5 Things I Learned in 2019

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A new year is upon us and before jumping into the freshness of new plans and new goals, it’s good to stop and reflect. We need to move forward in light of where we’re at. We need to make adjustments and changes based on what we know does and doesn’t work – which we will only know if we stop and reflect. So here goes – here are 5 things I learned about myself, my goals, and working those goals … 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

7 Quick Takes: Books & Doings

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— 1 — I’m so excited: I now own my very own copy of The Lost Tools of Writing. I haven’t had much time to dig into it, but I’m looking forward to doing so. I’m not sure if we’ll start the program this year (my oldest will be in 6th grade) or postpone it until 7th grade, but I’m thinking even if we don’t officially start the program in the fall, I’ll still be able to pick up some … Read More

7 Quick Takes: Toddlers, Gardens, and Closets

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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

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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

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

Summer Term Break Week – Simply Convivial

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The Week in Brief Our first term is over and we took a break week, catching up on the housekeeping, putting all the piles back into their places, reshelving the books, and – not planned – having a nasty cold. Even with the cold, and even without the formal lessons, learning and growing still happened. The kids spent more time drawing, reading, riding bikes, and listening to audio books while resting. We went to the park with friends, the kids … Read More

Hidden Art of Homemaking Book Club: Interior Decorating, Remix

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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

Project Simplify: That Pesky Closet – Simply Convivial

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So last week was Shelves, and I tackled a couple trouble spots. This week is “That Pesky Closet” and I’m glad it’s phrased in the singular. I have multiple pesky closets. In fact, every single bedroom closet in this house could really use an overhaul. But I only got to one: my daughter’s. Before & After: Ilse’s Closet I think this before & after pair needs a little more “before” context: And that was after I had my daughter pick … Read More

Liebster Award: An Excuse for Personal Trivia

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So, Brandy nominated me – among others – for a Liebster award, which appears to be a “tag, you’re it” award amongst small-time (fewer than 200 subscribers) bloggers who have nothing better to write about. I couldn’t resist. I don’t know why Brandy went with it, though, because she’s writing about why Americans like to own guns. I tell ya, you’re missing out if you don’t read Afterthoughts. Brandy is a total cheater, actually, because her little feedburner chiclet says … Read More

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