Cleaning Out Before Christmas

Friends ~ We apologize for the lack of posts here over the past couple of months! The school year has kept all of us Builders quite busy, leaving little time to sit down to write a thoughtful post. We pray that all of you are having a blessed Advent thus far, and we would humbly ask for your prayers for each of our families as well.Shifting gears...Yesterday, I heard a radio announcer say something that stuck with me: "What if cleaning out your house was less about getting rid of stuff and … [Read more...]

Holidaze

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This is the time of year when every store seems to have their Christmas trees front and center flashing their LED lights. My 2 year old is entranced and awed by such a sight. I always have to remind myself to see the beauty of it from a 2 year old's perspective instead of thinking of them as tacky and out of season.Perhaps hoping to inspire my 2 year old to deeper contemplation in the shopping cart at Costco, I asked, "And who was born on Christmas?"To which he responded confidently, "A p … [Read more...]

Between the Feasts of Angels

Yesterday the Church celebrated the Feast of the Archangels and on Thursday, October 2nd, we celebrate the Feast of the Guardian Angels. We usually do some fun treats and crafts by way remembering these special feast days, but with selling our house in my 3rd trimester, we aren't doing much this year. Which is why I was especially happy when my wonderful husband sent me this Ignatius post by Peter Kreeft on "The Twelve Most Important Things to Know About Angels"  that I could read with the boys. … [Read more...]

Changes

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Holy Week and Easter were very different this year than in years past, in large part because all of our children have passed the magical age of three and are now old enough to sit through longer (and later) Masses. In years past, my husband and I have split up for the Triduum - one of us would attend Holy Thursday Mass and the other would attend Good Friday. We learned our lesson after a couple of nightmarish experiences spent in the cry room with screaming toddlers - ours and about 25 others. … [Read more...]

Happy Feast of the Annunciation!

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In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a … [Read more...]

A Thought and A Hymn for Ash Wednesday

As I have spent many hours the last few days rocking a feverish 2 year old, I realized how easy it is for everything to come to a grinding halt when your little one really needs you. There is nothing I would rather do than put my cool cheek against his warm one as I rock and sing quietly to him. Instead of doing playdough, unloading drawers, or climbing bookshelves, he wants me to hold him and to be quiet and still. He is soothed by resting on me.As I have been contemplating the beginning of … [Read more...]

Preparing for His Coming

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While out of town for the First Sunday of Advent Mass, we heard the priest give a simple, yet profound homily.Advent, he said, is not just about preparing to celebrate the coming of Christ on Christmas 2000 years ago, it is about preparing for His second coming as well.This struck me as such a powerful way to approach the season. If we get caught up in preparations the ostensibly are about preparing for Christmas, but are not preparing our soul for His second coming as well then we are … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Preparations

I don't know about you, but with Red’s annual Advent/Christmas post fresh in my mind, I’ve very much been thinking through what I need to do before Advent starts for our little family (thanks Red, very, very helpful as always!). But before we get there, we have wonderful Thanksgiving to prepare for and in my home this will mean family, dear friends, and two little Goddaughters coming our way for the holiday. While not a special season set apart like Advent or a holy day like Christmas from a Cat … [Read more...]

Advent Devotional for kids?

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In addition to our wonderful collection of picture books that we like to read for Advent and Christmas, I was thinking of doing a more formal/structured devotional time when the little one is napping this Advent. Could anyone recommend any simple/gentle Advent devotionals for kids? … [Read more...]

Jesse Tree – It’s Not too Early to Start Planning

The beginning of Advent often sneaks up on me, meaning that I am only sometimes successful with family traditions like the Jesse Tree. This website has some great tips on planning for doing a Jesse Tree with your family this year, and it also contains a link that you can use to purchase the materials if you're not feeling crafty this year (I would fall into this category most years!). In the past, I have also printed Jesse Tree ornaments from this website, and then simply taped them to a wall in … [Read more...]


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