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christmas tree 2012

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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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when Advent is turned upside-down

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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…

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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…

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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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advent ~ the family creche

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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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advent mornings…

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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….?

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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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advent thoughts…st. nicholas

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a few years ago, we began celebrating st. nicholas day (december 6th) in our home. here are a few ideas that you can do if you’re interested in incorporating the celebration of an actual man who lived long ago who was the inspiration for the modern-day santa. again, start simply…pick one activity to do this year to introduce st. nicholas to your home advent observance. first, go here. you’ll find a ton of information on the history of st. nicholas, legends and stories surrounding his life, and ways to celebrate….read more

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