I am thinking... about ways to keep a peaceful atmosphere as we enter the Advent season next week. I have plans that I need to carry through on so that we will have things ready to observe Advent as a family and as part of our homeschool day. I am also thinking of Christmas gifts, even more carefully than usual, in an effort to get things that will add to the atmosphere of joy rather than add to the clutter, cause arguments, etc. I am focusing on things that don't have a million small parts, for instance, because none of my children are ready to be responsible with those toys and activities they do have with lots of pieces. The bigger girls are each getting a box full of books, and I am considering a nice dress-up costume each that they have been wanting. Lucy is getting a new toy shopping cart, most likely, to replace the broken one we have. If I can replace things, then that means I am not bringing additional stuff into the house. Less is more. As a friend and I were talking about this a few months ago, she said something that struck me: "We want to teach our children the virtue of poverty." I like how she put that. Overconsumption and a consumerism attitude has to be addressed at the most basic unit of society, the family. And it is not stuff that makes the family happy and functional nor is it what gets us on the right path towards Heaven.
I am wondering... if my family members will ever be able to swallow cod liver oil without gagging (or complaining!). Lucy takes it like a champ, and I don't mind it either - I have been swallowing it like you'd swallow a pill. I have a very well-controlled gag reflex, apparently, or else the rest of my family doesn't!
|One of the moms made these cute lamb cupcakes for our snack at this month's meeting - our saint this month was St. Agnes, whose name means "lamb of God."|
I am hearing... Lucy's adorably cute, well-formed sentences. "Mommy, please help me move this out of the way. Thank you. Thank you, Mommy, for moving tunnel out of the way." There is a small pause between each word still. She is trying to push the broken shopping cart around the room, and the older girls set up the play tunnel for her recently.
To live the liturgical year... Last Friday was Cecilia's "nameday," and so she got a new holy card and a medal of St. Cecilia that morning. After our Little Flowers meeting that afternoon, we had a family cookout over a bonfire (okay, really it was a portable fire pit, but bonfire sounds better!), including s'mores and an apple butter cake. Cecilia was excited that the cookout was on her special day!
|The men are all by the fire, of course|
* School Tuesday morning
* Dentist appointment for me Wednesday morning where I will get a permanent crown put on, and hopefully not a recommendation for a root canal! :/
* Packing and traveling to Atlanta for Thanksgiving with my parents and brothers
* Dinner out in Atlanta with Chris to celebrate our anniversary!
* Target and Trader Joe's runs while in ATL
* Possible eye exams for the big girls