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...
Clear skies and cold.

I am thinking...
about the Duggar Family show premier on television last night, mainly because it reminded me of a discussion I had here where some insisted that because of extremely high blood pressure, having a cesarean to deliver a pre-term baby was too dangerous and only the abortion procedure could/should be utilized. I had a lot of questions about that then.  However while watching this scenario play out for the Duggars, there was never a question of the surgery being anything but lifesaving for Michelle. In fact they showed her a few days later and she looked so much better! I think the difference isn't really risk to the mother, but whether or not an effort wants to be made to deliver the child alive, and of course the Duggars did.

I am thankful for...
the return of Mr. Pete! I really missed him while he was away. Now my household feels complete again.

From the learning rooms...
We continue with The Screwtape Letters and A Philadelphia Catholic in King James's Court with Gabe in preparation for confirmation. I am moving Gabe to the end of General Science so that he can study anatomy with us. I added the assignment of reading through the Bravewriter Help for High School Course and we are going to pick up American History from 1877.  I also picked up Gettysburg / Gods and Generals for the older kids and movie day this week.

From the kitchen...
trying a bunch of new things from Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget-Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love.  Quite a few goodies in there!

I am wearing...
Gray Sweat paints and a white sweatshirt 

I am creating...
a candel light dinner for Candlemas tomorrow

I am going...
to try out all the FIRM tapes I got on ebay last week.  Yesterday Izzy and Rosie and I did The Firm: Body Sculpting System - Cardio Sculpt together.  I don't know what was more aerobic- the actual workout or trying to get out of the way of Rosie's enthusiastic  upper extremities holding on to 2 pound weights!

I can remember when I was a little girl exercising with my mom while she worked out with the  Jack LaLane show back in the 60s. I have come full circle!

I am reading...

The Divine Office for Dodos: A Step-By-Step Guide to Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

Going Rogue: An American Life

I am hoping...
to get to mass twice this week, once for Candlemas and one for St. Blaze. I am also wishing my good friend Twana a very happy birthday!

I am hearing...
The Printer.

Around the house...

quiet - time to get everyone up!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
finish cleaning my office, hit my goal for my typing and getting a lot of laundry done!

A picture I am sharing:
 I watched this fascinating PBS special last night about the American Sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Towards the end of his life he was commissioned to do a cemetery piece for a friend whose wife had committed suicide.  He was asked to look at some Buddhist art for inspiration.  The best picture I could find of this beautiful piece was on Flickr. 

Adams Memorial 1925
Originally uploaded by NCinDC

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