I was an only child growing up, and a little spoiled. My mother was an excellent housekeeper, as well as a kind-hearted “giver” who kept the home pretty much by herself and didn’t ask me to chip in much. I was foolish and lazy, and didn’t pay much attention so that I could learn how she did what she did. When I got married, I was not the most equipped to take care of the home, and those homemaking skills did not come naturally to me.

In addition to basic homemaking, there were a few more kinks in the learning curve: one, our desire for a houseful of children, and two, our calling to homeschool. I discovered that I loved children and wanted to have many of them… but growing up an only child, I had no idea how large families did it, logistically speaking. Then, when we decided to homeschool, there was a whole new realm of parenting and multi-tasking that I was completely inexperienced with.

I sought out tips everywhere, bombarding all my friends with questions about how they did it, reading all the organizing and homeschooling books I could get my hands on, and scouring the internet for answers to questions such as “how do you handle clothing storage?” “How do you keep up with laundry?” and “how do you find time to teach school, take care of the home, and still be a mommy?” The Lord graciously provided the tips I needed, so that I could fulfill the role He has called me to.

A few years ago, I began to reflect upon how homemaking had contained a huge learning curve for me. I wanted to make sure my children would be well-prepared for managing their homes when they grew up, making the learning curve a bit easier for them, especially for the time in their life when they are caring for houseful of very young children. The needs of the home and family change continually with the ages of the children and the size of the family, and I realized that I might not always remember quite how I did it. I felt it was important to write it down before it was forgotten, so that my children could one day learn from my experience.

I spent several months writing down everything I could think of that might be of use to my children some day, and then one day I found myself with enough content to fill a book. It seemed foolish just to let those pages sit around on my computer for fifteen or twenty years, but I didn’t know what else to do with it. After having several close family members read it, the suggestion was made that I publish it on the internet. I loved the idea, because I know how valuable the information would have been to me when I was searching for answers on how to better manage my home. So that is what I did, and this blog is my labor of love.

This blog has grown beyond the limits of household and parenting help, however. We are now a family blog where Michael and the children contribute to the content right along with me. This outlet has become a family project where we share:

I hope you enjoy our little corner of the blog world. Please feel free to leave us a comment, ask us a question, or make a suggestion!

God bless!


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  1. I found your blog by searching “Chore packs” for my children about a month ago and I’ve been hooked on it almost daily since. I am a 32 yr old mom of a 4 1/2 son, 2 1/2 daughter and another daughter due in 3 weeks. I will be homeschooling my son this fall and you have helped me SO much with the resources you provided on this blog. Thank you Thank you Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

    Deanna J. (From North Texas)

  2. I am enjoying your site. I am so very new to homeschooling.

    I read that the year you did My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures you used The Mystery Of History as a supplement. I am trying to decide between using My Father’s World or MOH and so am curious to see how you used both. I don’t want to overload my boys…especally with this being our first year. I also noticed you didn’t continue using MOH but kept on with the time line with My Father’s World. Any comments you can make about both would be appreciated.

    Sometimes I wonder if it might be easier to pick and choose from different curriculum rather than an all-in-one since my boys get some art/music/ language arts and science at their once a week co-op. My 6th grader will have homework in some of these subjects from the co-op so I will need to figure out what to leave out in My Father’s World for him to be able to complete his co-op assignments.

    Any thoughts?

    • Hi Jeanette! I still keep MOH around. It has become a permanent part of our “Book Basket.” MFW has a huge list in the appendix of recommended books to supplement what is being studied each week. We get many of these books from the local library. The schedule includes time each day for “Book Basket,” a period of time when the kids read those supplemental books. The goal is not for them to read each book in entirety, although they can do that if they wish, but just to immerse themselves in any aspect of the studies that interest them. They can skim through a dozen books each day, or they can delve fully into the same book each day for weeks; it’s all up to them. Anyhow, this is where we put the Mystery of History book. I’ve also heard that the MOH audio CDs are good. They would be great for car rides, etc.

      As to picking and choosing from different curriculum, I actually did that for our first four years of homeschooling. In my own personal experience, I find it easier to use My Father’s World and just exclude the subjects that we do elsewhere (we do not use their art or language arts, and very little of their music.) Those subjects are on the MFW schedule grid, but are not part of the basic curriculum package. I just love the program and the organization, and I do feel that my children are learning much more than those years when I put it together myself – but that’s just us. Piecing it together as you are describing is pretty much what the Hazel family did, and they obviously did a phenomenal job, since that’s how My Father’s World came to be. :-)

  3. Hi Michelle,
    I stumbled upon your blog when I was looking for family and home blogs. I’m impressed! With lots of children in tow, how can you manage everything so perfectly well? I’m a mom of a 15-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl. I teach at a primary school in Malaysia (hope you know where my country is)…would like to get some ideas from you as how you manage things. Thank you for sharing.

    Do visit my not so impressive blog. Thank you.

    Sophyta (Malaysia)

    • Hi Sophyta, I don’t manage everything perfectly, and we sometimes go through periods where we need to find new routines that work with a growing family. ;-) I often share ideas as I learn them right here on the blog, and you may find some useful tips at the Organizing page, just under our header picture. Here is a link: http://www.myblessedhome.net/?page_id=5991

      I look forward to checking out your blog!

      • Dear Michelle,
        Thank you for the prompt reply. I’ve left numerous comments on other blogs but the blogger don’t seem to take notice of them. Yup! I’ve checked your Organizing Page, and I like the laundry ideas the most!

  4. I’ve been wanting to start a blog for some of the same reasons as you. And a place for me to just find all of my online resources. I stumbled across your blog as I’ve been doing research on starting mine. Making sure I don’t use the same blog name as someone else, ect. So glad to have found your blog. I’m an only child raising six kids. I hadn’t a clue about homemaking either. And I noticed you have a daughter named “Ashlyn”, I have an Ashlynn with two “n’s”, taken from my middle name which is Lynn. Love all the similarities. Blessings to you from Kentucky. ~Toni

    • Welcome, Toni! So neat to see the similarities! Actually, Ashlyn is my daughter’s middle name. We use nicknames on the blog… Ashlyn is a beautiful name! :)

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