blessed school year to you and your children, with special intentions for your college boys.

    2020-09-10 10:12:45

  77. Melinda

    Thank you for your blog, very inspiring!

    2020-09-10 11:09:24

  78. Rosemary

    Blessings to you for a good school year!

    2020-09-10 11:53:29

  79. .Elizabeth.

    Always an inspiration Jessica! To think of how many families you've encouraged to live our faith, it is remarkable. Have a blessed school year!

    2020-09-10 12:39:57

  80. Susan

    I love your back-to-school posts! Thank you for sharing your family with us! Yours is such a beautiful example of a lovely Catholic family, and the work behind the vocation of motherhood. So many special traditions that your children will never forget! God bless your school year!

    2020-09-10 13:27:16

  81. Jodi

    Many blessings for a fruitful school year! I always look forward to your posts because they are inspirational, and it’s neat to see how another Catholic family incorporates the faith in its daily living.

    2020-09-10 13:34:28

  82. Lara

    I always look forward to your Back to School posts! We started the same day this year! May God bless your academic year and your children❤️

    2020-09-10 13:51:11

  83. Sheril

    I love that you have these traditions and I’m sure you’re children will have fond memories of them when they grow up. You’re always so inspiring. The rosary is gorgeous as are you’re children. Have a wonderful school year.

    2020-09-10 14:28:12

  84. Alexis C Ellis

    Such a beautiful family! Hope your school year is amazing. The rosary is beautiful!

    2020-09-10 14:35:02

  85. Candice

    We just got A is for Angel as well. It's stashed for Christmas. I am in need of a new rosary. This one is beautiful! Have a good school year!

    2020-09-10 14:41:50

  86. Jeannie

    Beautiful rosary and family. Prayers for a great first week of school.

    2020-09-10 14:42:28

  87. Kimberly

    We have just started our second year of homeschooling. We are all enjoying the experience and blessings so much. Thanks for all you do, Jessica!!! You are a mentor to so many through your sharing on your blog.

    2020-09-10 15:28:29

  88. Jessica Saucedo

    You have such a beautiful family. What a blessing! I love the cake you got for mama Mary!blessings!

    2020-09-10 15:40:03

  89. Kathleen A Campos

    I laughed so hard when I saw "A is for Anger" lol. Adorable. The rosary is gorgeous!

    2020-09-10 17:51:27

  90. Lily

    I thought it read "A is for Anger"! Looks like a lovely book and stunning Rosary! Thanks for sharing.

    2020-09-10 18:17:07

  91. Marilyn

    Thank You Jessica for the chance to win this beautiful Rosary. Marilyn

    2020-09-10 18:35:31

  92. Joan

    The Rosary is lovely. Thank You for the giveaway. Joan

    2020-09-10 18:36:23

  93. Marion

    Have a great and successful school year . the Rosary is very pretty. Marion

    2020-09-10 18:40:33

  94. Wanda

    The cutest family!!! Praying for you all to have a blessed school year. ❤

    2020-09-10 19:21:50

  95. Marianne

    Lovely supplies! I added some to my Amazon cart. God bless.

    2020-09-10 19:35:56

  96. Ethan

    The picture book and rosary look amazing! Praying for another great school year! Stay safe! 😊

    2020-09-10 20:32:31

  97. Bernadette

    The children are growing up so quickly! I hope that they have a wonderful school year. God bless! 🙂

    2020-09-10 20:33:42

  98. Sarah Grignon

    Such a beautiful book and rosary. Happy school year to your family. Everyone is getting so big!

    2020-09-10 22:29:12

  99. Mary S Pinheiro

    Happy and blessed back to school! We started back up in July so I can take time off during Advent and Christmas with our new baby. I miss seeing your older boys in your photos. I hope school is well this year for them!

    2020-09-11 00:12:39

  100. Anne in NC

    Thank you for this generous giveaway and for sharing your beautiful family!

    2020-09-11 03:43:57

  101. Janice

    I came to your website when my boys were older so I have always thought I would try the Back-to-School Schultütes when I have grandkids…many, many, many years from now!!

    2020-09-11 15:43:54

  102. Amy T

    Our family has been following your posts for years now. My favorite tradition your family inspired in ours is the Christmas book collection! We pray the rosary nightly as a family. Such a beautiful prayer!

    2020-09-11 20:15:39

  103. Autumn Acosta

    Happy school year! -Autumn (missouri)

    2020-09-11 21:42:09

  104. Barbara

    Beautiful family!

    2020-09-11 21:56:11

  105. Jessica Gordon

    Congratulations, Patricia! You are the winner of the rosary giveaway! Please email me your mailing address and I'll get it sent out to you! God bless!

    2020-09-15 01:16:44

  106. Elizabeth

    May God bless your school year and your family.

    2020-09-12 13:52:45

  107. Shauna

    This is a lovely family tradition! Prayers for a wonderful school year!😊

    2020-09-12 21:35:50

  108. Debbie

    I really love your blog… and I get beautiful ideas for my grandchildren… thank you so much!

    2020-09-12 23:12:28

  109. Alyssa

    What a lovely rosary!! Also, i just want to say I love how your kids are dressed so modestly and stylish!

    2020-09-13 17:35:57

  110. Susan

    Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas and inspiration! The rosary beads are very special… wishing everyone a successful school year 🙂

    2020-09-13 20:42:10

  111. Adrianne Wieber

    Thanks for the inspiration. Please share where the dresses your older girls are wearing came from. God Bless Adrianne

    2020-09-15 16:41:58

  112. Stacy Wenderski

    I so enjoy reading your creative ideas, but even more love seeing your beautiful family!

    2020-09-18 22:58:35

  113. Demmma

    The Rosary is lovely. Thank You for the giveaway.

    2020-09-21 16:30:18

  114. Debbie

    Each of your children are so precious. You always capture their expressions so well. I learned about the Schultutes custom when I lived in Germany. It is wonderful that you have this tradition for your children. I do this for my Grandchildren too. It is a sweet custom filled with excitement for a new school year.

    2020-09-24 00:59:54

  115. Mia Del Rosario

    I came across your blog as I was looking for birthday cake ideas for my brother Joseph who loves the Hobbit. What I really found strange is that I saw the picture of Saint Therese on your page especially because today her Feast day (It's 12:08 Los Angeles time) I had just gotten off the phone with my Aunt to greet her in the Philippines. She is named after Therese (they are 16 hours ahead). We were in Lisieux a couple of years ago were blessed to have visited the Basilica as well as her home. I don't believe in coincidences. I'm so happy to have found your blog. It's refreshing to read about your family and something I really needed today. God bless you and your beautiful family.

    2020-10-01 07:11:53


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