This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 111 (St. Nicholas Day Edition!)

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Happy St. Nicholas Day! Life has been so busy busy. With Thanksgiving, launching our new book, starting Advent and just the usual crazy, it's been nonstop. I'm ready to start the Advent sloooooow dooooown. Last weekend we picked out our Christmas tree at the farm we always go to. It was Gwen's first year in the thick of it and she loved it. She also sported the nerdy Christmas sweater … [Read more...]

Blog Tours, Invitations, Shows About Dresses, and More!

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First of all you are cordially invited to a Facebook Party to celebrate our new ebook launch on Thursday evening (9:30 pm EST) to chat liturgical year traditions, Advent, and whatever strikes our fancy! Oh, and I have tons of giveaway prizes to give out (including candles, beautiful prints, picture books, print copies of Feast! and, of course, a few copies of our new ebook!. It'll be like a hobbit … [Read more...]

Five Random Things

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This picture has nothing to do with this post. But look how cute these sisters are on our trip to the museum (where we simply HAD to go because Day 3 of being cooped up inside while it rained and poured outside isn't good on anyone's sanity). Grandma's attic in the Museum of FL History is the place to be. Ok. Moving on. Five notable things have happened in the last few days: one tragic, two … [Read more...]

Why Do We Still Love Jane Austen?

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It’s been 200 years since Jane Austen’s novels were published and yet, Jane mania is still in the air. If you don’t believe me, just look to the 12ft inflatable Mr. Darcy (eerily favoring Colin Firth) floating in London’s Hyde Park last summer. (Clearly, I’m not the only one who loves the 1995 Pride and Prejudice miniseries.) Modern Janeites remain captivated, but do we know why Austen’s so … [Read more...]

Slowing Down Around the Table (My first post over at Kitchen Stewardship)

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Remember how I told you that I'll be contributing to one of my favorite blogs, Kitchen Stewardship, once a month? Well my first post is up! "...But dinnertime is about much more than cramming wholesome calories into our families (although that’s a worthy goal!). It’s not just about consuming the “right” things, it’s about savoring the ingredients, process, and connections. It’s about … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 100 (100!)

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ONE HUNDRED?! Wow. I feel like I should have something exciting to offer for sticking with me all the way to 100! But all I've got is the usual programming of photos, and links, and miscellany. We had a tea party for our "first day of school" last Monday. Honestly, school days don't look much different from summer days. We write letters and mail them for handwriting/spelling practice. We … [Read more...]

This Week’s Miscellany: Vol. 94

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It's been one of those weeks. Stomach bug weeks. Lots of extra laundry, sad little ones, fevers, and enough Netflix to fry our brains while we all pile on mama's bed and recover. Poor Lucy had it the worst. Temp of 103.5! That's the worst fever we'd had over here in as long as I can remember. She was the most darling little invalid. Gwen and Daniel were mostly unscathed. Everybody's … [Read more...]

Answer Me This! Kendra’s in France, So I Ask ALL THE QUESTIONS!

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While the lovely Kendra is globetrotting in Europe, I get to host her awesome link up: Answer me this! Here's my answers to last week's questions. Next week's questions are below, so join in on the fun!   1. What's the scariest thing that's ever been in your yard?   If you're talking about our current yard, I'd probably have to say our creepy next-door-neighbor who always seems to be … [Read more...]

Benjamin, Native Texan, speaks his mind and only a few more hours left for books

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If you get the Carrots newsletter (you can sign up on the right hand side bar), you know that we've been on a long family trip to New Orleans and Texas for a friend's wedding. We have had the most wonderful time enjoying friends and being together as a family. The kids are loving having Daddy off work. In Waco, where we used to live, we've gone to the amazing Cameron Park Zoo which is beautiful … [Read more...]