From around the web, here are five articles and blog posts we think you'll find encouraging this weekend:
My Homeschool Year Was a Flop - Jasmine Lucero
Love As Tough As Tires - Gary Thomas
What to Do When Your Dreams Stall - Bonnie Gray
Praying for Your Children - Leslie Nunnery
What To Do When You Feel Like God is Silent - Kendra Fletcher
What resonated most with you?
Rely on the simple and uncomplicated. Do what suits your family best. You know all of those absolutely jaw-dropping buffet spreads and fresh pine swags and elaborate gift wrapping designed specifically for each member of your family, including the goldfish? Skip 'em. Unless you just love to put on the spread and the decor, do what your family loves and will enjoy. Everything else elicits the opposite of easy Advent ideas that don't overwhelm.
Print out these lovely little Advent coloring and activity pages for the kids to work on while you prepare lunch. Talk about what they are coloring or writing. Call it good.
Choose several lovely Christmas books to have on hand and return to each year. As they become favorites, the story of Christmas and its meaning will sink in and be carried into our kids' adulthoods. Precept upon precept.