Outsourcing dinner duties

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ When I was 11, my mom had twins. Already interested in cooking, I eagerly took once-a-week dinner duties. I could make spaghetti, macaroni and cheese (from boxes) with tuna and peas, and hamburger helper. My grandma was an extreme couponer before it was a thing, so she kept our pantry stocked with boxes and mixes, and I appreciated being able to grab something, follow the 3 steps, and put dinner … Read More

Break week is a-comin’

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ The bleak winter term is almost over and we soon get to take the most-appreciated break week of the year: a week off in February. The end of our sixth week is always when I most love our year-round schedule. Looking forward to a whole week off keeps me going that fifth week and I can postpone things, knowing I have a week to catch up coming soon.   Pretty … Read More

Circle Time Moments

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Never a dull moment, not even in routine moments, when there are five children spanning 8 years to coordinate. Well, no. I’m on my fifth two-year-old, I know better: Never a dull moment, not even in routine moments, when there’s a two-year-old in the house. Yes. Yes, I believe that’s the truth. Two-year-olds bring life to the house, giggles to the family, and attention to the present moment. Because if … Read More

Getting into our homeschool groove

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ A fun thing you don’t want to miss this week is the launch of Pam Barnhill’s podcast, Homeschool Snapshot Podcast. She kicked off her launch week with an episode every day this week, and I’m the guest of episode 3, titled, “Organization is like laundry.” We had a great time chatting, despite my nervousness because she didn’t tell me all the questions ahead of time. She insists it’s better for … Read More

Back to (home)school is hard to do

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Despite better intentions, we did absolutely no school between Thanksgiving week and this week. That’s a long break. It was great, and I think it was needed for the other stuff that did get done, but it means this had the potential to be a very rough week back. Especially when the new year rolls around, I always want to dive into the deep end and start off strong: The … Read More

A logistics hack that improved our homeschool mornings

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A Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real Post ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ It’s funny how sometimes a simple solution really hits the spot and solves more problems than you hoped it would. I found one of those these last couple weeks, and I should savor it. It might not last all year – in fact, I know it won’t – and there are still issues and conflicts and difficulties in our days – but one small … Read More

A day in the life of the kitchen counter

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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ I thought it’d be fun to take some shots throughout one day of my kitchen counter. It sees a lot of action, and maybe seeing the whole progression start to finish might be both enlightening and encouraging. I had the idea and thought it would make a great phfr post, but by the end of the day I learned something that I think will help the … Read More

A peek into average school days at our house

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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real – Homeschooling Life ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ These photos were captured with my iPod because it’s my ubiquitous capture device. Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly. […] Solemnity flows out of men naturally; but laughter is a leap. It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light. –G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy Life with a houseful of young ones, whom you must not only raise but also educate, … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Normal School Days

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ We’re nearing the end of the fourth week of our Harvest Term, and I think we’ve mostly accommodated ourselves to the fact that summer is over and the long winter approaches, that these are school days, and we’re not going to make it untrue by wishing or whining. Not that the children (and sometimes myself) are not still trying. Complaining and bad attitudes can just suck the energy right out … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Paying Attention

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ I wrote this week at Scholé Sisters about paying attention during Circle Time – my own paying attention even. It’s a good principle to remember: to take the time to really see what’s going on around me, to watch them with pleasure and simple enjoyment, to breathe a prayer for them – these are the things we as mothers can do to cultivate a spirit of love, contentment, and joy … Read More

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