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...
Just kidding.  This is a picture Mr. Pete took last week on his excellent New Mexico adventure, where he represented the family in that law suit I blogged about before.

I am thinking...
the lawyer for the plaintiffs in the case we just went through was a bit of a jerk.  Based on this picture from 1988, he tried to make the jury see us as happy-go-luck, irresponsible girls. He has never met us, or talked to us.

On the other hand since I am over 50 with six children and a grand child, maybe I should just appreciate it when someone refers to me as "a girl!"

I am thankful...
that the suit is over, and that Mr. Pete came back safe and sound.  He actually had to get on a plane in New Mexico around 8 a.m. and made it into Cleveland at 3:05. I put my big girl pants on and braved the airport traffic to pick him up.  We made it home by 5 p.m. and then by 6:30 he was taking Rosie to the father/daughter dance!

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In the kitchen...
slow cooking ribs tomorrow!

I am wearing...
Black work out pants, black and gray striped T shirt with an Akron zipper sweat shirt.

I am reading...

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

I am pondering...
how our awesome God works!

I am also pondering how sins can be generational.  My great grandfather was abusive to his wife and children. As a result, my grandmother had a very tough inner core and she wouldn't take any disrespect (actual or perceived) from any one. She also demanded that her daughter liver her life a certain way. As a result, my mother rebelled and married my father - and moved way on the other side of the country. And today, my sister and I continue to clean up that mess.

I shared all of this with Noah and Izzy this week and I found myself in tears before I was through. I didn't mean to do that, but what I wanted them to hear was that I had tried very, very hard to break that cycle and just have a normal loving family!  I hope they understand that.

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
Seeing Dr. Holinga this week for our yearly assessment.

One of my favorite things...
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Rosie's dress for the dance - those are satin rose petals that float free in the skirt of the dress!

A quote to share...
"I have words, I have the best words."
Donald Trump.

A video to share...


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