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I am a wife and mother that is passionate about sharing content that helps us each live a beautiful and virtuous life. As an etiquette instructor, I love to seek out the beautiful things that surround us. You can often find me making a meal with my husband, building LEGOs with my son, and reading a good book - all in a beautiful dress! Thank you for being a part of this community, I am so happy you are here!

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“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.”
– G.K. Chesterton

Can you believe it is December already? We love this month because it allows us to reflect upon the past eleven months and create goals and dreams for the coming year! As we began to reflect about this past year together, we decided to share our highlights of each month this year with you!

2016 Monthly Highlights
January: Finding out we were having a baby BOY!
February: Exploring Baltimore together on Valentine’s Day.
March: Celebrating Mike’s birthday in Georgetown.
April: Moving from Maryland to New York.
May: Peter’s birth!
June: Claire’s family meeting Peter for the first time.
July: Celebrating Peter’s baptism with our family.
August: Traveling with Peter for the first time and starting Finding Philothea.
September: Our weekend at Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, New York.
October: Traveling as a family to the Adirondacks.
November: Celebrating Peter’s first Thanksgiving.

Our overarching goal for December is simplicity. It is incredible having a baby during this season – we have the opportunity to see things as a child alongside our son. Instead of purchasing our gifts this year, we have decided to give homemade gifts. We cannot wait to start making them for our family and friends!

We are excited for Peter’s first Christmas! We plan to get our tree this weekend, and we cannot wait to decorate, bake, and listen to Christmas music! It is such beautiful time to be together as a family. This year has been an incredible one and we cannot wait to see what 2017 brings!

December 2016 Family Goals
– make our homemade gifts for friends and family
– finish our Saint Andrew Novena
– say our family prayers together after dinner
– cut down and decorate a Christmas Tree
– make these Peanut Butter Blossom Cookies
– go caroling
– donate blankets and clothes that we don’t use or need
– go ice-skating (this was one of our first dates!)
– read everyday
– make a list of resolutions and goals for the New Year

December Goals

December Love



– M & C

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