Friday, November 30, 2012

Lord, Give Me the Servant Heart of Mary


How are you preparing for Christmas this week?
In my life this week…

I’ve filled two garbage bags with Christmas decorations we’ve been storing but have lost their usefulness in our home. Why should we hoard them when others might benefit? Off they go!

Have you noticed how early Thanksgiving was in the month of November this year? That means we have an extra long Christmas season! J Fa la la la la….


Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

I’m sure I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but relax! It’s Christmastime! Since we’ve decided to school through the summer, we’re relaxing a bit in the winter, our favorite season. For this week and the next two weeks, we’re taking Fridays off without doubling. The field trips we’ve planned provide two more school days, though, so we’re only really skipping one day. {Why did I think I wouldn’t need math as an adult??}

In the past, we’ve also reduced the work load each day by skipping some subjects that can be caught up on later. Then, into that free time, we add some seasonal activities – Christmas coloring, mazes, special reading, baking. We especially love baking because our use of fractions has a tangible reward!

You can find lots of free holiday activities online including unit studies, advent activities, writing prompts, math worksheets, and coloring pages. The Better Mom has put together a huge list. You can find it on my Pinterest board or go straight to her post.




I am inspired by…

Mary, the mother of Jesus, and her selfless, completely willing attitude. She was human, and I’m sure she had her moments of doubt and frustration. But when the angel appeared to her and told her what would occur, she said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word.” {Luke 1:38} She accepted the task graciously and without complaint, including the trek to Bethlehem. I get goose bumps just thinking of her.

If you like seeing Bible stories re-enacted on the big screen {well, the little screen at home for playing DVDs}, we absolutely adore The Nativity Story from New Line Entertainment with Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary. It follows, almost completely, the account from Luke 2, and I like how the movie portrays Mary and Joseph and their attitudes. I don’t think it’s accurate as far as Joseph and Mary hurrying into Bethlehem with Mary in labor since the Bible says, “And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.” {Luke 2:6} But we talk about that part with our children. It doesn’t seem to be enough reason to eliminate it.
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I’m reading…

Christmas family newsletters from prior years with a mug of mocha cappuccino in one hand and a tissue in the other. *sigh*

We’ve also unpacked our Christmas books, and this week we’re particularly enjoying The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado and The Candymaker's Gift: A Legend of the Candy Cane by David and Helen Haidle. These books are easy to read, have amazing illustrations, and tell the story of Jesus from a unique point of view. Both bring tears, so keep your tissue handy!


I’m praying for…

The servant heart of Mary.

Lord, I pray not only for myself but for all the wonderful women (and maybe even some men) who visit this little blog. Show us your will as clearly as You did for Mary. And Lord, give us that servant heart, a heart that responds to You with joy and thanksgiving as we say, “Let it be done to us according to all that You have said.” In the name of your precious and holy Son, Emmanuel, amen!








Are you planning any special Christmas activities for your school? What do you admire most about the mother of Jesus?






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14 comments:

  1. Would you believe that I haven't thought about Christmas much yet? It always seems to sneak up on me! But I know we'll be baking and sharing goodies with others and spending time with extended family. Always a good time!

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    1. Thanksgiving was early this year, so it snuck up on a lot of us, I think. Yay for baking! We'll do some on Saturday. Enjoy your holiday!

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  2. Oh we are so excited about Christmas here too. We love it here! I am planning to take it light and easy here too for the month. We will take the full two week break with nothing schooly about it during the actual Christmas holiday. For now we are doing lots of crafts and enjoying the time together ;) Have a great weekend!!

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    1. I can't put my finger on it, maybe it's the decorating, but there's something about Christmas that brings out the crafts. We're trying to come up with ideas that aren't too complicated for this craft-challenged mama! Have a wonderful time, Jenni!

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  3. I, too, am grateful for the extra time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It often feels Christmas is rushed. I like having more time to enjoy it. I haven't watched The Nativity Story, but it looks like a good movie. I'll have to check it out.

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    1. It's amazing how luxurious even just a few days can feel. I hope you enjoy The Nativity Story, and have a wonderful Christmas, Laura!

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  4. We are doing Truth in the Tinsel this year as well as a lot of baking and crafts with our 4 & 2-year olds. They aren't quite school-age. I would like to watch The Nativity Story; I've never seen it either.

    I hope you have a blessed Christmas!

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    1. I have seen Truth in the Tinsel everywhere and it looks terrific. Are you enjoying it? Thanks for commenting, and praying for a wonderful Christmas for you, Keri.

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  5. Have a blessed Christmas! Thanks for linking to Mom's Library.
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

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    1. Thanks, Julie, for the link-up. Many blessings to you, and have a wonderful Christmas!

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  6. I love that movie, too. I totally need to et it the next time we are in the States. It is so accurate and brings each character down to earth...I love it's simplicity. Thank you for linking up!! I hope you have a great weekend. Enjoy your day off tomorrow!

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    1. Hey, someone else who's seen the movie! I thought it had been wildly popular, but maybe not. I love the way you described it, Rosilind. Simplicity.

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  7. Thanks for linking up with Its a Wrap. I am featuring you this week!

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