Convivial Contentment: Paying Attention

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

I wrote this week at Scholé Sisters about paying attention during Circle Timemy own paying attention even.

round button chicken

It’s a good principle to remember: to take the time to really see what’s going on around me, to watch them with pleasure and simple enjoyment, to breathe a prayer for them – these are the things we as mothers can do to cultivate a spirit of love, contentment, and joy in our little plot.

And that’s what these weekly pretty, happy, funny, real posts help me to do.

Capturing glimpses of conviviality & contentment in this everyday homeschooling life

Pretty

~Pretty Sister ~

Capturing glimpses of conviviality & contentment in everyday life 

How good and pleasant it is for brothers (and sisters!) to dwell together in unity.

Capturing glimpses of conviviality & contentment in this everyday homeschooling life

Happy

Capturing glimpses of conviviality & contentment in this everyday homeschooling life

~ Happy Sister ~

At some point in the morning, a brother or two has been taking Geneva for a little walk down the road and back. They get some fresh air and exercise between subjects and I get a [more] peaceful moment to teach other or just take a breather.

I do so wish winter won’t come, because this arrangement is working out swimmingly.

Funny

~ Funny Math ~

Capturing glimpses of conviviality & contentment in this everyday homeschooling life

The Proverbs 31 woman laughs at the days to come. Start today. Laugh at antics like this, in a “Ha, ha, you’re so cute, and yes, you are going to finish your math,” sort of way. Because the only other option is yelling and stamping. We must smile & carry on and push through, just as we’re asking them to.

Oh, and I’ve even been known to mark capitalization and spelling corrections on papers like this in addition to arithmetic errors. If they want to get verbose on their math page, they can pause and remember that their mother is an English major who will think that making them rewrite their snark correctly is hilarious.

Someday they’ll think it’s hilarious too, don’t you think? Someday?

Real

fitbit mom

~ Real Trying ~

My goal right now is 12,000 steps per day. As you can see, even when I make it, my dad taunts me at the top of my leaderboard with an insanely high weekly score.

I’m even tracking what I’m eating, too. I did, then I didn’t, then I did, then I didn’t, and now I am again. Homemade foods made of “a bit of this” and “tad of that” don’t translate well into calorie-counting systems, but if I downplay the calorie aspect of it and simply use it to track what I eat, the truth is that I pay more attention to what goes into my mouth and have a better awareness of whether I’m actually way out of line or if I have actually exercised enough and eaten well enough to have a treat.

I feel like all this effort should pay me back a bit more quickly and dramatically with greater scale-number results, but I do feel better with the increased daily walking that my Fitbit has encouraged.