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antique comfort

Posted by in Christmas, family, homekeeping, seasons

Kenny and I have always loved antiques.  When we were dating, one of our favorite things to do was drive out of the city into a country setting and find antique stores and browse for hours.  The first thing we ever bought was a sterling silver candelabra in Bedford, Pa. When we were looking at engagement rings, we looked strictly at antique diamonds and settings, and we both wear antique rings as our wedding bands.  On our honeymoon in Deep Creek, Maryland, we bought our antique china closet, and our fifth christmas…read more

get your Hygge on

Posted by in Christmas, family, homekeeping, seasons

  January and February are my least favorite months of the year.  After months of cozy evenings snuggled up with tea, hot chocolate, blankets, books, Christmas music, and movies…the cold air has turned bitter and there is nothing to look forward to but the warm sun that won’t return for at least another four months. At least in our neck of the woods. This is the time of year that Kenny and I start talking about our garden.  What veggies and flowers we’ll be planting in what location of the…read more

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last momma in the woods

Posted by in faith, family, homeschooling, seasons

Disclaimer:  I do not pretend to know everything about raising a family and educating at home.  I will never say that our way is better than your way.  I will only ever write about what is working for us, hoping it will inspire just one person out there who is reading.   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Never be within doors when you can rightly be without. ~Charlotte Mason We played in our woods last night. They’ve been there since we moved here nine years ago (and long before that!), and occasionally the boys go into them….read more

this has been a pseudo-summer

Posted by in classical conversations, homeschooling, seasons

autumn is slowly closing in on us. this summer has been cool and wet. it’s as though spring has overstayed its welcome and summer decided to take a year off.  if you’ve been reading smithical for a while, you know how much i love summer. i love the heat, the humidity, the natural vitamin D, the long days. at least the sun is keep up its end of the bargain this season! the heat, however, is nowhere to be found. i’m working on being okay with this. autumn was my…read more

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christmas tree 2012

Posted by in advent, Christmas, seasons

it’s been 8 whole days since we put up our Christmas Tree 2012…and still, no blog pictures! last sunday, we had about a half inch of snow fall in the morning, and by afternoon, it was sunny and slightly warmed (to the upper 30s!). perfect weather for christmas tree cutting!  we headed out to our local christmas tree farm and within 10 minutes of walking around, found our perfect tree. our first year in this house, we went BIG with our tree. after all, we have 9-foot ceilings, why not…read more

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first day of fall, 2012

Posted by in seasons

fall has always been my favorite season, even as summer has been moving up in the ranks quickly. i love crisp weather, flannel sheets, the smell of campfire in the air, and the obvious gorgeous colors on the trees. this is how we rang in the first day of fall this year: pumpkin cookies – i added a candy corn on top of each cookie (i love candy corn. and peeps. yes, i have very childish taste in candy). gingerbread pancakes for the boys before they took off for soccer. and gingersnap…read more

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christmas, 2011

Posted by in Christmas, family

all he wanted to know was what i wanted for christmas this year. and i gave him an earful about how i don’t want any gifts or presents, and that i think we should just do away with the whole gift-giving part of christmas forever because it makes me so uncomfortable anymore. my husband knows better than to agree with my crazy whims. so he just smiled and never brought the subject up again. i made it very difficult on him without realizing i was doing so. i thought i’d…read more

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when Advent is turned upside-down

Posted by in advent, family, seasons

as you can tell, i’m rehashing old blog posts because i got nothing new this Advent. so, i dedicate this post to all of us who have grand plans for observing a solemn Advent, and celebrating a joyous Christmas….and end up changing because that’s what life gives you. i’m learning that you just gotta roll with it most days. so here is another older Advent post from a few years ago. ~~~~~ (originally posted december 10, 2007) mondays in advent advent sundays are so fun…they’re feast days, so fun happens.  last…read more

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in the bleak midwinter…

Posted by in advent, faith, family, seasons

i was planning to do some christmas baking and all of our shopping over the past two weeks. but at least one, and sometimes two, members of our family has been sick since last monday (if you’re counting, that’s 10 days now). it was the stomach virus, and now some really high-fever congestion/cold thing. i was also planning to do our tradition St. Nicholas “delivery of gifts in secret” on St. Nicholas day last week, and celebrate St. Lucia today.  but when at least two of the family members in…read more

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preparing for the preparation…

Posted by in advent, Christmas, seasons

i went grocery shopping this morning and was amazed at how crazy the store was. the balloon turkey decoration next to the lit christmas tree was slightly jarring, but maybe i’m just being persnickety. i thought the grocery shopping craze happened the monday- wednesday before Thanksgiving, not two weeks before? i am vowing right now that i’m going to treat this coming weekend and week as normal, and not as crazy preparation for a fun Thanksgiving celebration. how about you? we’ve been observing Advent in our home for the past…read more

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