Catching Contentment & Conviviality

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I love putting together these Thursday posts, weaving together pictures of our life with words. The photos are far more objective than my own perceptions, and with some breathing space between the photos and my writing, I can see the humor, the blessing, the joy more clearly than I can in the moment. And, I have found that this practice of seeing the humor and the contentment in the past week improves my ability to see the humor and find … Read More

Finding Contentment in My Kitchen: Saturday Baking

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I use Saturdays to “get ahead” on the food prep for the coming week: to make bread, to get at least one quick breakfast option baked, to make something yummy for Sundays. Here’s what came out of my kitchen this Saturday! Pretty Breads This week I did muffins, whole wheat dinner rolls, and cinnamon rolls. I plan on posting my muffin recipe – Whole Wheat Cinnamon Muffins – next week! Happy Cinnamon Rolls Baking cinnamon rolls for Sunday morning is my … Read More

Capturing Conviviality: Fall Rhythms

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Pretty Birthday Girl! Geneva turned one this weekend! We had her grandparents and half her aunts and uncles over for dinner after church on Sunday, and she learned what presents were. A little Christmas warm-up – for everyone. There was no shortage of helping hands for present opening. Happy Reformation Day! On October 31st we had a special Circle Time and read a picture book biography (I highly recommend it) on Martin Luther, sang “A Mighty Fortress,” and listened to … Read More

Finding Contentment in My Kitchen

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I am enjoying finding a regular blogging groove again after the intensity of 31 Days of Simplified Grocery Shopping! I didn’t make it every single day, but I hope you still enjoyed it and learned some new tips and tricks for making the most of what can be a boring chore. I also wrote 31 Days of an Organized Homeschool at my other blog, Simply Convivial. If you homeschool, you won’t want to miss that. It was a lot of … Read More

Capturing Contentment in My Kitchen

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I thought it would be fun if I posted a quick weekly post with pictures from my kitchen life. Real stuff. Family cooking. Mistakes. Improvisions. Messes. Good food. Joining up with Like Mother, Like Daughter’s Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real link-up is a perfect fit for what I’d like to do. The slogan for their weekly series is “Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life.” It doesn’t get more everyday than mom in the kitchen, whipping out something to fill … Read More

Capturing Conviviality: Last Week of October

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This is Harvest Term, Week 4. Fall is in the air, and the school routines have picked up and are starting to stick. I still feel like I’m dropping all sorts of balls, but it’s a sort of getting into shape. Just like I am having to start all over again from the beginning in fitness and weight loss after baby, my “handling all the pieces of life” abilities need to be gradually exercised and brought back up to speed, … Read More

Summer Term, week 4

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The Week in Brief It was a week of craziness, including the birthday of and party for my oldest. He’s now 10! I am beginning the journey out of the all-little years in earnest now, though I still can’t quite fathom it. There have been times when I feel the “Ack! Not much time left!” panic rise, but at those times it helps to look at Geneva and know it’s not really “too late” for anything. This week we began … Read More

2013 Summer Term, Week 2: Busy!

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The Week in Brief We had a doozy of a second week, with swimming lessons from 9:30-10:15 and a watercolor class for the older two from 12:30-2. Still, amazingly and despite all odds, every day this week we’ve managed to do an abbreviated Circle Time (I leave out the poems and catechism) and most of the boys’ math (they are only doing two Calculadder review drill pages for math for this week and next). We even did some Latin, which … Read More

Follow-Through Friday: Our First Week

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The Week in Brief This was our first week back in school: Summer Term 2013 has begun! It was a week of excitement and disappointment, of tears and triumph. For the most part, all the children were actually quite eager to begin. They were excited to see what was new in the Circle Time binders, what the Monday and Friday meetings would be like, and what the new books would be. However, there were tears that a poem to memorize … Read More

Convivial Chronicles: Living Room, Reading Room

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A few months ago I rearranged our living room to make it a bit more cozy, a place more suited for conversations and – of course – for reading. Of course, the trouble with making a place more hospitable to reading is that reading ends up happening there. And, if the point of my rearranging was to make the living room a more lovely place, then sometimes all that reading and visiting (when it is between children), can get in … Read More

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