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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Outside my window...
lent 2011

I am thinking...
about the life of a wonderful woman who died last week.  She was 100% Irish and Catholic.  She passed away on St. Patrick's Day!
I am thankful ...
that I had the opportunity to meet this lady and to be friends with her daughter for the past 15 years.  I am also grateful for my little girl, who always thinks that she can make my tears disappear with a big hug and a kiss.

From the learning rooms...
Helping Sam study for the CLEP test in General Science.  We are really concentrating on biology which seems to be a huge chunk of it.  Then earth science by the end of next week.  To complicate matters, Sam is now working part-time as a pizza delivery man.  But I think it is good for him to have to balance study with work. It will toughen him up a lot.

Gabe and I have been working painstakingly on his pre-algebra!  The kids and I have also been watching the PBS Civil War on DVD and reading Uncle Tom's Cabin.   Izzy and Rosie and I are reading
Little House in the Big Woods.

From the kitchen...
Sweet and sour chicken with rice
I am wearing...
Black pants, T-shirt and vest.
I am remembering:
Mama- always

I am creating...
some flash cards and worksheets for math tomorrow and planning what I want to go over wtih Sam tomorrow in CLEP prep

I am going...
continue with Kari Anderson's Fitness Formula and The FIRM's Complete Aerobics with Weights, being very careful to use a low step.   FYI the cost for my knee x-rays was over $700!  Waiting to see what the insurance will allow.

I am reading...

The Story of a Life for lent.

I am hoping...
to follow my lenten plans more closely. 

But my plans for lent include
  • Daily mass at least one more per week but hope for two.
  • Bible reading
  • Extra spiritual reading.
  • Stricter adherence to the Divine office.
  • Rosary as a family.
  • Stations of the cross on Friday at Church.

I am hearing...
the buzz in my ears and the humm of my computer

Around the house...
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A picture I am sharing:  

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