My Daybook ~ November 17th

by | Nov 17, 2008 | Daybook | 10 comments

FOR TODAY: November 17th, 2008

Outside my Window… it is foggy and damp right now, but the forecast says that it will be sunny today!

I am thinking… about my little sister, and I am so excited that she is pregnant again as well!

From the school room… I am heading to the library today to pick up our thanksgiving books, and we will make a Thanksgiving Lapbook this week. I am sure I will post pictures when it is done. If they turn out 😉 I also printed out the leaves for our Thankful Tree and the children will paint them this afternoon, once they finish their core subjects for today.

I am thankful… that I was finally able to find some Advent candles yesterday. They are the taper candles, and I was hoping to find the short pillar candles. I was able to find purple, but not the pink, so I bought three and I plan to purchase a pink one in the spring for next Christmas. After going a ton of different stores looking for Advent candles, I returned to Michaels and asked a sales clerk. She was able to sell me a box from the back that they special order for making a few wreaths to sell. I am surprised that more stores don’t carry Advent candles. Very sad.

From the kitchen… the smell of French Toast is still lingering from breakfast. They were so yummy!

I am creating…our booklist for Advent and Christmas. I pulled out Christmas Mosaic, An Illustrated Book Study for Advent and Christmas, as well as all of our Christmas books and placed an order for a few new ones yesterday. Our children all receive a new Christmas book, as well as a pair of new slippers filled with a few treats, for the feast of St. Nicholas.

I am going… to meet one of our godsons tomorrow night!!!! He is the only one, of our seven godchildren, that we have not yet met, and he turned 2 this past summer!

I am wearing…ugh! Nothing fits right now!! My regular clothes are too small, and my maternity clothes are still too big. I have no idea what I will wear for Thanksgiving.

I am reading… lots of Christmas planning books… I highly recommend purchasing Christmas Mosaic, An Illustrated Book Study for Advent and Christmas, if you didn’t last year! A couple other favorites that I am reading right now are: The Year & Our Children: Catholic Family Celebrations for Every Season and Advent and Christmas for the Christian Family.

I am hoping… to have all my Christmas gifts purchased (or made) by the beginning of Advent! I need to get busy!

I am hearing…lots of questions from my boys as they work on their phonics pages. They are very motivated to get ahead with their work this week, since they have cousins coming to town!

Around the house… I finally was able to deliver a load of donations to St. Vincent’s. I need to keep working on decluttering, as usual, but it is getting much easier.

One of my favorite things… celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas with friends and family!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week

  • Visit with my sister Jamie, and her family!! They arrive tomorrow night! I can’t wait! They will be in town for 2 weeks!
  • The tutor is coming Mon, Tues and Wed.
  • I have my first appointment with my midwife on Wednesday morning! She has delivered our 5 children, and I can’t wait to see her again!

A picture thought I am sharing:

Twinkle Toes hugging her cousin goodbye right before she flew home,
the last time we saw her, April 3, 2006.

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I hope you have a wonderful week!


  1. Aubrey

    Idea for a pink candle: You could buy a white pillar, melt pink crayons, roll, dip–or wrap in wax paper–the white pillar in the melted pink crayon wax, and use that. That’s what my mom did at Advent one year. We had no purple or pink crayons for a very long time. 😉

  2. Jessica Gordon

    That’s a great idea Aubrey!

    I had thought about ordering a pink candle decorating pen from Hearthsong, and I may still do that… I don’t know… There is nothing wrong with the tapers I bought, except that they burn down so fast–we light our advent wreath each night for the rosary and prayers during Advent…

  3. Jessica Gordon

    I also did find pillar candle sets online, but I just couldn’t bring myself to spending that much on the candles. In the past, I have always found them at the dollar store! 🙂

  4. Kristyn Hall

    I had trouble finding candles this weekend too… I just got white because the purple was an odd shade (yes, I was at the dollar store too!) and there were no pink. I like Aubrey’s crayon idea.
    New slippers for St. Nicholas day is a great idea. We are doing the stocking gifts on St. Nick’s this year.
    It seems you’re feeling better now… so glad. 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    Hi Jessica, I have never commented before but I love your blog! I am a convert to Catholicism and love reading about how you incorporate your faith into your everyday life with your children. I hope to one day do the same.

    For in between regular/maternity clothes, I have heard the BellaBands are great:

  6. Jessica Gordon

    Thanks Kristyn! I am far from feeling great, but I am feeling A LOT better 🙂

  7. Jessica Gordon

    Katy ~ Thanks for commenting! Also, thanks for the reminder on the Bella Bands! I was looking at them, back when Snuggles was a newborn and never got around to ordering one. I will have to check them out again, that may be just what I need!

  8. Gayle

    Your photo is precious. Something about two very small people embracing really tugs at the heart.
    The White House

  9. Elizabeth Kay

    I’ve used white or beige candles and tied purple or pink ribbons on them. I have a hard time finding the colored candles, too.


  10. Sarah

    I’ve been looking for months, but I can’t find pink candles for the life of me! I picked up some lavender ones (and unfortunately, they’re lavender scented as well) several months ago, but can’t find a pink pillar candle in the same size anywhere! I’m about to the point of just getting a white one and wrapping a pink ribbon around it (which is what I did last year).

    Come next Valentines day, I’m stocking up on pink candles for next year!



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