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Being Present to November: It’s Not Christmas Yet

Being Present to November: It’s Not Christmas Yet

If I had to guess the calendar date based on my favorite store’s décor, I would get it wrong. Fall pumpkins, cornucopias, and leafy garlands are nowhere to be found. Only messy remnants of Halloween remain on the clearance racks. Instead, I see Christmas trees, twinkle lights, and stockings. Signs and symbols of December, not early November. Whenever I see Christmas coming too early, I feel rushed and anxious. Suddenly, I think I am behind, as if I’ve missed a…

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Less is More: Building, Establishing, and Filling Spaces

Less is More: Building, Establishing, and Filling Spaces

Today is Day 24 of Resetting the Rhythms of Life. This week, we are focusing on our fourth (and final) theme: Refreshing Our Homes. So far, we have reflected and pondered about how we want to abide within our homes and how we pray within our homes. Today, let’s get a little practical. Let’s make a plan. Not a complete overhaul … but a gentle, intentional plan to be wise about our homes … how we abide in them and…

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Celebrating the Saints This Halloween With New Greeting Cards

Celebrating the Saints This Halloween With New Greeting Cards

As a little girl, I was always a little apprehensive about Halloween. I liked dressing up and feasting on candy, but some neighbors down the street created this haunted house experience in their front yard, and I wanted nothing to do with it. I don’t know if I just didn’t like feeling scared or if I actually sensed a type of evil in their decorations. What I do know is that it caused Halloween to be one of my least…

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Open Book: What I’m Reading This October

Open Book: What I’m Reading This October

Well, I started writing this Open Book post in September, but life happened, and I never got around to publishing it. As I turned the calendar to the new month of October, I was bound and determined to join Carolyn Astfalk and friends for this month’s Open Book feature on CatholicMom.com. And here I am! Do you find that your reading patterns change with the seasons? Summer seems to be the perfect time to read a little romance. They are easy, quick reads that…

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Daybook :: The World of Octobers + Day 12 :: 31 Days With Mary

Daybook :: The World of Octobers + Day 12 :: 31 Days With Mary

Outside my window … It is mid-October, and I wore shorts on Saturday. Today, the air has shifted, and it feels much more like October. The leaves have not been as vibrant this year, and I don’t know why. Every bright red and vivid orange tree I see makes me smile.   Thanking God for … * The month of October … my favorite * Beautiful fall weather … it seems like the fall is taking its time * Bright…

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Embracing Change by Leaning on God

Embracing Change by Leaning on God

As I look out my window, I notice the glorious changes taking place in nature. Bright green summer leaves are transforming to yellow, orange and red. There is a crispness in the once-warm breeze, and I notice pumpkins sitting on my neighbor’s porch. It is the first day of fall. Today begins my very favorite season of the year. I love the warm hues that paint the landscape, the weather that provides a chance to dig out the cozy sweaters…

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