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merry christmas!

Posted by in Christmas, seasons

(aka…”coming up for air”) we’ve been super busy. a good kind of busy, though; one that leaves you achy by 7 pm where you collapse into bed and sleep hard all night, then enjoy all the activity of the next day. it’s been a fantastic advent adn christmas and we continue to celebrate, so i have no blog posts in me. i do, however, have a great blog of someone else’s to share with you during this christmas season. one that warms me all over inside. i know people are…read more

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bleak midwinter gives way to…

Posted by in Christmas, faith, family, family fun, seasons

…a cozy family christmas. Merry Christmas! I hope all of your Christmases were blessed! Enjoy this season of Christmastide!

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kitchen sink beautification

Posted by in health, homekeeping, seasons

we’ve been under a thick, heavy blanket of snow since early last week. it’s thursday, and i haven’t left the house since last saturday. neither have the boys. the wind chill has been in the single digits, so sledding has kinda been out of the question, kenny has had horrible commutes to work which means i’m not driving anywhere! fortunately, we all like each other enough that we’re not sick of each other. but i was getting a little tired of my surroundings. so…. i read a blog post sometime…read more

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advent ~ the family creche

Posted by in advent, seasons

Our creche was set up last week (Rowan added the silvery decorations). Baby Jesus is hidden somewhere in the house (the boys hide him) and he’ll appear on Christmas morning in the manger. The three Magi are making their way slowly from a far away room (the boys also hid them…I hope they remember where they hid them!) to the barn scene, getting closer each day. They will arrive on January 6th, or, Epiphany. On Epiphany, the creche comes to life again. In defense of not decorating for Christmas anytime…read more

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learning in the season of advent

Posted by in homeschooling

i remember the day that rowan read his first word. we were browsing the www.bobbooks.com web site and i pulled up one of their cartoons on the computer screen. he sounded out the words and read a sentence without my prompting him at all. we danced around in joy and i ordered his first set of bob books. sawyer followed suit about a year later when he started, again, on his own, reading a page in one of the bob books already on our shelves. there was much joy and…read more

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school recap…a week in december

Posted by in homekeeping, homeschooling

i honestly have no idea what week we’re in. again. i know i said that last time, but since we don’t have to (legally) keep track just yet, i don’t. we’ve been unschooling this week and it’s been FUN. i don’t think i could unschool all the time, but from the end of november until epiphany, i feel it’s entirely appropriate. and there are just some aspects of it i will keep through the rest of the school year. namely: math games: our math has games instead of drills, math…read more

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advent mornings…

Posted by in advent, seasons

i’m not a fan of being woken in the middle of the night. and that’s exactly what it feels like when i crawl out from under our warm flannel sheets and down comforter at 6:00 a.m. these mornings. i love the morning silence, but the cold…the dark….. i have to ease into these mornings. keeping advent readings closeby and advent songs on my heart help the start of the day. i’ve also eased into our daily lessons by choosing activities that will encourage the boys towards a sacred moment these…read more

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a little christmas (cookies) during advent

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i love making cookies for christmas. imagine my excitement when i was invited to include some of my favorite christmas cookie recipes at my friend Alison’s blog. wanna join in? i’m sure she’d love your favorite recipes too! so the next few blog posts will be christmas cookie recipes. the first recipe is one i made for the first time last year and the recipe is from my friend susie who makes these every year (with good reason!). they were the one cookie that kenny requested in this year’s batch….read more

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advent thoughts…happy st. nicks!

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happy st. nicholas day to you! Almighty God, who in thy love didst give to thy servant Nicholas of Myra a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea: Grant, we pray thee, that thy Church may never cease to work for the happiness of children, the safety of sailors, the relief of the poor, and the help of those tossed by tempests of doubt or grief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever….read more

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school recap, week….?

Posted by in advent, homeschooling, seasons

this is what we woke up to two days ago. so our attention spans are even SHORTER these days. well, mine is just fine. my fingers and toes are colder, but the boys can’t wait to get outside in the snow. this is our sledding hill: as you can tell from previous blogs this week, we’ve entered the season of Advent in our home. we’ve put aside our normal curriculum for bible class for this month and we’re doing Advent lessons each morning around the kitchen advent “wreath.” we save…read more

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