Managing Life as a Work-at-Home Mom


As someone who has a firm conviction that being home with my children and keeping my home is the best thing that I could possibly do in this season of life, I never really considered any sort of career or business work once that first sweet baby arrived. Becoming a work-at-home mom was not part of my original plan. I love the idea of focusing only on my home, my children and my husband and not balancing hours of other work on top of it […]

The Most Popular Posts of 2011


I hope that you’ve all had a restful and memorable time with your family during the Christmas season! Our holidays were relatively uneventful, but still wonderful. My husband and I took a couple days away the week before Christmas to do some dreaming and goal-setting for the coming year. Then we spent a quiet week preparing for our holidays, which included an evening with my family, Christmas Eve worshipping with our church family, Christmas day with our children focused on thankfulness and generosity (not to […]

Merry Christmas!


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end… Isaiah 9:6,7 Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas, as we celebrate the Savior! There will be one more post before Christmas, as Erin shares tomorrow with some helpful suggestions for taking and making the most of a personal retreat for the […]

My Podcast with Simple Mom

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I’ve mentioned before that I love to listen to the Simple Mom podcasts. Not only do they make laundry or other tedious cleaning tasks go by a little easier, but they’re light-hearted, a fun way to get to know other mom bloggers, and feature my sweet friend Tsh from the Simple Mom blog. I’ve been a part of Simple Living Media, writing for Simple Organic, for almost two years. This year I got to connect with Tsh even more personally as we travelled to the […]

My Journey to Burnout and Back: A One Year Update


It was nearly one year ago that I first began to share about my experience with burnout. Last January, I shared very candidly about the circumstances and lifestyle choices I had made that had pushed me to a place of spiritual, mental and physical breakdown. It was undoubtedly one of the hardest times of my life, and yet I have learned so much and come so far since that time, that a friend encouraged me to share what my journey out of burnout has looked like. […]

A Warm Welcome


This month, I’m happy to welcome 4 new contributing writers to Keeper of the Home! Brandy @ The Marathon Mom Diana @ A Little Bit of Spain in Iowa Erin @ The Humbled Homemaker Courtney @ Simply Nurtured Also joining us are 3 guest writers, whom you will see a little less often, but still quite frequently: Natalie @ Visionary Womanhood Mindy @ The Purposed Heart Rachel @ Day2Day Joys Please welcome all of these ladies warmly! They were very carefully selected because of the wealth of […]

Monthly Email Giveaway WINNER for The Willow Store!

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The winner of last month’s email-only giveaway from The Willow Store is: elizabethcrook82@… Congratulations! If you haven’t checked out The Willow Store yet, take a look!  They have many excellent, sustainable options, including wool dryer balls, other natural laundry options, reusable female pads, cloth diapers, and lots more. This month’s giveaway is from Health, Home, Happiness.  Cara (a contributing writer here) offers grain-free meal plans, to make eating grain-free easier.  We’ll be giving away THREE 4-month subscriptions to lucky winners! Remember, all you have to […]

So Many Giveaway Winners!

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Recently we had an awesome week of giveaways!  And now…the winners! The winner of the Naturopathic First Aid Kit, out 3684 entries, is: Amy Hofer (lizziehofer@…) For those who didn’t win, Naturokits is offering a coupon code: DCKOTH, for 10% off their kits through March 15th. The winner of the Graham Gardens Gift Basket, out of 1829 entries, is: Emily Yates (yatesters@…) The winner of the Hampton Creek Bed & Breakfast Stay, out of 1472 entries, is: Alicia Hart (Aliciamhart@…) The winner of the the Nature’s […]