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October

October

Welcome, October! My favorite month of the entire year!! Today, October greets me with cold rain. But the rest of the month promises crisp air, crunchy and bright leaves, orange pumpkins and everything that makes fall fabulous. Today also is the Feast of St. Therese of Liseux. I didn’t know her growing up, but like Our Blessed Mother, I am getting to know her better slowly and steadily during these recent years. And I am grateful for growing in holy…

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Fall Book Basket

Fall Book Basket

A basket, devoted to seasonal books, sits in our family room. This time of year, I love the books that this basket contains. Fall books. Some of my favorites. Here is a rundown of what’s in our fall book basket. Some all-time favorites. As well as some new-to-us ones, too. I try to purchase one or two each year to build up our collection. But I also rely on our library to fill in. Too Many Pumpkins How to Make…

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Making This House Into a Home

Making This House Into a Home

Takes time. And patience. And extra resources. Not for extravagant things, mind you. But for things we often take for granted—like bathroom mirrors and window coverings. [As of last night, we finally have mirrors, thanks to my sweet and handy husband. It was such a breeze getting ready this morning, without having to look into a handheld mirror to make sure my hair looked decent. But we still only have paper shades in the essential rooms of the house, like…

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September Status

September Status

New home: This is the month I have been waiting for. This is the month we move into our new home. Only weeks, days left. Yes, I am welcoming September with open arms for this reason alone. Time to pack (again): Today, I begin decluttering our townhouse in preparation for packing. We have lived without a lot for the past six months. Most of our belongings are in storage. But I have noticed that we have still accumulated unnecessary stuff,…

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Wrapping Up Thanksgiving

Wrapping Up Thanksgiving

As I mentioned before, this was the first year I hosted Thanksgiving. It seems kind of odd to still be talking about Thanksgiving on this first Sunday of Advent, but it’s also the last day of that long, wonderful Thanksgiving-Day weekend! So … Overall, it was a really fun day! The biggest glitch was that the turkey wasn’t done when everyone arrived, like I had planned. But I think it was worth the wait … It turned out delicious (thank…

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May They Rest in Peace

May They Rest in Peace

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, my older daughters’ school went to a local cemetery to pray for the poor souls in Purgatory. Since it was at the end of the school day, the parents joined them and the students were dismissed from there. Even though the Christmas carols were already being aired over the radio and decorations had long been up in stores, it was—and is—still November, the month that we remember and pray for those who have gone before…

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Ever So Thankful

Ever So Thankful

I am ever so thankful for so many blessings … Here are just a few: + a wonderful, long-overdue date with my husband to celebrate our eighth anniversary. We went to a concert and then to Mass at a little French church in the city. Afterward, we ate dinner at a new Asian restaurant. We had drinks, appetizers, dinner, dessert—the works! It was so much fun! + my husband, who is the sensible one around here. He’s always helping me…

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An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving

I recently enjoyed An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving. It was just right for this time of year. I was pleasantly surprised to find a movie about Thanksgiving, the holiday that’s so lovely yet almost forgotten in our commercial-Christmas society. (Have you been to Target recently? Or have you looked through the Sunday newspaper ads? It’s as if Christmas is a week away, not six!) I rented An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving at Blockbuster, but I see that it will be airing on the Hallmark…

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Ever So Thankful

Ever So Thankful

I am joining Barbara at Praying for Grace in her November Ever So Thankful posts. I thought this was such a beautiful idea, especially as I have been thinking about how we can bring a bit more thankfulness into our Thanksgiving Day this year … So, I am thankful for: + 64-degree days in November. We had a beautiful weekend! + Pumpkin scones at Starbucks. A wonderful fall treat. + These festive red cups that come out this time of…

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