Our 2014 Advent & Christmas Book List

2014 Advent & Christmas Read-Aloud Book List

A few truths about me: I love reading aloud to my kids. It’s my favorite way to “waste time” with them. I could spend all day in a library reading children’s books. Advent is my favorite liturgical season. In my home educator role, I’m learning that I’m energized when I can pick a little from here, […]

Why Rest On Thanksgiving If Not Every Sunday?

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Maybe you’ve seen the following image floating about social media lately? We agree. And we get it. We both have siblings who work in retail, and we understand the conflict that occasionally arises when choosing between providing for and celebrating with your family. And while we appreciate the push for a Thanksgiving Day fast from consumerism, it seems like […]

November Daybook

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Outside My Window … Even with falling leaves, bare trees, frosty mornings, and the extra work required to bundle up the kids, I think I love November about as much as October.  And wow, look at that there. The camera captured a smile from Jude! :) Giving Thanks … For my husband. We celebrated our tenth […]

Shop Fair Trade and Give Gifts That Give Twice

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Psst! You. Yes, you. Have you heard? Christmas is nearing. See. I know, I know. I hear your collective groans through this digital space. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Shoot, it’s not even Halloween yet! What’s the rush, Schmidt? How about you prayerfully enter into Advent before mentioning Christmas!  Touché. But may I please have some latitude […]

The Challenge of Catholic Evangelization

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Note from Lisa: This post is written by my über-talented friend Tom Quiner, a Des Moines musician and composer, who has written a new musical, The Wedding at Cana. This musical is designed for musical dinner theater. What a novel concept, eh? And you could bring this production to your neck of the woods as well. […]