7 Quick Takes

___ 1___ Well, folks, it’s early, but it’s not too early to be making plans. Advent is coming. How are you going to celebrate? Here’s the first book review of my book, Joy to the World: Advent Activities for your family. ___2___ Speaking of Advent, I’m planning to host a weekly roundup for anyone who is using the…

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Seven Quick Takes

1. I always love to see what search parameters bring up my blog on search engines. Usually it’s boring stuff: “Kate Basi blog” and so on, but this one cracked me up: “pic of big butt tinkerbell” 2. My baby sister recently sold her Ford Focus, which has seen better days, into service as a crazy 8…

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7 Quick Takes, vol. 83

1. Last night I started a Wilton cake decorating class. It’s very interesting to see how, uh, passionate, people get on the subject. Myself included. There could have been a knock-down, drag-out fight over icing recipes in the aisle of Michael’s last night, but we all managed to control ourselves. 🙂 2. As far as…

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Reclaiming Advent: The Year Two Report

(Setting: the kitchen at my parents’ farm, three days before Christmas.  Me: Alex, I need you to think back. What was your favorite thing that we did for Advent this year? Alex: Going to Grandma and Grandpa Basi’s house. Me: What? That trip? [The unspoken volumes cover twelve hours on the road, vomiting in the…

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7 quick takes

1. Last Sunday afternoon at nap time, I tiptoed down the hallway with a sleeping baby and stood in the doorway of the little ones’ room, watching my husband read “The Littlest Angel” to Alex and Julianna. As he read the last three sentences, I heard his voice change, quiver, and thicken. How can you…

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (Thursday Motherhood Moment)

Precious moments. We’ve all had them—those moments that make your heart catch every time you remember them. No matter how often you revisit them, they never get stale or lose their power. Tender or funny, poignant or inspiring, they fortify us against toddler tantrums and pubescent (and pre-school) power struggles. Leave a comment sharing your…

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Staring Down the Season

It was the first Sunday of Advent—a time, if there ever was one, to make my whirling brain shut up and listen to the readings at church. Unfortunately, I also had a four-year-old asking me to read The Clown of God. So I was running through the words in a whisper, trying to listen, when…

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Stir Up Your Power

Advent. It’s a time of new beginning, a time of expectation of great things. I want to be renewed, God, but I’m so worn down right now, I’m having trouble being thankful, despite all my efforts to adjust my attitude to match the holiday we just celebrated. At times like these, I am so painfully…

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The Advent Reclamation Project: my final report

There are still two doors left to open on our Advent calendar, but we’re winding down now, so I feel safe giving a final report on our Advent project.   Last week was a little chaotic. The weather and illness at Christian’s office necessitated some rearranging of the contents of the boxes. We had to…

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Children in the Season

Christmas is not about kids, but I will admit that having a child has enriched my experience of the season. It seems odd to say this now, considering it’s my fourth Christmases as a parent. But, although little ones may like pretty lights and enjoy ripping packages (down with gift bags!), they don’t grow into…

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