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...
A barrier in Byer woods
Alpha Penguin via Flickr licensed cc

I am thinking...
about celebrating Candlemas this week  - probably my last time to do with Noah. I want to make sure we get to mass and have a nice dinner together, although there is youth group that night.

I am thankful...
That my niece is getting married this summer to her long-time love. It's nice that my sister and I are finally in our season of weddings!

In the kitchen...
Shepherd's pie for tomorrow night!  Maybe turkey wraps for Tuesday.

I am wearing...
Gray sweat pants, pink T shirt and two sweaters for warmth!

I am reading...

An old favorite, for getting ready for Lent

I am pondering...
our upcoming pre-cana speech.  When Mr. Pete and I started over 13 years ago, we had a burning passion for sharing our experiences and our faith with engaged couples. But in our particular talk, we share so much of ourselves and scenes from our marriage, that it's a bit like standing naked before a crowd open for criticism and critique. Sometimes, the couples really get a lot out of the talk and thank us for it. Other times, they hate it, or are indifferent to it - which is worse. At some point, I'm going to want to put my robe back on.

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior

Rosie 5th grade
Partnership Writing
Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology   -     By: Jeannie Fulbright
  • Choir- co-op
  • Art Class

Izzy had a real hands on learning experience last week.  She traveled with her father to help his business at the Ohio Music Educators Association yearly conference.   She helped set up the booth, put together marimbas and bells, and sold her own jewelry.  She came home with almost $200 in her pocket - a real nice lesson in entrepreneurism!

One of my favorite things...
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Rosie's Peg Saints- here are Timothy and Titus!

To prepare for Lent - and to really make this Lenten season change my life in some profound way!

A quote to share...
When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.

Phil Connors - from GroundHog's Day

A picture to share...

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Noah waiting for Candlemas Dinner in 2010. He would have been 12.


  1. That was fun to read. Good luck on your fitness. I am trying too.

  2. Looks like a busy week. It made me miss my days of homeschooling :) Have a great week!


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