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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I am thinking...
Today is my second son's 25th birthday.

If I thought watching my first baby turn 25 made me feel old, watching my second baby hit that milestone makes me feel almost ancient. Of course,  an arthritic knee (OMG, I can't believe I just typed that) makes me feel pretty old too.

I wrote about Sam's birth a few years back. 

I am thankful...
Sam's birthday cake
that even at 25, he is willing to come over to his parents' house and have pizza with some of his friends and some cake. I'm thankful he lets me put all of his baby pictures out and that he is good natured about it.

I'm also thankful that he is letting his dad and me be part of his life and his future plans. He may not touch base often, but he doesn't want to lose touch and that means the world to me.

I am pondering...
I found my Medical Assistant Certificate!  I certified so long ago the AAMA couldn't even find me. And now I'm wondering if I really want to pursue renewing the certificate and finding part-time work as a medical assistant.

I'm also pondering a reaction I had last week to seeing two people from my past. These were two people I had conflicts with before. We run in concentric circles that are bound to overlap from time to time. Last week I saw each person at a funeral - two different funerals in fact. So I suppose it was inevitable. Yet when that happened last week I had a visceral response - like touching an electric wire and experiencing a serious jolt to my system.

Why would that be all of these years later? The only thing I can think of is that both of these people in some way or manner tried to hurt one of my children. My interactions with them have somehow become so entrenched in my memory that just seeing them triggers an involuntary flight or fight response. It's a little unnerving.

One of my Favorite Things...


Baby pictures of my kids.   Sam at 3 months old.

I am hearing...
the hum of the computer and Mr. Pete talking to me about heading over to the flip house to work.

In the kitchen...
Mr. Pete made Parmesan Chicken and it was good!

I am wearing...
Gray pants and a purple long-sleeved workout shirt and gray hoodie. I wore this to physical therapy today.

I am going...

I am reading...

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)

My Granddaughter is in the Five-in-a- Row curriculum at Co-op and we try to follow through on the days she is with me.

This week in Five-in-a-Row they will be reading


Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op and with the parish choir. 

Rosie is also taking a writing class online using the Once Upon a Time Saint series as the writing

We have a schedule!  Rosie writes her history paper every Monday based on what she has read in her history the week before. Also on Monday, she reads her assignment in Once Upon a Saint. Then on Tuesday she writes her assignment for that class and turns in her paper. Thursday is for revisions.

This semester she is also going to do drama. She has to write a paper for art history this week as well.

A quote to share...
When I was desperately looking for ways to help Calvin learn to read, the Writer's Jungle by Bravewriter's Julie Bogart was a source of great inspiration to me. This year, I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite parts that really helped me teach my kids to write - from the absolute most recalcitrant writer to the kid who has prose and poetry just dripping out of her!

We must learn to regard people
less in the light of what they do
or omit to do, and more in the
light of what they suffer.
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Letters and Papers from Prison