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:
- Homeschooling help and encouragement
- Parenting tips and insights
- Organizational tips
- Our faith
- Encouragement for Christian living
- Our daily happenings, memories and pictures
- And lots more (see the “Categories” sidebar to the right for a more complete list)
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!