Let’s Talk About Birth Control, Shall We?

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By Natalie, Contributing Writer Got your guard up? Hopefully this post will help bring the different sides together a little closer on this subject. I don’t claim to have it all figured out, but since Stephanie asked the contributors on KOTH to write up a post this month on a topic that we don’t have all the answers for, and since I am publishing a book this month (catch the details below!) about women who had lots of babies over the course of three decades, […]

Increase Your Wardrobe — Without Spending Any Money {Developing a Women’s Clothing Exchange}

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Written by Erin Odom, Contributing Writer My family operates on a tight budget. And since having children, there hasn’t been much–if any–room in that budget for adding to mine or my husband’s wardrobe. But just over a year ago I discovered a way to increase my wardrobe–without spending any money: a women’s clothing exchange.  Image by agador My Sister’s Closet A local church where I attend a weekly Bible study has hosted a women’s clothing exchange called My Sister’s Closet for several years. Although I never would have […]

I’m a Mess, You’re a Mess, We’re All Just Lovely Messes

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Outside the window, leaves of crimson and burnt orange shiver on the trees, and every once in a while, a cluster of them swirl to the ground as a gust of wind blows urgent. The seasons have shifted and I find that as the weather turns chilly and the sun hides its face and the branches become bare, I turn inward, physically and mentally. Physically, I begin to look at my home as the lack of warmth and the steady drips of West Coast rain […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles, Part 2

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In the first part of this panel discussion, we focused on what led to a situation of burnout and fatigue, how the panelists recognized it, their signs and symptoms and more. This time, I wanted to focus on the hopefulness that exists, even when we find that we’ve come to the end of our rope. Winter does not last forever. Spring is coming. I chose this tulip image because it well describes that simple but strong hope that I have in my own personal season […]

Panel Discussion on Burnout and Fatigue: 3 Women Get Real About Their Struggles

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The response to this month’s honest discussions of burnout, fatigue, depression and general health and wellness has been so tremendous. Thank you all for sharing in such real and vulnerable ways. I’m humbled that you would share so much of yourselves and these very personal experiences. I think that it’s so important that we as women truly share our stories with one another, rather than continuing to pretend that we’re all “just fine”. Fellowship, encouragement, growth and healing happen best when we drop our defences and our perfect […]

Forum Highlights: January

Oops, I skipped December! So now it is definitely high time that I let you know about some of the fantastic conversations that have been taking place and questions that are being asked and answered in the Keeper of the Home community forum! For those unfamiliar with the forum or who aren’t members yet, you can learn more about my vision for the forum. To take a look through the forum you can click here, or visit the link in my navigational bar above, or […]

Forum Highlights- November

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Wow, the forum is really hopping these days! I have been so blessed by the way that so many of you have just jumped on board with the forum, starting new topics, answering other’s questions, introducing yourselves… it’s really phenomenal to me. It is creating exactly the type of community and resource that I had envisioned when I first came up with the idea of having a forum! Thank you for your participation. I love it! Now that there are nearly 300 members and 150 […]

Introducing the Forum!

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Oh, this is such an exciting week for me! All of these things that I have been dreaming up and planning for so long are finally taking place! For quite some time, I’ve wanted to launch a forum here at Keeper of the Home. A place where all of those wonderful questions that get asked in the comments could be answered in a more purposeful way. A place where women could connect with other like-minded women. A place where knowledge and tips can be shared, […]