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Grace before

Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, remember to give thanks for the many blessings in your life.

You say grace before meals. All right. But I say, grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. -GK Chesterton

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Favorite Advent resources

I love the Advent season. There’s something special about the anticipation of something, about enjoying the destination towards a grand event. Advent comes from the Latin word that means “arrival”—it’s the anticipation of a notable person, thing, or event. It always sneaks up on me, and it’s especially true this year—with American Thanksgiving later in (read more…)

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Weekend links

Ten thoughts on hosting Thanksgiving :: Shauna Niequist Simplicity, productivity, and the personal uniform :: Modern Mrs. Darcy Hospitality. But not the kind you’re thinking of :: The Nester A simple blessing to encourage hope :: Chatting at the Sky On returning home {Apple & Fennel Stuffed Salmon with Cider Sauce} :: Simple Bites … (read more…)

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How to simplify the holidays without feeling like a Scrooge

If I’m honest, I think it all goes back to the fact I never knew my mom. Don’t worry, this isn’t a sob story, just a fact. I never saw her leave a sink full of dishes or forget the snack she was supposed to bring to my school party. I never saw her stressing (read more…)

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Skills I want my children to have

When I was a kid, my sisters and I would play a lot of pretend games. We would often play “old timey” or alternatively, “future.” When we would play “future,” my favorite prop was a rectangular piece of cardboard I had turned into a magic touch-screen device that could access all information in every book (read more…)

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