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Counting down to Christmas, snowmen, skewers, scarves, and an adoption trip memory (7 Quick Takes)

Before I was a mother, I thought Christmas countdowns were cute and decorative and fun. Now I think they exist so parents can direct their children to the nearest countdown feature.
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Tidings of comfort and joy

This week we are lighting the pink candle on our Advent wreath as we say, “Gaudete!”
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Ready or not, here comes God’s grace

In the case of First Reconciliation, we just need to do the very best we can to prepare our children and trust that God will take care of the rest.
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Seize the day this Advent season

Let’s look at Advent as a chance to welcome Jesus into our lives in a new way.
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Awaiting Advent with train gardens, home-cooked dinners, and birthday party planning (7 Quick Takes)

Advent usually creeps up on me without warning, but having the extra week between Thanksgiving and Advent has left me impatient for it to begin.
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Having a few laughs while designing the family Christmas card

It’s one of the most stressful and exciting aspects of the Christmas season: creating our family Christmas card.
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Thanksgiving leftovers with plenty of gratitude: 7 Quick Tastes

It was all fun, and there is leftover pie for today. What more can anyone expect from Thanksgiving?
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Being thankful even when it’s difficult

It’s easy to be grateful in the happy moments, when the turkey and stuffing are on the table and a fresh pumpkin pie awaits. But can we also be grateful in the sadder times?
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