Thankfully I made an advent activity calendar back one year when I was feeling crafty. I like riding the wave of past crafty energy, as that's lacking these days. So, the December-y photos are the last month's "thank you tree" still sitting on the table, the advent calendar, and some Cyber Monday shopping at the end of the day. I missed getting photos of it, but I worked out while the kids were in the child care there. It is fabulous. Later in the day we had some serious behavior episodes, and I was so much more chill than usual about it. Some of my strategies for making Cricket's placement in our family work have been left behind, but some have stuck around, like finger puppet role play. And yes, sadly the text is a common one I receive lately. So very sad when Cricket is constantly drawing pictures for her mom, asking if we can check and see if she can see her mom today. The dark of this world... in advent, we await the light of Christ and heaven.