Simply Contemplate: Born to Trouble – Simply Convivial

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I finished N.D. Wilson’s somewhat autobiographical (or, more biographical of his four grandparents) Death By Living a couple weeks ago. Though I liked his ideas, they were hindered in his presentation. The disjointed, staccato style didn’t take long to become irritating, which is disappointing because I think it masked his effort: to push the doctrine of Providence out onto the corners and push us to not only accept life as it is Providentially given to us, but to embrace it … Read More

Switching Key Habits in the Home & Homeschool: Engage the Emotions

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Switch examines the common denominators in those who make successful change, through engaging stories and practical advice for making positive individual & group changes. The authors posit that when change works, it tends to follow a pattern. The people who change have clear direction, ample motivation, and a supportive environment. So let’s look at how to apply those factors to our own home situations, particularly as we begin new routines for the school year. Switching Key Habits in the Home … Read More

Life is a Story: You Are Not Always the Protagonist – Simply Convivial

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Life is a story, and it’s not all about you; therefore, realize that there are millions of competing stories going on at once. You see yourself as a hero in your own story, but so does each person in the grocery store. Who are you in their story? You’re just background color. Perhaps you’re even a petty annoyance. You’re not usually the big shot. My son, when you feel overwhelmed by a trouble, calm yourself down by changing the perspective … Read More

Life is a Story: You Are in a Fairy Tale – Simply Convivial

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Not only can these fairy-tales be enjoyed because they are moral, but morality can be enjoyed because it puts us in fairyland, in a world at once of wonder and of war. — G.K. Chesterton Life is a story. It is God’s Story. It is God’s fairy tale. There is the big-picture Story that God is telling from beginning to end, a story of an enchanted tree in an idyllic garden, a story of free men enslaved and then made … Read More

Life is a Story: Living Your Biography – Simply Convivial

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Life is a story. There is the big-picture Story that God is telling from beginning to end, a story where we are just bit players adding color along the way. But, within the big picture, our little bit roles are yet complex and stand-alone stories as well. Your life is the story of you. That means that right now, today, you are writing your biography. What will be included in your biography? What types of events are included in biographies … Read More

Hidden Art of Homemaking: Creating the Environment

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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 Book Club: Cultivating Artful Living

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Ordo Amoris Book Club: Edith Schaeffer’s Hidden Art of Homemaking, chapter 2: Hidden Art Convivial Contribution #1: Created to Make Beauty In the second chapter, Mrs. Schaeffer defines her term “hidden art”: I would define ‘Hidden Art’ as the art which is found in the minor areas of life. We don’t have to be great artists or study great artists to grow in creativity and artistic expression. Mrs. Schaeffer wants to encourage us not to pursue the fine arts, necessarily, … Read More

Habit Project 2013: April Update

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Previously “We are what we repeatedly do.” — Aristotle The Habits Project New Year Habits My 2013 Habit Project List January Habit: Making My Bed February Habit: Write It Down, Right Away February & March Happy Home Habit: Make Eye Contact and Smile Habit Progress At the beginning of the year, I made a list of 10 habits to work on in 3 different areas: organization, parenting, and health. It’s a list of elementary things (like making my bed), not … Read More

February Habit: Write It Down, Right Away

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And now it’s February. For this year I’ve adopted a “habit plan” where I choose 1 habit each in 3 areas per month to work on, so I can gradually work back up to full steam after my last pregnancy and baby (who is now 3 months old). Several of these were habits I’ve either had before or tried before, and I am trying to keep them small and simple. In January I focused on making my bed, reading my … Read More

January Habit: Making My Bed

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I’ve written before about making my bed and why it is a goal worth pursuing, two and a half years ago, actually, and while I make my bed occasionally (which is a great improvement upon never, by principle), it is hardly a habit. This is the 7th of the month and I’ve had one week, 7 days, solid, in a row, of making my bed. Improvement. But why start with this habit, particularly under the “organization” category? First, I do … Read More

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