Friday Five, with a winner (or two)

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And the winner is…

Yolande, who wrote:

I would love to win Mere Motherhood. I have been reading your blog for over a year and I enjoy its meatiness. After a season of survival homeschooling I am excited for a season of abundant life and learning!

and Erika, who wrote:

REALLY want to read Cindy’s book, but can not afford it at this point. Would LOVE to win this!

Congratulations, ladies! And, if you still need the book (which you do), head on over to CiRCE to purchase a copy:

Faithful Follow-through

School is just a normal fact of life now, and that is a good thing. The variation possible in a day is breathtaking, of course. If everyone checks in with their lists and does the next thing, if I start Morning Time promptly between 8-8:30, if only 1 or 2 need help with math, if there are no meltdowns – then everyone is done by lunch. If not, well, it’s anyone’s guess how long the day might drag on.

The best development: Matt, my husband, now corrects math pages. Woot! He checks everyone’s math in the evening, then they correct it the next day with their new page. Previously, I was trying to get one page turned around same day – which sometimes meant we were doing math off and on all day.

Not only is that a chunk off my plate, but now my husband knows where each kid is in math and can help them better when they have questions (my oldest is hitting the point where he’s beyond me), and they are also less likely to argue with him about it all. Score.

Favorite homeschool Instagram of the week:

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I received a great question from Jillian over the weekend, one I think we can all relate to:

I’m thinking I should have said no to something [this busy weekend] but really can’t justify in my head vetoing either one. Add on top of this a big laundry pile that wasn’t touched over the weekend and, oh yeah, a 2 month old! Things are a little crazy.

I know everyone says “give yourself grace,” but at the very least I have to have the schoolwork planned out for the week!

So that’s a long way of asking, what do you do when the weekly review/planning session just doesn’t happen?

Short answer: The bare minimum, right before its needed, plus looking at the calendar and making sure bills are paid. There’s many a Monday morning where I’m printing kids’ checklists (or copying new ones in Trello now) with my cup of coffee while they wrap up their chores and start what they know they need to do.

Try to fit in that weekly review somewhere, have a back up plan, and try again next week. It’ll be ok. Roll with the punches.

Here’s the long answer:



Free Feeds

The Simplified Organization AudioBlog released this week! Enjoy!

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Make your goals manageable. Then do them.

Download the free interval planning guide.

And the fourth episode of the Simply Convivial Audio Blog is out:

Plus, a reader sent me this link with a very-related thought from Desiring God:


Even If You Labor “for Nought” by John Piper

Hint: This post actually relates best to next week’s episode.


Fruitful Finds

Back to School: How to Help Your Children (and You) Form Good Habits.

by Gretchen Rubin

how can we help children form habits that will help them handle this load, without our constant nagging and supervising?

3 Metaphors for Mentorship

by Kelly Needham

This is the primary objective of discipleship: to model consistent joy in God and dependence on God.

This article is primarily about woman-to-woman mentoring, but homeschooling is a form of mentorship, of discipleship, and these three metaphors and her main point hold true. I was particularly convicted that the main point of our discipleship of others is not the others’ change or improvement.

After all, if our disciples do grow, that’s not going to be due to our work, but God’s.

Ten Things to Make Time For

by Carol M.

Teaching our children to embrace the beautiful and appreciate all that’s good in our culture without accepting it hook, line and sinker, helps them to avoid a legalistic based approach to life.

Why Homeschool Uniforms May Not Be Such a Crazy Idea

by Kris Bales

Homeschool uniforms put kids in school-mode.

And sometimes, that’s the kick-in-the-pants we all need. Maybe homeschool mom uniforms aren’t such a bad idea, either…as long as we update them every 10 years or so.

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Sustainable Homeschooling

by Kortney Garrison

Keep your supplies as simple as possible. Could the same also be said for curriculum or book lists or extracurriculars? Yes, I think so! Less is more, and more often leads to overwhelm. We have a lot of balls in the air, more than ever before, but I want to keep the main thing front and center.

Free-Reading Fans

The kids were caught reading this week:



My book bag:

Wahoo! I actually and finally finished The History of the Ancient World by Susan Wise Bauer (Audible version)! I listened to the audio book which was over 26 hours long. My Audible app tells me that it only took me to finish. But I did it.

Guess what I learned? Societies have had lousy rulers and succession problems more often than good ones and smooth replacements. Perspective is good.

Now for The History of the Medieval World!

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