My three-year-old daughter brought me a picture the other day. She said, “Daddy, here is a picture of you.” She handed me the picture. This particular picture was taken before she was born. In it were the three older children with a red-suited man who had a long, white beard. Santa Claus. Ever since my oldest daughter was old enough to understand language, I have
Watching the music box at our aunt and uncle’s house. This week we were still in the midst of celebrating Christmas with family. Visiting friends at Starbucks. Just enjoying break. I also got in the little bit of homeschool planning each day. New readers! I’ve reserved our Tapestry of Grace library books, done a bit of notebook prep, typed out new ideas, plans and played
All is quiet this early morning of Christmas Eve. I’m the only one up, enjoying the lights on our Christmas tree. Thinking of all the joy and noise ahead. Today I’ll cook a bunch of Italian Stuffed Shells for our Christmas Eve supper. Make a faux pecan pie to enjoy Christmas Day. The hashbrown casserole is in the oven right now for our breakfast in
What fun it is to…laugh! 1. Make Christmas cookies | 2. Get an early Christmas present – new washer and dryer! | 3. Go on a library trip then laugh over Diary of a Spider | 4. Make tents on a rainy day | 5. Catch Eldest Boy in the laundry room again | 6. Start the day with sharks | 7. Be with homeschool
We’re riding over to my aunt and uncle’s house for the reunion type holiday gathering. The Christmas music is playing from the local Christian station. An ad comes on. The voice lists all the goodness of the season. Christmas lights, children not able to sleep on Christmas Eve, good food, family. This is what Christmas is all about, the voice says. Littlest Girl doesn’t let
I found myself looking through my archives for some Christmas favorites. So, I thought it would be good to place them all in a nice little spot. Favorites like recipes we use often in December, advent resources and holiday and winter art. He appeared and the soul felt its worth… From all three Hodgepodge categories – homemaking, homecooking and homeschooling: Christmas Ponderings: Three Gifts for
Infant holy, infant lowly, For His bed a cattle stall; (~ Middle Girl singing a solo last night in church special, Get to the Manger) …Oxen lowing, little knowing Christ the child is Lord of all. Swiftly winging, angels singing, Bells are ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the child is Lord of all! Christ the child is Lord of all! ~Children leading us in worship on
A peaceful spot. The boys examining a slug while listening to the birds. Keep calm and count on. Encouragement posted above my coffee pot. You may remember, earlier in the week, I had a refocus? This has been the week for everything. Every possible event (and still going). But, they are each and every one – blessings. Midweek I said some weary words to Nana.