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Weekend reading: November 8, 2014

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Can you believe there are less than 3 weeks until Thanksgiving and just 7 weeks until Christmas? I really haven’t thought much about the “stress-inducing” parts of Christmas (despite the fact that I released the free 2014 Christmas planner almost 2 months ago!), but I feel like a little kid anticipating all the fun parts!

This year we were trying desperately to come up with non-toy gift ideas, and we’re struggling to find the perfect gifts. We don’t want our families to feel like they’re wasting their money or the girls to feel like what they want doesn’t matter. They’re completely on board with the idea of a special “big” gift for all of them, and we’ve tossed around ideas like karate lessons and a family vacation, but so far nothing has everybody feeling really excited. Thankfully we still have a little time.

What I’m reading: I put my reading list aside to read Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay this week, and I cried my way through the entire second half. As I said on Instagram, it’s not a perfect book, but it has a ton of heart! Next week, it’s back to my original reading list: Free to Learn by Peter Gray, The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner and Let’s All Be Brave by Annie F. Downs

What I’m cookingchicken quesadillas, spaghetti casserole, roasted chicken sausage, potatoes & red peppers, shrimp alfredo

What I’m pinningfrozen hashbrown patties, make-ahead apple cinnamon steal cut oats, cheesy mashed potato casserole

What I’m thinking about: 

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Simplifying the Holidays

  • 40 Plus Advent Ideas: simple ways to count the days | Simple Kids

Joyful Motherhood

  • What Happy Parents Know & Do When It Gets Hard | A Holy Experience

Around the World

  • Do American Christians Care At All About Christians Being Persecuted In The Middle East? | The American Jesus

Have a great weekend!