All Our Little Ducks in a Row (And Baby Makes 6)

You know you must be tired when you’re a writer and you have exciting news and the only way that you can think of announcing it is to simply blurt it out… We’re expecting baby #4! Upon returning home from our trip to the Philippines with Compassion International (literally, the day after we got home), we were surprised and delighted to find out that God was blessing us with another precious little one. According to the ultrasound tech, I am 12 weeks (our midwife requested […]

Homeschooling Throughout the Summer

Written by Beth Corcoran, Contributing Writer When I tell people that we homeschool year round, I usually get one of two responses.  I often hear from homeschooling families, “Oh, we try to do that, too.”  And then I often hear, “Why on earth would you do that to yourself and your poor kids?” Well, don’t feel too sorry for my kids.  They are managing just fine.  In fact, summer time is our favorite time of the year to do school. Let me tell you all […]

Planning Weekly to Eat Well

Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer I was recently looking at the Vision Forum for books and noticed their tag line. It reads, “Where there is no vision the people perish”. What a powerful statement. When I applied that to my family it had deep meaning as well. What things does my family need in order not to perish? Food, shelter, love…and apparently a vision. Whose vision? God’s, of course, but also mine as their mother. Do I have a vision for my family or […]

Meal Plans from “100 Days of Real Food”

Written by Lisa Leake, Guest Writer At the beginning of last year our eating habits were just like those of any other average family. We thought we were making fairly healthy food choices, although we certainly didn’t mind the occasional fast food meal or bag of chips. Then came a series of events, including an Oprah show, a book by Michael Pollan, and the documentary Food Inc., which forever changed the way we looked at food. As it turned out, a lot of what we […]

I Wasn’t Trained to Be a Mom (But I Can Still Love It)

Sometimes I end up rummaging through past posts for one reason or another, and a post that I have written (and forgotten about) will jump out at me and I am freshly inspired by whatever it was that spurred me on to write the post in the first place. The quote below is from just such a post that I re-discovered a few weeks ago. It was called “Rejoicing in my Role“, and it keenly expressed a challenge that I still deal with, more than […]

Parenting with Humility: From A to Z

Written by Sharon Kaufman, Contributing Writer A Devotional Birthed for New and Experienced Moms Last November, after presenting a devotional at a baby shower, I was asked by many of the young moms there if they could have a copy of the talk. So I posted it post it to my blog over the next few days in four segments since it was a little too long for just one. This post presented here at Keeper of the Home is the first of those four […]

Is Compassion International a Good Investment? A Husband’s Perspective.

**Many of you may have realized that I was blessed to have my husband, Ryan, come with me on my trip to the Philippines last week. Though we hadn’t originally planned for him to join me in writing, he was so impressed by the answers to all of his questions (someone on our team referred to him as the Barbara Walters of Canada!), that he simply felt compelled to write and tell you what he found.** Growth in business does not happen by accident. Everything […]

How to Pry Open Swollen Eyes

I’ve been hugged more this week than I probably have in the last year. I love it, but really? I’m just getting to the point where I want to go home and hug my own kids. Ready to go home or not, this week has been full of good times… I’ve had a rockin’ ride in a Jeepney, had some unique cultural lessons, had a larger-than-life dancing Jolli”bee” flirt with me, driven through the countryside in a relaxing Pedicab with Simple Mom, and drawn letters in the air with […]