Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.

Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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Simple Woman

Outside my window...
Sun and blue skies  but more comfortable in the 70s.

I am thinking...
about two relationships that I have with people I love and that I suppose love me, and the unfulfilled expectations I had in both of them.  From both I guess I expected a certain amount of companionship. Not hours and hours, but maybe a little every week or at lease some time in a month. One of these is with my eldest son who is trying to become independent and I certainly understand that, but as he still lives here I guess I never expected that he would leave while we were at mass, not leave a note, not call all day and then come home after we were in bed.  I guess I'm just never figured that we really would become simply land lords instead of parents. The other relationship is more complex but suffice it to say I'm no where near the top of that person's totem pole.  I've learned to cope. I don't nag, complain, or cajole - especially with my son. I've learned to ask or invite and then let it drop - both major steps for me. The next step is then to just let it drop out of my mind and feelings as well. I'm working on it. 

I am thankful for... the neighborhood kids going back to school this week!

From the learning rooms...we are going to learn a bit about Missouri but other than that we are really low key for a while longer.  I'm still recharging my batteries. 

From the kitchen...chicken pasta salad

I am capri pants and a rose knit top.

I am creating... a clean house - spring cleaning in August!

I am going... to be doing more cleaning and organizing and exercising!

I am reading...

Mary Poppins which is much, much better than the movie!!

150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know

Anticancer: A New Way of Life
(although personally I don't think there's much you can do about it - still it's worth a look.)

Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+La
The most intriguing homeschool book I've read in a long time!


I am meet a certain weight loss goal by the end of the week!

I am hearing... The air conditioner which actually masks the usual buzzing in my ears.

Around the house...see above!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Ditto above!

A picture I am sharing:
Izzy and Rosie at a recent High School Musical theater class they went to this month. 

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