Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #123 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
I’m back! Let me share a little of what I was up to last month 😉
I can’t believe that we’re into December already! Although we had five weeks in November, the time flew by, as I’m sure it did for you, too! I kept pretty busy but I’m really happy to be back here on Wednesdays, sharing with all y’all!
One of the things I’m most excited about is the Prayer Challenge I put together: 31 Days of Praying for Your Homeschool.
An entire month of prayer dedicated to covering your family, your children, and your homeschool in prayer. It’ll be delivered via email (just in case a few of you might not be interested in it), so if you want “in” – sign up here. And you can read all the details about it here.
Another project was the series of gift guides we got started on – wonderful, interesting items to bless (almost) everyone in your family, targeting a variety of interests. Have you checked them out yet?
One more project was working on getting my book “Blessing the Next Generation” ready for publication. Still not ready for prime-time yet, but so much closer :-)! This book outlines a coming-of-age ceremony that we’ve been doing with all our children when they reach their 13th birthday. We consider it a Christian Bar/Bat Mitvah. In this crazy age we live in, when becoming an adult is equated with a first date or first drink, it’s crucial that our kids have something solid from which to launch into adulthood. The Blessing, serving as that launchpad, has been wonderful for our family and our children, and I’m praying that it will be wonderful for many, many other Christian families as well.
We’re back to features again this week! I’ve discovered a new format that looks clean and crisp and consistent. (It also enables me to feature a few more posts when I can…) Hope you like it!
And one last big “Thank you!” to the ladies who carried C&C last month – don’t forget to stop by and say “Hi!” to them once in a while 🙂
Now, back to our features!
Advent Activities for Kids from HomeschoolPreschool.net
December is my favorite month. It’s full of festivities and family. We talk about Santa coming, bake lots of cookies, and focus on the birth of our Savior.
If you, too, are looking for fun ways to focus on the real meaning of Christmas, you’ve come to the right place. While there are 25 advent activity posts shared below, there are over 200 individual advent activity ideas featured in these posts.
You will not be short on ideas after perusing these sites! Countdown to Christmas with these advent calendars and ideas.
15 Cozy Gifts for People Who Are Always Cold by DIYBudgetGirl.com
You may know I was hard at work last month working on gift guides for homeschoolers, so this definitely appealed to me… But you may NOT know that I, friends, am one of “those” people: someone who is ALWAYS cold (unless it’s 70* or above.)
We all know someone who is constantly cold. Or maybe you are the one who’s constantly cold. And if you’re one of those people, there are probably few things you appreciate more than gifts that will make you warm again.
If you know one of those people and need a gift idea, here are a few!
The Benefits of Serving with Your Children – BrightIdeasPress
This guest post by Suzanne Broadhurst reminds us how important it is to move away from the gift-giving mindset, and into the serving mindset during the Christmas season.
Do you wonder if serving others is worth the time and energy? Before we talk about the many benefits of serving with your children, let’s get real about time and energy. It’s limited.
We can’t serve everyone all the time. But we can serve those in our path, in our world a little at a time.
25 Christmas Specials That Are Near and Dear to Our Hearts from RedheadMom8
I love Christmas. I have always loved Christmas. One of my fondest memories of this time of year as a child was scouring the weekly TV guide for any and every Christmas special, circling them, and watching every. single. one- even changing channels back and forth if I had to. I was just nuts over them.
In fact, I even went so far as to record them on the VCR (Does anyone else remember Beta tapes? I’m dating myself…), and I would watch them year round. Used to drive my parents crazy.
Honestly, things haven’t changed much for me.
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