This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 76

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Coming Up in the Liturgical Year: Well, the twelve days of Christmas are almost over. We are finally almost all over whatever it was we had (Gwen and Lucy are still a bit snuffly, but otherwise cheerful). I was pretty disappointed to have to scrap almost all our Christmas fun plans. But I did finally get around to trying to make a Buche de Noel this year!


Gluten-Free Buche de Noel (Yule Log) made from the Nourished Kitchen recipe. Yum. Rich and fancy, but not too sweet. I’ve been meaning to make one for the past two years and it just never worked out.

We have supplies to make Gingerbread houses and Daniel wants to make Figgy Pudding and “some kind of drink that’s on fire” as we wind down Christmastide and celebrate Epiphany. And always make our festive take on the Gin and Tonic, the Three Kings Cocktail, on Epiphany:


(You can find the recipe in our liturgical year cookbook.)

The Quotable Benjamin:


This week Benjamin discovered that if you stare down a stink bug, it will spray you in the eye. Weird. Also, ouch.

Benjamin: “You know who babies love? Their big brothers.

Can we listen to that bossy Christmas song again?
Benjamin requesting “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

The Quotable Lucy:


Just transitioned this little gal to a “big girl bed” and she is loving it. She also loves her “Garth Vader” nightshirt.

Theology with 2-year-olds:
Me: “What’s your favorite thing about yourself, Lucy?
Lucy: “Jesus.”

Overheard from the hallway outside their room:

Lucy: “I wuv you, Benjamin.”
Benjamin: “I love you a thousand times until the counting ends.

(Are they always that sweet to each other? No. But wow, that was cute.)


The Quotable Gwen:


“Hey Mom, remember when you could leave me on a blanket and walk away for 3 seconds? GONE are the days! I will climb and push ALL THE THINGS!

Book Love:

What I Read in 2013

Did you join in on the What I Read in 2013 link up? If you did and still want to peruse some great book posts, head on over to the Modern Mrs. Darcy. I somehow missed that Anne was doing an awesome book link up, so if you linked up over here, be sure to share your post over there, too! And if I can get my act together (AKA have all five members of my family in good health simultaneously) I’ll be posting my 2014 Reading List soon.


Eucatastrophe in Everyday Life: Through a Glass Brightly (I loved this Coke ad so much and Kathryn’s description perfectly explains why it’s so good.)

The Blogging World Has Changed: Blossoming Joy

Why Busy Parents Should Always Go to Midnight Mass: Simcha Fisher (We’ve never gone to a midnight Mass with little ones, but Gwen’s godparents always take their kids on Christmas Eve. Have you tried it?)

And sweet Kendra included me in her blogging thank you notes. It made me think about all the bloggers I’m indebted to for linking to me and answering my questions and encouraging me. I should come up with my own thank you notes post.

Thank you:

A big thanks to Usborne Books and More (Erin Lenz) for sponsoring Carrots and the awesome giveaway of books (you can still enter the giveaway!)

Wishing you a blessed Epiphany!


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  1. Melissa H-K says

    Haley, I know you want to sell your book and your excitement about liturgical food tie-ins, but I’m afraid that my absolute favorite part of your blog is your quotable kids. They are ridiculously cute and smart and funny and I just love them!

    • Haley says

      Aw, thanks, Melissa! I sent a note of condolence to Meg hoping she would pass it on to you, as well. Your family has been very much in my thoughts and prayers.

      • Melissa H-K says

        I hope you aren’t offended, but I don’t know if she did or not. My mind (especially my memory) really hasn’t been working all that well. Thank you so much for reaching out to Meg and me and for your prayers!

  2. says

    We have been to Midnight Mass twice with our babies – the first time our son was 5 months, and this Christmas he was 2.5 years and we have a 4 month old daughter. We drove just under an hour to get there and Tony fell asleep on the way and slept through the whole thing (nearly two hours!). Evie slept the whole time, too, so we were able to really enjoy it. I love Midnight Mass, even though it probably wears me out the most. 🙂 Happy Epiphany!

    • Haley says

      But how did you feel the next day? Haha. That’s my worry. I think they would probably be sleepy and quiet (can you imagine?!) during the Mass but I’m worried that I’d be grumpy mom for Christmas day.

  3. says

    Oh my goodness…Haley, do you mind if I “steal” your Lucy theology quotation for further reflection on my blog? Obviously I’ll link back here and give her and you all proper credit. I just LOVE that…”out of the mouths of babes…” etc.

  4. says

    I wish I had more time to leave comments on my favorite blogs… had to today though to thank you for the link in my very favorite regular mishmash posts (Carrots Miscellany). I also have a bit more time today since I am nursing my own little Lucy who is so sick. Also, I’m eagerly awaiting an upcoming Amazon credit to get your ebook. The sight of fresh pomegranate in a beverage made me a little less patient. 🙂 Thanks again and God bless!

    • Haley says

      It’s a hand-me-down from big brother that I was about to pack away in the “boy’s clothes” boxes until I thought better of it! 🙂

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