A peek into average school days at our house

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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real – Homeschooling Life

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~

These photos were captured with my iPod because it’s my ubiquitous capture device.

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. […] Solemnity flows out of men naturally; but laughter is a leap. It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. –G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

round button chicken

Life with a houseful of young ones, whom you must not only raise but also educate, is full of ups and downs and craziness and laughter and tears – often all in the same day. In the midst of it all, we have to keep rolling; the more cheerfully we can do so, the easier it is to roll.

That’s why our attitude is so critical. It is all in how we see it, how we tell it, how we feel it: It is one grand adventure or it is one long slog. Let’s commit to telling ourselves the true story: That this is where God has placed us, what He has called us to, and where the action is, and that we wouldn’t have it any other way.


~ Pretty amusing ~

a homeschooling life 

Admitting you have a problem is the first step toward recovery.

More important than the fact that the right answer was eventually written on the page and the box checked off is that this young student overcame her reluctance and resistance, calmed herself, and then got the right answer. This is the sort of process that will play itself out over and over and over and over and over and over again, and thus the idea will work its way into her bones that bad attitudes block clear thinking and that bad attitudes can be released and rejected.

And maybe by the time those years’ worth of lessons have been repeated times five at my kitchen table, I’ll have learned it – and learned to live it – too.


~ Happy moments ~

happy homeschooling

Yes, virtue is the goal of education, and that is why we are homeschooling, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t academic work to be done. In fact, it is because virtue is our goal that the academic work must be done – more than that, must be done with a good will.

And a cup of tea might just help with that.


~ Funny Shakespeare ~

shakespeare audio in homeschooling

Who says listening to Shakespeare on audio book is boring? We’re in the middle of Hamlet right now, and Jaeger decided to pantomime the ghost scene instead of merely following along. As long as he was silent and engaged, I’m all for it.

Yes, a post for Hamlet resources will be forthcoming – after we’ve completed it ourselves.


~ Real living ~

messy homeschooling

Proverbs tells us: Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean.

Or, where there are no homeschooled children, the homeschooling cupboard stays organized.

But, Proverbs continues, much harvest comes from the strength of the ox.

The clean manger is a barren one. The organized cupboard is only organized so that it can be used – and while it’s being used, it’s not going to stay neat and tidy.

The using, the learning, is the point. Not the organized state. Let’s not fret over cupboards that show that people are living, learning, eating, growing, and all the rest. That’s exactly why we’re organizing and cooking and cleaning.

I’m telling myself as much as anyone. Big deep breath, we can do this thing.

9 Responses

  1. Karen
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    That verse in Proverbs is one of my all time favorites. Told my husband I was going to paint it on one of our walls! (Haven’t yet, but I’m tempted…) Heard an evangelist preach a great message on it once. (His application was for churches doing ministry, but the point is the same.)

    • Mystie Winckler
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      It seems very applicable to our work at home raising children. :)

  2. Virginia Lee
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    This post was like looking in a mirror at our house and the little souls in it. Always love your Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real posts. And love the dirty sock in the homeschool cabinet. Ours would have a few legos in there as well. Those things seem to multiply and take over every nook and cranny. =)

    • Mystie Winckler
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      Yeah, socks seem to spill out of everywhere around here. :) I’m sure there are legos lurking in the shadows of that photo, too! They simply cannot be contained. :)

  3. Rebecca
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    Thanks! :)

  4. Monica
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    I really, really needed this post after this week at our house! Time and again, it is my own attitude that needs changing, not everything around me, as I’m wont to think. Thanks for reminding us homeschool moms what home educating is truly all about in such a way that is so encouraging. This truly is a hard job, but after I read your posts, I am more likely to roll up my sleeves to get the job done and dig deep for that smile that my children need.

    • Mystie Winckler
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      That makes my day and makes writing worth it, Monica! Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment.

  5. kortney
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    Our littles spied a plastic skull at the Dollar Store–part of their Halloween offerings. We had to take it home to be a Hamlet prop!

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