Day in the Life of a Family of Six, Traveling Around the World

stephanie day in the life post with text

Seeing as our family is currently traveling around the world for a year, one might think that our lives are never-ending adventure, a continual parade of exotic days, unimaginable experiences, and all around pretty darn romantic. Occasionally, that feels true and we pinch ourselves and wonder aloud how we are so blessed to be this happily nomadic family. Yet most of the time, our vagabond selves live lives that include many remarkable moments, while being simultaneously normal, down-to-earth, and full of the regular challenges that […]

Weekend Links (hello from Argentina!)

san-telmo-sunday-market

Hello again! It felt so strange to be away from the blog for almost 3 weeks, the longest blogging break I’ve ever taken. As many of you know, the blog vacation came about because our family has flown the coop, and we’re currently on the first leg of our around-the-world travels. We arrived in Argentina three weeks ago today, starting in Buenos Aires. We spent two weeks there, including one week focusing on intensive Spanish language lessons, so naturally, we’re all practically fluent by now. […]

We’re Going Around the World. Literally.

trip-world-journal-closeup

Written by Stephanie Langford, Creator of Keeper of the Home I’ve been thinking about writing this post for so long, and yet now that I’m writing it, it feels surreal and I don’t even know what to say. For the last several weeks, I’ve been hinting that our family is packing up and that an announcement is coming, so here it is: This Tuesday morning, our family is getting on an airplane and starting the trip of a lifetime. We’ll be traveling around the world. […]

What Does It Take to Change a Life?

following trip cbph

Though rather bleary-eyed from a day and a half of travel and far too few hours of shut eye (but thankfully enhanced by an amazing breakfast and stellar cup of coffee), our group headed off to the Compassion headquarters in the Philippines this first morning of our trip. The goal was to learn more about Compassion International as an organization. I was inspired by the passion of the people working in the office, their obvious love for the children and their joy at seeing lives […]

Updated! Spring Book Sale: Real Food and Healthy Homemaking eBooks 50% Off!

Real Food book cover

Celebrating the fact that it’s spring, the sun is beginning to shine (and green things beginning to grow), and most of all that in 5 short days I will board a plane that will take me and my hubby to the Philippines for the adventure of a lifetime… … how about a smokin’ book sale? Update: The sale has been extended to June 12th (Sunday) at midnight! For the next two weeks, May 24th (that’s today) to June 7th, here’s what I’m offering: Real Food […]

Frugality as a Means of Giving (and Meet Keeper of the Home’s New Sponsor Child!)

john-mark-photo

Why do you practice frugality? It’s such a hot topic these days, how to save money and do more with less. We read about it, talk to our friends about it, put great amounts of effort into living it. What’s less common, though, is to examine exactly why we do it. Perhaps it’s because money is tight, especially as a single-income family in a dual-income world, and we want to make staying at home with our children a priority. Or maybe it’s because of the […]

On Things That Bring Me to a Complete Loss For Words

Manila, our home base during the trip.

Words. I’m usually full of them. As I write this post, however, I am entirely lacking in the right ones that will tell you what I want to say. In fact, my usually steady heart now beats frantically with panic at the sheer weight of responsibility hangs heavy over me as I contemplate what is to come… In 3 months time, I will be headed on a plane to the Philippines with a team of bloggers with Compassion International. So many words cloud my thinking and yet […]