Our house is slowly coming together. Room by room, box by box, piece by piece.
Does anyone else feel like they can't do anything if their kitchen is a mess? For me, it's the center--the heart--of our home, and if it's cluttered I can't function. It's a bit like myself--if my heart is cluttered, I start to get depressed. Only a thorough cleansing will make me happy. So, with a bit of sweeping, scrubbing, and general putting away of things, I will slowly begin to be able to function.
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Last night was the first night of our Advent calendar (we're a bit slow, what can I say? E doesn't care!) It's definitely more of a "countdown to Christmas" for us, without any religious meaning, but we do add in some conversation about the spirit of the season, etc. Hopefully E will remember the holidays as a time for giving--both things and acts of kindness. For now, it works for us.