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...
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Another view of the Cuyahoga River from last week.

I am thinking...
about track starting this spring and how much busier I will be when that starts.

I'm also thinking about curriculum for next year and the things I want to cover with Izzy and Rosie - it will be strange to only have the two girls next year.

I am thankful...
that this winter has been so mild.  After two brutal winters in a row, this one has been a true blessing.

In the kitchen...

Mr. Pete adapted this recipe for me yesterday - he used coconut flour.  It was a little dryer, but still tasty!

I am wearing...
Black yoga pants, black sweater and purple zippered sweat shirt.

Wore this yesterday. The purple dress I wore for Sam's Graduation a few years ago, and the black cover is from J.C. Penney.


I am reading...

I am pondering...
my progress with Lent so far.  I did not give up Diet Coke cold turkey because when I tried that a few years ago, I broke out with a rash all over my chest.  This year, I am limiting it to mornings only and hoping to cut back from there. I'm drinking a lot of mint tea in the afternoon and it is very soothing.

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

One of my favorite things...


A quote to share...

Beware of greed and remain pure and just. Restrain yourself from every vice. He who cannot restrain himself, how will he be able to teach others restraint?

A picture to share...

I rarely use my mother's china, but this gravy boat seemed perfect for holding the Valentine's Day candy.