Unwrapping the Names of Jesus: An Advent Devotional by Asheritah Ciuciu

Take time this Advent season to prepare your heart to worship Jesus as never before with this lovely new devotional!


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Even though we have plenty of wonderful Advent and Christmas traditions around here (see this post to learn all about our Shepherd on the Search and Celebrate the Season fun!), I'm excited to discover something new to add in to our days that I can enjoy during some "me" time:


Latticed Learning - Character Traits

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!


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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Christmas Nature Crafts for Red & Lulu!

Books become even better when you pair them with fun activities!

See what we did to go along with this month's Christmas-themed Monthly Crafting Book Club theme.



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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun Monthly Crafting Book Club - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We had some great times last year (see links at the end of this post) and have continued the fun this year:


January - Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs
February - Giraffes Can't Dance Roll-a-Dance Die
March - How Do Dinosaurs...Social Skills Game
April - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Box
May - Unique Nature Creations
June - Pinkalicious-Inspired Collage Art
July - Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Can Craft
August - Homemade Bow and Arrow Flight Investigation
September - Who Can Blow the Biggest Pumpkin Challenge
October - Pete the Cat Shoe Fun!


This month, our little group is having fun with nonreligious Christmas books. We love Christmas books around here, so that made choosing a book to focus on incredibly difficult.

However, we recently discovered a new favorite and knew it would make a good theme for some Christmas crafts:





Project Snapshot - Week 203

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)

She colors an outfit onto the pony, comes in and gives it a bath, and then heads back out to continue the fashion show. This has been going on for the past 2.5 hours!


A very average photo for an average day.

After a weekend of spending more-hours-than-usual at the rink and cooler-than-normal temps (it's only 72 right now -- I can't believe it!), Gv's been taking it easy this morning, just hanging out on the porch in her wagon, coloring all sorts of outfits onto her found-on-our-trip My Little Pony.

I'm still doing laundry, but I'm planning to read a bit on the porch later, in-between loads.

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Mrs. Oswald Chambers by Michelle Ule

An inspiring story of a woman ahead of her time, devoted to her husband and committed to serving God's kingdom. 



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I've lived my whole life with a vague awareness of My Utmost for His Highest but until this past year, I'd never actually read any of it.

Now that I'm nearing the end of the 365-day book, I finally understand why it remains the world's bestselling devotional.

That's why I was so excited when this biography arrived:


5 After 5, Top Christmas Wish List Items for Kids

If you have little ones around your house, have they already started a Christmas wish list?



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Top Christmas wish list items for kids


Just five things? Ha! I've got no less than five slips of paper sitting next to me already with scribbled notes of all the things Gv is super-excited about for this Christmas!

The top five items will vary wildly depending on your child's age and interests, but in case you have a 4-year-old who's a little offbeat like her mama, these ideas might help you out:

Friday Frivolity - Fast Food Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we relived some of Gomer Pyle's silliest moments.

This week brings us Fast Food Day, so we're filling our bellies full of greasy junk.

We-ell, I actually can't handle all that grease, so I'm digging up some of the best fast food commercials from the past:

The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes by Julia Finley Mosca

Get to know Dr. Patricia Bath -- the scientist who never lost sight of her dreams -- in this inspiring, fact-filled book!


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This second book in the Amazing Scientists Series illuminates the story of Dr. Patricia Bath -- a woman who overcame obstacles and developed a game-changing treatment for blindness!


The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes

Latticed Learning - Structures

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!


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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca

Get to know Dr. Temple Grandin -- one of the world's quirkiest science heroes -- in this fun, fact-filled book!


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I'm always on the lookout for great nonfiction books for kids and this fun biography of Dr. Temple Grandin fits that bill perfectly!


The Girl Who Thought in Pictures