Convivial Contentment: Summer Livin’

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ We start school next week, so easy summer living is drawing to a close for us. Hans returns from a week-long build-your-own-shelter & cook-everything-over-your-campfire camp today, so we’ll be spending the weekend washing his laundry, hearing his stories, and transitioning him back to normal life. It could possibly be a rough Monday, but I am definitely at the “what we all need is a steady routine!” phase of the summer. … Read More

Convivial Contentment, summer edition

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a picture post. It’s about time. :) I’ve been bad about photo-taking, though, so half these photos are not even mine. That’s ok, because that actually means they’re a lot better than anything I’d have taken. It’s good to have photographers in the family. Pretty Wedding My brother was married a couple weeks ago and the reception was in our backyard. It was a fun wedding and a good party and it all went … Read More

Five Tips for Making Room: Extras are Riches

Today’s post in the Planning with the Scholé Sisters series is from Brandy on how to fit in the extras, and why they are necessary. I think that, culturally, we are finally moving away from the conception that the so-called “Three R’s” are what a good, solid, simple education should look like. I’m glad because, taken alone, the Three R’s are about as boring and utilitarian as you can get. When I think of my own life as a student … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Summer Learning

We have finished out our 2013-2014 school year! Time to celebrate! And we did, of course, with pizza and root beer floats with the good friends with whom we shared our lessons and experiences this year. It’s been a great year, really. The baby took reliable naps and was barely toddling for most of it. About halfway through I started getting a full night’s sleep. By scheduling a good portion of our work with friends, I was a lot more … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Spring Fever

The family (read: every non-day-job-daylight-hour for Matt with the rest of us pitching in here and there) has been and will be busy with yard work of all kinds this spring. We’re going to be hosting my brother’s wedding reception in late June, so we have a crazy amount of yard work to do. That seems like a great reason to end the school year early, doesn’t it? Can we? Can we? Please? Pretty Day We took 30 minutes of … Read More

Convivial Contentment: When a Week Doesn’t Go as Planned

Last week was our break week from school. During break week I try to do extra housekeeping, extra little projects like switching out the kids’ clothes for the season change, tidy up our school areas, and maybe get in a little extra writing or planning. The week started out well. I boxed up the winter gear and had piles and piles of clothes in my bedroom: clothes for storage, clothes for kids to try on, clothes to pass on, clothes … Read More

Convivial Contentment: pretty, happy, and funny children living a real life

Another week, and I actually remembered to take a few pictures! This weekly feature is a good reminder and motivator for me to pull out my camera, because otherwise I rarely would. And I do like having pictures of ordinary days. Pretty Curls Just recently it seems like Geneva’s hair has burst into curl! I love it. Happy Spring Math Happy might be putting it a bit too strong, but the boys were grateful for a day to work on … Read More

Managing Chaos: When Routines Meet Real Life

I always feel tongue-tied when someone asks what a typical day looks like at our house. Our days follow a general pattern, but no two ever look quite alike. Seven people living, working, and playing together make for a lot of variables, interruptions, and derailments. So, I thought I’d outline what our general routines are right now, but readily admit that a real day never looks like the outlined routine. I am supposed to get up at 5am, according to … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Ready for spring

Is it spring yet? The daffodils are up. We’re having more sunny days than cloudy. The trees are starting to get little leaf buds, and I’ve seen blooming dogwoods (mine isn’t blooming yet, though). So, does that mean school is nearly over? Because I am seriously looking forward to the hard reset that a long break and planning revamp gives. ƒf Eight more weeks for us, with a week of break coming up soon. The countdown can begin, as far … Read More

Contagious Conviviality: Counting little blessings

It’s so easy to be caught up in our own heads and to-do lists, letting the pretty, happy, funny, and real bits of life fly unnoticed over our heads, leaving us wallowing in remembrances of mostly our bad moments. It takes effort and grace to be present in the moment, but it is only when we are that we notice the little seemingly-insignificant details that open a world of love and humor and happiness in family life. The happiness of … Read More

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