Saturday, November 30, 2013

Advent Evenings by Candlelight

I get so excited about Advent for many reasons, but one of my favorites things is the sweet and peaceful moments with my children around the Advent Wreath. There is something about candlelight in the darkness that quiets the soul. This is what we do each evening to celebrate Advent. This is part of our after dinner routine, usually already cleaned and in pjs, but you could easily do it as part of your family dinner too with the lights dimmed. 

Sign of the Cross

Light the Advent candle(s) as we sing
"Light One Candle"
(lyrics below)

Say this Advent prayer

Sing a Christmas song

Sign of the Cross

Hang up the Jesse Tree ornament

Open Advent chocolate calendar window and eat a piece of chocolate

Light One Candle
(each week of Advent add one more verse)

1. Light one candle for hope One bright candle for hope 
He brings hope to every heart He comes! He comes!

2. Light one candle for love One bright candle for love 
He brings love to every heart He comes! He comes!

3. Light one candle for joy One bright candle for joy 
He brings joy to every heart He comes! He comes!

4. Light one candle for peace One bright candle for peace 
He brings peace to every heart He comes!
He comes!

Advent Wreath Prayer

How dark outside!
but see -- a star's in the sky;
Mary and Joseph are passing by.
So let's light a candle to welcome them
as they go on their way to Bethlehem.
We'll light a candle in church each day,
We'll light one candle each week and pray.
We'll light a candle at home each day,
We'll light a candle each week and pray.

O God,
as light comes from this candle,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,
warming our hearts and
brightening our way.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.

Blessings to you and your family this Advent.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful, A Year in Review 2013

I'm sitting here this Thanksgiving morning sipping my coffee and listening to my children play pilgrims upstairs and thinking how blessed I am. This has been such a sweet year just living our crazy life. I guess that's why I have not been here very much (really at all), but I am determined to record some snap shots for me to enjoy days and years from now.


An (Almost) Year's Worth of Blessings
this may take a couple days


a ballerina that is not a baby anymore

a crazy toddler, but still my baby

marching for Life with my family

school spirit despite a hard loss

a third birthday in the Hundred Acre Woods


little girls playing fairies in the forest

first haircuts

learning to ride a bike

lots of heart yummies on St. Valentine's Day

enough snow to do some sledding and finally get this picture in his baby bunting

a budding musician

a five year old fairy birthday


Dr. Seuss's birthday, another reason to have fun

the best road buddy in the whole world and visits with her beautiful family

cozy reading nooks in sun beams

our new Pope Francis and the chance to for my children to see the white smoke and get so excited

Saint Patrick's day fun

a driveway that is so conducive to playing

our parish St. Joseph Day feast and a sweet girl who loves her name day and patron saint

a girl always excited to try new sports

a surprise date night to see one of all time favorite performers, great seats too

kids who love to craft

and make yummy treats (shaking cream to make mason jar butter)

the prettiness of Easter


the cherry blossom lane one street over

children who are old enough to play board games and beat me

sipping chardonnay on warm Spring afternoons while my children make chalk drawings

a little boy who loves baseball as much as his daddy

Saint Bernadette, she's one of our favorites

children who not only eat their vegetables but love them

my girls in bonnets

Springtime picnics

the joy of discovering nature even in your backyard

craft time, and great websites with good ideas to inspire me

neighborhood parks, and the fact that they still love the baby slides

the beginning of his train obsession

Saint Gianna and celebrating her Italian style and my sweet girl with her namesake

The rest of the year to come soon, maybe tomorrow.  

Happy Thanksgiving to you!!

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