The first light of Advent is the light of stones.
Stones that live in crystals, seashells, and bones.

The second light of Advent is the light of plants;
Plants that reach up to the sun and in the breezes dance.

Opening verse, from Wynstones Winter book:
Winter is dark,
Yet each tiny spark
Brightens the way
To Christmas Day. (Light candle)

Shine little light
And show us the way
To the bright light
Of Christmas Day!

Adventsong from Pentatonic Songs
From the forest bring the boughs
Of fir and spruce and pine.
Bring them home, bedeck the house
For now it’s Advent time.

Light the candles one by one,
Count off the days in rhyme.
Every day a task well done
For now it’s Advent time!

Light the Advent candle.
Stay awake, be ready,
You do not know the hour when the Lord is coming.
Stay awake, be ready,
The Lord is coming soon –
Alleluia, alleluia, the Lord is coming soon.

Ah, peace. In the midst of a crazy weekend at the end of a crazy week and the beginning of an even crazier one, we have peace. Katie Grace and Nicholas are upstairs playing train, Michael is reading, Daniel fell asleep on my lap while nursing, even Daddy is occupied checking his email on the church laptop.

I need to plan a menu and grocery list and we need to go to the store, and we’re supposed to go to a Christmas Caroling party tonight, and we had Christmas pageant practice this morning, and church decorating, and packing up Christmas baskets and gifts and delivering them, and a sudden realization that I had no idea what the little ones would wear for Christmas, but just right now, this minute… peace.

Today dealing with the children was a little like being pecked to death by a duck. Do they always talk to me this much or is it just because I’m overtired?!?

We caught up on our Jesse Tree. It’s really kind of lame this year. Or I could say it’s very child-driven. Michael drew the tree and the kids are adding an ornament made of paper each day. I’ll have to take a picture eventually.

We’re also doing our own spin on O Antiphon Windows. We’re making them from black construction paper frames and kite paper/tissue paper and hanging them in our kitchen window.