Monday mission: be an example of thankfulness

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Last week I shared with you the personal mission I gave myself to let something go during the holiday season.  I invited you to join in and accept the Monday Mission challenge if you wanted to and it sounds like quite a few of you found some task or event that you were going to let go of this year for the holidays.  I think we’re all going to be a little happier for it.

This week, building on that momentum, I’m giving myself another Monday Mission:  to be an example of thankfulness.

I know, I know, that is an often used phrase during the month of November, being thankful, but let me ask you this:  if someone asked your kids what you were thankful for, what would they give as an answer?

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10 Great Gifts for Kids under $25 {2013 edition}

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Instead of reinventing the wheel, I’ve dusted off last year’s gift ideas list and updated it for 2013 with new recommendations according to the currents ages and stages of my own kids.

I hope to present you with a few thoughtful choices rather than an over-abundance of things that will be turn into next Summer”s “junk.” At my house we follow the Want, Need, Wear, Read philosophy and we try to stick with quality over quantity.  You know I love toys that encourage creativity and the fewer batteries required, the better.

While you are making your lists, and checking them twice, here are a few great gift ideas for kids that are under $25:

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Monday mission: let something go

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It is a common feeling this time of year:  even those who look forward to the holidays usually also have something about the season that they are dreading, a feeling of busyness and obligation that is hard to shake.

I love this time of year, I truly do, but there are some things that make me cringe.

This week I wanted to do something different and give myself a Monday Mission, a task to do to help simplify life for me and the kids, and you can join in if you’d like (I hope you will).

This week’s mission: let something go and simplify your holiday season.

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Weekend link love

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I wasn’t too active on social media this week (or on the blog, as you can see).  Aside from a post I wrote on my other blog about turning 40 next month (eek) and a few instagram photos, I spent most of my free time knitting or reading and playing with my kids.

I think I just needed a little computer break and some quiet after all of the wonderful flurry of activity that was the month of October for me.  It was nice to unplug and just BE this week, without sharing.  I do like sharing, of course, and I think interacting with other parents is important, or I probably wouldn’t be a blogger.

But, sometimes it is nice to just quietly live life and keep it to yourself, too, am I right?  Or maybe that is just the introvert in me, who craves quiet after socializing, even if the “socializing” is just on the internet, ha ha!

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!  Here’s to unplugging, quiet moments, and gorgeous November days.

 

Help for children affected by the typhoon in the Philippines

As you are probably aware, Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines last week.  According to UNICEF 1.7 million children are believed to be living in the typhoon”s path and more than 10,000 men, women, and children are feared dead.  Thousands of children and families are displaced and need help.

Compassion is an important charity organization to me, as longtime readers of this blog know.  What you might not know is that one of our family”s Compassion children lives in the Philippines with her family.  It is funny how deeply a child”s simple crayon scribbled drawings and wobbly letters on a piece of paper can carve them right into your heart, isn”t it?

My family has been waiting anxiously for any news about Joanna and her family, which understandably will be slow to come as communications are down and there are more urgent needs and higher priorities, such as providing food, shelter, water, and medical care to those who need it.

I”m thankful that there are so many great organizations already in place in this part of the world, that there are those who answer the calls for help when needed.  However, as I pray from the comfort and safety of my home, for our Compassion child and her family, and for everyone in the Philippines affected by this devastating storm, it doesn”t seem like I”m doing enough.

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