Convivial Home: The Dare

While in college at University of Idaho, I went to a small group Bible study for college girls that met in Nancy Wilson’s living room. In high school, a few of the things she had written in her books rubbed me the wrong way, but here, set in context and said face-to-face, they started making more sense. It was here in college from Nancy that I encountered what was somehow a revolutionary concept: When the Bible says things like “Let … Read More

Securing a Reasonably Clean House: An Introduction – Simply Convivial

Have you yet discovered Auntie Leila at Like Mother, Like Daughter? She has a great series called The Reasonably Clean House. I have a weakness for reading articles and blog series that claim it is possible to have at least a semblance of order and cleanliness while homeschooling a brood. Keeping things clean does not come naturally to me, but I cannot shake the idea (try as I might) that it is an area I am to grow in, and … Read More

Convivial Home: Paradigm Shift – Simply Convivial

And Now, We’re Thirty (almost) I wonder, perhaps, if I needed this refresher, this reminder of why I am doing what I am doing, particularly because this is the life I lived on the child-end and now live second-generation: homeschooling, stay-at-home mama. When I became a resentful, proud adolescent, I remember my parents telling me that it was ok if I thought I could do better. They expected me to do better. It was my job. They did their best … Read More

Weekend Links

The Primary Purpose of a Woman by Angelina Stanford at CiRCE “She needs to remember that the laundry can wait for the eternal things, which are far more important. She does not need to be told that clean clothes please God more than prayer.” Are You Happy? by Nancy Wilson at Femina “Finally, we should remember that happiness is a great benefit to us and a means of glorifying God. He is the source of all happiness, and we return … Read More

Digital Household Notebook: Introduction

Series Introduction Calendar & Contacts Task Tracking Lists & Notes Random Pieces I have put together at least three household management binders in my 10-year career as a housewife to date. All three times I thought it through, made it well, and used it for about 2 weeks. Now, the exercise of making a home management binder is a good one. I think the process helps clarify and organize thoughts as well as papers, which can render benefit even if … Read More

Capturing Contentment

Pretty I usually wear my hair in an updo, but this makes winter hats a difficulty. I started seeing wide knit or crochet headbands popping up online, and I thought I’d try my hand at one. It took me less than an hour, even though it was my own invented pattern! It has a button and button hole in the back, so it can go on and come off without disturbing my ‘do. I had this Peaches & Cream cotton … Read More

A Convivial Home: Enjoying Life, Children, and God

I wasn’t yet tuned into the right questions when I picked up The Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family. Knox was a baby, I was sleep-deprived, I thought maybe I could pick up a few new tips to help cope. I don’t remember any new hints or tips. It’s not that they weren’t there. I’m sure if I went back to it now I might be able to add a few things to my repertoire. At the time, … Read More

A Convivial Home: What Has Happened to All Your Joy?

I am living the life I always wanted. I grew up the oldest of 7, homeschooled, reading Anne of Green Gables and heaps of sappy Christian romance novels. To be honest, I never did even comprehend what problem modern women had with traditional, biblical womanhood. Not only did I swallow the conservative family party line hook line and sinker as a child, but I grew up with my mom in the home, always, even though it meant some extremely lean … Read More

Review: Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot – Simply Convivial

A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul by Holly Pierlot My rating: 5 of 5 stars Own. Recommended by Willa & DeputyHeadmistress. In case my Tri-City friends are interested, the Mid-Columbia Library has ordered a copy. Overview A “Rule of Life” is a concept the author took from medieval monastics. I found it interesting that it incorporated many concepts popular in current self-help categories, yet she never mentioned the modern … Read More

Securing a Reasonably Clean House: Initial Steps & Secrets

Begin with the introduction to the Reasonably Clean series to get the foundation and the linked table of contents for the series! The Original Reasonably Clean Source The chatty, photo-laden, good-humored original. The Reasonably Clean, Fairly Neat, and Comfortably Tidy House. A Pep Talk for Organization. In which I give you a secret to get you started on The Reasonably Clean House. My Summary & Reflection The basics Leila gives us 4 steps to taking dominion in our domain: Know … Read More

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