Two Ways to Plan for Advent (and a Giveaway)


You know I love Advent and it will be here before we know it – next Sunday!

I’m a firm believer in keeping life simple. Honestly, all you need is a candle and a match. You can even find a Bible online, or with an app on your phone.

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If you want Advent candles in the traditional, symbolic colors, and you don’t want to run all over town trying to find them, I ordered this simple set on Amazon.:

I’ve written many posts, including Four Simple Advent Traditions for Everyone, which is loaded with links to resources for everyone from your children to adults.

If you’ve never observed Advent, and think of it as something only “religious” people do, or only people who are formal in their worship, you are missing out. It is a sweet way to anticipate and prepare for Christmas when we celebrate Jesus coming to earth to be with us, to be one of us.

It’s a very profound thing, so deeply meaningful – He loved us that much. He became fully God and fully man.

If you have children, you can keep it very simple and read just a few verses of the Bible each day. Celebrate Advent Season is a great free resource. You may need to go to this sign up page to get it.

If you’re ready for something a little more advanced, I’ve loved walking my children through the stories of people of great faith leading up to the birth of Jesus using a Jesse Tree. We’ve used Ann Voskamp’s book, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, for several years as a framework for our readings, adapting it to suit our style and timeframe.

That’s my quick – don’t forget, Advent is coming post. If you would like to read more, take a look at these posts:

Advent: Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Preparing for Advent

Also, if you haven’t subscribed to my Friends-letter, this is a great day to do it. Now through the end of the month all subscribers will be automatically entered to win the necklace of your choice from the new collections in my Etsy Shop. You can read more details in the post, New for the Holidays.  Thank you so much for trusting me with your time and inbox – I will never share your email address:

I’m unexpectedly traveling today and writing this just before boarding a flight. I will try to update Instagram and my OTM Facebook page this week. I would be very grateful for your prayers as I travel.

With hope and courage for the journey,


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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