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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Contentment in My Kitchen

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My kitchen has been pretty busy lately, with birthdays and company and just normal life. Surprisingly, it’s also been cleaner than usual – but that’s because of the “company” part. Nothing like having people over to incentivize housecleaning! Pretty Baby, baby, oatmeal-eater. Happy We had our small group Bible study over for a meal after church this Sunday. I made a big crockpot of black bean soup with roasted red peppers and artisan bread and then the other families brought … Read More

Contentment in My Kitchen

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I love the Pretty Happy Funny Real link-up. I think that taking pictures throughout the week and recording them with a good-natured spin, remembering the good instead of musing upon shortcomings and unfulfilled expectations is a good exercise in gratitude to foster contentment. And, the kitchen is a place where we can be vulnerable to discontent and discouragement. So, I’d like to make participation in this link up regular on this blog. Plus, it turns out, I’m not really a … Read More

Contagious Conviviality: Catching smiles

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~ Capturing contentment and contagious conviviality in everyday life. ~ Though I have a pretty family, I often do not look at them with a happy expression nor respond to their funny antics; this is a real temptation, a real opportunity for sanctification. Smiling Begets Love Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — it doesn’t matter who it is — and that will help you to … Read More

Capturing Contentment: Being interested in the details of daily life

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Like Mother, Like Daughter‘s subtitle for this meme is “Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life,” and I love that. My own subtitle for my phfr posts this year will be Capturing Contentment and Contagious Conviviality. To have a happy, joy-filled home, I am the one who must be joy-filled. A mother’s joy – or discouragement or frustration or anger – in the home is a contagion, infecting everyone else who must live with her. How can we pursue … Read More

Capturing Contentment: And Now She Is Six

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My third-born daughter turned six last week. She is one bundle of pretty and happy and funny and real all tightly wound. Pretty Girl Happy Girl She made her own cake and her own ice cream. I measured things out for her and she did all the dumping and stirring. She was very pleased with her efforts, and it appeared to all come out well, though I wouldn’t know. Funny Girl So her poem to memorize this term is Milne’s … Read More

Contagious Conviviality: When the Week Doesn’t Go As Planned

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While feeling pretty sick this week, being happy was difficult and seeing the funny felt impossible; real life seems to conspire to make plans impossible. But the truth remains that there are still pretty moments, happy lego-players, funny faces and comments, and real life lived together. Monday morning was supposed to be back to Real Life. We’d been sick over the weekend; in fact, I’d been flat out in bed all day Friday and Saturday. When we closed the day … Read More

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