The secret to sanity at home – Simply Convivial

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It’s February. Are you feeling it, fellow homeschool mom in the trenches? It’s so easy to let our mood slide with the weather into the gray, foggy blahs. We can feel trapped, low, crabby, In the first episode of our new podcast, The Scholé Sisters Podcast, we talk about how levity – lightheartedness, humor, cheerfulness – is a burnout prevention method. When we sink into seriousness, into get-it-all-done mode, into self-importance, we’re bound to be pulled down, lose our joy, … Read More

A peek into average school days at our house – Simply Convivial

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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

5 Habits to Show Kids Love – Simply Convivial

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Homeschool lists! Let’s talk and share all sorts of lists this month during The Nester’s 31 Days series. I’ll share my lists, from managing day to day details to book lists to checklists to supply lists – rest assured, if it can be listed, I have listed it. So I pulled my best lists – yes, I had to abridge and combine the list of lists to bring it down to 31 – and I’ll be sharing them this month. … Read More

Catching Contentment & Conviviality – Simply Convivial

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I love putting together these Thursday posts, weaving together pictures of our life with words. The photos are far more objective than my own perceptions, and with some breathing space between the photos and my writing, I can see the humor, the blessing, the joy more clearly than I can in the moment. And, I have found that this practice of seeing the humor and the contentment in the past week improves my ability to see the humor and find … Read More

Metaphor Monday: Becoming Christ-Like or Acting Zeus-Like? – Simply Convivial

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The metaphor this week is just for moms, because it’s one I’m convicted by and still processing. Writing is my way of processing. This metaphor comes from a sermon by Doug Wilson on James 1 I’ve listened to 3 or 4 times now over the last couple months, trying to get the thought to stick. James 1:19-20 says: Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of … Read More

Hidden Art of Homemaking: Creating the Environment – Simply Convivial

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We come at last to the fourteenth and last chapter of Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art of Homemaking, posting chapter by chapter with Cindy’s book club at Ordo Amoris. This chapter ties all the preceding topics back to the original concept of Hidden Art being a development and expression of oneself. In the beginning chapters, Edith wrote about how it is glorifying to God to develop and express your personality and talents and abilities, even if you are not compensated for … Read More

Hidden Art of Homemaking: Preparing Food – Simply Convivial

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I’m a week late and going to try to double post today to catch up with the book club at Ordo Amoris. Chapter 8 of Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art of Homemaking is about food, and there are so many ways to take this hidden art that I haven’t been able to find traction in any one direction. Cooking is a hobby of mine. It has been an area of hidden art in my life since I was 10 or 11. … Read More

Hidden Art of Homemaking Book Club: Interior Decorating, Remix – Simply Convivial

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Express yourself not only in selecting things to buy, not only in your choice from many things displayed in a store, but aso in what you can produce yourself, with some degree of originality, craftsmanship or artistic creativity. So the other day I developed this thought about expressing personality in unconventional decorating from chapter 5 of Hidden Art of Homemaking, but there was another quote that caught my attention and cut me to the quick: Interior Decoration, as I intimated … Read More

Convivial Chronicles: Living Room, Reading Room – Simply Convivial

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A few months ago I rearranged our living room to make it a bit more cozy, a place more suited for conversations and – of course – for reading. Of course, the trouble with making a place more hospitable to reading is that reading ends up happening there. And, if the point of my rearranging was to make the living room a more lovely place, then sometimes all that reading and visiting (when it is between children), can get in … Read More

Nerves as raw as meat in a butcher’s window – Simply Convivial

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Do you know that quote? It’s from My Fair Lady, when, after months of agony, Eliza & Professor Higgins are draped late at night in the library, Higgins still insisting, “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain!” Eliza moans, “I can’t! I can’t! I’m so tired. I’m so tired.” That’s how I felt yesterday. In fact, that’s how I got to thinking about this quote and scene. I was loading the dishwasher, thinking that when my husband got … Read More

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