I hope everyone is having a blessed Thanksgiving weekend! We are visiting my parents where Hubs has been hunting with my dad, brother, cousins, and uncles; Goose has been playing with her cousins; I got to sleep in this morning and managed to get caught up on our bookkeeping.
I really appreciate the e-mails that I have gotten asking how things are going and how my father-in-law is doing (he was diagnosed a few months ago with Lou Gehrig's Disease). I know many of you are praying for us and it means so much more than I can articulate. Hubs's dad is doing pretty well, all things considering. The aspect for which I am most thankful is his attitude - he is pretty happy and enjoying life as much as he can. That is a huge blessing in of itself.
So, let's talk about some other happy things like links! Um, there are over 130 items in my folder to share... so much for getting caught up, I guess. :>) As always, they are set to open in the same window because I hate having a million windows open. If you prefer to keep this page, you can either right click and choose "open in new tab" or hold down the Control key and click for the same result.
Ooh, this How To Make Leaf Skeletons at The Idea Room has a stunning finished product.
Yesterday during post-dinner visiting, I made Sacrifice Beads as shown at The Little Ways to give to our Bible study group. I will be incorporating them in the St. Andrew Novena - that ought to be a separate post, I think.
These Fleece Alphabet Pillows from Crafty Nest are indeed a cute gift idea for a tween.
Sisters-in-law, please pass by this Spool Picture Holder from Crafts and Sutch.
One of my favorite things is to stitch love and prayers into a baby gift, and I'll add this Recycled Mooshy Belly Bunny from Chez Beeper Bebe.
I had no idea you could Make Real Oilcloth using cotton duck, canvas, or linen, as seen at Curbly.
Need something to corral a little one's projects and treasures? Try this Ruler Clip Art Rail from Ana White.
I made something similar to this Creamy Pesto Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Tomatoes from This Week For Dinner and I assure you it was *splendid*.
Just in case you turn out something you don't want to eat, check out this list of reasons Why a Cake Fails at Tipnut.
An interesting Real Food alternative, here is a recipe for Black Strap Molasses Candy Apples from Our Family's Journey to a Healthier Life.
GNOWFGLINS has settled it: here are The Best Homemade Tortilla Chips Ever.
I'm drooling just looking at the picture of Cinnamon Blondies from Two Peas and Their Pod.
Something tells me my rice cooker isn't quite this fast, but here is a Rice Cooker Oatmeal recipe from Cooking With My Kid.
These Homemade Polka Dot Fruit Roll Ups are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. (@ Fix Me a Snack)
Though I'm currently stuffed enough to not be all that interested in eating ever again, I will eventually snap out of it and I think this Italian Herb and Cheese Wheat Bread from Food: Cooking and Capturing should be near the top of my list.
Hmm, I think I need to dig around the other posts in this series, but I'll point out Before You Hit Publish: Me, My and I at Vanderbilt Wife.
If you are considering a Wii this year, you might want to read this post from Want Not that clarifies the differences in Wii packages and just all around provides some info on what to purchase.
This is on my list of activities to consider for our pre-school co-op - Wrecking Ball Science from No Time For Flash Cards.
These days, I strap Goose on my back in an Ergo, but that didn't diminish my interest in this You Tube video of Tying a Rebozo Slip Knot.
Modern Alternative Mama has some great suggestions on Preventing Colds and Flu This Winter.
Along those lines, Katie from Kitchen Stewardship hopped over to Simple Organic to tell us 5 Foods Everyone Should Eat More Often For Optimal Health and Avoiding the Flu.
I'm not sure I have the guts to try this Cold Kicker Remedy from Keeper of the Home, but I don't have much of a doubt that it works.
And finally, I need to spend some time clicking around this Home Remedies Carnival of Ideas, Recipes, and Resources to Help You Stay Healthy Naturally also at Keeper of the Home.
Though I haven't incorporated it into our Goose and Mama Preschool, I love this Catholic ABCs Classroom Script from Catholic Icing.
Here are 10 Tips for Profile Pics that will help you come up with something you don't hate, from Faith & Family Live.
I am loving this Toddler Art Autumn Tree Painting (as well as the sweet little painter!) at Frugal Family Fun Blog.
PRAY & PONDER
In The Long Thank You, Jen at Conversion Diary explains why we go to Mass even when we might not feel like it, and how she explained it to her 6 year old.
Elizabeth Foss, who has known her share of suffering, wrote a moving article To Suffer and Shine Like Gold.