5 Essential Chores Prevent Chaos at Home

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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

A Humming Home: Act

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Simply Contemplate: Wisdom is Fearing God & Keeping His Commandments

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I’m in a small online book club with my best friend (IRL! But 4 hours away) and her mom and sister-in-law (who are local to me). We’re reading Jeffrey Meyers’ Ecclesiastes: A Table in the Mist, a short layman’s commentary on Ecclesiastes, which is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I’ve never found it to be a depressing book, and this commentary backs me up in that impression. I’d say Meyers’ overarching point is that the hebel/vanity/vapor theme … Read More

Making a Convivial Home: Advent Liturgies

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For 2013 I joined the growing online meme and picked a one-word theme for the year: Habits. I wanted to focus on “getting back on my game” after having a baby last November, and actually having a single focus when I got the bug for “turning over a fresh leaf” throughout the year was helpful (I think it happened when I had two nights in a row with 6 hours of consecutive sleep, but then someone would start waking up … Read More

Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real, Exhausting: Working the Plan

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Sometimes I feel silly working on yet another plan, another schedule, even if it’s not one where I’m scheduling every half hour of everyone’s day. But, I keep coming back to it. I mentioned my feeling silly about it to my husband, who shrugged, “I thought it was your hobby.” Well, yes, actually, it is. And, generally, I think it’s been a hobby that has benefited myself and my family. But whether or not it benefits myself and my family … Read More

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