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...
Valentine tulips from Calvin and Sarah in full bloom!
The tulips Calvin and Sarah sent for Valentine's Day are finally blooming- and they are gorgeous

I am thinking...
about the long drive I must make this week for the girl's annual assessments.  I am not much of a highway driver any more  - but in my 20s I drove the highway, at night, during blizzards!  Did I get wiser? more cautious? or simply older?

I am thankful...
for my two sons- Noah and Gabe - who have been working together to pass the soccer ref course to renew for the 2016 year.

I am also thankful for my husband, who listens to my complaints and grudges about things in the past and gently helps to give me perspective.

In the kitchen...

Very easy cooking this week - mostly meets and salads with shepherd's pie at least one night!

I am wearing...
Grey workout pants, black tunic, black cardigan.

I am reading...

BTW- this is an awesome book for Catholics unfamiliar with Sister Faustina and the Divine Mercy.

I am pondering...
if I have to give up my husband for Lent, do I have to give up something else too?  Mr. Pete is embroiled in a court case all week so I won't get any time with him at all - and I already miss him.

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

Noah- Senior


Rosie 5th grade
Partnership Writing
  • Prairie Primer  Starting 
  • Spelling 
  • Geography
  • Anatomy and Physiology - starting the integumentery system this week.
Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology   -     By: Jeannie Fulbright
  • Choir- co-op
  • Art Class
Seeing Dr. Holinga this week for our yearly assessment.

One of my favorite things...


A quote to share...
"In a big family the first child is kind of like the first pancake. If it's not perfect, that's okay, there are a lot more coming along."

Antonin Scalia

A picture to share...

A view of our 20th year of homeschool, right after Christmas but before Lent