Archive | December, 2010

Trimming the Tree

People, look east. The time is near Of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able, Trim the hearth and set the table. People, look east and sing today: Love, the guest, is on the way. We couldn’t find the boy scouts yesterday and the other lot must have sold […]

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The Mystery of Christmas

In the childhood of the spiritual life, when we have just begun to allow ourselves to be directed by God, then we feel his guiding hand quite firmly and surely. But it doesn’t always stay that way. Whoever belongs to Christ, must go the whole way with him. He must mature to manhood; he must […]

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My Favorite Christmas Songs

Today we bought our Christmas tree; but more about that later. I’ve found that in the past couple of years I’ve usually switched over from my Advent playlist to my Christmas playlist at the time we get our tree. Somehow it feels fitting. I don’t totally eschew Christmas songs in Advent; but I do have […]

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Love and the Ridiculous

It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous, that you realize just how much you love them! Anyone can admire somebody for being handsome or amusing or charming, but that bubble is soon pricked when a trace of ridicule comes in. I should give as my advice to […]

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Does this kind of thing happen to anyone else? Ben grabs the timer off the counter. He’s not supposed to play with it; but I’m distracted and let it slide for a minute while I finish measuring out the flour and other dry ingredients for my bread. After all, it isn’t a matter of his […]

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Slow Advent Updates 2

Ben has neither raincoat nor boots to call his own. He borrowed a coat of Sophie’s and got his sneakers wet and muddy. But look at that face! While my Minnesota friends are digging out, we have rain. I let the kids go out and stomp in the puddles even though it mean Ben went […]

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7 Quick Takes

The usual quips from my twitter feed with random photos uploaded from my camera that have nothing to do with the accompanying text. My quick takes are so boring and predictable. —1— Finger painting. There is a moment that happens almost every morning while I’m eating my breakfast when a toddler climbs into my lap […]

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Immaculate Mary, Your Praises We Sing

Ben and Sophie watched videos with Dom while I took Bella to the bathroom. We managed to get out of the house early yesterday morning. Made it to 8:15 Mass at the Pastoral Center, aka “Daddy’s work”. It was a beautiful Mass, simple, prayerful. A little surprise at the beginning as Father turned and smiled […]

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St Nicholas Day

I was too tired last night to upload these photos. Good thing I went to bed early too; Ben had a nasty middle of the night scream fest. So without further ado, here are the highlights of yesterday morning. Shoes with chocolate gold coins and holy cards. St Nicholas book waiting for the children to […]

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