On This Christmas: 5 year journal review

We snagged On This Christmas: A 5-year journal of your favorite traditions, memories, & gifts to add to our holiday dinner time traditions. Filling it out each evening was really special. I loved that there was enough space for us to all add our thoughts to the entry (given that there are six of us, that’s saying a […]

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Christmas Beginnings: Advent

This year our family is focusing on Advent. Resisting the commercialism of Christmas is so hard, but we are purposing as a family to focus on our faith and family, generosity and   giving of our time. I am trying this new book Come Let Us Adore Him by Paul David Tripp. You have heard me […]

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Christmas is Coming…

I love the holidays! About this time of year I think about holiday preparations. Mostly at this point I am thinking about how I can ensure we have slow, meaningful, and fun holiday? I am hoping I can prepare in a way that helps us remember the reason for the season and soak up our time as a family. […]

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Family Nativity and Advent

So you might think I’m crazy since I already shared our family advent calendar with you a couple of days ago. But here’s the deal. Our mom’s group had an advent making craft night and I helped some ladies pick and cut out a felt nativity. It was SO cute – we ordered our craft […]

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Advent

Advent is a season of preparation and a tradition that I am prioritizing. See my post about “Prioritize, do what you love, and toss the rest” which is a part of my current mini series “Thriving in the Holidays.”  I did some advent traditions as a child, and my husband’s family did a traditional advent […]

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7 random thoughts…

1. non convential recipes for convential foods  are a nice change up. http://www.grouprecipes.com/77711/scalloped-yukon-gold-and-sweet-potato-gratin-with-fresh-herbs.html 2. gift giving is fun, especially if you give within your means.  3. orange is a great color! (use your trifle dish to display and store)   4. use your fine china or glass ware as much as you can. it honors the people who eat […]

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