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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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Good morning, my friends! I just wanted to pop in quickly this morning to tell you I am moving my Tea Journal post to tomorrow, because today looks to be quite busy! (Did you all know it's just THREE days... Continue reading
Posted 5 hours ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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The Winter Solstice arrives on Sunday, roundabouts 6:03 p.m. ... and with it comes the Sun! (or the return thereof!) Yes, there will be a little more sunlight each and every day until the June solstice - so soak up... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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It's hard to believe, but the little boy who was just four when I started this blog, is now 13 years old! Earlybird shares his birthday with my dad, and so we always celebrate these two special guys together. On... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
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(Or mess, as the case may be.) "Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are." ~ Marianne Williamson My friends, this day did not go as planned, and the "vision" I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at By Sun and Candlelight
Thank you, Penny! We had a nice birthday brunch yesterday for both birthday boys. :)
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Happy Friday, my friends! I'm so excited to share a couple of book giveaways today! All the details are below, but before I get to that, I also want to mention that Monday's Advent Tea Journal topic will be: JOY.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Thank you so much, Penny and Mary! You are both so sweet to me, and so encouraging. Bless you for making me smile every time I see your names! (And Penny, thank you for the solstice lantern reminder! I think I might try to sneak that craft in!!) Love to you both.
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Yesterday's Christmas vocabulary word was: snowman. And so ... I planned to watch The Snowman with the boys, which is an animated version of an absolutely wonderful storybook by Raymond Briggs. I have loved this short movie for many years... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Well, the weather here is rather dreary (another day of cold, driving rain), but that's ok, we're having fun with our daily Advent calendar! Yesterday's Christmas vocabulary word was "bell" and so we listened for church bells and the sounds... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at By Sun and Candlelight
Shirley Ann, I am nibbling a tart (yes, at breakfast, lol) as I type this reply and thinking of you! I just adore these flavors (so Christmas-y) and the weight of these tarts - surprisingly heavy for such a little treat! Thinking of you today and wishing you well! :)
Oh Mary, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and as always, the wonderful links!!! I do love gingerbread, yes! In fact, I'm hoping to make a gingerbread birthday cake (cupcakes?) for Earlybird's birthday this weekend. I will definitely be checking out that blog! Never ever worry about "talking too long" here ... you know how I feel about that! (I love it and do it myself!) Enjoy your day, my friend! :)
Thank you, Gill! I will make these notes on my recipe. :)
Jo, you nailed it - remembering that God is bigger than whatever it is I'm stressing over. Asking for His help (and the help of our Blessed Mother) immediately calms me ... just turning it over right there and then. :)
Oh, Penny, you make me feel so humbled when you say things like that! I do try for peace as much as possible, but honestly, like anyone, I have my moments (daily) of complete UNPEACE lol. (Not a word, but you know what I mean ...) Hope you're having a great week! Our tree is still standing in a corner of the living room, at an angle, awaiting lights. S'ok ... it will get done!! :)
What a beautiful idea, Denise! I am going to keep the index card tip in mind ... even as a reminder for what/who I'm trying to focus my thoughts and prayers on. :)
Gill, I'm so glad you suggested this book! My library has a copy so I've put in a hold request. Thank you! It sounds lovely. :)
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Happy Monday, my friends! Welcome to another afternoon tea. :) Today we begin the second week of Advent, and it is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, one of those lovely Marian feasts we enjoy celebrating at home in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at By Sun and Candlelight
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Thank you, ladies! I had fun putting this together. You all know how I love my seasonal planning! :)
Many thanks, to all, for your lovely comments. I appreciate your support and thoughts so much! :)
Sarah, thank you so much for this very kind comment! I think I might try a poll of sorts - I think I threw the book idea out there once upon a time but for the life of me, I can't find the post to re-read what people said! Lol. I would really like one of my New Year's goals to be a book project and your encouragement really spurs me on! Thank you!! :)
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Well my friends ... here, at last, is my Advent activity outline! Below I have listed each date in Advent, the sticker (vocab word) I've chosen for that day, and the activity ideas I have noted in my plans. As... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at By Sun and Candlelight
Oh, Jo - thank you so much! I would dearly love to do a book someday, I'm just not sure how to go about doing it! I have to hone my focus (what would I include?) and then figure out how to have it published. Thank you so much for this encouragement, it really does mean a lot to me! :)
Susan, I got them through Amazon - there is a link in my post above. There are several themed sticker books by this publisher and I might order more to continue with the vocabulary cards!
SHirley, I think that sounds like a wonderful post - I will definitely start up a draft so we can discuss this challenge. Thank you for the suggestion. I've changed my prayer habits a lot over the years, and am constantly trying to find a better rhythm. The Magnificat is a wonderful resource! I love the small magazine format, but you can also get it for your phone (as I understand). Thanks so much for this idea, Shirley - I'll get that draft started! (Might be nice ahead of the new year ...)
Thank you, everyone for your very kind comments! I'm working on the follow-up post now ... hope to get it up later today or perhaps tomorrow. :) Blessings!