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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My Dearest Daughter

I'm kind of taking a break from the letters until next week or so, but wanted to share some old family photos of my mother with her brother, father (my grandfather) and the main letter writer for the My Dearest Daughter Series, my grandmother.

My mother holding hands with her dad and her little brother on the other side.
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My mom as a toddler, holding hands with one of her maternal uncles (on the left) and her Dad - a day at Lake Huron.
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My mother with her mother and little brother in front of the flower garden.
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My mother and my uncle ready for school.
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Anyone who has been following this season might remember the letter when my grandma shipped my mom's dishes out to her from Michigan.  Well I finally found the china in storage and got some pictures of it.  those are posted with the original post linked above. Unbelievable that this has made it across the country twice! and is still in pretty good shape, although I don't think I have all of the pieces. 
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