We've been zipping through Advent at amazing speed, haven't we? I mean, we're almost to the 3rd Sunday...the joyful Sunday...the rose candle Sunday. Speaking of candles, my children want to know why our church isn't lighting the candles in a circular fashion. Assuming a N, S, E and W orientation (with the rose candle being in the west position), they lit the north candle the 1st week, the east candle the 2nd week and now they'll have to jump over to the west and then head back to the south. Why not go in a clockwise direction and have the rose candle in the south position? Is there some kind of rubric for Advent wreaths that I am unaware of?
It has been a very subdued Advent around here, mainly due to the fact that we have had someone down with a nasty flu since the 10th of November. It is the weirdest illness: a fever for 4 days, with a sore throat, headache and stomach ache. On the 5th day the fever goes away and on the 6th day the next person gets it. This has held true for all 6 kids! I can't figure it out other than to attribute it to God wanting me to have a quiet Advent. Ok, well quiet in the sense that I have done A LOT less running around than I normally would. I've actually had time to sit down and read...mainly because the kids want me visible at ALL times!
Speaking of the flu, we have named this particular strain the "Marcelle the Shell" flu because at some point during their illness, all of the kids have sounded like Marcelle the Shell. If you haven't seen this yet, take the time to watch it. It is a hoot!
We hit another milestone in our family this week...the last first tooth to fall out fell out. Did you catch that one? Mr 5 yo lost his first tooth this past week. I don't do teeth, so when he came to me and showed me this tooth that was twisting and turning and hanging by a thread and it was only 9:00 in the morning and I knew his father wouldn't be home for another 8 hours, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. Fortunately, Ms 16 yo is not faint of heart when it comes to teeth, so she reached in, touched his tooth and it fell right out. He was amazed that it didn't hurt at all! Thank God for small favors.
During the winter months we try to incorporate more soup meals into our weekly menus. It is cheaper, feeds a lot and it is nice and warm! It has also worked well with all the sick people! This week we had an awesome Irish Cheddar Cheese soup. It is simple to make and it tastes great. If anyone asks, I'll put the recipe in the comment box.
The kids have been waiting all year for the premiere of "Voyage of the Dawn Treader". Excitement has been building and today is the day! Unfortunately, the only one who will be able to see it today is Ms 18 yo. The rest of us will have to wait until at least Tuesday. Torture, to be sure. I hear it is supposed to be a good one.
Please keep us all in your prayers this weekend. On Sunday the girls will be performing the first of their two "A Silent Nativity" performances. The director just had her gallbladder out and so things have been a bit rough. It seems odd to only have two of our family in the show instead of the 6 we had in "The Seven Last Words of Christ" performances. I will be taking pictures, so I hope to have some up next week. They make wonderful meditations for the coming of Christ on Christmas.