A Jumpstart on the Jesse Tree!

I was honored to receive Jen’s new 85-page ebook Our Family’s Jesse Tree for review!

I have over the last few years participated in a Jesse Tree Ornament swap, received these awesome Jesse Tree Treasures and made my own Handprint Jesse Tree Banner (which can also be used throughout Christmas, Lent, Easter and Ordinary Time with other ornaments or Saint tokens!)

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Feast Day Fun: Epiphany and Felt Kings Tutorial

For a number of reasons including a significant blog breakdown and a one-day window to get our Christmas tree to the curb, the Feast of the Epiphany  was a little quiet at our house this year!

Many families celebrate this last day of the Christmas season with a party, celebrating the Kings arrival at Jesus’ Crib. This celebration no doubt includes King Cake…and finding a coin or ring (or Baby Jesus) inside it! Some families even let the coin- or ring-finder be King (or Queen!) for the Day!

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Merry Christmas from the McConkeys

So, I didn’t write a Christmas letter but made a 2014 Collage instead! Just in case you haven’t seen it in the mail yet, I thought I’d share it here! 2014 was a big year in our family…with many big decade anniversaries and a crazy jump in travel in the fall! We also had a couple big firsts with Bridget’s First Communion, Emily’s First Year in University and Adam’s First Day of School in Junior Kindergarten!

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Hand-Me-Down Treasures

This is the time of year, I inevitably start to panic a little.  Our previous plans to avoid an extravagant Christmas are called into question as we marvel at the buying frenzy…and worry that we have enough for everyone…

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Feast Day Fun: Bambinelli Sunday

We were inspired by the book Bambinelli Sunday. See Bridget’s review below!

We decided to take advantage of the SNOW DAY … and make our own Bambinelli.

I was intrigued by 2 different homemade recipes for dough I found online: one for salt/flour dough and one for corn starch/baking soda dough. The corn starch dough made a cool kind of dough and it’s nice and smooth and bright white, but we must have done something wrong, because it will not keep its’ shape.  The trusty salt dough was easier to work with and even though it can get a little crumbly, we like how our Bambinelli turned out.

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No Mess Straw for Sock Baby Jesus

1. Last year, I made a Sock Baby Jesus in a Clementine Box Crib and it was SO EASY and SO CUTE and was made completely from a lone sock, some fabric scraps and a clementine crate!

2. This year, I was inspired by Tracy at Slice of Smith Life with her post about all of her family Advent traditions and the fact that she uses string for straw in her manger.

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Advent Wreath: Week ONE

So, thanks to the new Ladies Group at our Church, I made a new Advent Wreath this year! I know it looks a little like a ball of cedar, but it was fun to make and gave us the push we needed to commit to the Advent Wreath and prayers this year.

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Catholic Bloggers’ Advent Link-Up

Looking for some awesome Advent posts? The Catholic Bloggers Network is sponsoring a new Advent Link-Up, each week of Advent! Come and check it out! Add your own Advent reflections, traditions, crafts and activities…and visit, comment on and share the other posts from other Catholic Bloggers!

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Advent Prayer Pockets: NEW Cathletics Craft Kit!

Add Advent Prayer Pockets to your Advent celebrations this year!

Add prayerful focus to your Advent Calendar, Mealtime Prayer, Family Time…or keep the perfect Advent prayers handy when you light your Advent Wreath!

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Advent Activity Gallery

Advent starts on Sunday! Are you ready?

I’ve been working on organizing a directory of Advent activities and crafts! This is what I have so far…but I will be adding to it!

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