Contagious Conviviality: A Good, Full Life – Simply Convivial

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Another week, another look at the little ordinary moments that fill up the time but are easy to overlook and discount. But it’s these little things that make a good, full life.   Pretty ~ Pretty Command Center Redo ~   One of the tools I recommend setting up in Simplified Organization is a “command center.” After finishing the chapter and putting together a new command center pinterest board for … Read More

Convivial Contentment: School time again – Simply Convivial

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in ordinary life ~ After a sick week, it’s good to be getting back into our school routines which hadn’t even had a chance to get normal again. September is nearly here, though, so then it will get really real and really normal. Actually, I’m looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to jeans-and-tshirt-and-sandals weather again after an exceptionally hot summer.  Pretty ~Pretty Curls ~   Too darling, if I do say so myself. … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Summer Livin’ – Simply Convivial

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~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ We start school next week, so easy summer living is drawing to a close for us. Hans returns from a week-long build-your-own-shelter & cook-everything-over-your-campfire camp today, so we’ll be spending the weekend washing his laundry, hearing his stories, and transitioning him back to normal life. It could possibly be a rough Monday, but I am definitely at the “what we all need is a steady routine!” phase of the summer. … Read More

Convivial Contentment: When a Week Doesn’t Go as Planned – Simply Convivial

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Last week was our break week from school. During break week I try to do extra housekeeping, extra little projects like switching out the kids’ clothes for the season change, tidy up our school areas, and maybe get in a little extra writing or planning. The week started out well. I boxed up the winter gear and had piles and piles of clothes in my bedroom: clothes for storage, clothes for kids to try on, clothes to pass on, clothes … Read More

Convivial Contentment: pretty, happy, and funny children living a real life – Simply Convivial

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Another week, and I actually remembered to take a few pictures! This weekly feature is a good reminder and motivator for me to pull out my camera, because otherwise I rarely would. And I do like having pictures of ordinary days. Pretty Curls Just recently it seems like Geneva’s hair has burst into curl! I love it. Happy Spring Math Happy might be putting it a bit too strong, but the boys were grateful for a day to work on … Read More

Convivial Contentment: Ready for spring – Simply Convivial

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Is it spring yet? The daffodils are up. We’re having more sunny days than cloudy. The trees are starting to get little leaf buds, and I’ve seen blooming dogwoods (mine isn’t blooming yet, though). So, does that mean school is nearly over? Because I am seriously looking forward to the hard reset that a long break and planning revamp gives. ƒf Eight more weeks for us, with a week of break coming up soon. The countdown can begin, as far … Read More

7 Quick Takes: Toddlers, Gardens, and Closets – Simply Convivial

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— 1 — I think when people bemoan the “terrible twos,” they are really bemoaning the phase where you must teach a small one about obedience and self-denial, about not being the center of the universe. It just so happens that we do this at 11-18 months instead of at 2 years, so Geneva – 16 months old – is at the “terrible twos” period except without the ability to communicate. She’s often not too happy with life of late, … Read More

7 Quick Takes: First Edition – Simply Convivial

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I’m going to try mixing things up a bit and seeing how it works. I want to try out doing 7 Quick Takes on Fridays here at Simply Convivial, and do Pretty Happy Funny Real over at Simple Pantry Cooking on Thursdays. — 1 — Knox turned four this week. As I mentioned in the book club post earlier this week, decorating for birthdays does not come naturally or easily for me. I realized the day before his birthday that … Read More

Contagious Conviviality: Catching smiles – Simply Convivial

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~ Capturing contentment and contagious conviviality in everyday life. ~ Though I have a pretty family, I often do not look at them with a happy expression nor respond to their funny antics; this is a real temptation, a real opportunity for sanctification. Smiling Begets Love Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — it doesn’t matter who it is — and that will help you to … 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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