Happy New Year !!!

I am always excited about a new year !! There is nothing more promising then a fresh start, and the new year is the big one , the biggest fresh start we get, once every 52 weeks. The newness of the fresh year passes quickly as do many of our resolutions !! Regardless of that,…

Getting back into routines in the New Year – Young Wife’s Guide

Getting back into routines in the New Year
on January 14, 2016 by Jami Balmet

I am focusing on cultivating more joy in my life this year. Slowing down long enough to be thankful for all that God gives. Choosing gratitude and intentionally being content, truly content, throughout my days. My goals and focus this year all have to do with choosing JOY!

But the thing is, it’s really hard to focus on Joy, when you’re living in chaos! And our days have been chaos for the last 6-12 months. Having a set of twins, 2 sibling’s weddings, Thanksgiving, my husband’s birthday, Christmas, my older twins 3rd birthday, and my birthday all within six months is the perfect recipe for a chaotic Fall.

Authentic Suburban Gourmet: Classic French Onion Soup 

This week the days have been a bit warmer in the Bay Area, yet the evenings are crisp. I crave a brilliant bowl of piping hot soup when there is a chill in the air and the sky is dark. It brings a sense of comfort and warmth. Our fireplace has gone non-stop this winter and it brings us much joy.

Introducing the Homemaking 101 Series By Thankful Homemaker

“In contrast to the wise woman, the foolish woman is not content to be a keeper at home. She is not satisfied with where God has put her. One of the things the feminist movement has done so successfully is to stir up discontent in women with being homemakers and to convince them that other…

Monday Mom Confessions: Not Everyone Loves Christmas

From December 2015. Christmas In Our Neck Of The Woods Love Sarah This has been a week of EXTREME HIGHS AND LOWS. I am still wrapping my head around the EVENTS that have taken place.I am FINALLY FEELING THE SPIRIT OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ADVENT NOW CHRISTMAS SEASON.SO IS DANNY. (Sort of.) He is relieved ,…

How To Feel Awe And Wonder Again On Christmas Morning

By One Thing Alone How to Feel Awe and Wonder Again on Christmas Morning In the middle of playing patty-cakes, my toddler stops short, awe and wonder written on her face, lips pursed in rapt attention, eyebrows knitted, finger stretched to the sky. And then I hear it: a plane buzzing overhead. A grin spreads…

The Stubbornness of Intentional Gratitude {For Those Lonely On Christmas}

The Stubbornness of Intentional Gratitude By Jennifer Dukes Lee, {From Sarah:This was a post Jennifer wrote for Thanksgiving. I thought it was also appropriate for any day…Like Christmas Day. Merry Christmas to those of you who are alone today. Or Lonely. Love Sarah} The days when I don’t feel like singing at all, are the days when…

Miracle on 34th Street Review By Classic For A Reason

From Sarah: This is one of the best blogs I know of for reviews on CLASSIC Movies… Miracle On 34Th Street is one of my all times favorites. Not just at Christmas but anytime…. Miracle on 34th Street, 1947, 20th Century Fox. Starring Maureen O’Hara, Natalie Wood, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn. Directed by George Seaton….

Merry Christmas From Our Neck Of The Woods

From Sarah : Christmas Eve From Last Year. 2015 This has been a week of EXTREME HIGHS AND LOWS. I am still wrapping my head around the EVENTS that have taken place.I am FINALLY FEELING THE SPIRIT OF THIS BEAUTIFUL ADVENT NOW CHRISTMAS SEASON.SO IS DANNY. (Sort of.) He is relieved , as I am…

12 Absolute BEST Family Christmas Traditions

3. The Nativity Movie

Watching The Christmas Story in drama form is something the entire family looks forward to. You can’t really have Christmas without this Christmas tradition, right? Snuggling up with mugs of hot cocoa or chai to remember the reason we celebrate is definitely a highlight of Christmas for me.

12 Absolute BEST Family Christmas Traditions

1. Fingerfood Dinner

With all the preparations that go into Christmas parties and outreach, this little tradition is pure bliss for me. My kids love choosing one fingerfood each to prepare, like a crackers and cheese tray, quartered sandwiches, chips and dip, brownies, or a fruit tray. They prepare it themselves with help from me as needed. It is fun, tasty… and easy on a busy momma!

Advent Calendar Day 24: A German Christmas | Solveig Werner

rman, but grew up in Germany the US and France. Still Christmas stayed a completely German affair. Not all parts of Germany are very Christmassy, nor are all Germans Christians. Still Christmas is important.

Today, I want to share some of my traditions for the 24th of December, or Heiligabend (Holy Evening).
The 24th of December starts with the opening of the last bag, window or door of the advent calendar. Because Christmas is almost here! Actually celebrations happen on the 24th rather than on the 25th. Today things are different for many Children in Germany, because most will be banned from the living room for most of the day.

In the living room, one can hear parents or grandparents (the number of adults allowed inside is often limited, at least in my family, to preserve the magic) rummaging around as they are transforming it into a magical place. Many kids will at one point in their life try to get a look through the keyhole or if the door is made out of glass through the makeshift curtains. Are the mountains of presents big? Where are my presents?
But quickly this nosiness will be taken over by a feeling of guilt, hoping that no one saw. I recall that one year I threw a look through the keyhole and all I could see were presents hidden underneath tea towels, I guess I was in the age of curiosity and my parents knew it.
The 24th must be the slowest day of the year for kids, and the quickest for adults. It drags on, and even though it is right after the winter solstice it seems as though night does not want to fall.
The Christmases with snow make the wait so much easier, as one can go sleighing, build a snowman or just have fun outside. It’s also the moment for those last minute presents and creation of window decorations.

With the day dragging on slowly or sprinting past (it’s a question of perspective) everyone is relieved when it is time to go to church. The 24th seems to be the day of the year for which churches exist… My family often goes to Church, but not always. Here in Paris it is not easy to find a Lutheran service, especially if you are looking for it to be held in German…

Making Memories: Christmas Edition

Making Memories: Christmas Edition By Beth Walker Making Memories: Christmas Edition One of the sayings our family has picked up from my coach husband’s college football teams is “making memories.” The teams use this phrase when great things happen, like an overtime win, but more often they use it when something hard happens. My husband,…

Home {Alone} For Christmas – 10 Activities To Do With Your Littles On Christmas ⋆ A Little R & R

I’ll admit it – it was a lot easier preparing my heart to be alone on Christmas than it was to actually be alone on Christmas.

Okay – I wasn’t technically alone: I had my kids with me. But a 14-month old and an almost 3 year old do not really understand Christmas.

After the initial depression wore off, I decided I needed to be proactive and come up with a plan of distraction. Ever been there?

After a fun Facebook post where people shared their ideas, this is what we came up with!

Here are 10 activities you can do with your littles when you’re home alone for Christmas