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

Mum time in Ohio
Color in the Fog
John via Flickr, licensed cc

I am thinking...
My prediction for how this supreme court thing will go this week - the FBI will work all week to get yet another check on Judge Kavanaugh. By Thursday night, some poor clerk typist or agent will be typing and collating all of the information gathered. Friday the Senators will complain that they did not have enough time to read the reports. A vote will be called. If he gets in the left will be screaming that it was unfair. If he doesn't get in, the other side will be screaming that it was unfair. Either way it's going to be a mess. 

I am thankful...
that cross country season is almost over. And I usually dread it's ending but this year I am looking forward to it. I don't know how many more times I can hold Rosie while she sobs on my shoulder over a poor race result. And I don't know what to do to help her improve. This week her nutrition was perfect. She got plenty of rest. We even got to the field 20 minutes before anyone else so that she could get an extra mile in so that she was warmed up for her race - the result was the worst one this season. But she did not run the day before for various reasons so maybe that was a factor. It's like a science experiment that we just can't seem to get right. 

I am also grateful to the Diocese of Lansing. They were able to track down Rosie's Baptismal Certificate. She had been baptized in St. Luke's in Flint, MI. That parish, along with many others, have closed in that city. There is still a community center there of sorts and the nun there told me that a monsignor had come in and taken all of the records but she didn't know where. So... did he take them to an archive or were they stuck in his basement somewhere? Well the archivist in the diocese was able to track it down and find it. So now I guess Rosie is set to be confirmed this spring. 

I am pondering...
whether it is better to go through this process of confirmation in 8th grade, or just wait a few years and do it older when she can basically go through a much less arduous process and get confirmed at the Easter Vigil.  I am also grateful that I was confirmed as an infant. 

One of my Favorite Things...
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In the kitchen...
Some kind of chicken dish. I'm planning to make chili too. 

I am wearing...
Gray capris and a gray top with 3/4 length sleeves.

I am going...
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From the Learning Rooms...
Miss C.
Five In A Row

Preschool Books that I got during the Build Your Bundle Sale including 

Preschool Skills by Bonne Rose

 "Kindness is my only guiding star.  In its light, I sail a straight route, I have my motto written on my sail: 'To live in love.'"

St. Theresa Liseaux.