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What to watch during Lent

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We like movie time. There’s just something about piling as many people as possible on the couch and continually shushing the children who like to talk through movies about the movies. Being that this is the season of Lent, you may want to choose some films that drive home the virtues and intentions of the season. Service, sacrifice, love, justice, penance and fish on Fridays.  So, unless you gave up movies for Lent, here are some recommendations:

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What To Watch During Lent

We like movie time. There’s just something about piling as many people as possible on the couch and continually shushing the children who like to talk through movies about the movies. Being that this is the season of Lent, you may want to choose some films that drive home the virtues and intentions of the […]

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Waiting Songs (a review and a giveaway)

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Is it Christmas already? By the looks of the shop windows, it is. Christmas is in full-swing. Except that it’s not.

We have something important to do before Christmas. Something that cannot be skipped. Before the Christ child and His Holy Family arrive, we have to get a few things ready. We have some readying of our hearts and homes to do. Thankfully it is not yet Christmas. We have Advent. This season of preparation, of learning to wait, of longing and desire, of pondering things in our hearts.  So, when that moment comes….you know that Christmas moment. Breathless, excitement, the anticipation at its peak, we know what that moment really means. We know that our Savior, THE Savior of the world has finally come. Come to make His home in our hearts and in our lives. He has come to stir things up and to bring us peace.  He has come to breathe new life into dead situations and to show us the meaning of our lives.

Advent is a beautiful time of year that often gets skipped over in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.  By the time December 25 comes around we are burnt out and already tired. Come December 26, we are more than ready to tear down the tree and be done with Yuletide cheer.  It was a long month since Thanksgiving.  Oh, but if we don’t skip Advent! Maybe things could be different.  During Advent, we need to pause, to reflect, to consider, to desire and even to pine for Jesus.

This is where Rain For Roots‘ new album Waiting Songs fills a very important need. Songs especially for Advent. Although filed under “Children’s Music,” I assure you this is nothing like the annoying music you dread to put on in the car. In fact, during the first listen there were tears in my eyes. It’s beautiful and compelling music, theologically sound lyrics, no pop-references or Santa. In a word, it’s lovely.

One of my favorites on the album is Mary Consoles Eve, inspired by one of my favorite art pieces.  It’s about Mary, undoing the shame of Eve by a long-awaited promise fulfilled. Beautiful.

Mary Consoles Eve

“Mary Consoles Eve” by Sister Grace of the Sisters of the Mississippi Abbey

There is just such richness in this album. So much that children will immediately understand. Concepts such as it’s hard to wait and while we wait we should be singing and sometimes you don’t have the right words yet your heart beats with the truth and all things will be made right in the end.  My kids (ranging in age from 2 to 14) already love this album. We listened to it all day yesterday and it never got old.

In this Christmas rush, we invite you (we implore you) to take time to prepare. Take time to Advent.  Light those candles. Read those Scripture passages. Listen to waiting songs….while you wait.

Rain For Roots has graciously offered a giveaway. A really fantastic giveaway.

Five runner-ups will enjoy a free download of the entire Waiting Songs album!

The Grand Prize winner will receive (get this!), THREE Rain For Roots CDs: Big Stories For Little Ones (which saved my life one time on a road trip from California to Texas with an 9 month old), The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This (songs from the parables of Jesus), and Waiting Songs. But what! There’s more! The winner will also receive an Advent/Christmas Ornament. 

Waiting Songs

Four things that are all true about Christ’s coming. Almost. Not Yet. Already. Soon.

So enter below.  There are lots of ways to enter to increase your chances of winning! Some you can do every day! Winner will be announced November 23!  In time for you to enjoy your prize when Advent begins November 29. *wink, wink* How’s that for planning?!

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Waiting Songs

Is it Christmas already? By the looks of the shop windows, it is. Christmas is in full-swing. Except that it’s not. We have something important to do before Christmas. Something that cannot be skipped. Before the Christ child and His Holy Family arrive, we have to get a few things ready. We have some readying […]

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The Protest Is Over.

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A couple weeks ago we shared that we are unashamedly religious.  Sure, you may stop over here for healthy recipes, fermentation tips or ideas of saving money, but chances are you’ve also seen a lot of prayer posts, ideas for liturgical living and quite a few quotes from saints. We aren’t pretending to be anything we are not. We have always wanted this blog to be a true expression of ourselves–the health-nut, the exercise guru, the birth junkie, the French chef, the homeschooling mom, the devoted wife, the devout Christian, on a journey always. Always. Read More

The Protest is Over

[This post may contain Amazon affiliate links. The Provision Room is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.] A couple weeks ago we shared that we are unashamedly religious.  Sure, you may stop […]

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Launch of Something Beautiful

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Our good friend Rebecca is an AMAZING woman!  Having dealt with the long road of auto-immune disease she has fought valiantly for her life.  Not only fighting to survive but learning to thrive, taking back her life and finding joy in the midst of it all.  She is an inspiration and we are thrilled to help her announce the next step in her journey.

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RebeccaRebecca has created an original line of handcrafted lava stone, natural stone, and semi-precious stone essential oil diffusing jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted for essential oil lovers, life lovers, health seekers and Wild at heart souls. Rebecca shares,

I wanted to create something that encompassed my love of essential oils too, so each piece is also a mini diffuser so that you can experience all the benefits of aromatherapy!

How awesome is that?!  Not only do you get to wear something beautiful, you’ll get all the healthy benefits of diffusing essential oils to improve body, mind, and soul.

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We hope you’ll take the time to go check out this stunning line of jewelry!  As a bonus to making a purchase and supporting Rebecca you will also get to support additional worthy causes.  Each month Foodlaughterlove will pick a charity to donate a portion (10% +) of sales.

Congratulations Rebecca and Foodlaughterlove!

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Our good friend Rebecca is an AMAZING woman!  Having dealt with the long road of auto-immune disease she has fought valiantly for her life.  Not only fighting to survive but learning to thrive, taking back her life and finding joy in the midst of it all.  She is an inspiration and we are thrilled to […]

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Back To School Like A Boss

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Whether your kids go to school or whether they “do school” (you know, only homeschoolers say “do school”) this time of year is sort of exciting and stressful and makes you want to order a pumpkin spice latte to drink while perusing school supplies. I love me some new school supplies. Nothing says happiness like un-cracked composition books and boxes of brand new pencils. Just breathe it in! That’s the smell of education, baby! Read More

Back To School

Whether your kids go to school or whether they “do school” (you know, only homeschoolers say “do school”) this time of year is sort of exciting and stressful and makes you want to order a pumpkin spice latte to drink while perusing school supplies. I love me some new school supplies. Nothing says happiness like […]

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Prayer For The Week of August 17– Just Breathe

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There are days when I just come back to this.  There’s nothing else sometimes but this:

Please don’t cry.

Don’t let those tears roll down your face.

Oh, unless their tears of happiness,

Then it’s alright with me.

Just do your best.

Don’t worry about the fear of loneliness.

Or the cloud that you think hangs over your head.

It’s got nothing on you.

You’ll be glad,

that someone told you, to take a moment.

Just breathe. Just breathe.

Don’t be shy.

Enjoying life is passing you by.

Let the sun fall all around you.

Just take a moment and smell the roses.

Let go of pride.

Don’t forget the roads you walked.

Or the things you learned while you were gone.

‘Cause you pulled wisdom from the wreckage.

You’ll be glad, when this is all over,

That someone told you, to take a moment.

Just breathe.  Just breathe.

Go on and just breathe.

Go on and just breathe.

It’ll be alright.

Brush the cares right off your shoulders.

You were never meant for those even when you’re older.

You’ve got permission to be free.

(Andrea Marie. Get the album Here Begin.)

Breathe Beautiful

{This post contains an affiliate link.} There are days when I just come back to this.  There’s nothing else sometimes but this: Please don’t cry. Don’t let those tears roll down your face. Oh, unless their tears of happiness, Then it’s alright with me. Just do your best. Don’t worry about the fear of loneliness. […]

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Caramel for Carmel

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My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we headed to the local Habitat ReStore.  On the way, my husband asked, “OK, what exactly are we still looking for?”  I listed off a few things and then I just started to pray aloud, “Lord, lead us. You know what we need to have in our home. So, let us find things that are useful and beautiful and that would be a blessing.” Read More

Caramel for Carmel

My little story begins with my husband and I picking up some Craigslist finds in a nearby city.  We left most of our furniture in California when we moved to Maine and have little-by-little been finding the things we need to make our home more functional.  After picking up a desk at someone’s house, we […]

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Christmas in July

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At the time I am writing this we are 165 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes and 32 seconds from Christmas.

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Insane. Let's not be.

[This post contains affiliate links. Shopping through affiliate links will not cost you a penny more, but we may make a little commission. And that keeps this blog running for the two families who love to write it. Thank you.] At the time I am writing this we are 165 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes […]

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Things I Already Miss About California (that maybe only other Californians will understand)

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We have been in Maine 3 weeks. There are already a few things that I miss. Read More

Our Lady of Guadalupe

We have been in Maine 3 weeks. There are already a few things that I miss.

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Running Errands With Kids? Try The Trip Clip! (A review and a giveaway!)

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So, you know what’s fun? Running errands with your kids in tow. It’s a blast right?! It’s right up there with matching socks, getting a root canal, or responding to a jury duty summons.  Oh come on! I know I am not the only one who sort of treasures those times when I can run to the bank, post office, and Target by myself and perhaps squeeeeeeze in a cuppa at the coffee shop. Bliss.  Pure bliss.

But, let’s face it. Most of the time running errands means a lot of buckling and unbuckling car seats, finding public restrooms, answering “Are we done yet?” and “Can I have this?” over and over and over and over again.  It’s just life. The mom life.  And it takes mad skillz.  (See our post on Grocery Shopping 101!!!)

Trip Clip

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Trip Clip

So, you know what’s fun? Running errands with your kids in tow. It’s a blast right?! It’s right up there with matching socks, getting a root canal, or responding to a jury duty summons.  Oh come on! I know I am not the only one who sort of treasures those times when I can run […]