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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 Essential Chores Prevent Chaos at Home – Simply Convivial

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Homeschoolers use their homes hard. What cleaning tasks give us the biggest bang for our time bucks? What chores prevent chaos best? That’s what today’s list is all about. If only I were as good at doing my lists as writing them. But this month, I’m doing the fun part: writing and sharing my homeschool lists. The more I follow my lists, the better things go, so maybe writing them out again and again is not an exercise in futility. … Read More

Habits: The Secret for Smooth and Easy Days? – Simply Convivial

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Years ago, when I had only quite small children and I had immersed myself in books on educational theory, I latched onto an oft-quoted bit of wisdom from Charlotte Mason: The mother who takes pains to endow her children with good habits secures for herself smooth and easy days. She’s right, of course, but also wrong. I copied this quote out I don’t know how many times. I returned to it again and again, always hopeful – maybe this time … Read More

A Humming Home: Act – Simply Convivial

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It’s no secret that I’m a fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done. The tactics he outlines are brilliantly applicable not only to 9-5 office work, but even to our work at home, even to homeschooling. The primary discipline that Getting Things Done coaches you through is threefold: You must capture all that needs to be done in your world — now, later, someday, yesterday, big, little, really ALL — outside of your head. Outside of your head means off your mind if you trust where … Read More

Humming Home Habits: Assemble – Simply Convivial

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Because I’m working on the Simplified Organization eCourse and getting ready to start school (August 4th!), I have organization on my mind. And, generally, when something is on my mind, I write about it. So, I thought I’d follow up the series on improving chore routines with a short little series on the basic habits that help keep a home running smoothly. They are simple little things that make a huge impact. Even though they’re simple, I still sometimes try … Read More

Learning How to Grow – Simply Convivial

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I had the honor and privilege of being a guest over at Afterthoughts yesterday as a part of Brandy’s amazing series on “Learning How to Live.” Growing and learning as persons ourselves needs to be an important aspect of our lives. Before we are wives or mothers or teachers, we are persons, created in God’s image and made to serve and love Him and grow in our reflection of Him. Even if your entire family and life work was taken … Read More

Cheerful Chores Challenge, week 1: Morning Chores – Simply Convivial

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Alright, so let’s get set for 6 weeks of a “cheerful chores challenge.” This summer I’m working on shoring up our home-keeping routines while we aren’t doing school so that when we start school again in July (on our year-round schedule), we will already have those habits covered and won’t be trying to add everything at once. I’ve gone over our weekly plan, my “weekly time budget” as I call it, and seen where the chores would fit in and … Read More

7 Quick Takes – Simply Convivial

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— 1 — My dad posted a photo that brought back memories. This is the church my husband and I were married in, complete with stained glass windows and wooden pews. — 2 — If you’re doing Latin, especially if it’s with younger students, you’ll want to check out Race to the Colosseum Pam Barnhill just opened shop with several great resources and more to come. At the bottom of her post explaining how Race to the Colosseum works, she … Read More

Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 8: Lifestyle Matters More Than Lessons – Simply Convivial

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This week we’re discussing the final section of chapter 3 in Desiring the Kingdom. Here I really was and am quite curious about what the participants had to say about last week’s reading, but even though it was a break week for us, I was too caught up in keeping life here spinning to go read and comment properly! I still do intend to come visit and chat on those posts, though. Summary: A Multisensory Orientation to Life Today is … Read More

Capturing Contentment: Being interested in the details of daily life – Simply Convivial

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Like Mother, Like Daughter‘s subtitle for this meme is “Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life,” and I love that. My own subtitle for my phfr posts this year will be Capturing Contentment and Contagious Conviviality. To have a happy, joy-filled home, I am the one who must be joy-filled. A mother’s joy – or discouragement or frustration or anger – in the home is a contagion, infecting everyone else who must live with her. How can we pursue … Read More

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