I pray yours was! My mama whipped up the perfect sweet potatoes and my stepdad’s roasted turkey left a fantastic aroma for hours. Dinner was delish, though full of the usual mealtime negotiations typical to four kids 6 and under; the Sciba babies had a great day and went down easily (Thank you, tryptophan), and Andrew and I stayed up late with my mom and stepdad playing cards. *bliss* The day was a blessing from start to finish.

And I’ve been so so excited to give you a heads up about a couple of really BIG, FUN events –

Go on a Catholic Shopping Spree with a code just for YOU

I’m a huge fan of supporting Catholic small businesses…or small businesses owned by Catholics and NEXT WEEK on December 1st, you’ll find the first of my two-post feature “Shop Catholic for Christmas!” As a Catholic Wife reader, you’ll find an exclusive coupon code just for you to use with over 15 retailers like well-known, well-loved Hatch Prints, Dolls from Heaven, Benedict’s Brittle, and several other fabulous stores! So if you’re tempted to shop Catholic, WAIT! and I promise the discounts these stores have graciously offered will deliver some great deals on thoughtful, beautiful gifts. The first post goes out December 1st and the next will publish December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

And in the mean time, we can chat LIVE

It was a huge thrill to speak in Bangor, Maine just a couple of weeks ago – SUCH a blessing – and I feel so strongly about the talk I gave on opening our hearts to Jesus that I’m going LIVE on Facebook every Sunday night of Advent at 8:40 CST to share it with you. Full disclosure: Advent is usually a blur for me. And by the time Christmas gets here, I’m wiped. out. and it’s usually because I did everything to prep my house – shop, decorate, clean, bake – and nothing to ready my heart for the Messiah. I wake up Christmas morning feeling spiritually underwhelmed.

And I know I’m not alone.

So join me! Every Sunday night at 8:40 CST and we’ll talk about 3 major things we women typically do to keep Jesus OUT and how, by imitating Mary, we can let him in. I’ll talk for 10-15 minutes and then we can have all kinds of chat time if you’re game.

I can’t wait to see you! and later SHOP with you!! I’m praying for you all – that you experience a joyful, Christ-filled Advent.