Advent: A Flood of Troubles Calmed

Advent Essentials: Keeping the holidays simple and creating focus

 

Truth be told, I started working on this post before Advent started. Before our life took a sudden turn. I thought I knew what our Advent season would look like. I had a devotional in hand, the notion of daily quiet time, Advent candles at the ready, simplified Christmas goals & acts of kindness planned… we would quietly and joyfully anticipate the arrival of Christmas Day. An “ideal” Advent. But life is far from ideal, a lesson we have learned over & over.

All we can do is trust. Be present. And trust.

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Advent with Children

Advent With Children ~ A mom's perspective on Christmas

 

As a household, we get excited for Christmas, we grab hold of events and traditions, we bake, we sing, we watch our favourite movies.

This year I’ve been trying extra hard to keep things simple and our schedule more open than past years.

I also want to try a few “retro” activities like simply driving around in pajamas to look at lights. Maybe build a classic gingerbread house. Some sledding. That kind of stuff.

I’m trying to avoid the bustle a bit.

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Another Sad Goodbye

We pray for peace wherever she finds herself. Never gone from our hearts.

Judy Riedner

March 28, 1951 – December 4, 2017

Another goodbye ~ Judy

 

It is still with much shock and sadness that we share the unexpected passing of Marcus’ mom, Judy. She was only 66. As the days keep passing, her presence will be missed. We we not always the best of friends, but I loved her greatly. And I will be forever thankful to her, for raising the wonderful man that is now my husband.

 

Roots & Connections

Roots & Connections: One story of how our past finds its place in our present

 

Throwing it waaaay back today. A glimpse of my sweet mama as a child {circa 1950ish}, in her Grandpa’s greenhouse.

Sometimes I don’t really think about how far back my “green thumb” roots go, but it hit me one day standing in the fields this summer on our farm. And I remembered some old photos of my mom in the family greenhouse.

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This Is Halloween!

This Is Halloween: Jack-O-Lantern Inspiration

 

We had the pleasure of carving pumpkins with friends this year. So much fun! Do you spot a Pikachu {or two} and a Pokeball? Fairly appropriate since we are going as a family of Pikachus. Looking forward to the cuteness. And of course, the candy haul that Sam will bring home.

Happy Halloween, all!

 

This Is Halloween: Jack-O-Lantern Inspiration

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Reading Time: Our Fave Halloween Books

Reading Time: Our Fave Halloween Books ~ Books for kids

 

Are you ready for another addition of “Reading Time: Our Fave… Books”? Of course, what could be more appropriate right now than our fave Halloween books?! We do so love Halloween in our house! These books get read throughout the year, but we’ll make it special by reading some of them by the spooky glow of our Halloween lights & haunted village decorations. Join along, if you dare.

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