Convivial Contentment, Everyday

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

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This week we’re doing light school as we prepare for beginning our full load and a new term next week! Because it was a shortened term already and then we were sick for a week of it, I didn’t take it all the way off. We’ll have Friday off for a long weekend break, but begin next week with a full school schedule.

These last couple weeks have given me insight into how to tweak my plans to make them more effective and manageable, so I’m actually looking forward to ironing out the details Friday & Saturday, finishing the set up for the next term, and really getting down to brass tacks.

I think we’re going to have a great school year.
 
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Pretty

~Pretty Circle Time ~

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I admit, Circle Time used to be the Hardest Part of Our Day, not the Best Part of Our Day. But in our seventh year now and we have a groove and it is just an absolutely beautiful and amazing thing. I stuck it out on faith that Cindy wasn’t wrong and that reading Scripture together wouldn’t return void, and it was so worth those hard days. Not, of course, to say there won’t be hard days this year or hard years again in the future, but our current good days have already paid for the trouble in the past, in my accounting.

Happy

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~ Happy Back-to-School-Day ~

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Tuesday the local schools started up, so a friend hosted a “Ha, ha: we homeschool!” pool party in their neighborhood pool. It was a blast, even though I spent the time mostly keeping a hawk eye on my little ones.

The effect was perfect, because we drove by a local elementary school during recess on our way. We had finished our school, eaten an early lunch, and were off to swim while those kids had only finished half of their day, poor things.

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We’ll start our full load next week, so it was a great way to still have some fun summer this week.

Funny

~ Funny Boy ~

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My oldest is getting to the age where he’s actually quite funny when he makes an original joke.

My poem this term is Wordsworth’s “The World Is Too Much with Us,” which contains the line “For this, for everything, we are out of tune; it moves us not.”

So, right after I read my poem, we sing a hymn. That hymn, on Monday, we did not have accompaniment for. As we ended and turned the page, Hans said in a “poetry” voice: “For this, for everything, we are out of tune.”

See? Circle Time is so much worth it.

Real

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~ Real Tech Support ~

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This is my web developer and his fearless not-at-all-virtual assistant.

My new course could definitely not have been done without him, and I’m so happy he accepted a peach pie in lieu of a $4,000 invoice.

Happy Labor Day weekend!

2 Responses

  1. dmmckenzie
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    This sooo touched me & warmed my heart. It is statements such as this, that our Skooch gives us, that simply make it all worth while. Thank you for sharing:

    “So, right after I read my poem, we sing a hymn. That hymn, on Monday, we did not have accompaniment for. As we ended and turned the page, Hans said in a “poetry” voice: “For this, for everything, we are out of tune.” “

  2. Grace
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    Lol, this was such a joy filled post. You are starting to reap the best rewards of a job well done. Older children can be one of the greatest gifts God gives us. :) Enjoy, you have earned it!