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About Cindy Rollins
Cindy Rollins homeschooled her nine children for over 30 years. She is the co-host with Angelina Stanford of the popular Literary Life Podcast and curates the Over the Back Fence Newsletter at Cindyrollins.net. She is the author of Mere Motherhood: Morning Time, Nursery Rhymes, and My Journey Toward Sanctification; A Handbook for Morning Time, and Hallelujah—A Journey Through Advent with Handel’s Messiah and the Mere Motherhood Newsletters.
Her heart’s desire is to encourage moms. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband Tim, dog Max, and however many children happen to be home.
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Family traditions become established, sometimes quite by accident and sometimes because “we’ve always done it that way.” But the best family traditions are thoughtfully cultivated. With Hallelujah: Cultivating Advent Traditions With Handel’s Messiah, Cindy Rollins leads the way in building a rich Advent tradition for you and your family. Inside you will find:
and St. Lucia.
Cindy also invited four of her friends to share how they celebrate Advent with their own families.
From December 2016 to December 2018, I put out a newsletter. It contained some of my best writing. After I moved on to other projects, it occurred to me that those newsletters might be helpful to others if they were collected together.
Here they are complete with poems in the public domain and recipes, which were often the best part of the newsletter. In these newsletters I ponder significant moments in the life a mother, the ups and downs, realities, joys, and sorrows. I even have a bookslist or two! You will find laughter and tears and recipes month by month.
Many people asked me where they could find these newsletters once they vanished from their inboxes. Here, for the first time, they are collated together. You can buy them as an ebook or even print them out. I am deeply indebted to Elizabeth Sage for the cover art.
Table of Contents
1. The Nativity
3. The Man in the Arena
4. The Mist and All
5. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
6. Advent Sunday
7. The Weathers
8. The Darkling Thrush
My Grandmother’s Easy Chili Recipe
10. Psalm 139
11. October 2018
13. Charleston Shrimp and Grits
Sample:June 2018 Nesting According to the Urban Dictionary, nesting is a ritual performed by pregnant women to rid the home of harmful things. I was always a heavy nester, cleaning the house in a desperate attempt to prepare for the coming baby. I recently returned home from an extended stay at my father’s death bed, or at least what we all thought was his death bed after at least three doctors told us he would die in 48 hours or maybe a few days more. My siblings and I sat there for more than 20 days saying goodbye with one five-day break to head down to Texas for my son’s wedding. It was 20 days intensely concentrating on my dad with the help of Google. My sister and I now consider ourselves full-fledged medical workers. We read and we concurred and still my dad lingered. We gathered around his bed, sang hymns, and hung on every word he said for 20 days. Were those his last words? “I’ve got to go catch the bus,” or “I love you,” or “Where are we going for dinner?” I’m not going to complain my dad is still alive, but it was a bizarre month which left me more emotionally wrung out than I’ve been in a long time, not to mention fatter. My sister, brother, and I found solace in eating large bags of peanut M&Ms, and I can’t deny they seemed to help. When we finally got a chance to go out to eat one afternoon, we opted for Cracker Barrel®. I’ve never opted for Cracker Barrel® before. When I got home, I woke up in the middle of the night and hung a shelf in the bathroom because I couldn’t sleep. This seemed to annoy the other sleepers as it involved hammering. As the days wore on, I cleaned my closet and got rid of shoes. I never get rid of shoes June 2018 Nesting According to the Urban Dictionary, nesting is a ritual performed by pregnant women to rid the home of harmful things.