Enjoying Advent

Parents are sending in pictures of their families celebrating Advent!! We love to hear and see all about it! Sign up for Advent Adventure HERE (FREE) Get your Free Jesse Tree Ornaments download HERE Grab an Advent Adventure Activity book, it’s not to late to join in the preparation for Christmas! Kathy told us “Thanks for a wonderful spiritual activity to begin our Advent season!!!! My 13 year old loved making the candles! I think it will make lighting them each night more personal for him and make this Advent more special!” Here is a cutie watching the Holy Heroes Answer Kid! You can see her older siblings’ toes on the couch. This is their 4th year participating in Advent Adventure! Here is an email we received just yesterday: Howdy from Houston! This is the first

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Foundations of Home Blog

This year I was blessed to travel to Austin Texas for the Edel Gathering as a vendor for Holy Heroes. Edel is a gathering for mothers and was masterminded by bloggers and authors Jen Fulwlier and Hallie Lord. I met so many amazing women, mothers of 12, “moms-to-be” other twin mommies, just a whole bunch of women striving to live out their vocation of Catholic Motherhood. I have to say that one of the cutest women I met there was a fellow Canadian, Christy. She is so cute and young I assumed she was maybe on her first kid. Low and behold, she has five beautiful Children! See, how cute is she? Her blog is just as cute and I love how much she and I have in common (five children, homeschooling, Canadian, Catholic…) Maybe what I love most about her blog are her cute pictures that

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Preparing for Christ During Advent and Every Day

Here is a beautiful article on preparing for Christ. The article talks about preparing to meet Christ not only on Christmas day but also at the end of our lives. In a gentle and loving tone the author explains the importance of quieting our hearts, “The meaning of Advent gets lost amidst the flurry of activity that is ‘the holiday season.’ It is easy to succumb to the pressure of endless Christmas shopping, Black Friday sales that begin early, Cyber Monday and every other thing that grabs our attention,” he said. “If there is any time of the liturgical year that we are tempted to take our eyes off of Christ and the true meaning of the season, it is those four weeks leading up to Christmas.” The article goes on to explain: “‘We must prepare during Advent because it is

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Finding ways to Truly Celebrate Advent with Family and Friends

The Holidays. The commercials, the radio, and the store fronts won’t let you forget it: the holidays are just ahead. As the weather cools and the familiar Fall sights and smells invade our senses we look forward to pumpkin pie, seeing family we haven’t in a while, exchanging gifts, and all the traditions the fall and winter brings.As the hubbub and chaos ensues, I often find that everything is over before I really get a chance to reflect on the meaning of these Holy Days, these Holidays. My best laid plans to really teach my kids what this time is all about get pushed aside and before we know it we are packing up the manger after Epiphany and trying to sneak in some lessons as we wrap the Baby Jesus in tissue paper. The problem of finding time to reflect on the Holidays and celebrate the

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Prayers for the souls of the faithful departed

The month of November, which is the end of the Church’s liturgical year, is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. These are the people, perhaps our friends and relatives, perhaps people we have known well for a short time or just passing acquaintances, who have died yet must still atone for their sins committed here on earth before they are cleansed to perfection and thereby able to enter into the presence of God forever in Heaven.Praying for the dead is a requirement of Christian charity.It is one of the “works of mercy” for our brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ. I hope that when I die, people pray for me, and I hope when you die, someone prays for you.Perhaps there are a few things you can do for your family this November to instill the practice of this virtue

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