Convivial Home: The Dare – Simply Convivial

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While in college at University of Idaho, I went to a small group Bible study for college girls that met in Nancy Wilson’s living room. In high school, a few of the things she had written in her books rubbed me the wrong way, but here, set in context and said face-to-face, they started making more sense. It was here in college from Nancy that I encountered what was somehow a revolutionary concept: When the Bible says things like “Let … Read More

Convivial Home: Paradigm Shift – Simply Convivial

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And Now, We’re Thirty (almost) I wonder, perhaps, if I needed this refresher, this reminder of why I am doing what I am doing, particularly because this is the life I lived on the child-end and now live second-generation: homeschooling, stay-at-home mama. When I became a resentful, proud adolescent, I remember my parents telling me that it was ok if I thought I could do better. They expected me to do better. It was my job. They did their best … Read More

Capturing Contentment

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Pretty I usually wear my hair in an updo, but this makes winter hats a difficulty. I started seeing wide knit or crochet headbands popping up online, and I thought I’d try my hand at one. It took me less than an hour, even though it was my own invented pattern! It has a button and button hole in the back, so it can go on and come off without disturbing my ‘do. I had this Peaches & Cream cotton … Read More

A Convivial Home: Enjoying Life, Children, and God

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I wasn’t yet tuned into the right questions when I picked up The Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family. Knox was a baby, I was sleep-deprived, I thought maybe I could pick up a few new tips to help cope. I don’t remember any new hints or tips. It’s not that they weren’t there. I’m sure if I went back to it now I might be able to add a few things to my repertoire. At the time, … Read More

A Convivial Home: What Has Happened to All Your Joy?

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I am living the life I always wanted. I grew up the oldest of 7, homeschooled, reading Anne of Green Gables and heaps of sappy Christian romance novels. To be honest, I never did even comprehend what problem modern women had with traditional, biblical womanhood. Not only did I swallow the conservative family party line hook line and sinker as a child, but I grew up with my mom in the home, always, even though it meant some extremely lean … Read More

Leisure starts with a mindset | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 5

Ok, I’m a week late, but I still want to post on this chapter. It was the best chapter yet, and yet the connections that I knew were there were simply not sparking in my brain. I had no clue what to write. But, at the church women’s retreat I attended this weekend, I was able to take a little time alone (several little times, actually) and recharge my introvert self. :) Rereading the chapter in that setting, suddenly my … Read More

Living a Liberal Life of Contemplation | Leisure, the Basis of Culture, chapter 2

Was some of this chapter still German? Are you sure this is in English? I was totally lost and had really no idea what half this chapter was talking about. I picked up this book last year and started, and after chapter 2 never picked it up again until now. And now I remember why. I’ll keep going now that I have group motivation, but only if he becomes more intelligible to me. It’s no fun slogging through a book … Read More

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