Back to (home)school is hard to do

~ 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

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

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

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

~ 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

~ 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

Contagious Conviviality: A Good, Full Life

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Another week, another look at the little ordinary moments that fill up the time but are easy to overlook and discount. But it’s these little things that make a good, full life.   Pretty ~ Pretty Command Center Redo ~   One of the tools I recommend setting up in Simplified Organization is a “command center.” After finishing the chapter and putting together a new command center pinterest board for … Read More

Convivial Contentment, Everyday

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ This week we’re doing light school as we prepare for beginning our full load and a new term next week! Because it was a shortened term already and then we were sick for a week of it, I didn’t take it all the way off. We’ll have Friday off for a long weekend break, but begin next week with a full school schedule. These last couple weeks have given me … Read More

Convivial Contentment: School time again

~ Capturing the context of contentment in ordinary life ~ After a sick week, it’s good to be getting back into our school routines which hadn’t even had a chance to get normal again. September is nearly here, though, so then it will get really real and really normal. Actually, I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to jeans-and-tshirt-and-sandals weather again after an exceptionally hot summer.  Pretty ~Pretty Curls ~   Too darling, if I do say so myself. … Read More

Convivial Contentment: First Day of School Edition

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ It is our first week back to school!   Pretty ~Pretty Clipboards ~   I love the “fresh and new” of a new school year – especially new lists. Happy ~ Happy Students ~ “Happy” might be taking it a bit too far, but for the most part I do think everyone is more pleased to have direction and productive and constructive things to do. It sure does fill up … Read More

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