Links I loved this week:

Newtown as I know it @ Simple Homeschool

The Truth About Sandy Hook: Where is God When Bad Things Happen? @ A Holy Experience

No Words @ Jeff Goins

how to pray when you don’t know how to pray @ Chatting at the Sky

26 Moments That Restored Our Faith in Humanity This Year @ Buzz Feed (know that I don’t believe for a second that our faith should ever be in humanity, but rather in the One who holds all of humanity in His hands, and yet it’s important to remember that in the midst of the evil, ugly and tragic, there are also beautiful acts of loving kindness)

And on a lighter note…

Apple Juice Gone Bad @ The Simple Mom Podcast, with my dear friend Tsh and Kat of Inspired to Action. When 6 piles of laundry (or maybe a stack of unwrapped gifts?) stare me in the face, I put on a podcast and get to work.

How to Make a Christmas List @ Shaun Groves

How to Make Elderberry Syrup @ Jessie Hawkins

3 Ways to Reduce Your Child’s Exposure to Pesticides @ Food Renegade

Easy gift ideas for kids to make: Play-dough ornaments @ Simple Homemade

From the kitchen: A simple centerpiece of tea lights in jam jars @ Simple Bites

This week…

Honestly, I don’t have much to say. This past week has been tragic and sad beyond belief. I think that all of our mama hearts are hurting, and we can’t even imagine the sorrow and loss of those in Newtown.

I’ll just leave you with this from Ann Voskamp’s post:

You can go ahead and audaciously light your Advent candles because the reality is that the light is so bright that we are blinded by it, that reality is light and we’re really just broken bits of broken darkness surrounded by holy light and even the darkness is not dark to him — and Advent dares proclaim that there’s a way out of this trap – because Christ shockingly stepped right into Satan’s trap – and snapped off his sickening head. {from A Holy Experience}

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