Advent Unplugged Wrap Up (Link Up)

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This year I tried to do some intentional social media unplugging during Advent and lots of other folks joined me. You can read about it in the original post and the updates for Week 1 and Week 2. Advent is coming to a close and Christmas is almost here! Take a few moments before Wednesday and reflect on this season of Advent. Here's a few things I'm taking away from this season and I can't wait … [Read more...]

Advent Unplugged: Week 2

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I am so enjoying reading all of your Advent Unplugged posts. The insights you are sharing are so motivating to me and the accountability is really helping me strive to stay on course (or get back on course when I get wrapped up in my laptop again!) Here's some insights I'm having as I struggle to be/stay unplugged: The distraction of social media was becoming such a focus in my life that it … [Read more...]

Why Advent Should Terrify You

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You can find me over at Catholic Exchange today talking about the scary side of Advent--something I've been thinking about since I went on an Advent retreat last year. "We’ve made a huge mistake. We’ve made the Incarnation safe and comfortable. We like it warm and fuzzy with soft lambs bleating as they rest on clean hay. And, yes, it is beautiful and joyful and splendid. But we’ve sanitized it … [Read more...]

Advent Unplugged (A Link Up!)

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I have a confession to make: I need to unplug during this Advent season. I need to stop distracting myself and focus on preparing my heart for Jesus. I find myself less and less able to just live life and BE. Instead I keep reaching for my phone, filling the minutes between one activity and the next with social media and it needs to stop. NOW. This quiet, reflective time of Advent is coming at … [Read more...]

24 Picture Books for Advent and Christmas

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It's been a couple of years since I wrote about picture books for Advent and Christmas and we have acquired so many more good ones to share with you! This year I'm going to wrap each book with wrapping paper so that the kids can unwrap one each morning of Advent. And we will probably keep using our Story of Christmas Advent Calendar of little storybook ornaments because Benjamin loves it so much … [Read more...]

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Did it just hit you that Advent is almost here? OK, good, because it just hit me, too. Haven't ordered Advent candles yet? Well, you're in luck. Because Toadily Handmade Beeswax Advent Candles is sponsoring a giveaway and offering one Make Your Own Advent Candle Kit to the lucky winner! For the past four years, I've bought my Advent candles from them because they are not only prettier than … [Read more...]

Little HolyDays: Christmas Eve Edition!

The waiting is almost over! Our Lord is almost here! It has been such a joy to observe Advent along with so many of you that participated in this link up. Today I get to "curate" the posts from last week and share my very favorites with you. But I'll be honest, I had a hard time narrowing it down. There were so many beautiful posts.  I was inspired by the reflections on Advent and waiting in … [Read more...]

Little Holydays: Third Week of Advent

Yesterday was Gaudete Sunday when we are reminded to wait with joy for the coming of Our Lord. In light of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, it was difficult to do anything but grieve this weekend. I did find joy in the presence of my sweet family and savored each moment with them with a grateful heart. On Saturday I posted this reflection on the darkness of Advent and … [Read more...]

…That Mourns in Lonely Exile Here…

I wrote these thoughts two years ago during Advent when dear friends lost a child. I think they are fitting as we are all mourning for those affected by the tragedy of the Sandy Hook school shooting. How do we wait and hope amidst such grief? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel has always been my favorite … [Read more...]

Little HolyDays: First Advent

Something from the archives today. I wrote this little reflection soon after Benjamin was born. It feels appropriate especially since I'm expecting during Advent again. Don't forget to link up with Little HolyDays with your old and new posts for this second week of Advent (Link Up at the bottom of the page)! I was huge. Not just big—gigantic. Even before I entered my third trimester, … [Read more...]