#084: When noise rubs nerves raw

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio blog, where we practice managing our lives with fruitful, faithful resilience, overcoming distraction and discouragement, so we can glorify God in our work and our attitudes. Sometimes the days are long and loud and trying, particularly when everyone is small and needy. Today’s post is one a wrote a number of years ago when no one was double-digits yet. It’s an intense time, and yet it’s also a fleeting time, it turns out. Still, … Read More

#083: Homemaking requires hospitality.

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio blog, where we practice managing our lives with fruitful, faithful resilience, overcoming distraction and discouragement, so we can glorify God in our work and our attitudes. The word hospitality, as it comes to us in English through Old French and Latin *hospes*, means being a host – a loaded concept in ancient times. Hosts have certain duties, and in learning about hospitality we learn about what we ought to do and be as homemakers. … Read More

#082: Children are persons needing education

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we grow in faithfulness, cheerfulness, and resilience, staying engaged in our life at home because it’s where God has placed us to serve. I’m Mystie Winckler, a second-generation homeschooler now classically home educating my brood of 5, ages 15 to 6. We’re continuing to explore foundational educational philosophy with this episode, because what we believe about humans and about education matters tremendously to our work as mothers, especially if we homeschool. In … Read More

#081: Children are born persons

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we grow in faithfulness, cheerfulness, and resilience, staying engaged in our life at home because it’s where God has placed us to serve. I’m Mystie Winckler, a second-generation homeschooler now classically home educating my brood of 5, ages 15 to 6.    Today’s episode is a bite-sized piece of educational philosophy for you from Charlotte Mason on the nature of children. They are persons. As James KA Smith says, “Every pedagogy assumes … Read More

#080: Be an impervious mother.

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we grow in faithfulness, cheerfulness, and resilience, staying engaged in our life at home because it’s where God has placed us to serve. I’m Mystie Winckler, a second-generation homeschooler now classically home educating my brood of 5, ages 15 to 6. I learned to apply the word impervious to being a mother from my long-time mentor, Cindy Rollins. As a mother of 8 boys – and 1 girl – Cindy gave practical, … Read More

#079: Charlotte Mason is classical

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we grow in faithfulness, cheerfulness, and resilience, staying engaged in our life at home because it’s where God has placed us to serve. I’m Mystie Winckler, a second-generation homeschooler now classically home educating my brood of 5, ages 15 to 6. Today’s episode is a bite-sized piece of educational philosophy for you on classical and Charlotte Mason methods and why I think they’re grounded on the same philosophical truths, compatible sources of … Read More

#078: Life is full of entropy

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we learn to walk more and more in fruitfulness and faithfulness in the midst of the mundane. I’m Mystie Winckler, homeschooling mother of 5, and I write and speak so that I stay thoughtfully engaged in my family duties, learn to love what must be done, and organize my attitude – and I’m glad you’re joining me. Today’s episode is number 15 in a series called 52 Ways to Organize Your Attitude. … Read More

#077: Life will change. It’s ok

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we grow in faithfulness, cheerfulness, and resilience, staying engaged in our life at home because it’s where God has placed us to serve. This episode comes from the Organize Your Attitude series I did in 2017 – Know that life will change. Too often we think we’re doing something wrong when our plans or systems stop working, when really life has just moved on to a new place or a new season … Read More

#076: Homeschooling Middle School Boys

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio blog, where we practice managing our lives with fruitful, faithful resilience, overcoming distraction and discouragement, so we can glorify God in our work and our attitudes. Today’s audio blog is a favorite of mine from 2018. I wrote it after our local CM book club began Brandy Vencel’s Start Here Guide through Charlotte Mason’s 20 Principles. We discussed principle 1 and it struck me that we need to remember to apply our principles not … Read More

#075: Set Your Mind – Intentionally.

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Welcome to the Simply Convivial Audio Blog, where we learn to walk more and more in fruitfulness and faithfulness in the midst of the mundane. I’m Mystie Winckler, homeschooling mother of 5, and every day I’m staying engaged in my family duties, learning to love what must be done, and organizing my attitude – because it needs it more than my closets. I’m glad you’ve joined me for this episode on how to set your mind on things that are … Read More

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