Saturday, December 24, 2016

lately :: fourth week of Advent ::

We've had the best snowfalls the past few weeks.  Not too much, huge gentle flakes, snow globing the house.

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Luke Turns Five (without the store clerk but with a chess cake)

Last week after nearly a year of looking forward to this birthday our Luke finally turned five!  All year long any time we went somewhere, met someone, talked about something fun, it was made part of his grand birthday plan.  We didn't do about 99% of what he had planned (there was no water slide, we didn't travel to Rome, and we decided not to invite the clerk at the grocery store) but I still think we celebrated well.  

Friday, December 16, 2016

50 Ideas to Celebrate All 12 Days of Christmas (and why more celebrating equals less stress)

There's a beautiful happy thing I've noticed the more our family has tried to live in tune with the liturgical year.  Life makes more sense.  Not only that, but the wisdom of God behind the seasons makes everything so much more peaceful and manageable.  I'm finding this especially true in recent years for Advent and Christmas and especially now as The Mom, the one responsible for organizing, orchestrating, and executing nearly all of the celebrations with so very very much happening behind the scenes to make the magic happen.  Living the Advent season as preparation and the Christmas season as celebration has been in many ways a joyful relief.

Monday, December 12, 2016

lately. {three}

Here's a bit of life lately...Advent agitation, December feasts, adorable toddlers, gaudeteing, and more.  Come on in and let's catch up...

In my head I'm loving that Advent is a full four weeks this year.  I wish my heart felt as good about it but despite the extra time I'm feeling like I just can't keep up with all the needs and people around me.  I'm sure no other mothers EVER feel like that, right?  (Lollllll.)  I don't feel as prepared as I normally do and even the decorating and things I normally love just feel like obligations to check off the list.  Which is okay.  I mean, I can do things and see that they're still good and worthy despite how I feel about it all and I know it will change.  Most likely after I get a good night of sleep or two...or possibly in a few hours.  (I maaaay be a bit moody sometimes?  I recall the husband maybe inferring that once or twice.)  But you get me.  We moms can go from feeling crazy in love to feeling just plain crazy in two seconds flat.  It'll all get done and some day I'll sleep.  In the meantime, coffee and Jesus.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A Simple Little Fall-Themed Baby Shower

A few weeks ago over Thanksgiving weekend we had the blessing of being able to celebrate my youngest sister and her new little one!  I hosted the shower here along with my other four sisters and mom.  We chose a simple fall theme and despite my less than optimal photography, I had to share some pictures here for posterity.  Fall is such a fun season and it being Thanksgiving weekend and still November, it was nice to get one last swig of autumn before all the Christmas lights and stockings pushed it out of the way!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

An Advent and Christmas Sacred Music Giveaway! {CLOSED}

It's been a while since I've had a giveaway here but it's time!  I love Advent and Christmas music so much.  I especially love great music and most of the albums I have aren't going to be heard on the local fluff pop radio stations.  (That's probably good because we hold off on the Christmas music until Christmas.  Last year one of the local stations that had been playing Christmas music since Halloween stopped playing it in the middle of Christmas Day so I'm glad we have a whole bunch of our own!)  

Finding music that is more Advent appropriate is tough, though!  I guess that does help punctuate the silence and quiet of the season but it's lovely to have some good music to help us enter in as well. This album and the first four tracks of this one have joined us the last few years but I am really happy to have found another album that is perfect for both Advent and Christmas.  

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