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Dawn
I'm a homeschooling mom of 4 boys ~ 18, 13, 11 and just born 5/26/13!
Interests: My interests include my family, my faith, home education, nature study, reading, journaling, planners, baking, crafts ... and coffee!
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Hello and Happy Thursday, my friends! Thank you so much for joining us for 4:00 teatime. :) As discussed in Monday's post, I'll be sharing readers' favorite cups and mugs here every day (or so) throughout Advent, and returning on... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at By Sun and Candlelight
Thanks, all! So glad this was of help to some of you! :)
Penny, you are too funny! I'm glad you enjoyed this post! Thanks so much for always making me smile and feel "heard."
My name is Dawn Michelle! :) But I was almost Michelle Dawn ... ;)
Ooh, this sounds very intriguing, Angie! I'm going to try it - we have all those ingredients on hand. Thanks for explaining how this works! (And thanks again for participating!)
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Hello and Happy Wednesday, my friends! Thank you so much for joining us for 4:00 teatime. :) As discussed in Monday's post, I'll be sharing readers' favorite cups and mugs here every day (or so) throughout Advent, and returning on... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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Hello and Happy Tuesday, my friends! Thank you so much for joining us for 4:00 teatime. :) As discussed in yesterday's post, I'll be sharing readers' favorite cups and mugs here every day (or so) throughout Advent, and returning on... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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Hello and Happy Monday, my friends! Today I am kicking off a little something new - well not really new for my blog, but new for this year! As you all know, I am running a "Winter Comforts Basket" giveaway... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
Hello my friends, and Happy Sunday! I'm back to talk a little more about Advent, and what I'd like to discuss today is the topic of celebrating the season with older kids ... I was inspired by a recent comment... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
Jackie, thank you so VERY much for this kind post. I am so encouraged and moved by your words! To be perfectly honest, I teared up when I read this yesterday because it is such a kind compliment and a huge vote of confidence! I will be working on this every chance I get! Blessings to you my friend! :)
Hi Gill, I'm not familiar with that book - but I just requested a copy from my library! Thanks for the tip. :) Enjoy your weekend! ~ Dawn
Hi Elizabeth, Thank you so much for your kind comments! I just amended my post to include the shortbread recipe I used. It's one I found through Pinterest ... http://www.jocooks.com/bakery/cookies-bakery/classic-shortbread-cookies/ Also, I apologize I didn't link you in the post - I just took care of that, too! Blessings, ~ Dawn
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Hello my friends and Happy Friday! Did this week go by REALLY fast or is it just me? Seriously - it feels like we were just finishing up Thanksgiving dinner and now here we are nearing the end of the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
Jackie, thank you so VERY much for this kind post. I am so encouraged and moved by your words! To be perfectly honest, I teared up when I read this yesterday because it is such a kind compliment and a huge vote of confidence! I will be working on this every chance I get! Blessings to you my friend! :)
Thank you, Amanda! Your words are lifting me up and making me smile! I hope you have a great day, and a Happy December 1st! :)
Hi Mona - the book is called Baby's Christmas. It's a small Jelly Beans book I got many years ago. Here it is on Amazon ... https://www.amazon.com/Babys-Christmas-Jellybean-Books-R/dp/0375801464/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1480606967&sr=1-1&keywords=Baby%27s+Christmas+jelly+bean+book Hope that helps! :)
Thank you so much, Penny - as always - for your super kind words and support. It means SO much to me to know you're enjoying my posts. :) ANd thank you for the nature study rec! I will have to check it out - it certainly does sound right up my alley! Take care, and talk soon ... ~ Dawn
Michelle, ever since I saw your comment yesterday I've been brainstorming some ideas! I will share them in my next post and/or get back to your comment here. It's a tricky thing, involving older kids - and mine are the same ages as yours! Because we still have younger kids who do all the usual holiday crafts and activities and things, it's easy to rope the older boys into whatever is going on, but I do think it's nice to have things just for them. Hope to get back to you soon!
You are all so very kind! Thank you so much for all this wonderful encouragement. I really REALLY would love to do a book and I promise, I am working on it ... or something. It's so hard to know how to put it together! I'm not at a loss for words and ideas but it's the format I'm grappling with. Jackie, I like the 4-part idea - that would suit me fine! Blessings to all and thank you, again!
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Hello again, my friends! It's a busy posting week here as we get our Advent season underway! This Friday I will host my first Advent Tea - and I am so excited about that! - but right now I'd like... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Hello, my friends and a Good Tuesday to all! I hope your new week is off to a great start. :) In today's post I'd like to share some thoughts on each of the sections in my Advent Planner. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Elizabeth, thank you so much! Happy Thanksgiving! You can send me your picture(s) at ... drhanigan AT gmail DOT com Looking forward to hearing from you! Blessings, ~ Dawn
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Hello, my friends ~ and Happy Thanksgiving Eve! :) Things here are all a-bustle as we prepare for tomorrow's big family gathering. My happiest news is that our oldest son came home last night from college! It is so good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at By Sun and Candlelight
Thank you so much, Billie Jo! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. :)
Hi Helena! First, the book at the top is called A Time to Keep - my favorite of all my Tasha Tudor books! She describes each month as it is lived by a lovely farm family. Here is a link: https://www.amazon.com/Tasha-Tudor/e/B000APGDO2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1479591024&sr=8-1 As for the candles - I too usually buy my Advent candles from our local Catholic shop. I have also bought votives and tapers at the craft store (Michaels or AC Moore up here) and they have been all right. And though I have not ordered from Renaissance Farms before I know Nissa, and her family is just lovely. They sell a set of *beeswax* tapers and votives in Advent colors that I'm sure would be wonderful. Here is a link: https://shop.renaissance-farms.com/73-candles-and-incense Hope that gives you some ideas! In the past I have even used good quality plain colored (white or beeswax) candles in purple and pink decorated containers. (Glass with tissue paper usually.) Just another thought! Take care and thank you so much for your comments! :)