This was the first week of our extended Christmas break. We take off from Thanksgiving week through New Years week. Because we start in July, this is our half-way point and an extended break hits the spot. A couple of the kids will probably still do xtramath most days, everyone will still practice piano and do their chores, and we’ll have a brief Advent Morning Time so that we can sing Christmas carols and add ornaments to our Jesse Tree.
This week, though, was mostly a “catch up on all the cleaning tasks that I never get to.” Of course I didn’t do all of them, but I started with the ones that bothered me the most and the ones that were most noticeable to the public and made significant progress. Then we hosted Thanksgiving with my husband’s side of the family, which was a fun day of cousin play, apple fritters (my husband’s specialty), board games, and lots of food. Hans even made the layered jello salad this year, and did a beautiful job.
Favorite homeschool Instagram of the week:
Favorites: A Third Day Naturals Giveaway!
Third Day Naturals is a family-owned artisan source for lovely soaps, lotions, lip balm, and more. They’ve graciously offered a gift set worth over $50 and in the winner’s choice to one of my readers. Just leave a comment in order to be entered to win. (FYI: I am an affiliate for this company, but I also buy and use their products myself – after they sent me a gift pack, I was sold. Plus I love supporting a family business.).
If you’re looking to do a little Christmas gift shopping this weekend, Third Day Naturals has created a discount code just for you: SIMPLY20 will get you 20% off your entire order now through December 31st, and they have free priority shipping on orders over $37. Their lip balms are my favorite, as is the facial scrub. My kids (are supposed to) use the tea tree soap for their faces.
The gift pack they are giving away to one reader includes
- 1 soap
- 1 lotion bar (full size)
- 1 sugar scrub
- 1 healthy jelly
- 2 lip balms
- 1 body butter
each item will be in the winner’s choice of scent.
Enter to win, try out their products, and fall in love with them. :)
Feed for ‘phones
Some good reading for the weekend around the ‘net:
by Michael Hornbaker at CiRCE
In Life Together Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us that the dreams, agendas, and visions we bring to our communities are often our greatest hindrances and the sources of our crises. Yet, as Bonhoeffer points out “God’s grace speedily shatters such dreams. Just as surely as God desires to lead us to a knowledge of genuine Christian fellowship, so surely must we be overwhelmed by a great disillusionment with others, with Christians in general, and if we are fortunate, with ourselves.”
Gratitude is the key to an organized attitude.
by Kevin DeYoung at The Gospel Coalition
I find it easy to ask God for things. I find it relatively easy to confess sin, perhaps because I have so much of it and feel guilty for it. It is harder for me to give thanks, not because I think I’m too proud to say thank you, but because I don’t have my eyes open to see all that God has done and is doing.
Thanksgiving is over, but gratitude should never be.
by Celeste Cruz at Joyous Lessons
As usual, my organizational strategy consists of a series of paper forms that keep our home humming along.
I bet you all love a good planning post as much as I do. :)
Get Ready for Christmas!
I’m taking this seminar from Rachel Jankovic next week and I highly recommend it to you all. I’ve listened to most of her seminars, and never regretted it. She’s always good for a shot-in-the-arm of truth and clear thinking.