Little Mirrors – Simply Convivial

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Originally written and posted in 2007. Actually, I think little children are more like magnifying glasses than mirrors. I have been truly amazed, startled, and ashamed as it has become more and more clear to me that the attitude and behavior problems my children display is only a childish mimicry of my own attitude and behavior problems, which, because I am a skilled and practiced sinner, are more concealed than the blatant sins of a small child. Now, I do … Read More

Order, The First Need of All

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“This book emphasizes certain institutions and customs and certain ideas and beliefs which continue to nurture order in the person and order in the republic, down to our time.” Ok, I was just going to participate in Cindy’s latest book club on Russell Kirk’s Roots of American Order by reading along as best I could and commenting on other people’s posts, but the first chapter of the book sparked my writing itch. There is no way I can write summary-style … Read More

Capturing Contentment

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Pretty Children playing together: Happy The best $5 birthday present: a game of Cooties. Ilse calls them cuties. I tell her she’s the cutie. Knox is the silly. Yes, the cootie is supposed to be kissing his cheek. Funny Sometimes, our house needs an industrial clean. Sometimes, this is the right tool for our floors. Real One of my tricks for occupying my toddler during school hours: A dice tower. It’s kinda noisy, but less noisy than a free-range toddler. … Read More

Convivial Home: Now & Later

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Hitting a decade birthday is a good time to pause and reflect, and though mine is still a few months away, I am pausing and reflecting. While I am in the midst of raising children, my parents, in-laws, and their peers are reaching milestones of their own: caring for their parents. It is now not an uncommon conversation to overhear at church functions: the 50’s crowd swapping stories and encouragement about helping their particular parents’ situations. So many different ailments, … Read More

Making a Convivial Home: Unrelenting Fellowship

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I mentioned previously that the Wilsons’ advice helped us get our marriage off to a strong start. The biggest and best piece of advice they gave was to never leave one another while out of fellowship. That isn’t that you can’t leave until you agree, but you can’t leave while you have unconfessed and unforgiven sin between you. The principle is not to let unresolved sin have any place or time in your relationship. It is a high ideal, but … Read More

Capturing Contentment

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Pretty Homemade hummus: Happy The boys have set up a new fort, which makes them very happy: I love its name. Funny A picture narration Hans drew for science…. …incorporating vocabulary learned in history Real Everyone wants to watch Mr. Demme teach math! :) But then one has to do the math.

Convivial Home: The Dare

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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

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