A Providential C-Section – Simply Convivial

Geneva Kate was born November 2, 2012, by unexpected c-section, 24 hours after being admitted to the hospital for an induction at my request (her due date was October 28). Heidelberg Catechism | Lord’s Day 10 Q. What do you understand by the providence of God? A. Providence is the almighty and ever present power of God by which He upholds, as with His hand, heaven and earth and all creatures, and so rules them that leaf and blade, rain … Read More

Announcing Our Latest Arrival: Geneva Kate – Simply Convivial

Geneva Kate Winckler November 2, 2012 7 pounds, 10 ounces 21 inches long Despite being stubborn in utero by refusing to be monitored or stay head down, Geneva appears so far to be a placid newborn. More than likely, she’s just plain tuckered out from exerting her will and energy so much prior to birth and will be giving Knox a run for his money as soon as she’s had a respite. I have now added ‘c-section’ to my list … Read More

Current Convivialities

Another week! Because I’ll be doing the 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers in October, I won’t be doing these update posts again until November, when we will hopefully have a little baby! Then it will be weekly baby pictures, which are always fun. For the mommy, anyway. :) Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Well, I continue to be remiss in taking random photos along the way, but I did remember to snap one of Ilse & Knox. Ilse … Read More

What is Intrinsic Motivation? Motivating Without Stickers

So, if Daniel Pink, in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, is correct in his conclusions, extrinsic motivators should be taboo whenever the work we assign requires creativity or when it is something that touches personhood (virtue, learning). So what tactics are left to us? If we aren’t to use sticker charts or play money or marbles or other superficial reward structures, are there any tactics we can use? Intrinsic Motivators in the Home & Homeschool … Read More

Book Review | Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Back in January I listened to a library audio copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. It was one of those synchronicity books: unaware of the book, Matt had come across the RSA summary and shared it with me and then a day or two later I was browsing my brother’s Amazon wishlist and saw the title there. So I opened a new tab in my browser, went to the library’s site, searched for … Read More

Currently Convivial

Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life We’ve had a good week, with a quiet, restful Labor Day weekend. The local schools are all back in session now, so we get the excitement once again of the school bus stopping in front of our house during breakfast and the selfish pleasure of having the park crowds & grocery store traffic back down to a sane level. Being able to hit the stores at a quiet 9-10am, when only the moms of … Read More

Making a Convivial Home Series Index

I didn’t start Simply Convivial because I am a sweet, gentle, nice Mom, but because I am not. This is my journey in repentance, in learning gratitude and contentment and happiness in a life spent loving first the small children God has blessed us with, then the body of Christ, and then those outside. I am learning to be a good steward in the small things, hoping to be given greater and greater responsibility and finally to hear “Well done, … Read More

Currently Convivial

Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Last week was fair week, so we took off Wednesday and had a grand time at the county fair. The kids got to climb all through a fire engine, watch all sorts of animals both at the petting zoo and in the 4H buildings, claim candy and trinkets from booths, eat elephant ears, and – through the sponsorship of my parents – ride their first rides. We had a good time, the kids were … Read More

Convivial Contentment

Pretty, Happy, Funny — Real Life Knox likes to think of himself as one of the boys, so he is always in people’s business – or in their shoes. In fact, I am having to change the way I refer to my groups of children. For years now I have referred to Hans and Jaeger together as “the boys.” So the other day I called, “Boys! Would you please run this over to the neighbor’s house for me?” They love … Read More

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real: Vacation! – Simply Convivial

We spent a week at the beach last week! It was lovely! The house we rented (with friends!) did have wifi, and I did check my email once or twice a day, but for the most part it was an internet & technology detox week. As soon as we all got onto the beach on the first day I arrived and I laughed hard at Knox’s reaction to this amazing thing called a beach (it was his first time and … Read More

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