An Unexpected, Spontaneous Family Day

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As I sat down to write this day in the life post, I thought: “This was not really a ‘typical’ day for us, but, honestly, who has typical or normal days when you have little kids at home?!” Am I right?! This was a Monday–a day that turned out much differently then I had originally expected but became so much more than I could have even planned for. Keeping an openness and spontaneity is so important to my husband and […]

A Day in the Life of a Pilot’s Wife (With Three Kids Under Five)

A Day in the Life of Beth

By Beth, Contributing Writer It’s a typical Wednesday night, and I’m about to record for you a typical day in my house. Kidding! Silly readers – there’s no such thing as typical when you’re married to a pilot, have 3 kids (sometimes 4), work part-time from home, write a blog, and are just waking up from five years of massive sleep deprivation. Oy vey. Friends – this “day-in-the-life” thing is… shall we say… a huge challenge for me. I swing wildly between feeling like supermom […]

From Chaos to Calm: Finding a Pre-Dinner Routine That Works for Your Family

From Chaos to Calm: Finding a Pre-Dinner Routine That Works for Your Family

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer As we head into fall, one of the things that might need some attention and re-working after a more relaxed summer is your pre-dinner and dinner prep routine. This can be a time of day where it’s hard to find a routine because the kids are tired, hungry, stir-crazy from being indoors when the weather’s bad, whiny, clingy and the list goes on. But, having a routine or rhythm in place can really help to make this time more peaceful […]

Is It Wrong for Moms to Work?

Is it wrong for moms to work?- Keeper of the Home

This summer we are taking some time to discuss some current issues that are on our minds–issues that we do not know how to answer. So far, we have explored the likes of birth control, thyroid problems, and wealth accumulation among Christians. We are relying on you, the Keeper of the Home readers, to weigh in as we wrestle with these often complex subjects. By Erin Odom, Contributing Writer Today I’m addressing what is often another very heated debate: Is it wrong for moms to work? […]

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?

How Many Clothes Do Kids Really Need?- Keeper of the Home

By many people’s standards, I suppose my children don’t have that many clothes. I certainly don’t spend a lot of money buying clothes, and we sometimes have lean seasons where we run a bit low on boy’s shorts or wish we had just a couple more girl’s short sleeved shirts. The closet you see above is the hanging portion that contains three of our children’s shirts, sweaters, dresses and skirts (plus a few fancy dresses that hang above). What you see is basically what we […]

In a Rut? Take the Kids For a Morning Nature Walk!

In a rut? Take the Kids on a Morning Nature Walk!

Guest Post by Jessica of Smartter Each Day Recently, I lamented to my mom how stressful our mornings had been. We’d finish breakfast, and somehow that would cue the grumpiness and bored whining. When my mom suggested a morning nature walk, I was doubtful that would solve all our problems. But of course, moms usually know best! Our morning walks are fun, educational, create memories…and, somehow, they put us all in a brighter mood! Here’s what we do: Eat breakfast. Clean up. Then go! The […]

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activities

Fun, Frugal Outdoor Summer Activities for Kids

By Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer One of the aspects we enjoy most about the summer is the warm weather.  As soon as the sun starts peaking out and tendrils of warmth drift through the air, we are ready to go outside! We’re a bit past that now, seeing that it’s the middle of June.  We’ve had our fair share of 80+ degree days and a lot of humidity as well.  While it hasn’t deterred us — yet — it has definitely modified some of our […]

Encouragement for the Weary Work-at-Home Mama

Encouragement for the Weary Work at Home Mama

By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer It’s 5:00 pm. I’ve been staring at the computer screen for the past hour/hour and a half. My husband sends me a text that he is on his way home from work, 30 minutes away. I look around the house – toys, art supplies, books and the leftovers of a blanket fort are scattered everywhere, evidence of the kids basically having free reign of the house while I worked. I have no idea what we’re going to have for dinner. […]