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Finding Joy in Your Home

English, Christianity, 1 season, 359 episodes, 3 days, 13 hours, 47 minutes
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The Homemaking Foundations podcast exists to give you the tools, inspiration, and encouragement that you need to craft a Gospel-Centered Home! Join Jami, author behind YoungWifesGuide.com, as we explore various aspects of homemaking including Biblical womanhood, marriage, healthy living, organizing, cooking, and so much more! If you feel like your home is out of control - or if you ever feel overwhelmed in your role as homemaker - then join Jami each week as she interviews other homemakers and provides Gospel-Centered encouragement for bringing Glory to God every day within our homes.
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How anyone can start homesteading to lead a more simple, natural life with Jocelyn Jennings – S3, E43

In this episode, Jami interviews Jocelyn Jennings of The Farm Family Table all about homesteading. They chat about how starting to homestead can lead to a more simple, natural life! Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Get 20% OFF @honeylove by going to honeylove.com/HOME! #honeylovepod Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! Exclusive to podcast customers, you will also receive a free 3 year warranty on any unit, which is an additional $84 value!
5/11/202431 minutes, 36 seconds
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What does it take to move into an RV as a family? Part 1 – S3, E42

Jami, Jason, and their crew are headed back to RV life after living in a house for 2 years. As they prepare for this next adventure, Jami shares the pros, cons, and what it takes to live in an RV as a family of (almost) 10. This episode is for anyone interested RV life or just generally curious about it all! Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Go to greenchef.com/homemaking50 and use code homemaking50 to get 50% off, plus 20% off your next two months. Our Sponsor: Treat yourself to the best bras on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/HOME.
5/6/202452 minutes, 2 seconds
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Ideas to keep kids occupied without screens – S3, E41

In this episode, Jami shares her strategy for keeping kids occupied doing more worthwhile things during time off from school, such as summer break or open afternoons. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! Exclusive to podcast customers, you will also receive a free 3 year warranty on any unit, which is an additional $84 value! Our Sponsor:  Head to moshlife.com/HOME to save 20% off plus FREE shipping on either the Best Sellers Trial Pack or the new Plant Based Trial Pack.
4/29/202437 minutes, 13 seconds
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What do you do when your patience is low? – S3, E40

In this episode, In this episode, Jami talks about what to do when you lack patience. She gives some practical tips as well as plenty of biblical encouragement. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Today my listeners receive 20% OFF any AquaTru purifier! Just go to AquaTru.com and enter code “HOME” at checkout. Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! Exclusive to podcast customers, you will also receive a free 3 year warranty on any unit, which is an additional $84 value!
4/22/202417 minutes, 9 seconds
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How pressure canning can help with meal planning with Jenny Gomes – S3, E39

In this episode, In this episode, Jami interviews Jenny Gomes on how pressure canning can help with busy meal planning. Check it out to learn how to get started! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Treat yourself to the best bras on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/HOME. Our Sponsor: Get 15% off OneSkin with the code HOME at https://www.oneskin.co/ #oneskinpod
4/15/202451 minutes, 25 seconds
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Homeschool Q&A with Jami – S3, E38

In this episode, Jami shares a bunch of questions she got asked about homeschooling. She chats about juggling individual subjects, housework and cooking, keeping littles busy, and more! Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! Exclusive to podcast customers, you will also receive a free 3 year warranty on any unit, which is an additional $84 value! Our Sponsor: Head to FACTORMEALS.com/home50 and use code home50 to get 50% off your first box plus 20% off your next box.
4/8/20241 hour, 1 minute, 10 seconds
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Our Curriculum Picks for Next Year – S3, E37

In this episode, Jami takes a look at what curriculum she used for homeschool this year and shares what she is planning to use this next year! Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! Exclusive to podcast customers, you will also receive a free 3 year warranty on any unit, which is an additional $84 value!
4/1/202453 minutes, 52 seconds
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Evaluating Curriculum Choices for Next Year – How to Brainstorm! – S3, E36

It's that time of year again! It's time to start thinking through next year's homeschool curriculum. In this episode, Jami walks you through her 6 step process for evaluating curriculum needs, dissecting the current year, and planning ahead for next year! Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Head to moshlife.com/HOME to save 20% off plus FREE shipping on either the Best Sellers Trial Pack or the new Plant Based Trial Pack! Our Sponsor: Today my listeners receive 20% OFF any AquaTru purifier! Just go to AquaTru.com and enter code “HOME” at checkout.
3/25/202446 minutes, 1 second
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Our Family’s Plans for 2024 and our NEW secret project! – S3, E35

Phew! 2024 has majorly changed in just about every area that we were not expecting even come January. We are having a baby this year (we found out on New Year's Day we were expecting), we are now moving and we are relaunching the biggest project we’ve ever done that is changing our business in big ways. We’ve got so many things going on and I’m getting bombarded with questions daily, so I thought we would do a big fun announcement podcast to share the news of all the things we have going on. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out our amazing new app at https://joyfulhomeapp.com/ We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: For a limited time, you can get 15% off on your entire first order at happymammoth.com just use the code home at checkout. Our Sponsor: Get 20% OFF @honeylove by going to honeylove.com/home! #honeylovepod
3/18/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 8 seconds
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Moving Forward When You Feel Burned Out – S3, E34

In this episode, Jami gets real and shares her method for moving forward even when stuck in a time when you feel burned out. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Get 15% off OneSkin with the code HOME at https://www.oneskin.co/ #oneskinpod Our Sponsor: For a limited time, you can get 15% off on your entire first order at happymammoth.com! Just use the code "home" at checkout.
3/11/202443 minutes, 42 seconds
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Your First Step in Cutting the Grocery Budget – S3, E33

In this episode, Jami talks about your best first step to cut your grocery budget. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: For a limited time, you can get 15% off on your entire first order at happymammoth.com! Just use the code "home" at checkout. Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! You will also receive a free 3-year warranty on any unit, which is an additional $84 value!
3/2/202457 minutes, 24 seconds
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Pelvic Floor Myths: Kegels + Other Outdated Practices (and what to do instead) – S3, E32

In this episode, Jami chats with Jenn Lormand of Tighten Your Tinkler all about pelvic floor issues and how to correct them. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube For more from Jenn, go to www.tightenyourtinkler.com and use code HOME for $50 off their program! We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Go to AquaTru.com  and enter code “HOME” at checkout for 20% off! Our Sponsor: Treat yourself to the best bras on the market and save 20% off at honeylove.com/HOME.
2/26/202446 minutes, 6 seconds
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Freezer Cooking Tips with Jami – S3, E31

In this episode, Jami some of her best tips on the topic of freezer cooking. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Go to magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME!
2/19/202435 minutes, 49 seconds
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Taking many projects and creating a to-do list (AKA Managing the chaos) – S3, E30

In this episode, Jami talks about how she (attempts) to manage the chaos in her life. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch soon - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Go to magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME! Our Sponsor: Set your kids up for success and get started today at gohenry.com/home. (T&Cs apply. Renews from $4.99 per month unless canceled)
2/12/20241 hour, 31 seconds
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Building a Grocery Store in Your Basement – S3, E29

In this episode, Jami chats with Jamerrill Stewart about gardening, homesteading, and more. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch in January sometime - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! Exclusive to podcast customers, you will also receive a free 3-year warranty on any unit, which is an additional $84 value! Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemakingfree and use code homemakingfree for FREE breakfast for life!
2/5/202443 minutes, 8 seconds
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In a fast food world, why choose slow food? – S3, E28

In this episode, Jami talks about slow food in a fast food world. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch in January sometime - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemakingfree and use code homemakingfree for FREE breakfast for life! Our Sponsor: Today my listeners receive 20% OFF any AquaTru purifier! Just go to AquaTru.com and enter code “HOME” at checkout! Our Sponsor: Go to prepdish.com/findingjoy to get a 2-week free trial and a BONUS protein guide!
1/29/202451 minutes, 15 seconds
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You don’t need to be boujee to be a good mom – S3, E27

In this episode, Jami shares encouragement for the mom who feels trapped by all the expensive things. We also chat about aging with grace and body changes from having babies. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch in January sometime - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemakingfree and use code homemakingfree for FREE breakfast for life! Our Sponsor: Go to https://www.magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME! Our Sponsor: Go to prepdish.com/findingjoy to get a 2-week free trial and a BONUS protein guide!
1/22/202453 minutes, 7 seconds
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Good Routines and Getting Everything Done – S3, E26

In this episode, Jami shares her average daily routines, battling morning sickness, and how to get everything done. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch in January sometime - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! Our Sponsor: Go to https://www.magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME! Our Sponsor: Head to moshlife.com/HOME to save 20% off plus FREE shipping on your first 6-count Trial Pack.
1/15/202441 minutes, 14 seconds
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Our 2024 Reading Challenge – S3, E25

In this episode, Jami chats with her husband Jason about their plans and goals for their reading for 2024. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Books mentioned in the episode: Headcovering Throughout Christian History A Cover for Glory The Reformation: A History Hand Made The Made-from-Scratch Life The American Puritans The Convivial Homeschool Masculine Christianity Durable Trades The Case for the Christian Family The Grapes of Wrath East of Eden Of Mice and Men A History of the World in 6 Glasses Discontinuity to Continuity Conception Control A Different Shade of Green Five Lies of our Anti-Christian Age Band of Brothers The Last Kingdom Horatio Hornblower Ancestors A Mighty Fortress From Bread to Wine Home Comforts Home Management: Plain and Simple What Are People For? Sex, Economy, Freedom, & Community Common Sense Christian Living Bringing It to the Table: On Farming and Food Adorning the Dark by Andrew Peterson The God of the Garden by Andrew Peterson I Will Build My Church Home Making by J.R. Miller Farm: A Year in the Life of an American Farmer Sourdough Culture The Art of the Commonplace Domestic Extremist: A Practical Guide to Winning the Culture War Six Thousand Years of Bread When Fathers Ruled: Family Life in Reformation Europe The American Way Third Ways The Modern Pioneer Cookbook Everything Worth Preserving Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch in January sometime - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! We will be doing a 1-day workshop for setting goals, establishing routines, and making lasting changes the first week of January. Details are coming in the next few days, sign up to get notified: Findingjoyinyourhome.com/newsletter Our Sponsor: Go to greenchef.com/60homemaking and use code 60homemaking to get 60% off, plus 20% off your next two months! Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! Exclusive to podcast customers, you will also receive a free 3-year warranty on any unit, which is an additional $84 value!
1/8/202458 minutes, 25 seconds
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Jason and Jami’s 2024 Goals – S3, E24

In this episode, Jami chats with her husband Jason about their theme for 2024 and their new goals. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch in January sometime - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! We will be doing a 1-day workshop for setting goals, establishing routines, and making lasting changes the first week of January. Details are coming in the next few days, sign up to get notified: Findingjoyinyourhome.com/newsletter Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemakingfree and use code homemakingfree for FREE breakfast for life! Our Sponsor: Go to www.magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME!
12/30/202357 minutes, 7 seconds
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Goal setting in our homes – S3, E23

In this episode, Jami talks about how to set goals in your homes as we transition into a new year. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch in January sometime - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! We will be doing a 1-day workshop for setting goals, establishing routines, and making lasting changes the first week of January. Details are coming in the next few days, sign up to get notified: Findingjoyinyourhome.com/newsletter Our Sponsor: Go to www.magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME! Our Sponsor: Today my listeners receive 20% OFF any AquaTru purifier! Just go to AquaTru.com and enter code “HOME” at checkout!
12/24/202341 minutes, 48 seconds
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Choosing a theme for your year (not resolutions) – S3, E22

In this episode, Jami talks about how to choose a theme for your year, how it can help, and how it's not the same thing as new year resolutions. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I find resolutions to be mostly useless. We set these grand resolutions: This year I will draw closer to the Lord, this year I will eat less sugar, this year I will be a better mom. There’s nothing wrong with those ideas, but they don’t actually help us much in establishing real change. Why? A year is a long time. It’s hard to stay focused on 1 thing when the next 12 months could change drastically and we don’t really know what the year will hold anyway. These resolutions are not specific. What does it mean to be a better mom? Is this just a vague feeling or are there specific, actionable steps you can take? A single resolution doesn’t usually bring us any closer to our goals or things we want to achieve. So what do we do? Jason and I, for many years now, have set themes or words for our year. We think about, pray about, and talk to each other about how our year this year went (listen to the last episode) and then we discuss at length what our hopes and plans are for next year. So we break down: What didn’t go well this year that we need to change? What worked well this year that we want to bring into the New Year? What are you currently feeling frustrated with? What has been living giving recently? What big goals do you have? (Write a book, plant a garden, etc). After talking more vaguely about our goals or ideas, we then set a theme for the year. This helps in a few ways: A theme or word for the year allows you to easily keep it in mind all year (even when you have many goals in the woks) It allows you to easily filter new opportunities throughout the year to see if it aligns with your theme for the year. For example, one year my theme was rest. I needed to find more rest and margin in my life and routines. It was a year of scaling back, pulling in, and saying no to a lot of things. After that excellent year, my next year’s theme was community. After pulling back in and creating that margin, I was ready to add things back in, expand my community, dive back into hospitality, while keeping those margin lessons at hand. I have a much easier time setting goals in our 4 areas when I’ve got the theme to guide me. (Personal goals, business goals, family goals, and homeschool goals). Picking a theme:  You can pick a word, like rest or community, or you can a theme which is often a sentence or so. The Year of Community, The Year of Rest, The Year of Trying New Things, The Year of Good Routines, The Year of Building Skills, etc. In the next episode, Jason and I will be doing this in real-time with you. For the first time ever, I think we are going to have a joint theme for our year. Our homeschool and family goals are the same and we build those together. Our business goals are usually 2-3 the same and we each then have 2-3 that are our own. And personal goals are our own. We will be breaking this down for you in the next episode. Don’t forget to sign up for my email newsletter: Findingjoyinyourhome.com/newsletter Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube We are undergoing a huge website redesign. We will be moving things up a ton and will have a super fun relaunch in January sometime - big giveaways and other fun stuff. Stay tuned! We will be doing a 1-day workshop for setting goals, establishing routines, and making lasting changes the first week of January. Details are coming in the next few days, sign up to get notified: Findingjoyinyourhome.com/newsletter Our Sponsor: Check out homemakersfriend.
12/21/202337 minutes, 22 seconds
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My 2023 year-end review – S3, E21

In this episode, Jami reviews her year and gives lots of good advice and encouragement. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.  I am in planning mode. Okay, I’m actually in thinking mode. I haven’t put anything down to paper yet but my brain has been going.  The New Year is the perfect time to jump into new habits and new routines, but not just because it’s the start of a brand new year. It’s a perfect time because November and December seem to FLY! I am excited about the fall starting, new school routines, pumpkin everything, and BAM! It’s January 5th.  January has historically still been a very busy month for us with our business and jumping back into good school routines. But it’s also a great time for fresh starts, new habits, and more margin.  So as I start to think through my goals, which I have not solidified yet, I thought it would be helpful to walk you through my beginning steps in brainstorming these goals.  Today you are going to get to do my year-end review with me.  Look back over the goals you set last year: I had a lot of household goals.  Gardening: Figure out planting onions and potatoes. And do a Fall and real winter garden. 2022 goal: Learn how to grow my garden from seeds. 2024: I need to plan something to add.  Preserving more food this year. In 2022 I did a ton of stuff. I had wanted to do more preserving.  Making more homemade household use items: Laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, etc.  Getting household routines more smooth! Cleaning routines, better chore routines for kids, smoother routines overall.  Conquer whole-grain sourdough  What went well this year?  We have grown tremendously in trusting the Lord. This year largely didn’t shape up the way we thought and yet, God is so good and my trust in him has deepened 10-fold this year.  Our health: Jason and I have been smashing it when it comes to taking care of our health. We are building REAL exercise routines that are becoming HABIT.  Our school routines since August have been the best we’ve ever had.  What didn’t go well:  our life, household, work, and school routines were so hard and so off the first half of this year. Part of that was me trying to find my rythym again after having a baby and part of it was just living through survival mode the first 6 months of the year.  What did I do well in serving and loving my people this year?  We had a lot of good, food centered gatherings and get togethers. I did well in making those things happen even when time was short.  what can I improve on in serving and loving my people this year?  I need to continue working on my patience. When 1000 balls are in the air, I need to continue choosing patience, kindness and love, even when I’m tired, stressed, or having a hard day.  Other questions to ask:  What changes did you navigate well this year?  What limitations or circumstances did you have to work through? What is an ah-ha moment you had?  What new skills or knowledge did you aquire this year?  What were 3 highlights from this year?  What did you accomplish this year that you’re most proud of? What (and/or who) are you most thankful for this year? I encourage you to think over these things the next 2 weeks. When you're wrapping presents, stuck in traffic, think through these questions. Just let your mind ruminate over them. You don’t need full answers yet. But if you start thinking through these, you’ll start to form ideas so that when you sit down to write out your goals, you’ll be a step ahead!  I also think this an important step, because 12 months is a long time. There are things we forget, things we accomplished, that we are not thinking of so many months later. it’s easy to focus on our present hardships that need to change and we forget all the growth we did over the year.
12/18/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 34 seconds
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How to have more JOY and less stress this Christmas – S3, E20

In this episode, Jami talks about The upcoming holidays & time management. How do we juggle all the good things coming up, while making memories for our family, and doing it with joy? Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50! Our Sponsor: Go to greenchef.com/60homemaking and use code 60homemaking to get 60% off, plus 20% off your next two months!
12/11/202358 minutes, 26 seconds
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When the grocery budget makes you want to cry – S3, E19

In this episode, Jami talks about budgeting for groceries and everything that is involved with that. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Our Christmas shop opening is now through Dec. 8th. Check it out at: https://findingjoybookstore.com/ Our Sponsor:  Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off! Our Sponsor:  Control Body Odor ANYWHERE with @lumedeodorant and get $5 off your Starter Pack (that’s over 40% off) with promo code HOME at lumedeodorant.com!
12/2/202359 minutes, 11 seconds
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Our Productivity Tips and Planning for the New Year – S3, E18

In this episode, Jami chats with Jason about planning and productivity for the end of the year. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Our Christmas shop opening is now through Dec. 1st. Check it out at: https://findingjoybookstore.com/ Our Sponsor: Get a 2-week free trial at PrepDish.com/homemaking!!! Our Sponsor: Check out all the organizing encouragement you need at Organize365.com!
11/28/202338 minutes, 55 seconds
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Handling Changing Convictions as a Couple – S3, E17

In this episode, Jami chats with Jason all about how to navigate through changing theological beliefs with your spouse. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. As promised, here are a few resources Jason recommends to start with on the topic of covenant theology vs. dispensationalism: Article: Comparing Covenant Theology and Dispensational Theology Article: The Covenantal Hermeneutic Book: Discontinuity to Continuity: A Survey of Dispensational and Covenantal Theologies Book: Dispensationalism: Rightly Dividing the People of God Book: Has the Church Replaced Israel? Book: The Christ of the Covenants Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Get your Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner at: https://homemakersfriend.com/ and use coupon code: PLANNING to get $3 off!! Our Christmas shop opening is now through Dec. 1st. Check it out at: https://findingjoybookstore.com/ Our Sponsor: Today my listeners receive a massive 25% OFF any AquaTru water purifier! Just go to AquaTru.com and enter code “HOME25” at checkout. Our Sponsor: Get Up to 60% OFF @honeylove by going to honeylove.com/HOME!
11/23/202355 minutes, 39 seconds
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Holidays & Hospitality: Jami’s Tips & Encouragement – S3, E16

In this episode, Jami gives her top tips, tricks, and encouragement for holidays and hospitality. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 1) REMEMBER the real reason for extending hospitality this holiday season.  It's easy to get wrapped up in the to-do lists, the decorations, etc. But the real reason we extend hospitality is to love others by serving. Our focus should be on serving our friends, family, and those in our community. When we can have a heart shift towards service, it makes all the difference! “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” ~ Romans 12:13 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” ~ Hebrews 13:2 “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” ~ 1 Peter 4:9 “Hospitality from a Biblical perspective is to recognize that God is more interested in caring relationships than the mold behind the shower curtain…It need not matter if we live in a single-room apartment or a split-level ranch, the only real requirement is allowing God to use our lives and our possessions…Our homes and our lives are indeed the most powerful combination of ministry to our world.” ~ Hospitality with Confidence, Pg 9 2) In the hustle and bustle of this season, my primary focus right now, is my own immediate family.  We all have different seasons. I've had seasons where my focus wasn't as much for my own immediate home, but how I could serve others. I once hosted Thanksgiving for my entire extended family and I cooked 100% of everything and took care of all the details. It was the right thing for that season and my heart was one of service. That would not be the right call for this Thanksgiving. If someone asked me to do a big giant thing of service next week, I would have to graciously decline. and to be okay with that! 3) Some tools that make hospitality a little easier:  REAL sturdy paper plates and bowls. Or start to invest in real bowls and dishes. Coffee percolator. Cold drink container - 5-gallon one at Walmart for $14.99! Crockpot with a locking lid 4) The real key and secret to hospitality: Is that often, the fancier, more expensive, nicer-looking option is less practical.  I don't think hospitality is just about being practical. I think there can be immense beauty in hospitality and I love baking bread from scratch for having people over. But we can also get so hung up on how nice or fancy it is, that we make it less ideal. when you have a group of 50 people over, function takes precedence because otherwise, it just doesn't work out as well. 5) If you are overwhelmed, work on your food.  I find this to be the #1 place where people get overwhelmed. Yes, the cleaning can feel overwhelming. But it's the food that really makes people get stuck. Come up with a list of 2-3 different meals that are your go-to hospitality. One of mine is homemade rolls and soup. I can whip this together in no time and is always a crowd pleaser. Homemade cinnamon rolls and homemade chocolate cake have become a specialty of mine that I've perfected over the years. If you don't have any menus in mind, start trying some ideas out for your family. Practice these meals a couple of times and suddenly, the food feels like no big deal! Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Join Lisa's Holiday Blitz here: https://organize365.com/holidayblitz/ Get your Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner at: https://homemakersfriend.com/ and use coupon code: PLANNING to get $3 off!! Our Christmas shop opening is now through Dec. 1st. Check it out at: https://findingjoybookstore.com/ Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemakingfree and use code homemakingfree for FREE bre...
11/18/20231 hour, 3 minutes, 9 seconds
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Planning well for the holidays with Lisa Woodruff – S3, E15

In this episode, Jami is interviewing Lisa from Organize 365 about how to plan will for the holidays. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Join Lisa's Holiday Blitz here: https://organize365.com/holidayblitz/ Get your Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner at: https://homemakersfriend.com/ and use coupon code: PLANNING to get $3 off!! Our Christmas shop opening is coming Nov. 15 - Dec. 1st. Check it out at: https://findingjoybookstore.com/ Our Sponsor: For Green Chef’s best deal of the year, get $250 off with code homemaking250 at Green Chef.com/homemaking250! Our Sponsor:  For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50!
11/13/202344 minutes, 40 seconds
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Prepping for the Advent Season with Mindy – S3, E14

In this episode, Jami talks about building your own home library for you and your kids to enjoy. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Join the Advent Prep Club and get 15% off the membership fee when you use code JOY2023 at checkout! Our Christmas shop opening is coming THIS MONTH!! Stay tuned for several new releases as well as Cookbook Volume #3 releasing!! Join our Build Your Natural Medicine Cabinet Bootcamp. We kick off Nov. 6th but join us any time! https://findingjoyshop.mykajabi.com/Build-Your-Natural-Medicine-Cabinet-Bootcamp Our Sponsor: Get 15% off OneSkin with the code HOME at https://www.oneskin.co/ Our Sponsor: Head to moshlife.com/HOME to save 20% off plus FREE shipping on your first 6-count Trial Pack.
11/3/202353 minutes, 40 seconds
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Building Your Home Library – S3, E13

In this episode, Jami talks about building your own home library for you and your kids to enjoy. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. First: WHY do we want to focus on this? We’ve become very reliant on the internet for our resources which might not always be so accessible. Plus, blogs get taken down, moved, and you can no longer find or access those resources. Having a library out and accessible gets ALL of us off of screens more. How many times have you reached for your phone to look up a recipe and got side tracked and ended up down the Pinterest rabbit hole or Instagram? As Charlotte Mason says, we should lay out a feast for our kids with good books and resources and let them nibble on different kinds. We should be doing in this addition to our kids! Building our kids libraries: This is something Jason and I have been focusing a lot on this year. Our kids are really starting to devour books and we want a lot of books laid out for them to choose from. Our favorites are classics and series. I’ve started a master resource list and included my favorite books for kids. You can find it here: https://findingjoyshop.mykajabi.com/jami-s-favorite-resources I am all for utilizing the library and swapping books with friends! But I also think you can slowly build up a library in a very sustainable way by shopping sales and thrift stores. Favorite places to buy books: Thrift Books: Sign up with a free account, sign up for their free Reading Rewards program, and do a $30 order and you'll get a FREE BOOK!! Half Priced Books Costco has good book sets Thrift stores & consignment sales AbeBooks.com: Another great place for used books. Thrift Books is my go to but I always check Abe as well. eBay is a terrific source for finding whole series or individual books. There's a book seller on eBay (Second Sale) who offers Buy 3 books under $5 and get 1 free. I've gotten soooo many books from their shop. You can find all their book deals here. I keep a running list on my phone of ALL the books in our library in order in series. I find books all the time in thrift stores and at consignment stores. Having a running list on my phone allows me to buy random books in series for super cheap without forgetting which books we have and which we need! Building a resource library: Practical & hands on books: Books on building, building a natural medicine cabinet, herbs, gardening, etc. This is for us adults but also for the kids to go through. Cookbooks: Do you have actual cookbooks? Or printed recipes? I love building up my cookbook library. For everyday recipes yes, but also unusual things like: Making kombucha, cheese, I’ve got a book on my wishlist for making my own tea blends, canning, dehydrating, etc. I love checking out these kinds of books from the library whenever I can. It’s a great way to test out if you love the book or if it’s just alright. And I’ve photo copied a page or two out of library books when there’s something so good I want to keep it. You can do the same thing with Pinterest tutorials, recipes, etc. Print out amazing ones and start to build your own DIY medicine cabinet cookbook or canning recipe book. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to start thinking through building up a good solid library for yourself. Christian books and theology books: this is a huge part of our library that we’ve been building for years. We want solid, terrific Christian resources that we we can read, our kids can start reading and that we can let others barrow. For Jason and I, we are thinking through building up our home library, not just for us, today. But also for future generations. With libraries becoming less reliable, with books being cancelled and banned, and with less good literature being produced, and so much more being moved online and digital,
10/30/202349 minutes, 51 seconds
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Reading Tips with Jami + her most recent reads – S3, E12

In this episode, Jami gives some of her top tips for reading as well as her favorite reads so far this year. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Books discussed today: Conception Control: https://amzn.to/3May9v7 The Time Saving Mom: https://amzn.to/45G9ipQ The Core: https://amzn.to/45DgjYn All Creatures Great and Small: https://amzn.to/492Hj6p Standing on the Promises: https://amzn.to/494mibu The Hormone Reset Diet: https://amzn.to/46Gn39o Five Lies of Our Anti-Christian Age: https://amzn.to/3S632V0 Art for God's Sake: https://amzn.to/3QqdFRl Teatime Discipleship: https://amzn.to/3Q0U9cV A History of the World in 6 Glasses: https://amzn.to/3QoY4k3 The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: https://amzn.to/3tHx0Vv The Backyard Homestead Kitchen Know-How: https://amzn.to/3QoP0fV Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Keep an eye out for episode 10 of Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 39% off or UP TO $300 off!
10/20/202342 minutes, 27 seconds
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Getting Started with Healthier Bread with Felicia – S3, E11

In this episode, Jami chats with Felicia from Grains and Grit all about grinding your own grains and making delicious, healthy bread. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our next 14 Day Meal Planning Bootcamp round will kick off next week. Grab your spot here: https://findingjoyshop.mykajabi.com/2023-14-day-meal-plan-bootcamp Check out more from Felicia at grainsandgrit.com. Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Keep an eye out for episode 10 of Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Our Sponsor: Control Body Odor ANYWHERE with @lumedeodorant and get $5 off your Starter Pack (that’s over 40% off) with promo code HOME at lumepodcast.com! #lumepod Our Sponsor: Get 20% OFF @honeylove by going to https://www.honeylove.com/HOME! #honeylovepod
10/11/202356 minutes, 55 seconds
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5 tricks for leveling up your food while saving money – S3, E10

In this episode, Jami gives her top 5 tricks for upgrading your food and saving money at the same time. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Some things to keep in mind:  The Lord is in control. We do the best we can, with what we have, and trust the Lord with the rest. Teach your kids how to cook. Look at the things you already eat and see how you can make them yourself. My 5 things:  Baking bread - It costs me $7.23 per 1 giant sandwich loaves to make 100% organic, fresh, clean bread. This could be cheaper too! Stop by processed snacks and start making them. We regularly make some really simple snacks of muffins and granola bars. Learn how to buy in bulk. Let's look at dried beans. Very little work is involved compared to buying cans of beans, A little effort but you can start to really save. READ pages 10-11. Figuring out what meats your family likes that stretch further. Our staples are ground beef, whole chicken, and ground sausage because I can do so much with those! Pick one "larger' thing you'd like to learn how to make that can save you big! We do homemade pizza night every Saturday night and it's become no big deal. I've gotten it down to a science and while it costs more than takeout pizza, it also saves us SO much money and we are making very healthy, delicious pizza. My kids are disappointed when we get take-out pizza versus homemade! Fall Collection Shop Opening!!  This week only, we've got our bookstore open for orders. You can order through 10/9 with many items shipping out this week! We've got my cookbooks, our ice cream cookbook, Jason's Sterling Spectacles children's book series, TWO NEW fall dresses and so much more! Check it out here. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Keep an eye out for episode 9 of Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Our Sponsor:  Go to HelloFresh.com/50homemaking and use code 50homemaking for 50% off plus 15% off the next 2 months! Our Sponsor: Go to PrepDish.com/homemaking and use code HOMEMAKING to get your 2-week free trial!    
10/4/20231 hour, 2 minutes, 57 seconds
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Balancing Homeschooling and Homemaking with Lyndsey Mimnagh – S3, E9

In this episode, Jami chats with Lyndsey Mimnagh of Treehouse Schoolhouse all about finding and managing the balance between homeschooling and homemaking. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. ✨Announcements in this episode ✨ 1️⃣ Our fall shop opening will be October 2nd-8th, one week only! It will feature TWO new fall dresses and all our books in print. 2️⃣ Our next 14 Day Meal Planning Bootcamp round will kick off Oct 2nd. Grab your spot here: https://findingjoyshop.mykajabi.com/2023-14-day-meal-plan-bootcamp  3️⃣ We are kicking off a Get Dresses challenge over on IG: https://www.instagram.com/jamibalmet/ and in my community: http://findingjoycommunity.com/  Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Keep an eye out for episode 8 of Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Check out more from Lyndsey at treehouseschoolhouse.com Go to her website to get 15% off your total order by using code FINDINGJOYINYOURHOME15 Our Sponsor:  Go to HelloFresh.com/50homemaking and use code 50homemaking for 50% off plus 15% off the next 2 months! Our Sponsor: Go to PrepDish.com/homemaking and use code HOMEMAKING to get your 2-week free trial!
9/26/202345 minutes, 10 seconds
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10 Most Impactful Books for the Homemaker – S3, E8

In this episode, Jami chats about her list of top 10 books that have impacted her as a homemaker. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Interview with Crystal Paine here The Read Aloud Family Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home The Lifegiving Table: Nurturing Faith Through Feasting, One Meal at a Time My interview with Sally: Cultivating a lifegiving family https://findingjoyinyourhome.com/cultivating-lifegiving-family-sally-clarkson/ Eve in Exile and the Restoration of Femininity Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands Embracing a Grace Paced life interview with Shonna Murray The Time Saving Mom by Crystal Paine Adorned: Living out the Beauty of the Gospel Together Biblical Discipleship and mentoring interview with Many Demoss Wolgemuth Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor by Donna Otto Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World ✨Announcements in this episode ✨ 1️⃣ Our fall shop opening will be October 2nd-8th, one week only! It will feature TWO new fall dresses and all our books in print. 2️⃣ Our next round of the 14 Day Meal Planning Bootcamp will kick off Oct 2nd. Grab your spot here: https://findingjoyshop.mykajabi.com/2023-14-day-meal-plan-bootcamp  3️⃣ We are kicking off a Get Dresses challenge over on IG: https://www.instagram.com/jamibalmet/ and in my community: http://findingjoycommunity.com/  Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Keep an eye out for episode 7 of Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Our Sponsor:  Get 20% OFF @honeylove by going to honeylove.com/HOME  Our Sponsor: Head to acorns.com/home to download Acorns to start saving and investing for your future today!
9/19/202347 minutes, 47 seconds
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On Battling Anxiety with Phylicia Masonheimer – S3, E7

In this episode, Jami interviews the lovely Phylicia Masonheimer about anxiety and how to battle it biblically. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Check out more from Phylicia here: phyliciamasonheimer.com Keep an eye out for episode 7 of Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50. Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/50homemaking and use code 50homemaking for 50% off plus 15% off the next 2 months!
9/13/202342 minutes, 23 seconds
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My Journey with Anxiety and Overcoming it – S3, E6

In this episode, Jami shares her own battle with anxiety and her journey through it. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I am so thankful to be able to sit here today and share that: anxiety does not dominate my life. I no longer struggle with panic attacks and while I absolutely can become anxious and have to battle against it often, anxiety is no longer the dominating force it once was. Anxiety is something that we need to be talking about today because it’s something that so many of us struggle with and we have come to think is normal. I had panic attacks as a teen and struggled greatly with anxiety, even though I didn’t know was it was. As a newly married 20-year-old, I ended up at the doctor with shooting pain in my chest, thinking I was having a heart attack. I went through rounds of tests and wearing heart monitors and stress tests, all to find out that I was having anxiety issues. God taught me so much through that season. And I know he was bringing me through those trials at the time he did because he was equipping me for what was right around the corner: Having twins and then losing my mom suddenly when they were 10 months old, only to have a second set of twins 1 year later (so 4 babies, 2 and under), and so much physical stress and strain on my body. Anxiety is a whole-bodied issue that goes far beyond “don’t stress as much”. Anxiety can be caused by so many issues and made worse by others. And so when we approach this topic of anxiety, we need to approach it from a holistic standpoint, meaning we need to look at our whole bodies and our whole lives. Christians can tend to fall into one of two ditches: Either they ignore anxiety completely and don’t give good resources OR they go to the ultra-therapy side and leave God completely out of the discussion of dealing with anxiety. Thankfully, I see that trend changing and there are so many good holistic approaches to anxiety and our health today. We well and truly can trust God  This is honestly where so much of my stress came from. I was not trusting the Lord with my life, not really. It wasn’t that I didn’t trust he was sovereign, I did. But I trusted it so much that I was afraid it meant that Jason would be taken from me tomorrow. I had a warped view of God’s sovereignty and I didn’t realize it. Until I read Jerry Bridge's book, Trusting God. In it, he so beautifully laid out what it means to trust God and that as our Heavenly Father, God does want our good. He will act according to his will, but he will also do this with our good in mind. We don’t need to fear what his sovereign hand will do. He does allow things to happen that are hard and painful, but we can trust Him in the process. “That which should distinguish the suffering of believers from unbelievers is the confidence that our suffering is under the control of an all-powerful and all-loving God. Our suffering has meaning and purpose in God's eternal plan, and He brings or allows to come into our lives only that which is for His glory and our good.”  “In the arena of adversity, the Scriptures teach us three essential truths about God—truths we must believe if we are to trust Him in adversity. They are: God is completely sovereign. God is infinite in wisdom. God is perfect in love. Someone has expressed these three truths as they relate to us in this way: “God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom, He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty, He has the power to bring it about.” It’s okay to not understand every little thing ““God’s plan and His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must learn to trust when we don’t understand.”  We need to learn to trust that we don’t nor will know everything  “God's guidance is almost always step-by-step; He does not show us our life's plan all at once....
9/5/202347 minutes, 11 seconds
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On being a modern parent, anxiety, and doing ALL the things – S3, E5

In this episode, Jami skirts around the controversial topic of parenting, particularly comparing older versus newer ways of doing it. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. There’s a reel going around, the 80's parent versus Millennial parent, and I think we need to address a few things. In the comments, OVER and OVER again it was moms saying “I wish I could be the 80s mom!” And now, this isn’t really about being an 80s mom versus being a millennial mom. 80s moms did things wrong too. There’s good info we do have access to today, there are times to be aware of what our children are doing. But, I think this viral reel hits at the core of what a lot of us moms struggle with today. Access to too much information is not always a blessing. You google literally anything today and it’s going to eventually tell you to head to the ER because you are dying. I am so thankful for the internet today, I am so thankful for access to good and useful information, but without a high level of discernment, the level of information we have access to can turn from being a blessing into a curse. Having SO many opinions and voices all screaming at us can crowd out our God-given discernment. We need to be careful that we are not letting other people’s opinions take over and crowd out what God is calling us to. When that anxiety and that overwhelm hits, are we off to see what our favorite IG influencer has to say or what Dr. Google recommends before and above praying and asking God for discernment in the situation? We can come to despise the older generations' advice, and this is a dangerous situation. Older moms, older generations, are where we should be getting our motherhood advice from. And when we end up in an echo chamber of just our own generation, on the internet, in often harmful chat rooms, we are not learning from older and wiser generations. NOW, this can be actually quite tricky right now. I am fully acknowledging that. We are a generation right now that is changing things. In many ways, we are the generation that is turning the tide back to how our great-grandmothers lived and raised their children and we are having to figure out what that looks like in our modern world. This is not easy and there is no clear way to do this. It takes a high degree of discernment which comes through prayer and wisdom. Just because we have access to more answers than our grandmother’s day, doesn’t actually mean we know more. Our children do not actually belong to us, they belong to the Lord. We need to trust that ultimately HE is the one in control, NOT us Ladies, we have a very false sense of security and control in our modern world. Thank the Lord, we don’t see high mortality rates in our babies. We don’t have to give birth to 15 children to just have 4 of them survive to adulthood. We have access to clean water, good food, doctors, medicine, and more. A lot of this can lead us to think WE are in control. Yes, God asks us to be wise and to be self-disciplined. We have to work very hard to care for our children and take care of our households. But this all needs to be done with the clear idea in mind that God is sovereign over our every breath. That he is the one that knows the exact minutes we will be on this earth and he cares so deeply for our children, that we can trust Him. Even when we don’t understand the big picture, we can trust AND we can recognize that we are not in control anyway. And that having anxiety about every morsel of food our kids eat, is mistrusting the Lord and doesn’t lead to a better outcome ANYWAY or more peace in our homes. In the next two episodes, we are going to be dealing with the topic of fear and anxiety. So many of us can struggle, just like we talked about today, with anxiety over our kids and our everyday actions and decisions. But we can also have so much fear over the world and what’s happening.
8/29/202341 minutes, 17 seconds
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Fixing Your Child’s Sleep Problems with Alex – S3, E4

In this episode, Jami with the fantastic Alex from Sweet Siestas all about helping to solve children's sleep issues. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com You can find Alex and her excellent sleep training at sweetsiestasllc.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Keep an eye out for episode 4 of Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Our Sponsor: Use our exclusive link to get 20% off - honeylove.com/HOME
8/22/202341 minutes, 31 seconds
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5 Ways I’m Planning for a Busy Fall Season – S3, E3

In this episode, Jami continues the planning discussion from episode 1 and digs into all the ways she's planning for the upcoming Fall season. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. In episode one of this season, we discussed 5 ways that we waste time as homemakers, and what we can do about it. Today we are taking this lesson one step further and discussing how we can actively plan for the next busy season. I’m building out new schedules for the fall right now, let’s discuss how I’m doing it! Brainstorm and dream On the way home from our recent road trip, Jason and I took some extended time to really talk through our plans and hopes for the fall. We both have some areas we want to work on and incorporate into our schedules. But we are trying to make sure that we are being realistic with these plans and not trying to jam-pack way too much into our schedule! So we started out just really talking about ideas, kind of like a brain dump. We both talked about health goals we both want to work on, things we’d love to add to homeschool, etc. It helped to have a time where we just kind of brain-dumped all the things! Go category by category through our plans After we had that more general brainstorming session, I then took my Kindle Scribe and went category by category into our plans through the rest of the year. Here’s what we discussed: 1. Our health goals 2. Homeschool objectives and we developed a schedule 3. Big work projects and WHEN they will happen. 4. We discussed the Christmas budget and what our ideas are for the kids this year. I now have my Christmas list done and I’m on the hunt! 5. Then personally, I have my own goals and plans to work on: my cleaning routine and meal planning around the house, etc. Make sure to look back over the last season to see what worked well and what didn’t. It’s not just about productivity, it’s about designing a schedule that works well for our family Be really clear on what your priorities truly are. Remember, these priorities can change every few months. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Keep an eye out for episode 3 of Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Our Sponsor: Go to magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME. Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/50homemaking and use code 50homemaking for 50% off plus free shipping!
8/15/202356 minutes, 8 seconds
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Everyday Food Preservation with Melissa K. Norris – S3, E2

In this episode, Jami chats with the wonderful Melissa K. Norris all about food preservation. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Melissa's excellent book on food preservation: Everything Worth Preserving: The Complete Guide for Food Preservation at Home Watch the podcast on YouTube if you want! Finding Joy in Your Home on YouTube Keep an eye out for Baking School with Jami coming this week: Baking School with Jami Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50! Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking50 and use code homemaking50 to get 50% off plus free shipping!
8/7/202343 minutes, 57 seconds
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5 Ways to Waste Time as Homemakers – S3, E1

In this first episode of Season 3, we're chatting about time wasters, and how to stop it. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Hello friends! Welcome back to my podcast, Finding Joy in Your Home. We are here for season 3 with some fun new changes. I’m going to give you a few announcements and then we will jump into today’s topic of wasting time as a homemaker, and what we can do about it. Some of you right now are watching me over on YouTube as you listen to this podcast! As of this episode, my podcast is now also a video podcast over on YT. If you listen to the audio and you just want it to stay that way, that’s totally fine! But as of this week, we are officially relaunching my YT channel in a big way! Each week we will be publishing my video podcast (if you want to watch on video or keep listening to audio). AND I have a brand new weekly show starting on YouTube called Baking School with Jami! Each week we will learn something new about baking and then make a new recipe together! I’m convinced that the best way to learn to bake is by trying out just one new recipe a week and learning it as you go! And we are going to do this together during Baking School with Jami. For this show, you will need to hop over to YouTube to watch. Just go to BakingSchoolwithJami.com to find the link and to sign up to get the printables and recipes each week! Now let’s get to today’s episode:  It can so often feel like we are just spinning our wheels when it comes to getting things done. I have felt many times in my motherhood journey that I have been busy, busy, busy without actually getting much done. How is it that we can feel pulled in so many directions but not actually making traction in the few areas that actually matter? As we kick off season 3, I think this is an important place to start. I don’t know about you, but Fall always feels like such a busy time. School is kicking off again and with that comes new co-op opportunities, sports and activities, Bible studies, and the looming holidays. I know that I’m going to blink and it will be January and we will be kicking off a New Year. So as I stare fall in the face and try to get my new schedules and routines together, I think this is a really important topic: How can we stop wasting time? I think it’s so important, every new season, to reevaluate what’s working well and what isn’t. And a big thing for me, with so many modern distractions, is making sure I’m using my time well and not wasting my days away, which unfortunately is all too easy to do. Do you need to be getting up earlier? And/or using your evenings better? This is one I struggle with. I am GOOD at getting work done at night, but I struggle in establishing better morning routines. Some of you definitely don’t struggle with this and that’s awesome! I’ve found the opposite to be true though too: If you are excellent at getting up early, then often that same person really struggles as they head into dinner time and the evening. So maybe you need to focus on ways to be more intentional with your time as the evening hits. Take a really honest assessment of your day, what is it that you need to focus on when it comes to wasting time? We thrive so much better when I’m up before the kids, have done my devotional, had my coffee, and can really hit the ground running with our full homeschool day kicking into action at 8 am. It’s better for all of us, I just have to really work at this sometimes! Get dressed for the day.  This is huge for those of us who are home all day. As a younger stay-at-home mom, I was in my PJs most of the day. It was more comfortable to just stay comfy. But I’ve realized over the years, this greatly hampers my productivity. When I get up and am dressed by 8am, our day just starts. It’s like this terrific signal that it’s time to get busy and be productive.
8/2/202349 minutes, 42 seconds
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If you want to learn how to cook/bake/make _______ – S2, E45

In this final episode of Season 2, we're going to talk about learning to cook, bake, and make all sorts of things. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. When @jasonbalmet and I got married 14 years ago, I had ZERO cooking skills. No, seriously. My skill set included top ramen (which we use to eat uncooked with the seasoning sprinkled on top as kids. 😂 Anyone else do that??)and microwaving frozen burritos. I didn’t know how to cook anything, meal plan, meal prep, grocery shop, compare prices…you get the idea. But when we got married, my domesticity snapped into place and I knew I needed to figure out how to cook and manage my kitchen. I knew that the time we had before kids was the most free time we would likely ever have again (and did I mention we were both working full time and finishing college full time). I’m not sure how I had that wisdom back then, but I’m so glad God gave me that mission to take it seriously to learn how to cook. But it was a sloooow process. For the past 14 years, I feel like I’ve had a crash course in cooking, but in tiny weekly baby steps. For about the first 3 years of marriage, Friday night was my night to experiment with cooking. For years, I consistently picked one new recipe a week to cook. Many recipes failed. Some burned. Some were inedible. Some were fine. And some were surprisingly good. But persist I did. And the failures became less and less and the winners became more and more. I still have a looooong list of things I’d like to learn. And really, that list now more just stuff I want to get into a regular habit of making since my skills in the kitchen have grown so much (Praise God)! I’m a very simple cook. I cook a lot of just real foods. I’m not fancy but I’ve learned how to feed my family 🙌😍I want to encourage you: if you feel a huge desire to take control of your kitchen, there is hope! Start with one small task at a time. Pick one new recipe and go from there. What I’m going to be tackling next: I’m finally ready to jump back into sourdough. But this time, I’ll be tackling sourdough from freshly ground whole grains. It’s a whole new challenge 😅 But I’m ready for it 💪 So on Instagram, I asked what items you guys wanted to learn how to make/bake/cook and today I’m going to share the responses with some advice from me on how to get started. I asked them to fill in a box that said “I want to learn to cook/bake/make _____”  Just using my pressure canner: This is such a fun goal! Pressure canning is really fun but can also feel totally overwhelming. My go to cookbook for pressure canning is The Complete Guide to Pressure Canning: https://amzn.to/3YbSVis  For anyone who really wants to learn how to can but you are a total newbie, I highly recommend learning first how to water bath can. It’s like low stakes canning. All you need is a big pot (as opposed to an actual pressure canner)! But it will help you learn the basics of sanitizing the jars, canning the food, checking the food, checking that it seals, etc. Then when you venture into pressure canning, it’s a lot easier!  And I have a new book that is one my wish list currently! I got to interview Melissa K Norris recently, her interview will be here on the podcast in a few weeks. Her new book looks so good Everything Worth Preserving: https://amzn.to/43PmSWK  Kombucha:  Kombucha is so fun!! It’s scary at first. But give yourself time to get the hang of it and then it’s so simple to keep it going weekly.  Last year we did a fun experiment and brewed Kombucha and Jun tea at the same time to test out all the flavors. My favorite resource: The Big Book of Kombucha: https://amzn.to/3OxHheK And I binged watched this YouTube channel when I was first starting out and watched all her episodes: https://www.youtube.com/@YouBrewKombucha  Farmhouse teas is where we get all of our kombucha flavorings and tea for making kombucha!! 
7/30/202348 minutes
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Creating Tea Blends With Marla – S2, E44

What is tea, and the difference between types of tea? What are the nutritional values of tea and how are the nutrients found in true tea good for you? Jami interviews tea expert Marla in today's episode to answer all those questions and more. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Let's take a look at herbal teas (tisanes) and how you can create your own types of herbal teas. What are some simple tips/tricks to look for when deciding what herbs to use to create your teas? A couple of easy herbal tea blends you can make, using herbs you may have in your own herb garden. Marla is the woman behind the MaraBette & Co, Tea and Hospitality, LLC, a wife, daughter, friend. She is an unconventional, God- loving tea & hospitality enthusiast with a no-nonsense approach to helping people discover the joy of hospitality and serving, through the time-honored art of taking tea and having afternoon tea. Through her company, MaraBette & Co, Marla has established a unique line of artisan teas reflecting the love of family, home, friendship, & hospitality, bringing to many a new sense of wonder through her many tea blends. Links and Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Book Recommendation: Growing Your Own Tea Garden; The Guide To Growing & Harvesting FlavorfulTeas In Your Backyard-By Jodi Helmer Book Recommendation: Homegrown Tea; An Illustrated Guide To Planting, harvesting, & blending teas & tisanes-By Cassie Liversidge Our Sponsor: Treat yourself to the best shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/home. Our Sponsor: Go to AquaTru.com and enter code “HOME” at checkout for 20% OFF any AquaTru water purifier.
7/24/202351 minutes, 18 seconds
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Creating Rotating Seasonal Meal Plans: what I’ve been learning – S2, E43

For many years, I’ve functioned well with a loose meal planning system. I needed my days to be extremely flexible and it’s worked well for the most part. This past year or so I’ve felt the need to take my meal planning to a new level but getting things more planned out and a bit more rigid, but still with the flexibility I need. Today I’m discussing the new rotating seasonal meal plan I’ve been talking about. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I am excited to say that my first of 4 meal plans, my summer plan is almost done. Today I’m going to give you a run down of how this is working and what I’ve been learning about meal planning along the way.  As the manager of my home, the kitchen is such a large area of responsibility that can either run like a well oiled machine or feel like complete and utter chaos. The past 6 months has seen more chaos than I’d like. So I’m going back to the drawing board and asking “What does my meal planning need in this new busy season?”  I’ve come up with my plan: Rotating seasonal meal plans. My goals are a few: 1) To make more food from scratch in order to save money 2) Increase the health of my families food so that we all have vitality and energy to tackle the things that God has called us to and 3) Free up brain space and put more of my meal planning on autopilot for smoother routines.  The most important thing to me for finally getting to this more advanced level of meal planning, is having family favorite recipes down. If you are in a stage of need to meal plan for the first time, I suggest you come up with a loose plan that allows you to try out new recipes and hone those recipes that your family loves. Don’t just drift through life and meal planning, come up with a plan to figure out those recipes and save them.  Decide on a meal plan and then stick to it. Honestly a huge part of meal planning is literally just having the discipline to stick to it.  With that said, start with the simplest version of meal planning that you can and build from there (the MVP idea).  Stick with it and develop it as you go so that it makes sense for your family!  Links and Resources: Our Sponsor:Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking16 and use code homemaking16 for 16 free meals plus free shipping! Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50. Check out our bookstore opening through 7/21 at FindingJoyBookstore.com And join our meal planning bootcamp at FindingJoyShop.com 
7/16/202347 minutes, 23 seconds
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On Reading Goals, Classics, and Raising Readers – S2, E42

In today’s episode, Jami chats with Jason all about their mid year reading goal statuses. They also discuss their plans to read more classics, as well as introduce them to their kids, as well as how they are raising their kids to love reading as much as they do. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor:Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking50 and use code homemaking50 to get 50% off plus free shipping. Our Sponsor: Go to magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME.
7/10/202336 minutes, 23 seconds
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Growing Community Right Where You’re At with Jill Winger – S2, E41

In today’s episode, Jami interviews Jill Winger of The Prairie Homestead all about growing community and her upcoming book, Old-Fashioned on Purpose. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Jill can be found over at her amazing website www.theprairiehomestead.com and on instagram @jill.winger Her excellent podcast can be found at podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/old-fashioned-on-purpose/id1475835329 Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and, depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 40% off.
7/2/202339 minutes, 56 seconds
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Learning Hymns as a Family with Brettnay Brazzell- S2, E40

In today’s episode, Jami interviews Brettnay Brazzell of No Higher Calling all about hymns and the value of teaching them to your children. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Brettnay can be found over on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/nohighercalling Her excellent podcast can be found at https://nohighercalling.org/no-higher-calling-podcast/ Our Sponsor: Treat yourself to the best shapewear on the market and save 20% Off! Use our exclusive link to get 20% off - honeylove.com/HOME. Our Sponsor: Get 20% OFF any AquaTru water purifier when you go to AquaTru.com and use code “HOME”.
6/25/202343 minutes, 28 seconds
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Meal Planning Q&A with Jami – S2, E39

In today’s episode, Jami answers lots of your questions about meal planning. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to https://www.magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME! Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking16 and use code homemaking16 for 16 free meals plus free shipping!
6/19/202351 minutes, 13 seconds
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Creating a year’s worth of meal plans, the easy way! – S2, E38

In today’s episode, Jami is going to share her fun plan for making a year's worth of meal plans and how to do it simply! She shares 5 steps she's using to create these plans. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. My Goal: I am really excited about this. Over the next month and a half, my goal is to make a year’s worth of meal plans so that I can put my meal planning on autopilot. But I’m not actually making 52 weeks of meal plans.  I am going to make rotating, seasonal meal plans. I will take each season, broken down into 3 months and create one 4-week meal plan for that season. So summer will have the summer meal plan which consists of 4 weeks of meals, without a ton of repetition in meals. So June, I’ll pull out my summer meal plan and go. July hits and the 4 weeks start over and then again in August.  Once September hits, it’s time to pull out the Fall meal plan. I’m planning on adding in some easy changes for when your week gets off built right into the meal plan, but in this simple way, I’m going to not only be able to develop a year’s worth of meal plans very easily, but also do it seasonally.  How I’m going to do it:  Figure out some seasonal guidelines. Things like: more ice cream recipes and fresh produce in the summer, pumpkin, gourds, and squashes in the Fall, soups and comfort food in the winter, and so forth I also want to plan around things like: There’s more time for baking in the fall & winter and lots of fun holidays to do so, I don’t want to heat the summer up as much from the oven, so more easy crockpot, bbq, and simple recipes.  Pantry  Put together my first 4-week meal plan, and then spend 2 months adjusting it. This is where I think the simple part of this will come in. I can spend the time up front to make my first meal plan and then spend a month or two tweaking it. As I pull it out again for the next month, I’ll be able to adjust it and take notes!  Put together an individual binder per season. I will have the full meal plan, a calendar view, all the recipes, prep ahead instructions, and grocery list in each binder. This will also allow me to stick other seasonal recipes I come across or want to try into the binder that’s easy to pull out when we need it.  I’m going to aim for a simple version first. As I play with it, I can perfect it and even add to it if I want. What I don’t want to happen is that I make this incredible meal plan that there is no way I can follow.  I’m doing the pre-work right now in June. I’m gathering recipes, starting to think through season changes, and getting the printables all created and ready to go. July 5th is when I’m starting. I’m committing to 20-30 minutes per day to get my first meal plan totally created and in progress. I don’t have hours a day to commit to this right now. So I’m going to just steal a few minutes each day to work on it and I hope you join us!!  Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50. Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking60 and use code homemaking60 to get 60% off plus free shipping.
6/12/202342 minutes, 53 seconds
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Encouragement for when you are in a season of waiting – S2, E37

In today’s episode, Jami is sharing 3 seasons of waiting that her family has walked through, and what God has taught them along the way. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. When my mom died, it took 6 months to get her toxicology reports back. In this season of grief and not understanding, I had to turn to the Lord again and again in my grief, in my anger, and in my utter inability to fix any of it.  "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7) When we tried to sell our house, the market was raging hot, it crashed the week we listed our house and took 12 months to sell. In a season of financial struggle, we learned a lot about trusting the Lord and thanking him for every single dollar that comes in.  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[g] 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:25-33 When we desired another baby and it took 12 months to conceive, we had to come really to grips with the fact that we are NOT in control of our fertility in any way, shape, or manner and that we can choose peace and contentment no matter what.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6) Now, we find ourselves in a season of waiting once again. We are ready and excited for the next step of building our homestead. We feel a certain amount of excitement and impatience since it feels like our kids are growing so old, so fast.  But God has said not yet. He is asking us to be patient and to trust him. And so once again, we find ourselves in this season of waiting on the Lord, trusting in Him.  And these seasons of waiting have taught me many things:  To plan well, to be a wise steward of what God has given us, and then sit back and be totally content with how God leads. When he opens a door you will know, when he closes a door, you can praise Him.  When everything feels impossible to line up, if it’s God’s will, it will line up. We well and truly can trust in all of the Bible verses urging us to trust in the Lord.  It’s often in the waiting that God is refining us, molding us, and shaping us. Before we had kids, before I had lost my mom, and before I had really encountered very many hard things as an adult, I struggled greatly with anxiety. Now, I can hardly fathom why I struggled with it so much since what I was dealing with and facing then feels so minor to the things I have walked through since. But it was an intense season of anxiety none the less. And through that season, God was teaching me.
6/4/202337 minutes, 35 seconds
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Jami Answers Your Homeschool Questions – S2, E36

In today’s episode, Jami answers your questions on all things homeschooling. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Questions Answered in the Episode: Q: Teaching how to read: https://amzn.to/3N1QOKn ‘DASHIN UINTO LEARNING READERS TGATB READERS  Q: Reassurance that when we find a curriculum that continues to work it’s okay to stick with it. Sometimes I feel like my kids will miss out on all the other amazing options out there. I get it! With so many terrific options out there, it can really feel overwhelming and hard to choose. What I like to do is add in a lot of quality reading, this way, I know we are still hitting all kinds of amazing things!  Q: Curriculum Recommendations for Age 5?  MasterBooks, The Good and the Beautiful, And Gather Round.  Q: My son ins’t in the correct grade level - is that normal? Finishing 1st, going into 3rd. One of the most beautiful things about homeschooling is the ability to tailor the education to your child. Who says that every single subject needs to be taught and mastered at the exact same age? Do adults function like that? Or do we all learn different things at different paces. I use grades as a general guideline to help me moving forward, but only you know your child well enough to know what they need!  Q: General Words of wisdom? Starting K this year  You’ve got this! I know it feels so hard and overwhelming. But K-3rd is a LOT of play and reading. Stick to that and you are golden. Also, read some homeschooling books to get a good idea of homeschooling trips and tricks.  Q: How homeschool daily routine looks like schooling multiple kids?  We try and bunch together subjects as much as possible. The only thing each kid does on their own at their grade level is math, everything else is done as a group.  Gather Round or unit studies is a great way to do this. Especially for K-5th, it’s easy for everyone to study the same thing at a time. Once 5th and beyond, the kids can much more easily study subjects on their own.  8am: daily worksheets & handwriting during breakfast.  9am: Morning basket time & Biblio Plan & current GR unit, & then math.  Done with regular school by noon.  Lunch break  Afternoon we do other fun, hands on things. We do art lessons twice a week and a music lessons twice a week. This is also free play art time, play outside, work on coding, quilting, or knitting a hat. No electronic, tv time, or playing until 4pm.  4pm until dinner they can then play.  Fridays are project Fridays!  Q: Do you use a curriculum or make your own?  Well now, sorta both since we are creating homesteading units! But mostly, I don’t make my own.  Q: Do you bind your books that you print off?  Yes! I have a binding machine that is amazing. It’s saved us thousands of dollars. This year we are trying a new method though in 3 ring notebooks.  Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to AquaTru.com and enter code “HOME” at checkout to get 20% off! Our Sponsor: Go to MagicMind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME.
5/28/202354 minutes, 43 seconds
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How we limit and use technology in the home – S2, E35

In today’s episode, Jami invites Jason on to the show to discuss all things tech. They each share what they're currently doing to control tech in their lives, and they also go into details on how they handle tech with their kids. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking16 and use code homemaking16 for 16 free meals plus free shipping! Our Sponsor: Get 15% Off at dockatot.com with the code HOME.
5/22/202338 minutes, 39 seconds
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Our Homeschool Plans for ’23-’24 – S2, E34

In today’s episode, Jami fills you in on allllllllll her homeschool plans for the next school year. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com For Math this year: We are going back to using The Good and the Beautiful. We will be doing Math 5, Math 4, and Math 2. https://www.goodandbeautiful.com/pre-k-8-curriculum/math/ We will be starting BiblioPlan: Ancient History in about 2 weeks: https://www.biblioplan.net/ We will do a few Gather Round Science Units spread throughout the year: Rocks & Minerals, Human Body, and Dinosaurs to start In the Fall we will be starting IEW for language arts for the 4 older boys: https://iew.com/taxonomy/term/7/?f%5B0%5D=im_field_grade_level%3A7 We will be doing their Grade 3-5th. And Magnolia will do TGATB Level 2 Language Arts since it's free to print off. If we end up not wanting to finish it, I may switch her to MasterBooks language arts, we will see how the year goes. Mid year:  We will add in a typing course for 4 older boys around January. We do Art Lessons twice a week. We look up Bob Ross painting videos, watch Kids Art Hub, and find other drawing, painting and art classes online for free. One of my sons really wants to take a full illustrating course, so I will find a good one for him to take. We do music lessons 3 times per week. We take online classes from https://prodigies.com/ We use Project Friday to explore additional hands on skills and training. Most of our Project Friday's lately have been coming from our own new homesteading curriculum: https://findingjoybookstore.com/collections/sterling-spectacles-homeschool The Talk by Luke and Trisha Gilkerson: https://www.intoxicatedonlife.com/store/product/the-talk/ Jason went through book 1 with the older boys last year, he's doing book 1 with the middle twins right now, and will start book 2 sometime this year with the older boys. We highly recommend the series! Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and, depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 40% off! Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50.
5/15/202340 minutes, 40 seconds
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Jason and Jami’s Productivity Secrets – S2, E33

In today’s episode, Jami welcomes Jason on and together they discuss their secrets, superpowers, and kryptonite when it comes to productivity. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking60 and use code homemaking60 to get 60% off plus free shipping! Our Sponsor: Go to magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME!
5/8/202343 minutes, 12 seconds
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A Peek into Planning for the Months Ahead – S2, E32

In today’s episode, Jami gives a good peek into her planning process and thoughts for the coming months. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: For a limited time get 15% Off at dockatot.com with the code HOME! Our Sponsor: GET $5 OFF a Lume Starter Pack with code HOME at LumeDeodorant.com! Planning: Revamping my mornings: 6-7am: Bible, coffee, get ready time. 7-8am: 30 min instagram, 30 min current project Planning time in realistic chunks. Tighter homeschool plans. Putting fun things on the calendar: We want to go swimming at least 2x a month, make a list of Oklahoma state parks to visit. Canning & Gardening: Making lists & plans and doing them Taking time to develop my new meal plans
4/30/202352 minutes, 33 seconds
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5 Ways I’m Cutting Costs (but not Quality) This Year – S2, E31

In today’s episode, Jami goes into detail on her top 5 ways she's planning to cut costs this year. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com A healthy bread with most meals: I’ve gotten into really good routines now with making my own bread products and other flour products. And I’ve found, that with a growing family, adding in as many bread products as I can, helps not only with cost but in keeping those bellies full without sacrificing health. IDEAS: English muffins, butter, and eggs for breakfast Ezekiel Waffles for breakfast Bean, egg, and cheese breakfast burritos for breakfast Making 4 sandwich loaves a week: PB&J Grilled Cheese Toast on the side with raw butter Dinners: Easy artisan loaves with dinners Homemade tortillas Herb & Cheese muffins with dinner, etc. Getting back to making my own pantry staples. Homemade cleaning items again. I’ve started first with laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent. Growing & Preserving more of my own food. This might be limited a bit this year, but working on it none the less Much more consistent meal plans. I’d like to develop four weeks of rotating meal plans for each season! I think this will start in the summer. We’ll see how it goes, and I’ll share what I learn as I go. Our Sponsor: You will receive 20% OFF any AquaTru purifier! Just go to AquaTru.com and enter code “HOME” at checkout. Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking50 and use code homemaking50 for 50% off, plus your first box ships free!
4/24/202344 minutes, 4 seconds
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Balmet Rules for Adventuring with Kids – S2, E30

In today’s episode, Jami shares the Balmet family's tips and encouragement for traveling and adventuring with kids, whether on a big road trip or just a simple day out. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and, depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 40% off. You are saving UP TO 40% off! Our Sponsor: Go to magicmind.co/home to get up to 56% off your first subscription in the next 10 days and 20% off your one time purchase with HOME.
4/17/202341 minutes, 57 seconds
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[CLASSIC REPLAY] Remember, there is still Kingdom work to be done – S2, E29

Are you feeling frazzled right now? Maybe overwhelmed as you look to the end of the year and a start of a new one? I've been feeling that a lot this year so I had to remind myself: There is important Kingdom work for me to do each day. I just need to refocus enough to see it. We are going to talk about the right priorities today: Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.     Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50 Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking60 and use code homemaking60 to get 60% off plus free shipping!
4/9/202339 minutes, 7 seconds
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Q&A Time with Jami – S2, E28

In today’s episode, Jami answers listener questions about homeschooling, housekeeping, attending conferences with kids, sleep training, and more. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Get 22% off your first order when you use code HOME at iherb.com. Our Sponsor: Treat yourself to the best shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com with the code HOME. Supplements for Jason and Jami's Pond Water Drink: Thorne Magnesium Bisglycinate Trace Mineral Drops ChlorOxygen
4/3/202355 minutes, 53 seconds
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Balmet Homeschool Update – S2, E27

In today’s episode, Jami talks all about what homeschooling has looked like for the Balmet family lately, and she also shares some of things she's changing up for the upcoming school year. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking60 and use code homemaking60 for 60% off plus free shipping! Our Sponsor: Head to airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and, depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 40% off!
3/27/202349 minutes, 18 seconds
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Practical Family Worship with Jason – S2, E26

In today’s episode, Jami interviews Jason about family worship and how he handles it. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Join our new meal planning challenge, kicked off 3/8!! Join here.  Our Sponsor: Go to https://www.magicmind.co/home and get up to 56% off your subscription for the next 10 days with my code HOME. Our Sponsor:Get 20% OFF @honeylove with promo code HOME at https://www.honeylove.com/HOME! For Bible Reading Ideas: Family Worship Bible Guide Has comments and notes for every single chapter in the bible. You can just use it alongside your bible, and read it to help the kids understand the scripture you are reading. Beginning: Family Worship in Genesis It has you read a passage of scripture, explains what was read, and then asks some questions to see what the kids are retaining.  It also comes with an excellent list of bible verses to memorize. The Biggest Story Bible Storybook Bible stories illustrated The Child's Story Bible The entire bible written for children to understand. For Book Reading Ideas: Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden The Promise: The Amazing Story of Our Long-Awaited Savior The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New WonderFull: Ancient Psalms Ever New I Am: 40 Bible Stories, Devotions, and Prayers About the Names of God Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans (Prayers of the Church) Valley of Vision Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross The Lightlings The Prince's Poison Cup The Donkey Who Carried a King The Priest with Dirty Clothes For learning more about Family Worship: Family Worship (Family Guidance Series) Joel Beeke Family Driven Faith: Doing What It Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk with God Voddie Baucham Family Shepherds: Calling and Equipping Men to Lead Their Homes Voddie Baucham Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home through Time, Moments, and Milestones Matt Chandler Family Worship: : In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home Donald Whitney Bringing the Gospel to Covenant Children Joel Beeke Catechism Memorization Westminster Shorter Catechism https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC43RFL2mE46Ou0H45pNvjHw Singing Suggestions: All I Have is Christ When We See Your Face And Can It Be? I Love to Tell the Story It is Well with My Soul Blessed Assurance His Mercy is More The Solid Rock
3/20/202341 minutes, 56 seconds
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Introduction to Theology in the Home Series – S2, E25

In today’s episode, Jami introduces her new series here on the podcast and answers a handful of listener questions. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Join our new meal planning challenge, kicked off 3/8!! Join here.  Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking60 and use code homemaking60 to get 60% off plus free shipping. Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50.
3/13/202340 minutes, 46 seconds
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First 21 books of the year with Jason & Jami – S2, E24

In today's episode, Jason and Jami are chatting about their 2023 reading challenge, where they are at, their favorite books of the year, and their reading themes for the rest of 2023. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Join our new meal planning challenge, kicks off 3/8!! Join here.  Our Sponsor: Treat yourself to the best shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com/home with the code HOME. Use code HOME at honeylove.com/HOME. Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking65 and use code homemaking65 for 65% off plus free shipping!
3/6/202336 minutes, 26 seconds
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Stewarding our jobs at home well – S2, E23

One of the primary things that God has tasked us with is managing our homes well. But managing our homes is actually quite a large task. How do we do this well? What do we do in overwhelming seasons? How can be pivot and make changes on the ground when needed? We will dive into all of this and more! Listen in. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Find our new homestead unit studies here: Sterling Spectacles Homeschool Kickstarter Our Sponsor: For sustained, healthy energy check out MagicMind.co/HOME and use coupon code: HOME for 56% off subscriptions and 20% off one time orders. Our Sponsor: Check out Organize365.com for all your organization needs!
2/26/202351 minutes, 50 seconds
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Learning real skills as a family – S2, E22

One of our family goals is so learn real life, hands-on skills. We want to learn together as a family and teach our kids who can pass this on to the next generation. In today's episode, we are going to chat about the WHY behind this and some practical ways to incorporate it into daily life. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Find our new homestead unit studies here: Sterling Spectacles Homeschool Kickstarter Download by Soft Pretzels recipe here Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking65 and use code homemaking65 for 65% off plus free shipping! Our Sponsor: Head to Airdoctorpro.com and use promo code HOME and, depending on the model, you’ll receive UP TO 40% off.
2/20/202345 minutes, 39 seconds
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Our household goals for this year – S2, E21

I've got some big household/family goals for this year. They revolve around food preservation, routines, and even some gardening. Listen in as I discuss my 5 household goals for this next year. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50. Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking60 and use code homemaking60 to get 60% off plus free shipping.
2/13/202338 minutes, 50 seconds
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Reordering your week to slow down, but get more done with Alyssa Wolff – S2, E20

If you feel like your schedule is out of control and you are doing too much, but you don't know how to simplify, then this episode is for you. I got the chance to sit down with Alyssa from Your Unbusy Life and she shared how she plans 2 weeks at a time, her meal planning secrets, how to declutter and simplify when you have 5 kids, and more! Listen in. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Spring cookbook orders end on 2/6 for my cookbook!! Find out about it here Check out Alyssa Your Unbusy Life Alyssa's printable pack The Unbusy Mom Podcast
2/6/202334 minutes, 22 seconds
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The benefits of building a bulk pantry – S2, E19

In the last few years, I've been working on building up a bulk pantry. I've been working on learning how to cook more from scratch and bulk buy raw ingredients to make it more affordable! Today we are discussing WHY building a bulk pantry can be amazing for your house. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking21 and use code homemaking21 for 21 free meals plus free shipping! Our Sponsor: Get 2 full meal plans for FREE from PrepDish.com/homemaking Spring cookbook orders on 1/30 for my cookbook!! Find out about it here So why are we all here talking about building up a bulk pantry? 1. God calls us to be wise stewards We’ve been FAR too disconnected from our current supply chain. “Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. 27 The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. 28 It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, 30 but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, 31 and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. 32 And the doubling of Pharaoh's dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. 33 Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. 35 And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. 36 That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.” - Genesis 41:25-36 2. Are we headed into supply chain issues? One of my goals is to decrease how far my food is coming from. So if I can first try to buy a lot more from within my own country and then second, within my own local county! 3. What about food shortages?  Again, we could be heading for some food shortages. Certainly in some areas of food. Being able to build up a bulk pantry helps you to weather these storms really well. If something your family depended on weekly or daily was gone for 6 months, would you be okay? Building up a wise bulk pantry ensures that you will be! 4. Beating back against rising food prices And this is the real winner. I know food costs are rising. I know with gas increasing and inflation setting it, it can feel scary! Building up a bulk pantry helps you guard against all of this. You can buy things at their lowest and never have to buy at the highest. It helps insulate you from shortages and other things. And it helps you weather an unexpected job loss or financial crises a lot better.
1/30/202330 minutes, 46 seconds
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A family, life, & ministry update with Jason & Jami – S2,E18

Welcome to our annual life and ministry update! Jason is joining me on this episode. Today we are debriefing about all our travels and business projects from 2022 and settling in Oklahoma. Then looking ahead to all that we are planning for 2023 - and beyond.. Join us for a fun and exciting chat! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up for our 2023 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference here Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: For a limited time get 15% Off at dockatot.com with the code HOME. Our Sponsor: Treat yourself to the best shapewear on the market and save 20% Off at honeylove.com with the code HOME.
1/23/202333 minutes, 26 seconds
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2023 Christian Reading Challenge

Woohoo! I am so excited to be finally sharing our 2023 Christian Reading Challenge with you. In today's podcast episode, we are looking back over our 2022 reading challenge, discussing our favorite books we read, and sharing our new goals for 2023! Listen in. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Jason & Jami’s 2022 Reading Goal: We both set big goals for this year, and neither of us are hitting it! But that’s okay because I feel like we both had great reading years. And that’s really all that matters. Jason read: 80 books for the year (out of 104 goal) Jami read: 65 books for the year (out of 104 goal) Our goals are 104 books again for 2023. But this year we both have some additional reading that we are setting as goals. Listen to the episode to hear.  Jason and Jami's Top Books Read in 2022: Bread of Life: Savoring the All-Satisfying Goodness of Jesus through the Art of Bread Making - https://amzn.to/3ZBtpn7 I Will Build My Church - https://amzn.to/3WfEmYO The Time-Saving Mom: How to Juggle a Lot, Enjoy Your Life, and Accomplish What Matters Most - https://amzn.to/3XAZgTo Ruler of Kings: Toward a Christian Vision of Government - https://amzn.to/3H98kth Home Sweet Maison: The French Art of Making a Home - https://amzn.to/3w5JDHH Little House on the Prairie - https://amzn.to/3kldcCi Anne of Green Gables - https://amzn.to/3QPzrfZ The Christ of the Covenants - https://amzn.to/3w8VWTM Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones - https://amzn.to/3XB2RR1 The Space Trilogy - https://amzn.to/3XzErYo The Faithful and the Fallen - https://amzn.to/3XA40bA The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again - https://amzn.to/3XjLvIP Books in 2023 we want to read: Lord of the Rings - https://amzn.to/3XjLPY3 The Silmarillion - https://amzn.to/3izzIXW The Fall of Númenor: And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-earth - https://amzn.to/3kkawoL The Fall Of Gondolin - https://amzn.to/3kknTFq Beren And Lúthien - https://amzn.to/3INMkFt The Reformation: A History - https://amzn.to/3ZCStu4 Choose your own 2023 reading goal:  We are doing our reading challenge for you guys a bit differently this year. If you want to use last year's format, you can head over and print it out here. This year we are giving you lots of categories and book suggestions and encouraging you to pick your own goal. My personal favorite goal to do if you are just starting out is 24 books for the year. This is roughly 2 books per month. And if you look at the typical non-fiction Christian book, it will have about 12 chapters. Read about 1 chapter per day and you can easily read 2 books per month! But it does take focus to hit that. Book Recommendations Per Category: Church History Books Church History in Plain Language - Bruce Shelley - https://amzn.to/3bM2mhN 2000 Years of Christ’s Power - Nick Needham - https://amzn.to/3bRva8C Introduction to the History of Christianity - Tim Dowley - https://amzn.to/3yJQbMr The Unquenchable Flame - Michael Reeves - https://amzn.to/3fDizqC The Reformation - Stephen Nichols - https://amzn.to/3i3AsBZ Meet the Puritans - Joel Beeke & Randall Pederson - https://amzn.to/34ao4I6 For Us and For Our Salvation - Stephen Nichols - https://amzn.to/34eZ2HS Evangelicalism Divided - Iain Murray - https://amzn.to/3uhND4z A Scottish Christian Heritage - Iain Murray - https://amzn.to/3wsPIvW Epic: An Around-The-World Journey Through Christian History – Tim Challies - https://amzn.to/2SpO5AB Church History 101 - Sinclair Ferguson - https://amzn.to/3vnO92g In the Year of Our Lord - Sinclair Ferguson - https://amzn.to/2SpOfYJ Womanhood Books Enough about Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self – Jen Oshman - https://amzn.to/3fhdmWv
1/16/202345 minutes, 23 seconds
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Building Our Homes: Legacy & Tradition – S2, E16

How do we build our homes as Christian women? How do we juggle the housework and taking care of our families WHILE actively building our homes and future generations? How can we be legacy minded with routines and schedules? Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up for our 2023 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference here Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking60 and use code homemaking60 to 60% off plus free shipping Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50 First, we need to see what Scripture says about the household. Our faith is very practical. "But as for you, teach what accords with sound[a] doctrine. 2 Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3 Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4 and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 6 Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled. 7 Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us." - Titus 2: 1-8 Our faith is meant to be passed down Duet: 6:4-9: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[b] 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. What this means: the way we live and run our households matters greatly. From the dusting, to the diaper changes. From the cooking to the cuddling up and reading a book, both the actual work and the tone in our home matters. We have a tendency in the Western Church to over emphasize the Spiritual. We focus so much on the fact that this world is not our home, that we severely neglect our physical homes in the here and now. We are so focused on the Lord coming back at any moment, that we forget the very real possibility of our great-great-great grand children growing up to know the Lord. And we know that God blesses generations of Christians. We need to think a lot more about how we are getting the faith down to our grand children, than what vacation we are taking next or the next netflix show we want to binge. So when we think about legacy, and everyday routines, and big picture, and nitty gritty, we need to focus on a few things: 1. Our own behavior and attitude is of utmost importance. It’s better to live on the corner of your roof top than with a contentious wife. It’s better to serve walmart pizza on paper plates and have a joyful attitude than to make a 4 course meal but to be a terrible grouch throughout it. 2. The training we do in our homes, is for eternity. In our society, it seems like since we can outsource most of the essential tasks of the home: cooking food, doing laundry, educating our kids, cleaning the house…can all be outsourced to someone else now. so we lose the perspective that how we run and manage our homes matters greatly. There are two entire generations - millenials and Gen Z who have come or are c...
1/9/202359 minutes, 49 seconds
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Step 2 in Setting New Year Goals: Discussing the current year (with Jason) – S2, E15

It's that time of year: goal setting, planning, and starting fresh in the New Year! Last week we discussed my first step in goal planning: brainstorming! Today Jason is joining me to discuss 2022. We chat about what we thought this year would look like (and how it really ended up) and our takeaways (both the good and the bad) that we can use to shape our 2023 goals. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up for our 2023 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference here Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking18 and use code homemaking18 for 18 free meals plus free shipping! Our Sponsor: Get a 2 week free trial of the most amazing meal planning & prepping website here: PrepDish.com/Homemaking
12/26/202236 minutes, 20 seconds
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Step 1 in Setting New Goals – Brainstorming: 1 – 3 weeks – S2, E14

The New Year is just around the corner and we are kicking off a new mini series all about planning. We are going to start off today in the brainstorming phase. Jason will join me next to discuss how we take our individual brainstorming into business and family meetings for our goals. And then we will share how to take those big goals and break them down into actionable, daily tasks! Let's dive in. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up for our 2023 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference here Grab my brand new cookbook in print or digital here!! Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking599 and use code homemaking599 to get $5.99 per meal on your 1st box—and your 1st box ships free!
12/19/202232 minutes, 28 seconds
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Balmet Family Christmas Traditions (and how not to get overwhelmed) – S2, E13

Today I'm sharing our more treasured Balmet family Christmas traditions AND the new traditions we are starting this year. Our traditions are a work in progress and I'm also sharing a good perspective to have during the hard or overwhelming years. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up for our 2023 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference here Grab my brand new cookbook in print or digital here!! Join our private community to chat about this podcast episode: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50. Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking18 and use code homemaking18 for 18 free meals plus free shipping! Christmas Movie List:  Muppet Christmas Carol The Santa Clause #1-3 New show: The Clauses Klaus Charlie Brown Christmas Christmas with the Kranks Elf It’s a Wonderful Life The Grinch Home Alone #1-3 Arthur Christmas Noelle Christmas Devotionals:  The Dawn of Redeeming Grace - Sinclair Ferguson Love Came Down at Christmas - Sinclair Ferguson Behold Your King - Grant and Ericha Van Brimmer Apologia Studios Christmas Devotional - YouTube
12/12/202254 minutes, 9 seconds
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Using Time Blocking for Better Routines with Kayse Pratt – S2,E12

It's the absolute best time of year to be thinking about how to use our time intentionally. We can finish December strong and head into the new year strong. But it all starts with some intentionality and some planning. Join Kayse and I in this interview today as we discuss how we can use time blocking and intentional habits to get more done that we want to do. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our free community: FindingJoyCommunity.com My brand new cookbook is here. Preorder your copy here! Our sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking70 and use code homemaking70 for 70% off plus free shipping! Our sponsor: Get 2 weeks of free meal plans from PrepDish.com/Homemaking
12/5/202237 minutes, 54 seconds
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Jami’s Tips for Cooking with Kids – S2, E11

Cooking with kids can be hard. It can also be so rewarding. And something I try to do more and more with my own kids. This episode is tips from a mom of 7 who is in the trenches, trying to bring her kids into the kitchen more, and the tips she has learned along the way. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our free community: FindingJoyCommunity.com My brand new cookbook is here. Preorder your copy here! Our sponsor: Get your baby sleep essentials for 15% off with coupon code: HOME at DockaTot.com
11/28/202229 minutes, 52 seconds
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Building Family Culture During the Holidays with FOOD – S2, E10

Today we are tying our mini series, In the Kitchen, to all the upcoming holidays! How can we build a strong family culture in our homes, around food? That's what we are diving into and Jami is going to share 7 practical ways they implement this in our home. The point isn't to do everything so that it looks like Pinterest, but rather, to just intentionally build those traditions and culture with food as an anchor (however that food looks for your family)! Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our free community: FindingJoyCommunity.com My cookbook is launching TODAY!! It will launch sometime before midnight hopefully lol! So sign up to be notified here when I get it on sale! Our sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking599 and use code homemaking599 to get $5.99 per meal on your 1 st box—and your 1 st box ships free! Our sponsor: Get a 2 week free trial to the best healthy meal plan company around: PrepDish.com/homemaking
11/20/202235 minutes, 27 seconds
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How to have more JOY and less stress this Christmas – S2, E9

We are taking a one episode break in our kitchen series, to talk about something very important: The upcoming holidays & time management. How do we juggle all the good things coming up, while making memories for our family, and doing it with joy? Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up to be notified of when my cookbook launches Join our free community: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking65 and use code homemaking65 for 65% off plus free shipping!
11/14/202257 minutes, 17 seconds
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Jami’s Favorite Kitchen Hacks – S2, E8

In our episode last week, we talked about what your goal(s) for your kitchen is. This is an important first step in figuring out what to work on and when! This week, we are breaking down some of those goals into baby steps and addressing some starting points and where to jump to when you lack motivation. My goal this week is to help you have some fun in your kitchen again (or for the first time)! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up to be notified of when my cookbook launches Join our free community: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our sponsor: Get a two week free trial at PrepDish.com/Homemaking Our sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50 Gingerbug company I mentioned: Sandpointsodacompany.com Q: Right now, the goal of my kitchen is to make really delicious, healthy, meals from scratch but this has been so hard on a budget lately. I also am struggling to source healthy meat and dairy that’s within my budget. For us, I try to throw in as many good non-meat meals as I can throughout the week. Pizza, minestrone soup, tomato soup with grilled cheese, etc. So that I can buy smaller amounts of higher quality meat. I prioritize what I can find on sale and cook around that (rather than making my meal plan first and buying what meat I want). I love cooking meals where I can stretch the meat as far as possible. So stir fry and things where I only use 1-2 lbs of ground beef for my entire family for a dinner and leftovers. I buy what I can of higher quality stuff and make my meal plan fit around that! I have also looked for ways I can save money (buying 50lbs of dried beans for example and making my own bread) so that even little extra bits can help out! Q: I want to change a ton of things in my kitchen: I work full time outside the home and struggle to get meals on the table, I love canning and preserving food from my garden, I want to find a cow that we can buy but struggling to find the farm, etc. So many things but not enough time. Prioritize, make a list, and start. Some of the goals will be years out, and thats okay! Q: I'm in a breakfast rut - do you have any relatively healthy, kid friendly breakfast meals you could pass on?  Anything I can make ahead is a huge win for me. Ideas: Ezekiel waffles, egg bake, overnight oatmeal, protein loaded muffins, and pancake bake. Q: Taking the mystery out of eating healthy Our goal is just to eat real food. Without chemicals added, without refined white sugar added to everything, without nasty or harmful oils. just real food, cooked in delicious ways. And so what I always recommend, is to find something that sounds really exciting to you to learn how to make first. Maybe that's BREAD! Make healthy, nourishing and filling bread that is exciting. It might be your gateway to healthier eating. Or start with healthy desserts, that's always a fun one. Does your family LOVE soda? Try brewing kombucha or better yet, a Ginger bug! (Sandpointsodacompany.com)
11/7/202256 minutes
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What is the goal of your kitchen? S2, E7

We are kicking off a new section in our series here in season 2 of The Productive Household. We are turning to different areas of our home. And the first we will be diving into is really thinking thoroughly about our kitchen. This new mini series will be a little bit theoretical big picture and a little bit every day practical! Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Have you ever thought through the goal of your kitchen? What is it you want in your kitchen? What do you want your kitchen to produce? And are those goals aligned with the stage and season of life you are in? With rising food prices, rising gas prices, and everything else rising, it's a very important time to think through: what the goal of your kitchen is? My goal: As much as I am able, with the food budget I currently have and the time I have, to eat an unprocessed traditional diet. My goal is to continually increase the quality of our food we make from scratch and move more and more of that food production to our own household. Within the next year, we want to be totally independent of grocery stores and be sourcing additional foods that we need on a monthly and weekly basis from local farms (i.e. soap from my friend who makes soap, raw milk from the farm, and eggs from another friend who keeps chickens). What this goal looked like at the very beginning: I started reading food labels. And I started just trying to cut out processed foods where I could. So back at the beginning, it just meant usually choosing a slightly healthier option at the grocery store. Looking for things that didn't have addd sugar, bad oils, or white flour. And slowly, that evolved into learning what ingredients are healthy and what aren't. It meant learning how to take real ingredients and learn to cook with them. It meant being able to read recipes that called for white sugar and vegetable oil and knowing that I could substitute extra virgin olive oil and raw honey instead. And slowly, it's meant a total transformation of my kitchen. What I want you to think through this week is: What are your goal(s) in your kitchen?  Links & Resources: Another terrific podcast to listen to: Bright Hearth Join our free community and join the discussion here: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking65 and use code homemaking65 for 65% off plus free shipping.
10/31/202230 minutes, 27 seconds
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Adding Project Fridays to Our Weekly Schedule – S2, E6

We've started a new habit in our weekly schedule this year called Project Fridays and it's change the way we get to household projects AND fun projects we want to do. This episode is for all homeschoolers especially, but really for anyone who wants to get to "extra" projects but just never finds the time to do so. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I've got a few goals this year in running a productive household. I've got some household projects going on like decluttering and organizing kids clothes, putting the garden to bed for the fall in a good way, and organizing the garage. We've also got a whole list of fun things we want to tackle: learning how to knit, making sourdough, the kids want to do homemade play-dough again and the list goes on. As we sink back into normal life routines after having a baby and revamping our homeschool routines for the year, I accidentally started something new that we call Project Fridays. And we've loved it! Our goal with Project Fridays: Learn and explore a fun new skill or craft AND get a home project done! Here's how we do it: First thing we start our home project and get it done quick. Everyone is motivated and excited to get it done. And then we move into our hands on project! So far we've done: Water color class, Making necklaces and bracelets, making chocolates and lollipops. What we've got on our schedule for this year: Making clay beads Christmas cookies Homemade play dough Learning how to sew Learning how to crochet Candies from scratch Charcoal sketching Carving soapstone Making soap Making clay stop motion characters + background making Turning this into movies Learn how to make basic video games Learning to code Cake decorating Woodworking How to make it affordable: Thrift stores - check in often for craft supplies (create a list so you know what to look for!) Hobby Lobby (and Michael's + Joannes) clearance sections Dollar Tree Links & Resources: Join our free community and join the discussion here: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our sponsor: For a limited time only you can get Honeylove’s best deal they offer! Get 20% Off your entire order with the code HOME at honeylove.com
10/24/20221 hour, 1 minute, 19 seconds
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For when you lack energy- S2, E5

In this series of the new season, we are chatting about having productive households. One key component of a productive household, is stewarding our health (and our mental health) in a way that we can be productive in the season God has called us to. Today we are focusing on this topic from a very practical view point. Let's jump in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our free community and join the discussion here: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking65 and use code homemaking65 for 65% off plus free shipping! For when you lack energy: 1) Take an honest evaluation: why are you lacking energy? Are you struggling to find meaning in your day? Are you feeling bored? Listen to last episode Are you feeling depressed? Do you need to evaluate your health and hormones? As women, we often put ourselves last. this can be a GOOD thing sometimes. It can also be a bad thing when we do it to the detriment of your health. It brings glory to God when we care for our physical bodies in a way that allows us to care for our families. Some ways to help energy:  1. Minerals! Mt. Capra minerals are what I use right now. Also: real sea salt are an excellent source of minerals. 2. Getting real sleep 3. Figuring out your hormones & thyroid health (check out Dr. Axe as an important starting point) 4. Focusing on healthy carbs and fats 5. Vitamin D - get out in the sun 15-20 minutes a day 6. Vitamin B complex (I love Dr. Axe's)
10/17/202252 minutes, 52 seconds
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What do you do when your home is BORING? – S2, E4

In this episode of our new series, The Productive Household, we are tackling the issues of boredom. I'm going to challenge your mindset when it comes to feelings of boredom, fulfillment, and a good days work within our homes. Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our free community and join the discussion here: FindingJoyCommunity.com Our sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code HOME50 Our sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking135 and use code homemaking135 to get $135 off across five boxes—and your first box ships free! Book recommendation: Eve in Exile Documentary based on the book Eve in Exile Throughout college as I was writing papers on Ancient Near Eastern History and learning how to read the Bible in the original Hebrew (yeah – I was a double major – History and Biblical Studies and loved every minute of it), it was easy to feel like I was spending my time on extremely worthwhile things. After college, I worked full time and had dreams of getting my masters degree (I still do for that matter) and it was easy to feel like I was contributing to my family by bringing in an income when we really needed it. Now? My days are spent changing poopy diapers, teaching math (often in with lots of tears), the endless cycle of meal prep, breaking up fights, teaching kindness, cleaning dishes, putting up a new load of laundry, folding that laundry, putting it away and starting all these processes over and over again. When my first 5 kids were little, I hit a wall at some point. I started feeling defeated and a bit overwhelmed by all the physical needs in my home and it was easy to NOT look forward to the next day of repeating it all over again. Somewhere along the line, I forgot the importance of what I do. And I gotta say, some days are just boring. So whether you find yourself battling tough and mundane days or boredom, I feel yeah. It’s easy to feel that way in our homes. Especially in a culture that doesn’t value what we do at home. We tend to boil our home tasks down to just: cleaning and meaningless cooking. But what if we changed the way we looked at our homes? And the work we do within In? I think a lot of us struggle with these feelings from time to time. But we don’t want to voice them because then maybe it will look like we are not “good” mothers or “good” homemakers or we are not grateful for all that God gives. I want to challenge your mindset.  Often, women will express that they want to go back to work because they don’t feel challenged at home. They want to do something worthwhile with their talents and their time and they feel like that isn’t happening at home. They want to do something with all their creativity and feel like the work they are doing is valuable. As I shared at the beginning of this new series, I think a big part of this is that we’ve moved all modes of productivity out of the home. Homes have becomes places that we primarily consume. And for all of humans history, until the past 70 years or so, homes have been the places in which we create and produce. Maybe the problem isn’t our homes, maybe it’s that things are too easy. So we feel bored. We are not challenge. Listen, women. We are creative. We are smart. We are fiercely smart. We are able to multitask and juggle hard things. But our modern homes don’t engage large parts of our brains. We balk at the dishes and cleaning toilets because we don’t feel challenged or fulfilled. One important caveat: Not everything in life is exciting or exhilarating. Often, God is asking us to find joy and be stratified in HIM through the boring and the mundane. But I also think we can look at our homes in a different light. The amazing book, Eve in Exile,
10/9/202240 minutes, 33 seconds
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Trusting the Lord with your time & energy (learning to REST!) – S 2, E 3

In the last episode we chatted about having a good work ethic and really working unto the Lord. God calls us to hard, fulfilling work. But that's all balanced out with true, Biblical rest. Our discussion today is going to start to dig into what this means and what it looks like! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. To the world, a successful life might look like a rich person who never has to work another day in their life. Someone who is waited on hand and foot and has endless leisure time at their disposal. But we know from God's Word, that even the wealthiest among us have a responsibility to use that wealth and honor and serve the Lord and work had at that! We are all called to good, hard, fulfilling work. In fact, as our world chases endless leisure and pointless entertainment, we know that ultimately that leads to a very hallow and shallow life. We find true fulfillment in the Lord and that pretty much always looks like a hard, fulfilling day of work for the Lord! But the key to this entire discussion is that our hard work is buffeted by true, Biblical rest. Resting well in the Lord! And while the world doesn't have a good view of work, they also mess up their approach to rest. In fact, most of us don't know what true rest is or how to balance out hard work. So instead of working hard for the Lord, resting well in the Lord, and finding fulfillment in the rhythms...we do busy frantic work all the time, with intermittent moments of trying to rest but actually just feeling exhausted and busy all the time. You want me to view my work as a blessing and do it joyfully? Well the key piece you might be missing is the REST. TRUSTING the Lord with your time & energy So here we come to the very important lesson of trusting God with our time and energy. When I talk to other moms, a very common struggle for many of us is learning how to rest and rest well. We struggle to take time off and refuel. So first: How are you resting? If you are a busy mom, you may have lost touch with what those things are in your life. So I encourage you to play and experiment and really pay attention to what you find truly restful and what ends up being a waste of time. I will almost always regret scrolling social media aimlessly for an hour. I have almost never regretted reading for an hour (unless I was ignoring the pile of dishes in the sink and then I might regret it in the morning ;)) Another key piece of learning how to balance hard work with good rest, is giving yourself permission to rest. We struggle so much letting ourselves actually take time off and rest. And for me at least, it has boiled down a lot to not trusting the Lord. I sometimes struggle with a massive to do list that I feel like I have to keep going, I have to run myself into the ground, I have to do it all. But what I'm missing in that moment is trusting the Lord. I've come a LONG way (and still have to constantly remind myself) to trust the Lord with the work put in front of me that day. So if a houseful of sick kids derails my productive schedule for a week, I remind myself that this is the work that God has put in front of me today and I can trust Him with my time. When finances or work stress overwhelms me and threatens to take over every second of my life, I trust the Lord that I can take time off and rest because he expects us to rest and so I can trust him in that. Example: The sabbath and farmers.
9/26/202247 minutes, 20 seconds
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Striving for excellence in your home, but resting in Him – S 2, Ep 2

Welcome back to the second episode in season 2! We are kicking off a mini series here on the podcast called The Productive Household. This series is going hand in hand with our new 12 month home economics program we are doing in My Homemaking Mentor (my online training academy for Christian women). Last week we kicked off this discussion in the first episode about what is a productive household? And today we are back talking about an important topic: How can we strive for excellence in our homes and work hard for His Glory...while at the same time, resting in Him and finding that balance that we all need between hard work and good rest?  Let's dive into today's episode to find out! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I think I might ruffle a few feathers in today's discussion. Because in our world, we are often told we are doing too much, that it's totally fine if we are a "hot mess mama" and we tend to ridicule or look down on those who seem to have it all together. In fact, I think we tend to look at women who do seem to have things more together and assume they have a big hairy unscrubbed toilet secret that makes her not actually that good. But what we want to chat about today, is the fact that God does call us to work hard. Work diligently. Be creative with that work. And throw ourselves into the task at hand. But like we talked about in the last episode, this is done not out of hustle and has to be done with our priorities in the right place. Basing our work ethic off of God's Word and not the world We don't have to look very long in Scripture to find verse after verse about working hard for the Lord. We were not created to just sit cross legged on the floor praying all day every day. We were created to pray and to worship the Lord and a terrific way to do that is through, hard God honoring work. "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." - Colossians 3:23-24   "Warning Against Idleness 6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.[d]" - 2 Thessalonians 3: 6-12 We also see the flip side in Scripture, that laziness is a sin and that we should not be slothful. Deep down, I think we all know that working hard is honoring to God of course. But I think the disconnect happens when we don't connect that to scrubbing toilets, meal planning, singing Scripture songs with toddlers, and acting like a chauffer between errands and music lessons. We forget that there is good hard work in front of us everyday, even if it doesn't look like being a CEO of a large company or a missionary in Africa. God has given us a lot of work. Right here, right now, right in front of us. And it might be very hard work, but it might also be very mundane boring work that we have a hard time seeing the significance in. Either way, we can throw our selves into the task at hand work unto the Lord! Recognizing YOUR personality and how to deal wi...
9/19/202248 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Call to a Productive Household – S 2, Ep 1

Welcome back to season #2 of the podcast. We are back with a practical and exciting new series on the podcast all about The Productive Household. Listen in to hear how we can recapture joy and meaning within our homes. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Find out and join our new 12 month course at myhomemakingmentor.com Check out the shownotes and join me email list at FindingJoyinYourHome.com For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50 Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking16 and use code homemaking16 for 16 free meals across 7 boxes AND 3 free gifts! Announcements:  Tickets are going on sale for our 2023 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference in early November We have something fun coming up in October for those interested in non-toxic home products and how to make your own!  My cookbook is slated to come out in the Christmas shop as well as Sterling Spectacles #5 and #6! My Homemaking Mentor is kicking off a 12 month program called The Productive Household starting Sep 15th What is a Productive Household?  Jason and I have been listening to a podcast we loved called Bright Hearth. In it, the shows hosts Brian and Lexi go through each room of their house and share how we can bring glory to God within those different rooms and realms of raising a family.  They use this phrase a lot: A Productive Household. I love this term because I think it encompasses so much of what we talk about and share here at Finding Joy.  So what is a Productive Household?  When we look to God’s Word, we see that we are created for work. Good, hard work is deeply satisfying and we see that man was tasked with work before the fall, not as a result of the fall.  Throughout Scripture we see men and women working hard and diligently. We see all throughout the call to cast aside laziness and to work hard unto the Lord.  Colossians 3:23-24“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”  1 Corinthians 15:58 - “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”   Proverbs 12:11 - “Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.”  We are encouraged to be lazy in our culture  We live in a hustle culture. We are far too busy and far too distracted. I agree with that. We pack our lives too full and take on too much and hustle to make it all work.  So many well intentioned voices out there push back against this hustle culture by shouting that we must rest and have balance. I totally get that those voices (at least the ones in my inbox) are coming from a good place. They don’t want to see another mom get burnt out or overwhelmed. I get the sentiment.  However, I also think that an over reaction to the hustle, busy culture has sent us in the opposite direction. That we see work as bad. That when things get tough or overwhelming, that we must be doing something wrong. That a full schedule and a full life is automatically wrong.  What I want to argue for today is this: That God created us for hard work. That we are designed to work hard throughout the week and that God has built in very strategic good moments for rest. And that what we really need to react against are the wrong priorities.  If you think of every civilization throughout history, except for the ultra rich and nobility, people worked far harder than most of us do everyday. Hard, back breaking work. Working from sun up to sun set, working hard for the Lord.  The kids and I have been studying the pioneers this past semester in school and we are reading the little house on the prairi...
9/12/202247 minutes, 20 seconds
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What if I don’t find Sundays’s restful? On Sabbath rest + expectations -Episode #47

Are you struggling to find Sunday's restful? Do you desire to make Sunday about Church and fellowship but end up just feeling burnt out and even more tired? Do you sometimes wonder what the purpose in our rest is? In this practical episode, Jami tackles the important question "What if I don't find Sunday's restful?" Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I got a question in our group this week about Sunday’s and it being a day of rest. Her question resonated with me because it’s something I’ve had to give a lot of thought to and I’ve heard repeated a lot. Her question goes along the lines of: "I wasn’t raised in a Christian household and Sunday’s were a slower catch up day for us. With church and other activities, it can feel more draining than it is relaxing. Where is the "recharge" on Sunday? Help!" In today's episode we cover a few Spiritual + Practical applications for this discussions. Finding a new church IS exhausting. Before we dive into any practical take aways, we need to first ask the extremely important question “What is the Sabbath? What IS Sunday for?” Bible verses referenced: Dt. 5:12-15, Isaiah 58:13–14.  What are our goals for the sabbath day? “The distinction in Isaiah 58 is between doing what is pleasing to God and doing what is pleasing to ourselves in opposition to what is pleasing to God. Presumably, what is in view in the prophetic critique is God’s judgment against the Israelites for violating the Mosaic law with respect to the Sabbath day, particularly regarding involvement in commerce. There were Israelites who wanted to be able to buy and sell seven days a week, not simply six days a week. Therefore, they violated the Sabbath commandment by seeking their own pleasure, which was to do business on the Sabbath rather than to do that which was pleasing to God.” - Ligonier.org article: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/defining-debate Practical Help for Sunday: If we are viewing Sunday as a catch up day, then adding in Church + activities will be seen as a burden. Plan ahead Friday + Saturday so that Sunday isn’t your catch up day. Life as a mom who serves, is just a little different - but that doesn't mean bad Links & Resources: Great follow up episode: Moms (and dads) get those little ones to Church – Hf #310 How the Gospel Shapes Our Everyday Responses – Hf #306 Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking16 and use code homemaking16 for up to 16 free meals AND 3 free gifts! --> Join our FREE COMMUNITY: Finding Joy Community <--
5/23/20221 hour, 6 seconds
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Healthy Living: Glorifying to God or Making an Idol? – #46

We got such a great question in our Finding Joy Community this week. The discussion that ensued was so rich that I figured it was a great one to share here on the podcast. We dive into some hot topics within healthy living: taking care of our families for God's Glory, making an idol out of healthy living, what's the point to it all, and so much more. Join us! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our FREE community: Finding Joy Community MEGA Mother's Day Sale through May 11th: My Homemaking Mentor Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50 Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking130 and use code homemaking130 to get $130 off, plus free shipping!
5/9/202257 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tips for keeping your marriage FUN + growing! – Episode #45

Welcome back to the next episode in our practical homemaking series. We haven't had an episode on marriage in a while, so today is a fun one (and maybe a much needed discussion)! We are chatting about how to keep (or reestablish) fun in your marriage. I'm also sharing a couple of fun announcements. Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: INCREDIBLE things coming for My Homemaking Mentor, our online training academy for Christian Women...you are going to want to be part of this! Join our FREE community to follow along with the podcast and more: Finding Joy Community. As a reminder, we will be taking a Summer hiatus as of June 1st until September. You can still find up to date content and more in the community all summer!  
4/24/202235 minutes, 42 seconds
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Jami’s Top Moving Tips for Families – Episode #44

We are not expert movers yet, but we have had our fair share of moving, downsizing, deciding what to keep, and unpacking into new homes. Today I am going to share my 6 tips for moving! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. My tips we discuss today: Invest in tubs + buy a label maker Downsize EVERYTHING. ONLY invest in pieces for your new house that are 100% favorites. A place for everything - even if that means getting creative. Unpack immediately. Don't wait 6 months. Make the place YOUR HOME, even if it's temporary or a rental.
4/11/202256 minutes, 29 seconds
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A Practical Homemaking Q&A with Jami – Episode #43

We are diving head long into our new mini series here on the podcast: A Practical Homemaking Deep Dive! We've got some fun & practical episodes coming up to help all of us in the practical parts of running and managing a home, but of course, all for God's Glory! We are going to dive into cleaning routines, time management, hospitality, morning & evening routines, and so so much more. I'm also hoping to have some fabulous guests for you too coming up soon :D Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Practical Homemaking Q&A: As we dive into this series, many of the episodes will be a deep dive into specific questions and topics. But today, I put together a list of questions that we are all shorter that we can dive into. In today's episode we discuss: Bringing your children into "big Church" - and ideas for training toddlers! Our new laundry routine (and how it's going) Ideas for what to do with toddlers while homeschooling olders Balancing between kids and chores Starting a garden - where do I begin? How I do it ALL? Our sponsor today: For 50% off your first Care/of order of $40 or more, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50. I’d love for you to come over and join our free community. There we can discuss this episode, what series you would love to see in the future, and more!! Join our free community here!  
4/4/20221 hour, 1 minute, 51 seconds
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5 Ways I’m Cutting Costs (but not Quality) This Year – Episode 42

Looking for ways to cut costs has been on all of our minds this year. Rising gas prices, rising food prices, and a supply chain that feels unstable as led many of us to ask, "what else could we be doing?" In today's episode, I'm sharing some FUN life updates for the Balmet family as well as sharing 5 things I'm actively doing this year to cut costs, but not quality in my home (especially when it comes to food)! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 1. Focusing on building my bulk pantry  Examples: Real salt prices, bulk beans, and bulk spices. 10oz shaker of salt is: $6.35 26oz refill pouch I usually pay: $8 ($0.31 an ounce) 25lb bag for $99.99 (I got on sale for $85 + free shipping). $0.21 per ounce ($0.10 per ounce savings!) 25lbs = 400 ounces. Which comes out to a $40 savings!! PLUS, now I have bulk salt on hand and don't need to worry about any kind of supply chain issues, prices going up for a while, etc. If I can, I'd like to order a second bag early when this bag gets to be about half full. Then when that first bag runs out entirely, I'll order another bag. This way I've always got a full extra bag on hand. But I'm not sure how fast we will work through this bag or what my other bulk needs will be, so we'll see how it goes this year. Another example is bulk spices: Another area I'll slowly be working on adding to again is bulk spices. When you cook entirely from scratch, and you want flavorful food, you end up going through a LOT of spices. Since RV living, I've pretty much just been buying single use containers of spices which get so expensive at $3-9 a bottle. I'll be adding a few different spices at a time to my monthly Azure order while I slowly build this up. For example, I can get an Italian seasoning mix from Azure for $8.89 for a pound! A pound of dried herbs is a lot. Now I can just refill my seasonings as needed. The trick to this, is really keeping track of what bulk spices you have on hand, because you can easily forget and lost track. 2. Building my at home Emergency and first aid kits  Example: Slings, butterfly bandages, bleed stop, and over the counter things to help so we don't have to go to urgent care. I want to brush up on my skills so I have the knowledge to help in a situation. 3. Growing a garden I'm starting with SEEDS this year, instead of going the easier route of plant starts. And I'm not getting fancy. I'll be focusing on the produce my family actually uses: tomatoes, potatoes, onions, squash, watermelons, all manner of herbs, etc. When I look at the seed catalogs, there are so many fun and fancy things I could grow. But I'm trying this summer to just focus on the needs that will really help my family! I just need to get on the planning part of it all now! ;) 4. Cutting out the grocery store Example: We will be purchasing a whole cow sometime this year to put in the freezer, I'd like to do a couple of pigs as well. We don't have the ability right now to do chickens or eggs, so we will do what we can! Another example: We finally are able to find raw milk from a local farm again. We just picked up our first 3 gallons today! With the ability to get raw milk, I can make so many things from home that I either can't buy in stores, or that is ridiculously expensive. I love making cultured butter, maple syrup sweetened whip cream, a gallon whole yogurt, kefir, and so much more. This eliminates the need to buy hardly any diary products from the store and they are way healthier and higher quality than I could get elsewhere. Also cuts out the need from buying expensive and processed nut milks or alternatives. Here's what my ideal pantry will look like over the coming year: Bulk grains + dried goods from Azure each month (while building up a pantry so I'm not buying 3-5lbs a month of each thing but rather 25-50l...
3/28/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 43 seconds
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5 Ways to Find Peace in Instability (Family & Culture, Pt. 7) – Episode 41

We are continuing our Family & Culture series today with an important chat about finding (and creating) peace in our home in unstable times. Instability can come in the form of emotional, every day instability and larger, world instability. How do we protect our homes in the midst of instability? Join me to discuss 5 ways we can begin. Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Learn how to manage your own attitude Do what you can to preserve peace in instability (in wisdom) Trust what you can't do, or what's not in your control, to the Lord Find the tension between being aware and the need for prayer, and neglecting your own duties in your home Build your home in JOY. I'd love for you to come over and join our free community. There we can discuss this episode, what series you would love to see in the future, and more!! Join our free community here!
3/21/202248 minutes, 56 seconds
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Turning from being a complainer into a praiser (Family & Culture Pt. 6) – Episode 40

Do you ever feel like you open your mouth and out comes complaints? Do you feel like you too often dwell on the negative and want to focus more on the positive? Today Jami will dive into 6 ways we can turn from being a complainer into a praiser! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Talk often comes out of what is already in our hearts. —> What is our internal monolog doing? We often get stuck in a rut of complaining (even when it’s not out loud). Focus on GRATITUDE and THANKSGIVING “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thess 5: 14-18 4. When in conversation, THINK about some things you can say beforehand, instead of letting complaints just come out. THINK through some things you can specifically say you are thankful for, share something interesting you hear this week, etc. 5. In a world that sometimes feel crazy, learn to meditate and talk about different subjects. 6. Learn how to LISTEN better in conversations. “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” - James 1:19 For further study on this topic, I have a few recommendations. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges if your complaining comes out of fear and anxiety Learning Contentment by Nancy Wilson Comparison Girl by Shannon Popkin Past podcast episodes: Are you feeling discontent? 3 questions to ask yourself… – Hf #198 The Key to Finding True & Lasting JOY – Hf #315 Hf #33: Anxiety, Worry, and the Biblical Response Hf #35: Practical Ways to Trust in the Lord More (and Deal With Anxiety) Hf #36: Finding Joy in All Aspects of My Life Hf #270: Facing anxiety and the unknown On battling anxiety with Phylicia Masonheimer – Hf #328 Hf #323: Cultivating a Serving Heart
3/14/202253 minutes, 11 seconds
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4 Ways I Want to Grow My Family This Year (Family & Culture, pt 5) – Episode 39

I've loved tackling some BIG issues in our family and culture series this year. Things like fear, anxiety, social media, a good perspective on the future...but today I want to turn a little more practical. I want to discuss some ways we can put our heads down and get to work. And I'll be kicking off the discussion by sharing 4 personal things I want to work on in our family this year. Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 4 things we are working on: Cutting our dependency on supply chains where we can Stocking a depression era pantry Growing a garden Increase family devotion time As a reminder, we do not do any of these things out of fear. We don't become dooms day preppers or such. But there is wisdom in preparing solidly for the future. And for some many of us, we are concerned with inflation, rising food prices, rising gas prices, and possible disruptions to the global supply chain. So in wisdom, many of us are looking for ways we can make that supply chain more local and how we can be wise with our finances and food in the future! I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this topic and some goals your family has. PLEASE come over to our free community and share your thoughts on any of my 4 goals or other goals you have for yourself! Join our free community here!
3/6/202246 minutes, 19 seconds
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Where do we draw the line with social media? (Family & Culture Pt. 4) – Episode 38

We need some real talk this week ladies. Who else is feeling overwhelmed with ALL the news going on? I've had a heavy heart the past 2 weeks and it can be a struggle to get online. SO we are having an honest chat today about where we draw the line with social media, when it's right to carry other's burdens, and when it's not actually our responsibility. Let's dive in (it's encouraging, I promise)! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Family & Culture Series Pt 1: The Joy & Duties of the Christian Household  Family & Culture Series Pt 2: Learning how to be BRAVE women Family & Culture Series P3: Learning how to be BRAVE families Jon our free community to discuss this episode (and more): Finding Joy Community  Our sponsor: Get an awesome intro deal from HelloFresh.com/homemaking16 and use promo code homemaking16  
2/28/202255 minutes, 45 seconds
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Making our child’s education FUN & exciting (not just for homeschoolers!) – Episode 37

This is a fun and (hopefully) inspiring episode. Whether you find yourself homeschooling or supporting your child's education while they attend another form of school, one thing is certain, moms play a vital role in their children's education. I want to inspire a love of learning in my kids that lasts a lifetime. So in this episode, we are going to talk about ways we can make their education fun AND exciting. Instead of chiding you to do more, I am going to encourage you to approach it all from a place of rest. Let's jump in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. How to make school so much more fun and exciting 1. First thing to remember - you don't have to be a crafty Pinterest queen mom to accomplish this. 2. Ditch the Textbooks that aren't working Education is so much more than a textbook think outside the box with things like math. (Simple Charlotte Mason offers a really cool 1 year math program that teaches math through the kid running a fictional pet shop! So cool!!) They offer a pet store edition, book store edition, and sports store edition. Grades 3-6 Ideas: Ditch the science textbook and drive four hours and spend time at the tide pools. Ideas: Buy the kids some kites ad spend time learning about real world gravity and how things fly. Ideas: Ditch the astronomy textbook, let the kids stay up late, make some popcorn, and lay out under the stars identifying constellations. 3. Let each kid choose an area of interest This year I have a kid who wants to learn all about wood working. And another child who wants to learn how to fly a plane. 4. Other good skills are educational too Our cooking experiment A dad taking his kid along on his construction sites Our Christmas present to the 4 older boys this year: their own tool sets to build a playhouse with their dad Links & Resources: Our sponsor: Need help with your meal planning? Let PrepDish do it for you - they are giving you 2 weeks for FREE. That's 2 full meal plans for free. Sign up here. Our sponsor: Get $130 off plus free shipping at GreenChef.com/homemaking130 and use coupon code: homemaking130 at checkout! Join our FREE community here: FindingJoyCommunity.com
2/21/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 13 seconds
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How we can glorify God with our time – Episode 36

THIS is an important topic for me right now as I'm 11 weeks pregnant and TIRED. I've done a version of this talk in the past, but each time I feel like it gets better as I go through more stretching and busy times. Does any else feel like each passing year just gets faster and faster? I've felt this from around the time I turned 20. It's always so important to evaluate our use of time. Are we squandering it on social media? Are we feeling exhausted and burnt out? Are we using rest the way God intended it? Today we are going to dive into how we can make sure we are using our time for God's Glory! Let's jump in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our sponsor: Organize365.com/minicourse for a free 7 day course and check out their Sunday Basket Organization system!! Our sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking16 and use code homemaking16 for up to 16 free meals AND 3 free gifts! Join our FREE amazing community at FindingJoyCommunity.com You can purchase access to our entire 2022 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference here  
2/14/20221 hour, 9 minutes, 52 seconds
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A family announcement + my pregnancy favs! – Episode 35

Well the title of this episode kind of gives it away! We are expecting our 7th child in September 2022 and as I'm in the throws of the first trimester, I thought I would share a little bit of the journey with you. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Favorite Pregnancy Books: Taking Charge of Your Fertility The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth Awakening Fertility: The Essential Art of Preparing for Pregnancy Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way Husband-Coached Childbirth Betsy Bosom’s Baby Book: A Girlfriends Guide to Using Essential Oils From Bellies to Babies Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants, and Young Morning Sickness Remedies:  Sea Bands – Motion sickness bands High amounts of vitamin b – my two favorite Vitamin B complexes are Dr. Axe’s Vitamin B complex & the one I use now is Super B by Young Living (it’s AMAZING!!) NEW in this pregnancy: A cell salts protocol from Her Homeopathy. Her website is a wealth of information!!! Heartburn remedies:  The only thing that has ever worked for me for heartburn is: Alkalime supplement by Young Living Genexa Pregnancy tea: Mama’s Red Raspberry brew – My favorite pregnancy blend!! Mama’s Milk tea – Great for lactation and milk production! Earthley also makes a great pregnancy tea Pregnancy workout dvd: Lindsey Brin’s pregnancy workout DVD set Vitamins and supplements: Take a good prenatal – I use Master Formula + Super B as my prenatal vitamin (both from Young Living). You can read about this combo here. Dr. Axe also has a great prenatal I recommend I also take a good probiotic. I switch between Young Living’s Life9 and some of Dr. Axe’s probiotics. It’s a good idea to switch up your probiotic from time to time to get different strains. Dr. Axe has a bunch of good ones but I recommend his Women’s once a day as well as his SBO probiotic. You will also want a good omega/fish oil supplement for pregnancy. No surprise here but I recommend one of Dr. Axe’s Omega’s but all four are currently sold out. The one I take now is Young Living’s OmegaGize. A good omega supplement is crucial during pregnancy, but a GOOD one from a good source is going to be expensive. Just keep that in mind. I usually take mine 3-4 times a week instead of every day just to lesson that expense a bit. I also take Magnesium and iron – see my favorites below Other supplements I LOVE: TriLight Health has an entire line of pregnancy herbal blends that are affordable and rock! Their ingredients are outstanding. I recommend getting their Pregnancy essentials kit for everything you need. Earthley is my next favorite store to recommend. It’s owned by a mom who has a passion for providing home remedies at an affordable price. Here are a few of my favorites from Earthley: Pregnancy tea -a Premade blend for pregnancy Fertili Boost herbal extract – Want help getting pregnant? This tincture might help. Post Partum balance – I am SO getting this tincture for this time around – helps balance things out after pregnancy Mama’s tummy relief – I wish I had seen this during my first-trimester sickness Nourish her naturally – Another possible option for a prenatal Magnesium Lotion – Another great one for pregnancy! I use this every night. Dr. Axe has a good supplement if you want a pill instead of a lotion. Iron supplement  – I LOVE Earthley’s iron supplement. Make sure to look for an herbal iron supplement though if using a different brand. Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy: I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish.
2/7/202243 minutes, 35 seconds
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My 12 goals for 2022 – Episode 34

I love setting goals for the new year. It usually happens for me in December, but better late than never! If you haven't set goals for the year yet, don't despair, let's jump in together! Listen in to my 12 goals for 2022: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. For the first time ever, I've picked a theme for my year instead of a word. My theme this year is: The Year of Transition. It's shaping my intentionality as I approach some new projects and things this year. You can listen to my podcast episode on the topic above, but my goals for this year are coming out of this theme for the year. I've got 3 main areas that I'm setting goals in this year: Transition in my Personal goals Transition in our family goals Transition in our business & ministry Transition in my Personal Goals: I love setting personal goals for myself. I know for some people it stresses them out, but for me, it helps motivate me. My biggest part of my personal theme this year, is working on transitioning into more solid routines. In 2021, we survived working in the margins of a busy year. This year, I'm working on making more solid routines all around for more transitions to come. Read 104 books this year (I transitioned this down from 130 books) Establish a solid morning routine that becomes easy to stick to Read the Bible twice this year (A big part of better morning routines) As a result of better routines, take nights and weekends off Transition in our Family Goals: Teach the older boys 20 recipes they can cook entirely on their own (cook 20 recipes with the middle 3 kids) Play more board games (together and as a family) Read more fiction series with the kids (better routines to find the time for this) Take the children out on one on one dates monthly Transition in Business & Ministry: THIS is the area, that if we can really solidify, will help us in the other areas of goals. We are so thankful for a small business that we run with just an internet connection, but it's also easy to take over all corners and margins. I want to transition from a soloprenuer idea to a small business owner over seeing a team. It's a BIG transition for us. I'm both nervous and excited about it. Hire 3-4 people over the course of the year Find a shipper for our store launches Relaunch My Homemaking Mentor all brand new! Create solid weekly content routines
1/24/202249 minutes, 58 seconds
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A family, life, & ministry update with Jason & Jami – Episode 33

Welcome to our kind of annual life and ministry update! Jason is joining me on this episode. Today we are debriefing about all our travels and business projects from 2021. And looking ahead to all that we are planning for 2022. Join us for a fun and exciting chat! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Purchase the recordings from the 2022 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference from last week Join our free community: FindingJoyCommunity.com Check out our new sponsor: Organize365.com and check out their amazing Sunday Basket system! (AND try their 7 day free mini course!!)
1/17/202255 minutes, 31 seconds
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Homemaking in Light of Eternity – Episode 32

We have a tradition around here. Each year when our annual online homemaking conference launches, I always share the first session for free here on the podcast. I always pour my heart and soul into that first talk and I love being able to share it with everyone here on the podcast. Well, today launches our 8th online homemaking conference so today's talk is the opening session titled: Homemaking in Light of Eternity - how do we make Christian households that point to Christ? Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What we are going to talk about today: WHY this entire topic is so important What does Scripture say about the household? What wisdom from Proverbs do we see for our households? It has never been more important to critically think through: The purpose of the household, our duties as Christian women, how we sold use our time, how we can glorify God in mundane moments, how we persevere through hard times, and what our joyful Gospel purpose should be n the days ahead. It’s not acceptable, before the Lord, to carry on normal life, accepting the world’s standards as our own. Thinking through our priorities: The world tells us to seek our own pleasure eat all costs. --> Christ tells us to deny ourselves and live a godly upright live in these present days (Titus 2:12 says, “training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age) The world tells us to leave our husbands the moment our needs are not being met (or even, never to get married at al because you’ll be oppressed). --> Christ tells us to love our husband and our children and to lay down our lives for others. The world tells us that the things worth pursuing are bigger houses, nicer cars, a magazine worthy $50,000 kitchen or you are doing something wrong and all the strappings of a successful life. --> Christ tells us that a successful life is to take up His cross daily and follow Him. For those in Europe, Australia, and other places around the world, you’ve been living in a anti-Christian culture for a good 10 years or more. Here in the U.s. and Canada, its finally coming as well. We no longer are part of the dominant culture. We now have sesame street having a transgender story house. We have phedophelic shows on Netflix, being applauded by the critics. We have governing officials saying that parents shouldn’t be in control of, nor even being aware of, what their children are being taught in schools, medical procedures, or even hormone therapies and sex changes for children as young as 7 or 8. We live in a culture that is hostile to Christ. And instead of this making us fearful and fretful of the future, instead of making us anxious about the world our kids are growing up in... It should be an exciting time to live. We finally get to take all of these lessons from Scripture and really put them into action. There’s nothing like a little adversity to wake us up to how friendly with this world we’ve become and the immense joy we can have from serving the Lord, even under persecution. It’s a time where living set apart for the Lord can truly shine. It’s a time that instead of hiding in insane fear, we can proudly display the hope we have in God and be ready to share that hope we have. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.” James 1:2-5 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work,
1/10/20221 hour, 22 seconds
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My 2022 Theme for the Year – Episode 31

For the past several years, I've picked word for my year. This word kind of revolves around all of my goals for the year and helps to give me some direction. But this year, I've chosen a theme for my year instead of just a single word. Listen in to find out what my theme is, how to pick your own, and some ideas for incorporating it into your year! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 8 years of themes: 2012: Intentional 2016: Joy 2017: Create 2018: Refresh 2019: Faithfulness 2020: Cultivate 2021: Kingdom And now, my 2022 theme for the year: The Year of Transition.  What has gone into choosing this theme: We've got a LOT of transition going on around here. 2021 was a FULL year, but mostly a stable one. Lots of travel as we looped the country 1.5 times. We went to the southernmost part of the lower 48, we visited the hottest place in the USA, and spent time in the highest capital city in the USA - among a million other things. It was a wonderful, full, and busy year. But as I started thinking to 2022, I realized that this is going to be a pretty major transition year for our family - and our ministry here - in many ways. And while "transition" isn't the most fun work to pick, I thought it worked well as more of a theme. The year of Transition. I feel like this is an important distention, because transition can be hard. I'm already a tad exhausted thinking about the decisions coming up for us this year and the possibilities. It's truly a year of transition in many ways, and that could be bad. But instead, we know that God has great things in store for His Kingdom and His People. So for me, it's a positive. I'm walking into 2022, knowing it's going to be chocked full of transition. I'm expecting it and therefore excited to see what God does. For me, The Year of Transition theme has a few helpful distinctives: With many of our very necessary upcoming changes, we don't totally know what the end step will be. We have some vague ideas or even plans, but only God knows truly what will come from this year. So The Year of Transition helps me to remember, that as we walk into the unknown, God is making a path ahead for us. And we don't need to see every step of the way. Transition can be hard, daunting, and even scary. As someone who actually likes change, I already feel a bit overwhelmed at all this year is going to pack in. I feel overwhelmed with research and decisions. And so, The Year of Transition reminds me that it IS a transition year. And in transition, I can find great joy. So as I look forward to 2022, The Year of Transition reminds to me 1) Trust in God's sovereignty in all things 2) let go of the need to control all decisions and 3) walk in Joy - even when it's an uncomfortable season. A few verses I’ve been looking at as I pray through my to do list has been: A Time for Everything 3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace." - Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 "He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding" - Daniel 2:21 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and ...
1/3/202251 minutes, 53 seconds
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2022 Christian Reading Challenge

It's finally that time of year again: We are here today to announce the 2022 reading challenge and chat about this year's reading. We will discuss our goals, making new goals, and some exciting changes to the 2022 reading challenge (it's going to be so much fun)!! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What’s New This Year In an effort to inspire more reading, and to do it as a community, we are introducing a community aspect for the first time ever! We've always wanted to do this, but now is our year!! The community group will kick off on January 1st. You can join our community in the meantime here ---> FindingJoyCommunity.com In the community, we will all be able to update on our progress, share new favorite books and ask for book recommendations in categories. Jason and I will also be publishing detailed book lists throughout the year and posting our book reviews of our books we read throughout the year!! Next exciting change: You will determine your goal for the year and then compete against yourself for some fun little prizes. If you hit your quarterly goal, we'll have stickers, magnets, and bookmarks you can win for free and add to your next store order!! It's going to be super fun. I'll be unveiling quarter one's prize soon! BONUS: I'll have a reading planner PDF to download for FREE as part of the challenge. I'm almost done with it and will release it into the community as soon as it's done!! It has places for book summaries, tracking your reading goals, favorite quotes, and more. Jason & Jami's 2021 Reading Goal: We both set big goals for this year, and neither of us are hitting it! But that's okay because I feel like we both had great reading years. And that's really all that matters. Jason's read (so far): 93 books for the year Jami's read (so far): 97 books for the year 2022 Christian Reading Challenge Here’s how it works:  You will find the reading challenge below. You’ll see that we’ve given you two tracks – 13 books or 26! This is either reading one book every four weeks or one book every two weeks. If you want to do 52 books (one a week) you can easily adjust for that as well. A note about fiction: This year we’ve included fiction categories per your request! I think fiction is hard because all of us are going to have different tastes in what fiction we prefer. You can find some of our favorite Christian Fiction books here. But feel free to substitute any fiction books or series that you enjoy. Pick Your Level: I know each of us has different reading levels and time for reading, so I created two different tracks you can follow. 13 Books a Year – This works out to 1 book every 4 weeks. If you have no habit of reading right now or have no idea you will fit reading time into your busy schedule, then this is a great level to begin with. Pick one book every 4 weeks and commit to getting it down within that time. 26 Books a Year – If you want to tackle a bigger challenge, then this level will get you reading 1 book every two weeks throughout the year. It’s still a very doable reading track but will challenge you to stay on track! If you want to follow this plan, read one book from each list every month. So in January, read book #1 and book #14! This way everyone can read through and follow along with books #1-13 together. Here are the categories:  Christian Living Marriage Parenting/Family Life Theology Fiction Biography/History Spiritual Disciplines  Christian Classics Church History *If you are not a parent or are not married, then scroll down and fill in those spots with other fantastic book suggestions from the other categories. Book Recommendations Per Category: Christian Living:
12/25/202131 minutes
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Planning for the year ahead with Elizabeth Santelmann- Episode 30

Are you ready to get planning for 2022? Maybe you are like my guest today who has already done all her 2022 planning, or maybe you are like me and you've done zero planning yet 😅 Either way, you are going to love this interview with Elizabeth Santelmann from A Sunshine in My Nest. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Visit Elizabeth's blog Sunshine in my Nest Follow Elizabeth on Instagram Our Sponsor: Go to StoryWorth.com/homemaking and save $10 on your first purchase! Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking10 and use code homemaking10 to get 10 Free Meals including free shipping!
12/20/202143 minutes, 32 seconds
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Learning how to be BRAVE families (Examples from Daniel) (Family & Culture Pt 3) – Episode 29

Welcome back to the 3rd episode in our mini series: The Family & Culture: How to bring glory to God within our households in a hostile culture. Last week we talked about how we can learn to be BRAVE women in our current age (And why it's so important to do so)! Today we are doing the second part of bravery: How we can take examples from Scripture to see how to be brave. Bravery is something that isn't built into our culture. For the most part, we haven't had to be brave in our lifetime and don't know how to prepare the next generation for what may be coming. So let's journey into Scripture to get bolstered up that we CAN be brave through the Holy Spirit - and how that impacts our households. Let's dive in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Our culture is becoming increasingly hostile to Christians. I think we've all seen this building in the past 10-20 years but many of us have been left shocked at how quickly it has ramped up in the past 2 years. I'm raising 6 young kids in this world and as I look into the future, I can be fearful for the world that they will be handed and what it will look like for them raising my grandkids. I know so many have felt this fear that I've heard time and again from women questioning if they should even have any more kids or even from young couples wondering if they should have children at all. But we are NOT living in unprecedented times It's been the thing to say the past 2 years that we are living through unprecedented times. Well no, we aren't. Plagues and pandemics are nothing new, in fact this is an extremely mild pandemic. Political strife and unrest is nothing new, in fact, it's been far worse at many times in our own countries history. Riots and looting are nothing new, in fact, our parents and grandparents have lived through many riots in their days. Very generation thinks they are unique, but the truth is, what we've been going through will hardly be a blip in history. In fact, the only reason I think anyone will read about the past 2 years in the future is how egreasgously the whole thing has been handled. I don't downplay the loss and devestation that many have suffered the past 2 years. There has been real grief and heartache. But because of social media especially, it can all feel a whole lot worse than it is. And is a constant presence every single second. In episode 19 we talked about how and when we should carry each other's burdens. And in that episode, we cover a good talk on social media and how it's caused a lot of problems for our generation. And then in episode #15 we take a look at the Christian responses to the Black Plague, early Greco-Roman plagues, and Emperor Nero. It's a good one if you need a dose of perspective. And in episode #16 we take it further to see how we should be looking into the future. If you need some more encouragement after this episode, dive into those two! Now turning to Scripture SO, today we are going to look at some brave acts in Scripture. But the real hero we are going to see, isn't Daniel or Abraham, it's God. Too often, we focus so much on the Bible characters. We focus on their story instead of what their story tells us about God.  So let's see how acts of bravery are actually acts of our gracious God. When we can understand that, and walk boldly knowing that God is sovereign and is making a path ahead of us and that nothing will happen outside of His will, then we can be BRAVE women and build up BRAVE families. Learning from Daniel  "Purpose of Writing: In 605 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon had conquered Judah and deported many of its inhabitants to Babylon – Daniel included. Daniel served in the royal court of Nebuchadnezzar and several rulers who followed Nebuchadnezzar. The Book of Daniel records the actions, prophecies, and visions of the Prophet Daniel."
12/12/202153 minutes, 52 seconds
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Learning how to be BRAVE women (Family & Culture Pt 2) – Episode 28

Welcome to the second part in our new series: The Family & Culture: How to bring glory to God within our households in a hostile culture. Last week, we took a deep dive into the joys & duties of a Christian household and it was a good introduction to this topic. We've got some terrific topics coming up in this series. But today we are tackling a really important lesson for all of us today: We need to be brave in faith before the Lord. We need  to lead and love our families with Bravery. We need to teach and train our kids to be brave. And it starts with us. Listen in today: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. We need to learn how to be brave. We need to be brave women. We need to be brave mothers. We need to help inspire our men to be brave. And we need to instill bravery in our children as they grow. We need to be brave, in order to follow God's leading. Especially in an increasingly hostile culture. If we don't cultivate bravery, we may very well bow the knee to false gods and idols. Learning how to be brave in a hostile culture Something that the past 2 years has brought to a lot of our attention is how hostile our culture is against Christians. We've become so use to comfort and ease, that with the world getting a little shaking, we don't know how to respond. We need to become braver. We need to become brave Christians. And THIS is going to heavily affect how we respond now and especially into the future. We've seen this shift in the western world over the past 20 years. Those perhaps in the UK or Australia have been feeling this shift for a decade. And those of us here in the US are finally feeling it now as well. "This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up Somewhere beyond the blue. "In reality, for us in the English-speaking West this world has tended to feel very much like home and our treasures have been right before our eyes. But now we are finally facing the fact that this broken, sinful world in which we live is not actually our home - that what the Bible says concerning believers in this world is really true: That we really are aliens and that we really are strangers. The fact of the matter is that it has been true that we are strangers in and to this world. It has just been clouded, obscured by the size and influence and legal protection of the church in most of the Western world. But this world is not actually our home. We're not supposed to be treating this life the way other people treat it, as if this is the be-all and end-all of everything, or as if as Christians we can have a comfortable, respectable, prosperous life here and look forward to even more of those things in eternity. "Secularism pushes back again and again against what the Bible says about sexual ethics, about salvation, about education, about the role and reach of the state, or about matters of public welfare. Public opinion has turned against Christians." - Brave by Faith We've become so comfortable in our world, that we are not ready or willing to make sacrifices. I can't even begin to count how many times those around me (and myself) have uttered the past 2 years "I just can't wait until things get back to normal." But what if God is teaching us some profound truths through all of this. What if he is exposing the true Church, cutting the wheat from the chaff and teaching all of us in the Western world how to stand firm in the Lord once again. But God is Sovereign.  He is in control. He is foreseeing all that is happening and He is working it all out to His Glory (and for our good to those of us in His Church). We freak out at the slightest inconvenience. We fear for the future and what kind of society our kids will inherit. I'm not saying it's wrong to speculate about what's coming and it's certainly not wrong to be proactive in protecti...
12/6/202139 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Joy & Duties of a Christian Household (Family & Culture Pt 1) – Episode 27

Welcome to my new series here on the podcast: The Family & Culture: How to bring glory to God within our households in a hostile culture. We are at a time, as a society and as the Church, where we need to be thinking really critically about our families, our households, and the larger culture. We need to figure out how and when we are going to interact with the culture and what it means to share the Gospel and also protect our families. This is a BIG and incredibly important topic, so today kicks off an entire series on this topic. In this series that will span into 2022, we will cover topics like: Equipping our family to be brave for the coming future, How to prepare your family to weather the storm in a hostile culture, how to prepare your home to nurture your family, The mother's role in developing a family culture, The father's role, The children's role and responsibility, defending our faith, and more! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. So today we are kicking off this discussion first by discussing the household. After all, that's what this podcast is for, Finding Joy in Your Home...all for God's Glory! So then, as we jump into these even greater topics, I want to first make sure we see how essential the household is. In the past 50 years or so, Christianity in the West has become progressively more individualistic. We've wanted to shed any ideas of religion in favor or a "relationship". We want to emphasize our own personal walks with the Lord over corporate walks. We've lost how community oriented the Christian life is suppose to be and this has deeply affected our households and how we teach our children about Christ. We need to fight for the households again. We need to fight hard for time as a family, time with our kids, time to slowly teach them about Christ. We've become a very individualistic society that goes a thousand separate ways. And in some ways, I think this has been made worse the past 2 years. We need to start thinking to our great grand children.  What are we building for future generations? How are we training up parents and grandparents. Over the course of the next couple of hundred of years, I cannot even begin to calculate how many descendants that Jason and I will have. The Whole Armor of God 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20 There are great joys in a Christian household. There is fellowship and intimacy. There is working through problems and conflicts as Christians. There is the deep love and support of a life lived for Christ. There are male and female,
11/29/202145 minutes, 48 seconds
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Preparing your heart & home for the Holidays – Episode 26

In between series here on the podcast, we are sneaking in a holiday episode. Are you READY and excited for the holidays? Or perhaps dreading the effort and the time coming up? Whether you feel excited or are dreading the upcoming holidays, we can all use a good dose of perspective for finding Joy in the Lord this year! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. A call to be generous & servant hearted "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” - Acts 20:35 We can witness to unsaved family and friends this way and be a good model for our kids. "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." - Matthew 5:16 We are called to use the life and resources that God has given us to serve. "You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love." - Galatians 5:13 Examine our expectations  With this in mind, let's be ultra clear on what our expectations are for the holidays. Many of us go into the day with grand ideas and an agenda. We have a picture of how this family get together will be and what we will do. Plans don't always go our way. So plan for the day, expect God's glory to be shone, and let all the little things go. If we have unrealistic expectations, the holidays will never be fun and we will probably be upset or angry. Let's remember to serve and glorify God with these days. Remember those who are hurting this holiday season  I never understood how hard the holidays could be until my mom passed away. My eyes were opened to the fact that the holidays can be incredible for so many and incredibly sad for so many others. Look out for who you can serve. Who needs some encouragement or a hug this holiday season? Who doesn't have any family to spend the holidays with? Watch for ways that you and your family can serve. Make the holidays about Christ  I love November and December. I adore putting up Christmas lights and walking down the oldest street in town, hot chocolate in hand, and ooing over all the lights and houses. I love Christmas carols and sitting by the fire. I love the ambiance and the time of year. But above all of those things, we love Christ. And as in everyday life, we should seek to make the holidays firmly about Christ. Let's make sure to center our celebrations and our joy around HIM. Christmas carols: https://uribrito.com/optimism-christmas-carols/ I have a few goals as I head into the holiday season: Recognize that this is a busy season. This is not the time for mama to kick her feet up and have the perfect holiday. It's the time we can serve and love our families in the best possible way. Adjust your expectations accordingly. If you go into this season with the right perspective, it can change everything. I want to have a servants heart - and look for ways I can serve Bring my family together. More family time, not less, is my goal during the busy holiday season. For our young ages, this sometimes looks like saying no to friends things so we can just be home as a family of 8 together. Finally and most importantly: Bring glory to God. Make our mission about Christ in all we do. From thanksgiving praises, to working hard in the kitchen, from thinking ahead as to how we can be a blessing at relatives houses, to being the first to offer to clean up, from focusing on Scripture to singing joyful Christmas caroles together: We can aim to be bring glory to God in everything we do. Cleaning House for the Holidays sermon series: Gaining a clear consciences before God Finding relief from regrets
11/22/202148 minutes, 29 seconds
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God’s Word for all of life (wrapping up our 25 Foundational Episodes) – Episode 25

Whew! We are here. Today we are wrapping up our 25 foundational episodes to kick off the relaunch of my podcast. These 25 episodes are to stand as the foundation of the idea of Finding Joy in Your Home. Go back and catch up on the ones you missed. Next week we are kicking off our NEXT 25 episodes. The theme for those? The Family & Culture: How to bring glory to God within our households in a hostile culture. It's gonna be good 🔥 Today we are wrapping up our discussion on drawing closer to the Lord through spiritual disciplines and a Q&A. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. We need to put in the work and the discipline and the time. So often we cry that we want a deeper spiritual life, but we don’t want to put in the work. We want one or two slides on Instagram to teach us how to do it. We don’t want to go through the work of listening to an entire podcast episode or reading a book. We want fast and quick results. But a life that becomes more and more like Christ…takes small daily steps. Every single day of your life. Small little steps that don’t seem like anything earth shattering until you look back after 5 years, 10 years, 50 years and you are suddenly a different person. Questions we chat about today: How to get into consistent Bible reading. It’s such a struggle for me. Why as moms we should read our bibles? How to read the Bible to young kids Thoughts on fasting —> READ THIS Family worship. —> Listen to episode #17 Scripture memorization? Favorite kids devotionals? see below Favorite Kid's Devotionals: The Ology - Marty Machowski Wonderfull: Ancient Psalms Ever New 30 Prophecies: One story Links & Resources: Book on the Puritans I'm reading that I mentioned: Thriving in Grace: Twelve Ways the Puritans Fuel Spiritual Growth Join our community!! Grab your ticket to the 2022 Finding Joy in Your Home Online Conference Make sure to return next week as we kick off our next 25 episodes. The theme is: The Family & Culture: How to bring glory to God within our households in a hostile culture
11/15/202145 minutes, 27 seconds
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The secret to a deeper prayer life (hint: it’s Scripture) – Episode 24

As a newer Christian, I often struggled knowing how to have a deeper prayer life. Even a 3 or 4 minute prayer could get boring and I didn't know how to make it deeper or what a truly rich prayer life looked like. In this episode, we are going to discuss a few ways we can approach prayer, how we can have a deeper prayer life, and what that means to mature in our Spiritual walk with the Lord. This is a hands on and practical episode, so let's dive in!! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: Everyday Faitfhfulness – my current read Book recommendation: Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney My interview with Donald Whitney Check out the 2022 homemaking online conference here!! This year’s theme is: Homemaking in Light of Eternity!  Join our FREE Community!! All kinds of great things going on AND a Bible Study through James in October Our book store is open November 8-15th! Grab any books and Christmas presents you want before our shop closes until March 2022
11/8/202143 minutes, 37 seconds
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So how do we study God’s Word? – Episode 23

In this episode, we are going to dive into some practical ways to be in God's Word more. But first, we are going to discuss WHY it's so important to be in His Word often. Let's dive into this practical episode! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Bible verses mentioned: 2 Timothy 2:15, Romans 15:4, Psalm 119:105, 2 Timothy 3:16 Book recommendation: Everyday Faitfhfulness - my current read Book recommendation: Women of the Word - a great book on studying God's Word! My interview with Jen Wilkin on Women of the Word Podcast recommendation: The Verity Podcast with Phylicia Masonheimer (a podcast on theology!) Website recommendation: Katie Orr has some fabulous resources for deeper Bible study Podcast recommendation: Household Hermeneutics with Jason and Jami (our new podcast on deep theology - made fun and engaging!) Podcast episode: Going deeper when you have no time (episode 115) Podcast episode: A Bible Study Q&A (Episode 116) Podcast episode: Help, I can't find the time to read God's Word (episode 241) Our sponsor: Go to MoinkBox.com/HOME right now and listeners to this show get FREE bacon for a year!. Check out the 2022 homemaking online conference here!! This year’s theme is: Homemaking in Light of Eternity!  Join our FREE Community!! All kinds of great things going on AND a Bible Study through James in October
10/31/202132 minutes, 40 seconds
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Modeling a faithful life (Everyday Faithfulness) – Episode 22

Being faithful in everyday life can be tough. Add in a busy or exhausting season and it can sometimes feel impossible. Today's episode is meant to give you encouragement in those busy seasons, while also directing you to getting into God's Word more! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I love this encouragement from the book, Everyday Faithfulness. She says, “As you press forward with regular faithfulness admit a mountain of laundry, a rotation of diaper changes and nighttime feedings, or basic acts of care for an aging parent, the Lord sees you. He knows you are weary, and he is working good from it. He has compassion on you when you struggle to pick up your Bible or sleep through prayer. Christ is your example, but he is also your helper as he intercedes for you to keep following him in faithfulness (rom. 8:34). Links & Resources: Check out the 2022 homemaking online conference here!! This year’s theme is: Homemaking in Light of Eternity!  Join our FREE Community!! All kinds of great things going on AND a Bible Study through James in October Our sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking125 and use code: homemaking125 to get $125 off including free shipping! Our sponsor: To get 15% off your next gift, go to UNCOMMONGOODS.com/home
10/25/202131 minutes, 52 seconds
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Finding Joy in God’s Word with Brittany Ann (Everyday Faithfulness) – Episode 21

Welcome back to the second part of our everyday faithfulness mini series. Last week we talked about becoming a student of God. Now we are chatting about finding joy in God's Word with our special guest, Brittany Ann from Equipping Godly Women. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.
10/18/202136 minutes, 32 seconds
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Becoming a Student of God (Everyday Faithfulness) – Episode 20

Today we are kicking off a mini series on Spiritual Disciples & drawing closer to the Lord. We will dive later on to practical Bible study tips and a deeper prayer life. But today we are talking about what it means to practice everyday faithfulness. I might step on your toes a little bit in this episode, but listen in anyway! ;) Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Check out the 2022 homemaking online conference here!! This year's theme is: Homemaking in Light of Eternity!  Join our FREE Community!! All kinds of great things going on AND a Bible Study through James in October For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code: home50  
10/11/202137 minutes, 26 seconds
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When we should carry each others burdens – Episode 19

This is an encouraging episode, I promise! Something I've been wrestling with a lot in my own life, is how much input from social media, news, and other sources that I'm letting in. Today we are chatting about when it's Biblically appropriate to carry each other's burdens and when it's okay to not. This has been on my heart a lot lately, listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Tickets go on sale for our 2022 online homemaking conference at noon PST on Tuesday. October 5th. You can find out more here. Get $10 off StoryWorth.com/Homemaking
10/4/202138 minutes, 54 seconds
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Love & Grace within Parenting with Crystal Paine – Episode 18

Anyone else feeling like you need some encouragement in your parenting? Anyone else feeling like you are struggling with connecting with your kids or making sure you are meeting their needs? If you need some Biblical grace filled parenting encouragement, I want you to join me in this episode today with Crystal Paine from Money Saving Mom. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Crystal's book is one of my favorite books I've read in the past 2 years: Love-Centered Parenting. It was not at all what I was expecting in a parenting book, but in the best possible way. It challenged me and encouraged me. But not only in my parenting, also in my own personal heart and outlook. Crystal is incredible honest and open in this book and I highly recommend it. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: Love-Centered Parenting We have a new free Bible Study challenge through the book of James starting October 1st! Join our free community app for it. Also starting October 1st is a brand new theme for our Kitchen Collective: Crockpots and instanpots. Trainings, videos, and loooooots of recipes! Join (and get instant access to September's month (30 Minute Dinners) and October's month (breakfasts)! JOIN HERE Mark your calendar: October 5th!!! Tickets go on sale for the 2022 homemaking online conference. The theme this year is Homemaking in Light of Eternity. Our Sponsor:  Join the Moink Movement today! Go to MoinkBox.com/HOME and listeners to this show get FREE bacon for a Year (A pop up will come up with the offer.  
9/27/202149 minutes, 57 seconds
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Developing a Family Worship Culture in Our Home (with Jason) – Episode 17

Family worship and family discipleship are two areas in our home that we've always wanted to be intentional about. But in the beginning of our marriage, we struggled knowing what this looks like. It's been a journey through the years developing this culture in our home. And while we have a long way to go still, in this episode, Jason and I are sharing what this looks like in our home right now (and what we are still learning): Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. In this episode, Jason and I share our brand new podcast we launched in August called Household Hermeneutics. It's been a passion project of ours in 2021 and we are so excited to share that you can listen to it for FREE wherever you listen to podcasts. There has never been a more important time in history to make sure we know what we believe, why we believe it, and be able to defend our faith. And it’s vital that we teach these same things to our kids. Join Jason and Jami as they dive into Christian theology, starting with the basics in an easy to understand way. But they won’t stop at the basics or a high level overview. They will dive deep, right into the very heart of God’s Word and how we can know Him more and glorify Him with our whole lives…and pass this down to future generations. This podcast is truly unique and our prayer is that it will help you facilitate family worship and growth in your household in the Lord.  The podcast is released every other Thursday. On release day each week, we release two episodes back to back. Episode #1 is the full episode meant for adults and teens (the whole family can listen in, it’s just on a deeper level). Episode #2 for that week is the Family Discipleship portion that is usually around 10 minutes long. This is meant to be played for the whole family and contains: 1 5 minute lesson, Scripture memory verses, catechism, and singing hymns together. You can listen to all the episodes here! Visit our sponsor for today's episode: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking14 and use code homemaking14 for up to 14 free meals, including free shipping!
9/20/202159 minutes, 43 seconds
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Travel plans, training kids with chores, and God’s Will – A Q&A chat with Jami

I've gotten some really random questions lately that didn't build into an entire episode themselves and so I decided to turn them into a little stand alone episode. I love when Allie Beth Stuckey does this! So let's jump in. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. In this episode, we will go over a few fun and random topics: What our plans are after travel life. Teaching our children to swim How do you know when God is calling you to something verses your wish or desire for something. How to become more like minded with your husband when it comes to planning and goal setting. Training your kids in chores (and an encouragement) How do you handle the fear of being out alone with your kids? Our sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50.
9/13/202155 minutes, 9 seconds
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A Theology of Hope for the Future Age – Episode 16

If you are needing some encouragement for where is our world headed? Then tune into this second part series of A Theology of Hope. You can listen to part 1 here. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. C.S. Lewis gives us some good encouragement for right now: “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.” In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty. This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds. — C.S. Lewis, “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) FIRST THING: God is good. All the time. "Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!" - Psalm 34:8 Second: He cares deeply for his children. "“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" - Matthew 6:25-34 Third: We can trust Him with our lives, our futures, and our kids. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:6-7 ---> God will work all things out for his glory and our good. A look at eschatology I am not going to get into a huge eschatological debate here, but we do need to address something. By and large, the American or western church has become very complacent about the future. With the dispensational premillenial view point of the end times being so prevalent in American Evangelism (think: left behind and sudden rapture), it has left so many of us feeling very apathetic and lazy about the future. I think we've adopted a very fatalistic viewpoint of the end times. The dis-premill position is that things will just keeping getting worse until bam, Christ's Church is raptured. While it's not true for all churches, it does seem that when we look at the past year and a half, the church has become apathetic. We look around and see the world going down hill and kind of give up. We become apathetic.
9/10/202149 minutes, 44 seconds
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A Theology of Hope for These Present Days – Episode 15

Anyone else feeling super stressed and overwhelmed with everything going on? I've seen countless posts this week about how heavy everything feels and all of the stress of this world. But how do we, as Christians, face this present age, and the future to come? Join me in this two part series on a Theology of Hope. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. The Problem of Being Hyper Aware Social media has become a plague to these current generations. We see and know all (or least we think so). And instead of taking comfort in God's sovereign plan, we stress and fret and fear. In the episode, we take a little jump into picturing what it would have looked like to live in the first half of the 1900s with smart phones. And compare that to how it feels now. Studying a Christian Response to: Black Plague Early Greco-Roman Plagues Emperor Nero Our Takeaways: Don't be ignorant of what's happening in the world, but largely stay in your circle Develop a robust prayer life You don't have to know all the answers TRUST In the next episode, we are going to get into the next part: The Theology of Hope for the Future Age Links & Resources: Songfinch is offering an additional $20 dollars off ALL personalized songs at SongFinch.com with code: HOME Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking100 and use code: homemaking100 to get $100 off including free shipping!
8/30/202151 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Biblical Art of Hospitality (Getting Practical) – Episode 14

When I began looking into hospitality about 12 years ago, I felt totally overwhelmed. It felt like such a big thing to be, because I just didn't know what it looked like or how to practice it. So in today's last episode of our hospitality mini series, we are going to chat about how we can get practical with practicing hospitality. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Getting Practical 1) Make a list of 4-5 wonderful hospitality recipes to make Don't try and reinvent the wheel each time. Create a few go-to staples you make and do those each time. The more you practice, the easier and more second nature it will become. Make sure to come up with at least one great gluten free meal and one great dairy free meal in the rotation. 2) Start inviting Seriously, just do it. The first time you blurt out, "Would you like to come to our house for dinner?" might feel awkward! But keep doing it. It becomes easier. 3) If you don't have kids Please invite the families over with kids. Go to the thrift store and have one small box of toys that you can pull out when kids come over. And don't be offended if the family with kids instead invite you over to their house. 4) Plan Ahead I know the first few times we extended hospitality to people we didn’t know very well, it felt like it took a week to get ready. Things I don’t normally notice (such as cobwebs and dirty mirrors) were suddenly obvious to me! I felt overwhelmed and I was exhausted after the first few people came over. But as time went on, I became more comfortable with the routine. We started practicing hospitality so often that I was always planning ahead to the next get together. This way the house never got too out of hand. After one night of hospitality I knew I had better stay on top of the house and cleaning because a new family would be in our dining room the following week! 5) Think outside the box with hospitality, it doesn't have to cost a ton Practicing hospitality doesn’t have to cost a lot of money! Many people feel that they don’t have room in their budget to have families over. But don’t stretch yourself. Start with a commitment of having a family over once a month and serve pizza! Everyone loves pizza; your meal doesn’t have to be complex or fancy. Many families will offer to bring something to dinner. LET THEM! If they ask, let them bring a dessert or side dish. Try out freezer cooking and make all your meals ahead, it can save a lot of money! 6) Learn from others As you start extending hospitality, just wait and you will get invited over to other’s houses as well. Learn from what they do. When you get invited to other’s houses, make a mental note of what they do from the moment you walk in the house. Do they have music playing? What kinds of questions did they ask? Did they get a card game out or offer coffee after dinner? This is the best way to learn new tips and tricks. Offering coffee at the end of a meal is a great comfort to offer, but if you never drink coffee past 10am then you might not think about it. Glean from other’s experiences and wisdom. 7) And ASK When practicing hospitality, ask, ask, ask. Many people that we have invited over to our house, we felt nervous about asking…will they want to come over? We barely know them…do they even know who we are? But everyone loves to be invited over. So just ask! Ask about food allergies or preferences. You don’t want to make a big meaty lasagna only to find out that one kid is allergic to tomatoes and Mom is a vegetarian! Ask other women for their hospitality tips. Many women like to share what they do to make their home welcoming, so ask those around you how they do it! Remember, it's not about your home, it's about your heart At the end of the day your candles don’t matter.
8/19/202130 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Biblical Art of Hospitality (New Testament Deep Dive) – Episode 13

We are doing a little mini series right now on hospitality. In the last episode, we took a look at hospitality in the Old Testament and why it was important to them. We have to start first with the Old Testament because their view of hostility greatly influenced those in the New Testament and the early church. In the next episode, we will dive into practical ideas for hospitality but first, let's do a little deep dive into the New Testament! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Any discussion of Biblical hospitality, must first naturally start with the Bible. Yesterday we dove into the Old Testament to find out what it has to say on hospitality and now today we will find out how the early Church in the New Testament practiced and modeled hospitality. While Biblical hospitality is not a high priority for most modern western churches, it was vital to the growth, stability, and daily life of the early Church! “Hospitality is becoming an almost forgotten Christian virtue in our style of life today, particularly in big cities with their rampant crime on the streets, their locked-in apartments and all their affluent, urban and bourgeois devices which attempt to create privacy in our homes and our lives. In the New Testament, however, hospitality was a distinctive mark of Christians and Christian communities.” ~ Hospitality Commands, pg 6 Hospitality in the New Testament The Greek word for hospitality that is used in the New Testament is philoxenia which literally means “Love for Strangers“. Each time we are commanded to practice hospitality, God is literally commanding us to have and show love for others! Love is a central theme of the Bible. We are to love God {Deuteronomy 10:12}, love our neighbors {Luke 10:27}, and kove strangers {Philippians 2:3-4}. And at the root of hospitality is love. By practicing hospitality we are showing love for those in God’s Church, love for strangers, neighbors, and unbelievers, and most of all, love for God by obeying his commands. “The Christian practice of hospitality was not viewed simply as a means of overcoming a practical problem. Theological statements by different authors in the New Testament show that it was frequently viewed as the concrete expression of Christian love.” ~ Hospitality Commands, pg 16 Serving those in the Church We have a clear call from Paul to serve those within our Church and practice hospitality. “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” ~ Romans 12:13 Practically, this serving and contributing to the needs of the saints can take on many different forms. It can mean bringing a meal to a family who just had a baby. It can mean inviting new people at Church to your home for dinner. It can mean donating money and time to the Church’s emergency fund. Later in this series we will get into practical ways we can serve through hospitality. Serving Unbelievers & Strangers While one component of hospitality is serving those in the Church, another aspect is serving unbelievers and strangers! As Abraham found out, you should never neglect to show hospitality because you never know who you are serving! Here is a clear command to practice hospitality to strangers “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” ~ Hebrews 13:2 Serve Without Complaining God surly knows our hearts! He wants us to serve Him with joy and humility. He is not merely concerned with our external actions but also the state of our hearts. He knows that we can tend to act selfishly or serve while complaining. So he issued this command: “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” ~ 1 Peter 4:9 We must be careful to not complain when extending hospitality when you think about the cost of food and extendi...
8/14/202128 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Biblical Art of Hospitality (Old Testament Deep Dive) – Episode 12

In the last episode we discussed ways in which we can serve within our homes. Today we are going to kick off a little mini series on hospitality. When looking at practicing Biblical hospitality, lets begin at the beginning, in the Old Testament. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Hospitality in the Old Testament The Old Testament culture is very different from ours. As people traveled through the land {and often through very dry desert areas} there were no McDonald’s or Starbucks’ to stop at when they got tired or thirsty. When their feet were caked with mud and dried dust, they had nowhere to turn expect to houses they passed. Travelers often relied on the kindness of strangers for survival and they took the call of serving strangers seriously! “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” ~ Leviticus 19:33–34 In no uncertain terms, God commanded the Israelites to care for and love the strangers and travelers among them! Maybe they didn’t understand why God would issue this strong calling but all they knew was that God commanded it…and they should obey! “For the people of God in the Old Testament the duty of hospitality came right from the center of who God was. I am the Lord your God who made a home for you and brought you there with all my might and all my soul. Therefore, you shall love the stranger as yourself. You shall be holy as I am holy (Leviticus 19:1). Your values shall mirror my values.” ~ Strategic Hospitality fromDesiring God Blog Learning From the Father of Our Faith Abraham, the man called righteous because of his faith {James 2:23}, was a great example of hospitality that we can follow! Often the focus of this scene from Genesis 18:1-16 is that of Sarah who is promised to bear a son. While that is a profitable teaching from this passage, something else is illustrated as well: Abraham’s willing and eager heart to extend hospitality to these three men {who turn out to be angels & the Lord}. *Note: I recently heard a fantastic sermon on this scene that really describes Abraham’s willingness to serve. I highly recommend you listen to it as Pastor Phil Layton can describe it much more effectively than I can. You can hear the message HERE {and in fact, he is currently going through a fantastic series on Genesis right now}.* A few things to notice from this passage: Abraham Ran “When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth” ~ Genesis 18:2b This was an unusual thing for a middle eastern man of that time. He “girded his loins” and RAN to greet these strangers approaching their homestead. Abraham and Sarah were old by this point and in fact Sarah was past menopause. It’s would have been very unusual to see an old grey haired man pull up his robe and literally run to greet strangers on the road – but that is exactly what Abraham did! He was eager to share hospitality with these strangers! Abraham Called Them Lord Calling someone Lord was a sign of respect. Abraham was a wealthy man and yet he called himself a servant to these strangers and ran to wash their feet – a humbling act of service! To wash someone’s feet was to make yourself lower in status to that person {which is one reason it was so shocking that Jesus would wash the apostles feet {John 13:1-17}. “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree” ~ Genesis 18:3-4 Photo by paukrus Abraham’s Hospitality Was Generous “And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick!
8/4/202129 minutes, 59 seconds
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Serving Within Our Homes – Episode 11

We spent the first 10 episodes of our 25 Foundational Episode series chatting about routines, habits, and how we can find joy in our homes all for God's Glory. The last part of what we want to focus on in our homes, is serving! Today we are going to talk about what it looks like to serve within our homes and then we will jump into a 2 part mini series on hospitality. After that, we will kick off a series on PLANNING out all of these habits and routines in our homes. Let's jump in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I did a deep dive into this topic in my new book, She Laughs Without Fear. So as I was planning out the notes for this episode, I started pulling stuff from that chapter but realized I basically just wanted to give you everything from that episode. So instead of reinventing the wheel, today's episode is just going to be the audiobook Chapter 7 of my new book! If you are loving this topic, you can hop over to FindingJoyShop.com to purchase the full eBook or Audiobook on the Proverbs 31 woman! “She opens her hands to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.” - Proverbs 31:20 Often in seasons where we are home a lot (like being a stay at home mom and/or having lots of little kids), it can feel like our ability to serve within our homes isn't much. But in this episode, I hope to show that while God has us all in unique seasons, we are still called to serve. In fact, we can use our homes as a powerful form of ministry...it might just look different from season to season. Some ways we can serve that we discuss in this episode: Through hospitality Tithes & offerings And other forms of ministry Ministry to our own families So I will leave you here on that note. What season does God have you in right now? What are some ways you can serve in the season you are in? Empty nesters, you might find yourself with more time on your hands and the ability to serve outside the home more, but lack the energy to do so. Pray that God would direct where you should serve and use the restrictions and freedom that God has given you in this season. Likewise, young moms, you might feel so squeezed for time, yet you are home a lot. Use what God has given you in this season to serve! Don’t discount the small ways you can serve the Lord right now. Take this lesson from the wise woman and plan and prepare for ways you can serve the Lord while serving your family. Links & Resources: Get my full book, She Laughs Without Fear here Get TWO full weeks of meal plans and learn how to prep ahead with PrepDish.com/Homemaking Join our new community to discuss this epiosde and so much more! --> FindingJoyCommunity.com
7/29/202128 minutes, 11 seconds
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Building a Practical Evening Routine (The Key) – Episode 10

We've been really working on routines around here. It's been one of those seasons where I need to tighten up our routines and habits for the whole family. In episode 9, we discussed a solid morning routine which will make your day go so much smoother. But the KEY to a solid morning routine is a very practical evening routine. That's what we are going to discuss today, let's dive in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. A practical evening routine for my house: Helps me to close out today and prepare well for tomorrow. If I can successfully do my evening routine, it's so much more likely that tomorrow will start without a hitch. It's kind of like a vicious circle in my household. When I stay up too late and am not intentional, my morning is rocky which throws off my whole day. Then we get to bedtime and I stay up too late again trying to either capture a little productivity or finally sneak in some rest time. Which of course, means TOMORROW is rocky or messed up. Thus the circle. But in a positive way, if you can get on a rhythm of good routines: closing out your day well, getting a good nights sleep and getting up and getting productive: a very good circle can start. That's our aim with a practical evening routine. A Practical Evening Routine for Me Includes: Shut down the house and my day: Create a routine that you step into each evening Set the coffee make to start Make sure kitchen is clear & I know what's for breakfast Review my dinner plan for tomorrow: does anything need to go in the crockpot or pull out of freezer Review my plans for tomorrow: school plans, doctors appointments, etc. The most important part: Get to bed on time I have a brain that likes to never stop. I have the tendency to get into bed exhausted but my brain is wide awake. So in some stressful seasons, it's very important for me to intentionally wind down before bed. If I try to go straight from working on a work project, watching tv with Jason, or scrolling IG on my phone to sleep, it just doesn't work. So I like to: Take a detox bath: Epsom salt + essential oil Take Mary Ruth's nighttime multi mineral (magnesium) Read a book before bed to relax Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: MoinkBox.com/HOME for a FREE year of bacon!! Our Sponsor: HookedOnPhonics.comHOME, and receive your first month for just one dollar Join our amazing free online community app (you can access it from anywhere): FindingJoyCommunity.com Sign up for the Finding Joy in Your Kitchen Collective. Our first month we will be breaking down BREAKFAST! Come join us Titus 2 Minute Podcast Season 2 is LAUNCHING TODAY!! Go listen.
7/26/202139 minutes, 25 seconds
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Bonus episode: What if meal planning is actually a spiritual issue?

For the past couple of months, I've been focusing on meal planning and getting my kitchen under control. And while there are so many fantastic practical things we can talk about when it comes to meal planning, the biggest thing I want to talk about is the spiritual aspect of meal planning. Dive into today's episode to find out what I'm talking about: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. The kitchen has gotten a bad rap the last 50 years or so. We want to be in and out of the kitchen as fast as possible. Then we find out all these processed foods and fast food are actually causing a lot of health issues so we try and cook a little healthier all while spending as little time as possible at it. We get frustrated and angry when we end up spending more time in the kitchen than we want to.  But what if we instead looked at meal prepping and cooking for our family as a ministry? Now I’m not saying you need to start cooking everything from scratch or that your version of nourishing your family needs to look anything like what it does for my family. But what if instead of viewing the kitchen merely as a place to build up the physical parts of our family, what if we viewed it with a ministry mindset and saw how we could use food to minister as well?  In her book,Eve in Exile, Rebekah Merkle looks at what it means to work within the home. I love what she says about food: I read the quotes in the video but if you have the book she chats about it on pages 152-154. What if we used this opportunity in the kitchen to get creative? To serve our family? To help heal bodies with food. And used it as ministry?  Food has been a central gathering place in every culture around the world. Good food and meals around the table should be celebrated. It can become the heart of the home. It can be used to ministry to our husbands and our kids. It can be greatly used to minister to others through hospitality or bringing them meals. As we head into the rest of this series, and fight to make our kitchens run smoother, let’s remember this: That the kitchen can be used to greatly serve the Lord. so let’s be women that use this rather large area of our lives, after all we have to make 3 meals a day plus snacks day in and day out, to serve God’s Kingdom. To teach our children the art of cooking and to use what time we have well. “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 So today I want you to reflect on what your attitude has been about the kitchen?  Do you complain often, either outlaid or to your kids, about having to make another meal? Da you whine and put off having to do the dishes? Da you anguish that this is a task that has fallen to you? Take a few minutes to really examine how you’ve maybe had a sinful heart in this area of your home and pray and ask God to change your heart and your attitude when it comes to this task. Join our brand new Kitchen Collective! If you are excited about this concept of using your kitchen as a ministry to your family, but you don't know how to actually make that happen, then I want to invite you to join our brand new Finding Joy in Your Kitchen Collective! Each month we will tackle a different area of our kitchen so that in one year, you will master your kitchen! The first month we are tackling Breakfasts!! It's going to be incredible. Jump in today to join us: FindingJoyShop.com/kitchencollective Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: Get free shipping on your kids play kits at Lovevery.com/HOMEMAKING Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking14 and use code homemaking14 for up to 14 free meals plus free shipping! >> Join our new Kitchen Collective!! <<
7/19/202134 minutes, 23 seconds
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Building a Solid Morning Routine – Episode 9

I have become very passionate about establishing a solid morning routine in my day because it makes such a huge difference in the work I can get done in a day but also attitudes! Tune into this episode to hear about my morning routine and how I use it to really set the tone for my day. Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. We've been talking a lot about priorities and a solid morning routine helps to make sure your 1-2 top priorities for each day happens. A good morning routine to me: Start off with: Bible reading & prayer Then: Get Ready This helps with: Making sure my own attitude is prepared for the day Make sure to: Review dinner Also: Review days plans This all: Kicks off our work and school day well In the next episode we are going to dive into a solid evening routine and how this is actually the key to a good morning routine and that is when things really start clicking! Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50  
7/12/202130 minutes, 33 seconds
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She Laughs at the Time to Come – Episode 8

In the past episode, we discussed redeeming our time for God's Glory. Next we are going to dive into developing good morning and evening routines. But before we do, I want to pause and take a little look at the Proverbs 31 woman and something she can teach us about using our time well. And don't worry, I'm not going to leave you with a massive to do list that includes learning how to make your own clothes or grow a giant vineyard. Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. We are celebrating this month because my brand new book: She Laughs Without Fear: Wise & Joyful Living with the Proverbs 31 Woman launches this week. Preorders for the physical copy of the book already closed, but keep an eye out for future bookstore openings when we may offer it for print again. In the mean time, you can get the eBook and Audiobook version in our digital store. You'll get access to both versions! eBook launches Wednesday and audiobook is coming Friday! Order here. "What we are going to see throughout this book is a woman who is filled with joy. A woman who laughs, works hard unto the Lord, and personifies wisdom. All of this leads to a rich, full, and joyful life. And the heart of all of this is not how much she does, or what she accomplishes. It’s not about her worth, or her output, or her social media account where people can follow how beautiful and perfect her home is. The heart of it all is her relationship with God. We will see things we do want to emulate from the Proverbs 31 woman. We might be convicted and see places we can work harder. We might even start a little to do list of things to work on after reading this book. But all of it will be under the umbrella of knowing God more and serving Him with joy." - Introduction from my new book There are two parts of Proverbs 31 that are very relevant to our discussion today. The question is, how do we use our time well? The heading to the Proverbs 31 passage is titled "The Woman Who Fears the Lord" and then the chapter is concluded with these final 2 verses: "Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." We also see up in verses 25,  "Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come." So how do we learn from this wise woman? In my book, we go into the concept of wisdom, what it is and how we can attain it. And then verse by verse we go through the final chapter of the book of Proverbs to see what the real lessons are there in it. But today I want to just look at these few verses. We are on a journey with these 25 foundational episodes to discover how to use our time well in the pursuit of finding joy in our home. And so many of us are plagued by stress and anxiety in our homes. Not a lot of extra room for joy or peace when you are plagued by anxiety. But we see that the wise woman of Proverbs laughs without fear of the future. How could this possible be? How can she be so secure in the Lord that she takes delight in what is to come? This speaks of a woman who has found joy and purpose in her day. Well we see the entire reason for it in verse 30, "but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." What does that fear of the Lord possible mean? The point of the book of Proverbs is to help us understand what God considers wise and righteous living. It helps us take the Law and apply it to daily life. Through the book of Proverbs, we see some powerful glimpses into the heart of God, and it helps us to learn His character more. One such powerful lesson is earlier in the book: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.”  - Proverbs 9:10 he book of Proverbs is all about this concept - the wise person versus the fool.
6/28/202129 minutes, 41 seconds
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Redeeming our time for God’s Glory – Episode 7

As we kick off our next mini series on productivity and routines, we first need to start with the concept of our time. How do we use our time to serve the Lord? How can we redeem our time all for His glory and in finding joy in our homes? Let's dive into this episode to find out! Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Redeeming our time for God's Glory We can view the time we have as a gift - or we can grumble and complain that we don't have enough of it. Do we thank God for the time we have? Or do we constantly grumble and complain about what seemingly little time I have? God gave us 24 hours in a day and of those hours, we are not meant to be productive 24 hours a day. In fact, we "waste" roughly 1/3 of those hours every single day in sleep! God has given you the right amount of hours to accomplish all that he has for you. You won't get to the end of your life and God is like whoops! So with that in mind, are we scheduling in the big priorities that God has given me? Am I making sure that HIS priorities are #1 and that I'm not filling my time with my priorities. We glorify busy and productive. And often, God's big priorities are not often the ones that we feel good sharing on social media or checking off a list. Our big priorities in our life:  God Marriage Kids Business Other important things: homeschool, eating healthy, my own health, reading, etc. What do you need to say not to right now in order to use your time well? I think for many of us, it's getting more wise with our technology use. Tim Challies  shares "They are questions I receive often: “Do you ever sleep? Do you work all the time? Do you ever stop?” There seems to be this impression among certain people that either I am an unrepentant workaholic or that I am remorselessly neglectful toward life’s other responsibilities. The truth is far less sordid: I have invested a lot of effort over many years in learning how to simplify life and how to maximize productivity. I love to make the best use of my time and energy, and I am constantly fine-tuning the systems that allow me to remain that way." His very helpful article: https://www.challies.com/articles/how-to-get-things-done/ Links & Resources: Our sponsor: Get free shipping on the kid play sets at Lovevery.com/homemaking Our sponsor: Get 12 free meals and free shipping with HelloFresh.com/homemaking12 and coupon: homemaking12
6/20/202143 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bonus episode: Year-End Homeschool Wrap Up

Ever year, I do a recap of our homeschool year to share what has been working well and sharing all the resources we used. Listen to to a fun homeschooling convo today. Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. This year we had 2 2nd graders, 2 kindergartners, and a 4 year old who wanted to be in Kindergarten and do everything her big brothers were doing. So it was our first year really with 5 kids in school. Our biggest focus this year: READING. I had a big focus with all 5 kids on getting everyone to the next reading level. Which I am so glad because I feel like my 2nd graders are really walking into 3rd grade with good reading under their belt now. And the two kindergarteners are doing fantastic. They will be reading early readers on their own by 1st grade. The 4 year old in betweener will be there soon as well. We spent a lot of time reading this year and the pay off has been so worth it! I've taught all 5 of my kids so far to read using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Best $14 investment for all 5 of my readers. Our Main Curriculum this Year: The Good and the Beautiful Math We used their level 2 and level K this year. This is our 2nd year using TGATB for math and we love it. They are releasing an all new math program August 2nd and we are very excited about it. I'll update you when we start using it. Gather Round Homeschool for all other subjects We switched to Gather Round in July 2020 after 2 months of heavy research into it (I did NOT want to switch curriculum again lol). But I am so glad that I did!! You can read all about why we love Gather Round in this blog post. Units we've done so far:  Oceans Asia North American Birds Europe Space Africa Earth Science Artists - Year 2 Mini unit: Christmas mini unit: Government We will finish up: Human Body & South America by September. Extras we added in: Notgrass - Our 50 States Random lesson pages from TGATB language arts (they are free to print grades 1-5) Lots of books & art crafts Some books we read this year: Boxcar children Looots of magic tree house books Growly series I survived Series Star Wars Jedi Academy Wingfeather Saga Next year I will have 2 3rd graders, 2 1st graders, and a Kindergartener. So it'll be a full year. I will share exactly what we are using and studying as we get closer to September and I've had a chance to actually plan and order all my stuff! ;) Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: Check out storyworth.com/homemaking for $10 off your first purchase. PERFECT gift for Father's Day! Our Sponsor: Get 50% off your first order of supplements and herbs! Go to TakeCareOf.com and use code home50 at checkout!
6/11/202143 minutes, 56 seconds
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Finding REST in the Everyday: The Practical Application – Episode 6

In the last episode, we talked about the Biblical idea and encouragement behind Biblical REST. God wants us to rest and in fact, we need to rest in Him. Resting in Him will produce more rest in our life overall. What how do we go about cultivating true rest in our busy too full lives? That's what we are diving into today! Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Build better routines for your life. This might not happen overnight, in fact, it might be a long road to setting better habits in your life. We are so use to living at break neck speeds in our society, it can be SO hard to reframe our concepts of what a productive life looks like. Today we are going to chat about a few things: Getting more sleep, getting OFF social media, being intentional with your rest time, and MAKING the time for rest. Get MORE sleep. "One study highlighted that we are sleeping between one and two hours fewer per night than people did sixty years ago, and two and a half hours fewer than a hundred years ago. However, ultimately the practice of getting a good night's sleep is rooted in the outworking of our theology. We believe God has made sleep an integral part of our humanity (Ps. 127:2), but as with all good gifts from God, we have a sinful tendency to refuse or misuse it. While some may struggle with wanting too much sleep, many of us struggle with wanting to make do with too little. In our productivity-mad society, we idolize activity and minimize the need for sleep. We can even pride ourselves in how little sleep we seem to need. Stories of famous Christians throughout history who reported getting by on very little sleep fuel the idea that less sleep is more godly and an example of great faith. What is often forgotten is that many of these Christians also suffered terribly ill health, and others dies young. That's why I want to make the case that adequate sleep is a far better example of great faith." - Refreshed, page 52. I have struggled deeply with this concept. I feel like I need to constantly worry about the next step and pushing myself harder. As Ive grown in my journey, I've learned that often, I need to just go to sleep and be wise with my time. God will meet our needs. "I believe God will look after my family, my work, or my studies. I refuse to believe the lie that everything depends on me. I believe in God's sovereignty and trust that he does not need me to overwork and under sleep to get all of the work done (Ps. 127:1-2). I believe God created my humanity, and I need to follow his guide for maintaining it. I refuse to believe the lie that I'm unique. I'm no stronger than others and therefor equally in need of his gift of sleep (Ps 3:5, 4:8). I believe my body and soul are so closely bound together that each impacts the other. I refuse to believe the lie that if I neglect my body, my soul and mind will still flourish. I believe my sleep is one of the best illustrations of my rest in Christ. I refuse to believe the lie that I must be known for my sacrificial service to Christ rather than by my resting on him. I believe in God alone and refuse to worship idols. I refuse to idolize work success and belittle sleep. I refuse to idolize late night entertainment and neglect sleep. I refuse to idolize service at the expense of sleep. I refuse to make impressing my boss more important than sleep. I refuse to idolize a perfect home at the cost of damaging the temple of my body. Our sleep patters reveal our idols." - Refreshed, pages 53-54. How do we get more sleep? Discipline "We need God's help to translate this conviction into action. Ask him for the willpower to make the necessary schedule adjustments and lifestyles changes."
6/3/202143 minutes
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Finding REST in the Everyday: The Biblical Basis – Episode 5

Rest is a topic that Christian women are not talking enough about. In fact, we tend to glorify busy. We glorify perfection, and doing more, and sometimes we even glorify a too full messy life over a more restful life. Today we are going to dive into what rest means from a Biblical perspective and why it's so important for the Christian women today. Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Physical Warning Signs of Lack of Rest "Just as running too fast round the track will eventually result in physical problems, so running the race of life at too fast a pace will have physical consequences. Over 70 percent of Americans experience stress-induced symptoms such as headaches, stomach cramps, sore joints, back pain, ulcers, breathlessness, bad skin, an irritable bowel, chest pain, and palpitations. I certainly had some of these symptoms, and I also remember many female patients who came to me with multiple and varied bodily pains for which no physical explantation could be found, no matter how many tests and scans they had. Their lives were simply too fast and full for their bodies and minds. It's called "burnout" for a reason: All the stress causes chronic inflammation, a sort of fire in our cells that burns all the hotter, further, and longer the more fuel we add to it with our hectic lifestyles. Feeling tired, exhausted, and lethargic all the time are early warning signs that should be heeded." - Refreshed, page 26 PUSHING ourselves too hard: "We are not only creatures; we are complicated creatures. We have not only incredibly complex bodies but also remarkably intricate souls. And when you put these together in one person, you have multiplied complications as each part interacts with the others. That was one of the key areas I forgot. I was pushing myself physically in many different ways. God has blessed me with a strong will, and when I decided to get something done, I just kept pushing until it was accomplished. "Yes, at times I could tell that such determined pushing was taking a toll on my body but I ailed to see that it was also taking a toll on my mind and my soul. I seemed to think that I could push and exhaust the physical part of me, and the mental, emotional and spiritual parts would be unaffected. I was not seeing myself as God has made me - a limited creature and complex creature. I was not only underestimating my limitations but underestimating the impact of an exhausted body on my mind and my soul. And I'm not talking here about exceptional times in life when we have to push ourselves much harder, such as when facing exams, work deadlines, or nursing babies. I'm talking about this becoming the norm, the default, for extended periods of time. Verses such as Phil 4:13 - "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" - do not override our basic need to eat, drink, and sleep." - Refreshed, page 39. I've found in my life, that knowing I need to rest more, isn't the same as truly believing it. And I've found that my inability to rest was very much tied up in feeling like I needed to do ALL THE THINGS all of the time. This is still something I can struggle with time to time, but by God's Grace I've come a long way. Here are some truths to keep in mind when we are struggling with this Biblical concept of REST: Stop striving  - your worth is in Christ "A grace-paced life? What's this? It's a pace of life that's constantly refreshed by five different wells of divine grace. First, there's the motivating well of grace. We used to be driven by money, family perfection, beauty, careers, or earning God's favor. But instead of filling and fulfilling us, these motivations drained and dried us. Now though,
5/31/202144 minutes, 20 seconds
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Practical Ways to Find Joy in the Everyday – Episode 4

We are on a quest here with this ministry...to find joy in the everyday. And that's no easy task. We've talked about. 1. The Ministry of Home 2. How the Gospel Impacts Our Homes. 3. Finding Glory in the Mundane Moments. And now, practical ways to find joy. Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. This episode is based today on this article published in 2016. If you want to read along to everything we discussed, you can hop over and read it here. In this episode we discuss: Finding Joy in the Early Morning Hours Fill the House with Worship Music Open the Bible Count Your Blessings Keeping a Joyful Heart in the Mundane Tasks of Home Keeping Pray Over Your Home Listen to Something Inspirational Have a Plan Create Room for Fun In the next episode we are going to jump into the importance of REST in our homes and lives. Links & Resources: 2016 Article on Finding Joy My Spiritual Disciplines Notebook Set Hf #143: Cultivating Gratitude in Everyday Life Hf #141: Growing in Gratitude with Mary Mohler Hf #50: Choosing to be Thankful in Troubled Times Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking12 and use code: homemaking12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping! Our Sponsor: Get 20% off your smart subscription for shampoo and conditioner for Gemmist with code: HOME  
5/24/202148 minutes, 41 seconds
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Finding Glory in the Mundane Moments – Episode 3

In episode #1 (of our new relaunch of the podcast) we talked about the ministry of home and #2 focused on how the Gospel impacts all we do. Today we are chatting about finding glory in the mundane moments. Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Most of us spend our days in the mundane. You see, I struggle sometimes with finding worth in the mundane. I struggle finding glory in the ordinary. I sometimes struggle knowing how the second load of dishes or sweeping the sidewalk is worth anything. Do you ever struggle with this? Do you ever struggle knowing how our work in the home matters to God? I feel like I’ve gone on a similar journey as the author has in Glory in the Ordinary. I love how she’s open about her struggle with this as well: “Like all major changes, my early days as a stay-at-home mom rocked me to the core. I had gone from days filled with fruitful conversations to days filled with crying and blank stares from two needy babies. Over time I began to see that being home had inherent value, but what I couldn’t immediately see was how the work at home had value as well. It was not merely about staying home to take care of the children (which made sense to my exhausted brain); I had to learn there was value in the laundry and cleaning too.” – Glory in the Ordinary page 25 This is the impactful part, she goes on to say: “What I’ve learned is that God is glorified in the mundane work as much as he is in the magnificent. In fact, it is in the mundane moments, the moments where we live each and every day, where we come to see the true greatness of God and his love for us.” – Glory in the Ordinary page 25 Life is lived out in these tiny moments. I may not always have the mental capacity to remember and realize that I am doing big, grand work, even when I’m scrubbing toilets, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Something that I love throughout her book is this concept of how our culture views work in the home versus how God does. Our culture views work as simply a means to an end. We work just enough to be able to afford leisure time. And we look down on those blue collar jobs or work that seem to have little worth, such as working McDonald’s. We value big important jobs. We admire people who are in charge of large ministries who are making changes in the world. That’s not a bad thing to admire those people, but we tend to put all our value into these jobs or those people. So we tend to think then, even if we don’t say it out loud, that our work doesn’t matter if we are not accomplishing something big. And then we apply that to life in the home. When I’m caring for these five souls that God has entrusted to my care, it’s easier for me to see the worth. I can glimpse the Gospel-work that I am doing, even if I don’t always verbalize it or even remember it. But when I can take a step back, I can more easily see that the work I do with my kids, is big and important. But scrubbing the toilets? Cleaning out the garbage can so it stops smelling? Pulling a red crayon out of the dryer which has now stained an entire load of laundry? How are these moments important when they don’t seem to accomplish anything big or important? And Courtney makes an important point: we have to choose the middle of the road when it comes to the work in our home. Because on one hand we can completely devalue the work at home and on the other, we can make it an idol! We don’t have the time to cover all of these in detail today, but I love that God so cares about the everyday details of our lives. Here are some ways we can think about the work in our home: 1) We are loving God and serving Him through serving others
5/17/202141 minutes, 17 seconds
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How the Gospel Impacts Our Homes – Episode 2

Last week we talked about our ministry at home. We need to have a focus on Christ that is all encompassing of our life. And this leads us to our 2nd foundational episode: The Gospel as our central focus within the home. Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. As Christians, the thing that we need to stand upon, the thing that unites us, and the thing that our homemaking should be based upon - is the gospel. Starting with the Basics Having a Gospel-Centered home means purposefully and intentionally creating the goals, activities, and atmosphere in the home to be firmly centered on the Gospel. So, What IS the Gospel? The Gospel is powerful: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." Romans 1:16   “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 1) First, Paul tells his readers that it is God to whom they are accountable. Romans 1:18 - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men" 2) Second, Paul tells his readers that their problem is that they rebelled against God. Roman 3:10 - “None is righteous, no, not one."   Romans 3:23 - "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."   Romans 6:23 - "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." 3) Third, Paul says that God's solution to humanity's sin is the sacrificial death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Romans 5:8 - "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." 4) Finally, Paul tells his readers how they themselves can be included in this salvation. Romans 10:9-10 - "Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved." So Gospel-Centered living first starts with a thorough understanding of the Gospel, daily reminding ourselves about the beauty and the truth of the Gospel, and finally, having a firm vision of eternity. Bringing it all together 1) For our own sanctification 2) Relying on and needing God's GRACE 3) Winning our husband's to Christ - or encouraging his faith 1 peter 3:1-2 "Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, when they see your respectful and pure conduct." 4) The Gospel in our Parenting Deuteronomy 6:6-9 - "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates." 5) Out into the world Train up our children so THEY can present the Gospel Spreading the Gospel through Hospitality Next week we I'll turn to how this plays out in ordinary life. It's one thing to say that we want a focus on the Gospel...it's another to live it out in the mundane. So next week we are going to discuss: Glory in the Mundane and finding joy in that. Join our New Community App! The other very exciting news I have for you today is that our brand new community app has launched. You can come join our FREE app where you can join in on the discussion of THIS podcast episode and so much more. If you are looking for a safe and encouraging place...
5/10/202143 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Ministry of Home – Season 1 Episode 1

Welcome!! It's relaunch day of our podcast! For 330 episodes, we've been the Homemaking Foundations Podcast. But we are rebranding everything under our new name, including the podcast. So welcome to season 1, episode 1 of the Finding Joy in Your Home podcast. We are kicking off the new season with 25 foundational episodes. Today we are talking about what the Ministry of Home is and more specifically: What is the purpose of life and how should we spend our time? So let's dive into our first official episode under our new name. And don't worry - ALL 330 episodes are still there! Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. As a society, we are all searching for meaning. We deeply want to use our lives (and our time) well. We want to have purpose and meaning in our days. The big question we all want answered: What does it mean to have a successful life? And where should we spend our time? As Christians, this has to first and foremost start with God. How does God define a successful life? How does he say we should spend our time? <-- This is where we are starting in this discussion.  You see, as Christians, God's Word should be the back bone of how we spend our life and our days. But sadly, for many, being a Christian has become a secondary or even tertiary influence in our lives. Many Christians today focus on a worldly life and worldly pursuits and might fit God in when it's convienent. So as Christians, what is our point in life? The Westminster Shorter Catechism says this: "Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever."  Well there you go. That's the entire mission behind our ministry and new name of: Finding Joy in Your Home. How do we find that joy in our homes? When we seek to follow God and glorify Him. How do we glorify God? By loving him and obeying his commands. "The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man."- Ecclesiastes 12:13   "Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?" - Matthew 16:24-26 So we see, as soon as we dive into Scripture, that our primary purpose is to love and serve God. A big way of serving God is loving and serving others. "For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” - Galatians 5:13-14 So what does this mean for us in the context of loving and raising our families? Our Ministry At Home A successful life is not marked by: How much money we have in the bank How many degrees or titles after our names we amass How beautiful our homes are or how trendy we stay By juggling a giant career and being a mom Losing the baby weight so fast that no one even knows you are a mom ...or a myriad of other things we find out worth in. Those things are not bad in and of themselves. But they become bad when we mark these as a successful life. Rather, a successful life is marked by a life of service and a joy that can only come through the Lord.  "So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit,
5/6/202135 minutes, 39 seconds
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Family Travel Trips from a Family of 8 – Hf #330

As we've embarked on full time travel this past year, we've learned so much! As of the day I'm recording this, we have been traveling full time for exactly 11 months. And while I feel like we are always refining the process, we've also gotten so much better at it! This episode is inspired by the fact that I've gotten a handful of friends messaging me, asking for travel tips for this summer. Some are going camping for the weekend, one friend is taking an 8 week trip staying in cabins, another friend is embarking on a 3 month RV trip, and others are venturing out in their local areas for day trips. So after thinking about it, here are my travel tips for families (especially those with little kids). Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Psst: This is our very last episode under the name of Homemaking Foundations. ALL of my episodes will still be here in the feed for you, but all 330 episodes will be set to episode 0. The next episode to come out will be episode 1, under season 1 of Finding Joy in Your Home. All the same amazing content...just under a new name to better capture what we do here!  1. Just do it. Go. Make it happen. It might sound overwhelming. It might be overwhelming as you pack and get ready. It might be a lot more work than just staying home...but go. The memories and experiences are worth it. And you'll get better at it with time. 2. Plan as best you can, but go with the flow. For those of us planner types, we can get deep into the details of planning out summer plans. In fact, I actually LOVE planning out our trips. I get very geeky and excited about mapping out the perfect route, where we will stay, and what we will do. Whether you dread or love this step...you have to remember to take it all in stride. It's NOT going to be perfect, in fact, it's often in the imperfect that we remember things the most. We've had RV plans fall through last minute, which ended up being huge blessings in the things we ended up doing. On moving days, we are always so exhausted after taking down camp, driving to a new location, and setting up again. But then the sun dawns the next day and we are ready for fresh exploring. 3. Stock up on activities for kids...and slowly release them. Don't give them all out at once. On long travel days, we usually let the kids just read or do their own thing for the first 2 hours or so. Usually until our first rest or gas stop. Then we will pull out a craft or activity and let them play with that for a while. A few hours later when we are starting to get tired, I'll pull out something else new! The key, for when you are traveling a lot, is to find cheap stuff! The dollar tree is my favorite place to grab stuff and I've gotten creative with the things I'll get for the kids to do. Some ideas: $1 crayon and picture packs $1 Felt pictures with markers $1 magic market packets. Or get the $5 from Walmart, they usually come with several pens and sheets of paper. I'll buy random stickers and scrapbooking stuff + packet of markets + $1 notebook for each kid and have them write their own book. $1 activity books Walmart as these cool glitter poster boards for $1 each. Give them stickers + pens and make a poster Print off mazes, activites, and pages from Pinterest and bind into a book for each one. Etch a sketches, Melissa and Doug Water wow books, etc. It's not until usually the final hour or so that we break out the Kindle fires and let them watch a movie. I'm not against using screens on long card rides, but since we do it SO often, I like to save it until the very end so they are not asking from minute #1 of being in the car. 4. SNACKS
5/3/202157 minutes, 42 seconds
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When no one appreciates what you do – Hf #329

Mother's Day is coming up in a few weeks. And while we may look forward to the day (or not), it can also be hard with expectations and a lot of emotions. Maybe you will get a hand written card. Maybe you will get a half-hearted “Happy Mother’s Day” from your teen. Maybe your husband will do the dishes for you. Maybe it will be all you dreamed of and it will be amazing. Maybe. Or maybe you will feel a little disappointed. Maybe you will feel hurt that your husband didn’t make a bigger deal out of the occasion. Maybe you resent the fact that you still had to do all the cooking and the cleaning over the weekend. Maybe you will wish that just for once, someone in your family would notice ALL that you do. Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I get it. I think all of us have been there at one moment or another. “Don’t they see ALL that I do for this family day in and day out?” “Wow, I sure wish I could just throw my clothes all over the room and hope that someone else will deal with it later.” “I don’t ever stop working, I wish that just for one second that someone would notice that and recognize it!”  I know it’s easy for these feelings to creep into our hearts. But at the end of the day, this is only going to lead us feeling frustration, overwhelmed, and with a lot less joy in our lives. These feelings and this line of thinking robs us of our contentment in the everyday.  When mother’s day is over and we are feeling under-appreciated and overwhelmed, how do we being again to find joy? Finding our Joy in the Lord It can be so discouraging when we feel like we are not appreciated for all we do. We want to be recognized or even just given a small thank you every once in a while. But when we don’t get these, or it doesn’t look like how we think it should look…we are quickly robbed of our joy. The problem is: We are placing our hope, our trust, and our joy in the things of this world. We are placing our joy – or our lack there of – in the hands of our toddlers who might wake up on the wrong side of the bed and scream all day or in the very angsty hands of our teenagers. We are turning to our family to fulfill us and meet our needs. I did this a lot in the early days of our marriage. I looked to my husband to fulfill all of my needs. I looked to him for encouragement, for security, for complete and perfect love…and of course, when he would inevitably fail…my joy would go along with it. I’ve learned through too many mistakes throughout the years that ultimately, my joy needs to be in the Lord. These sinful humans that we live with day in and day out WILL fail us at one point or another. Or everyday. Yes, our children and our husband can bring us an immense amount of joy. But if our ultimate joy, peace, and life rests in how our family all responds to us then we have turned our family or our kids into an idol and at the end of the day, we will be sorely disappointed. RELATED: Idols of the Heart and Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus – Hf #45 “Idols aren’t just stone statues. No, idols are the thoughts, desires, longings, and expectations that we worship in the place of the true God. Idols cause us to ignore the true God in search of what we think we need.” – Idols of the Heart, page 23 Instead of placing our trust and our hope in our family, we need to place that trust and that hope in Christ. We need to turn to him when life hurts, when we feel disappointed, when we are overwhelmed. When we tie our identity, the worth of our motherhood, to the thanks or gratitude we get on Mother’s Day, or our birthday, or any old day of the year, we will be sorely disappointed. We will become bitter, resentful,
4/26/202134 minutes, 42 seconds
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On battling anxiety with Phylicia Masonheimer – Hf #328

Anxiety is no stranger to both Phylicia and myself. In this episode, my guest Phylicia Masonheimer, is going to share her journey with battling anxiety from a Biblical and practical stand point. It's a very encouraging chat. Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: This interview originally appeared in the 2021 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. If you would like access to the other 39+ conference sessions. Check it out here Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com/home50 and enter code: home50  
4/19/202139 minutes, 43 seconds
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Hard Doesn’t (Necessarily) Mean Bad – Hf #327

In our culture, we run from hard things. We tend to think that hard = bad or wrong. But today I'm going to give you some encouragement that hard doesn't necessarily mean bad. In fact, God often does His biggest work in Hard. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. We get asked a lot how we do certain things: run a business from home with 6 kids, travel full time, go out to eat with said kids, homeschool all of them without losing our minds, etc. And honestly, most of what we do doesn't seem overly mystifying to us, but some of it is really hard. A big theme in our life has become: hard doesn't mean bad. Often in our culture, we equate hard with bad. We think that if things are hard, they must be wrong. Or that we are doing them wrong. For example: Newborn days and entering motherhood can be HARD. That doesn't mean we are doing it wrong. Some homeschool days are terrible. It doesn't mean the sacrifice isn't worth it. Traveling all around the country with 6 young kids can be exhausting. It doesn't mean the education and exploration isn't worth every single second. In our culture today, we've been trained to think that hard is bad. We feel like life should be easy and good, not tough and hard. So we either assume we are doing something wrong or that the hard isn't worth pushing through. The thing is: most worthwhile things in life ARE hard. Getting a college degree is HARD. But it can be worth every single bit of work. Pregnancy and labor is hard. But it produces new life. Discipleship is hard, and exhausting, and frustrating at times...But it's God's work in our children's lives (and in our own lives). God disciplines us and it's often so hard. But it produces the fruit of the Spirit. "God’s sovereignty is exercised primarily for His glory. But because you and I are in Christ Jesus, His glory and our good are linked together. Because we are united with Christ, whatever is for His glory is also for our good. And whatever is for our good is for His glory." “God does not willingly bring affliction or grief to us. He does not delight in causing us to experience pain or heartache. He always has a purpose for the grief He brings or allows to come into our lives. Most often we do not know what that purpose is, but it is enough to know that His infinite wisdom and perfect love have determined that the particular sorrow is best for us. God never wastes pain. He always uses is to accomplish His purpose. And His purpose is for His glory and our good. Therefore, we can trust Him when our hearts are aching or our bodies are racked with pain.” ― Jerry Bridges, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts Links & Resources: Book recommendation: Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking12 and use code homemaking12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!
4/10/202135 minutes, 8 seconds
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When plans don’t go your way – Hf #326

We hear all the time that "you are enough" or "just believe in yourself." But what happens when you are NOT enough? When you can't just make it happen or work it all out? We run headlong into trouble in our life when we start relying on OUR strength instead of in God's strength. That's what we are discussing today. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: Enough About Me: Finding Lasting Joy in the Age of Self by Jen Oshman Our Sponsor: Try out StoryWorth, no shipping required, by going to StoryWorth.com/homemaking for $10 off  your first purchase.
3/29/202126 minutes, 23 seconds
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Real Life Mentoring + Resources – Hf #325

Mentoring is such an important topic in the Church today, but it's to still feel left wondering what it looks like. In today's episode we are going to discuss some different ways that mentoring can look in real life and a call to the importance of the local Church! Plus I'll share more resources for Biblical mentoring. Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Mentoring in real life can look so many different ways! It can look like a formal Bible study time, or meeting one on one for coffee, by watching how others conduct their life, and just living real life with other women. Links & Resources: Growing Together: Taking Mentoring Beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women Finding a Mentor, Being a Mentor: Sharing Our Lives as Women Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together Our Sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com/home50 and enter code: home50
3/22/202140 minutes, 51 seconds
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Hf #324: My Quarter 1 Reading Reviews & Updates

My reading time has fluxuated greatly in the past year. And after only hitting 50% of my reading goal in 2020, I knew I wanted to really dive back into better reading habits this year. And so far, I'm smashing my reading goals and have formed some new habits. In this episode, I'm going to share some reviews for 10 of the books I've read so far this year (out of 33) and then share what has been helping me this year in reading more. Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What's helping me this year compared to last: Getting excited about reading again! I bought some new books to get excited and its helping me work through old ones Going back to reading 1 chapter of a non fiction book a day:  currently working through a beastly systematic theology doing this. Setting an easier goal so I feel excited when I break it instead of just feeling supppper behind. Making it habit to listen through audiobooks again in nooks and crannies. My favorite books read so far this year: You can follow me over on Goodreads to keep up to date on what I'm reading. But here's some of our favs! As a family we are currently reading through the Chronicles of Narnia. This is our first time reading the whole series with all the kids and we are going through it very slowly when we have travel days! We are also on book #1 of the Wingfeather Saga as a family and are really enjoying it. Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley- 4 star Awaking Wonder by Sally Clarkson - 3 starts Why Children Matter by Douglas Wilson  - 4 star - I listened to this for free with the Canon Press app free trial. Hooked - 2 star The Common Rule: Habits for Purpose for an Age of Distraction - 3 star The Household and the War for the Cosmos - 4 star - I listened to this for free with the Canon Press app free trial. A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament - 3.5 stars Eve in Exile: and The Restoration of Femininity - 5 stars - I listened to this for free with the Canon Press app free trial. The Self Sufficient Backyard - 5 stars (I purchased it from their website) Before Jerusalem Fell - 5 stars Comparison Girl - 5 stars Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy: I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!) When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. Free TWO week trial of PrepDish
3/15/202136 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hf #323: Cultivating a Serving Heart

In this episode we are going to be discussing what it means to serve others with a heart of humility. We will focus on laying aside pride and putting on humility...in all areas of our lives! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up World Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking12 and use code: homemaking12 for 12 free meals, including free shipping!
3/6/202128 minutes, 50 seconds
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Q&A on Eschatology (and where do we go from here?) – (A Look at the End Times Part 5) – Hf #322

Here in our 5th and final part of our eschatology series, we are going a Q&A wrap up. Jason and I are sharing where we've landed on this whole debate (maybe), determining churches based off Eschatology (should we??), viewing current events, and where do we go from here? I hope to leave you at the end of this episode with a ton of encouragement! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. A note on this series: In no way are Jason and I an expert in this topic. But we’ve greatly enjoyed diving into eschatology this year and are excited to share what we’ve learned. We are covering the 3 main views of the end times, but even within those 3, there are countless smaller viewpoints of those. So what we are attempting to do here is a broad overview of each point. Please forgive us if we over generalize any areas or if we make a mistake on any of these. Please come dialogue with us on Instagram if you want to share anything! Links & Resources: Check out the previous episodes in this series: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. Book Suggestion: Three Views on the Millennium Book Suggestion: Four Views on the Book of Revelation Video Suggestion: An Evening of Eschatology (We highly recommend this video!!) Our Sponsor: Visit BarberMom.com and use the promo code HOME for $10 off a Lifetime Membership. Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/90homemaking and use code 90homemaking to get $90 off including free shipping!
2/27/202150 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Postmillenial Viewpoint (A Look at the End Times Part 4) – Hf #321

Welcome to the fourth part of our Eschatology series: A look at the end times. In part 1, we covered WHY you should care about Eschatology and why it’s worth spending our time on. Then in part 2 we covered the Premillennial viewpoint and part 3 we covered the Amillennial viewpoint.  Now we are going to deep dive into the Postmillennial viewpoint. Then we will wrap up the series with a Q&A episode (and where do we go from here)?  Let’s dive in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. A note on this series: In no way are Jason and I an expert in this topic. But we’ve greatly enjoyed diving into eschatology this year and are excited to share what we’ve learned. We are covering the 3 main views of the end times, but even within those 3, there are countless smaller viewpoints of those. So what we are attempting to do here is a broad overview of each point. Please forgive us if we over generalize any areas or if we make a mistake on any of these. Please come dialogue with us on Instagram if you want to share anything! Overview of the Postmillennial Viewpoint: This is the view that Christ will return after the Millennium here on earth (hence the post part). This is a partial preterest viewpoint which means that they view many of the events prophesied in the book of Revelation as already have happened (i.e. the great Tribulation, the Antichrist and so forth). Because of this (and Bible verses from both the Old and New Testament), they take the most optimistic view of human history. They believe that the Gospel will flourish (from the times of the Apostles and the Early Church) now through until when the Millennium is ushered in here on earth. They think the world will get "better and better" because of the triumph and influence of the Gospel in the world. They see the world becoming more and more Christian until even the nations bow to Christ. Once the Gospel has spread that far, the Millennium here on earth will be ushered in and Christ will return after that. Graphs from The Blue Letter Bible Proponents of Postmill: Rousas J. Rushdoony, Greg L. Bahnsen, Douglas Wilson. Jeff Durbin, James White, Kenneth L. Gentry Jr., David Chilton, Gary North, Eusibius, Athanasius, Samuel Rutherford, John Owen, Isaac Watts, Jonathan Edwards, Richard Sibbes, John Cotton, BB Warfield, Loraine Boettner, Iain Murray, Ligon Duncan. Postmill resources: The Puritan Hope by Murray, Iain H. Eschatology of Victory Kik, J. Marcellus He Shall Have Dominion: An Eschatology of Victory Gentry Jr., Kenneth L. Millennium Boettner, Loraine. Postmillennialism: An Eschatology of Hope Mathison, Keith A. Before Jerusalem Fell Kenneth Gentry Allie Stuckey Relatable Episodes with Jeff Durbin (Part 1 and Part 2) Postmill documentary: On Earth as It Is in Heaven
2/20/202148 minutes, 53 seconds
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What is the Amillennial viewpoint? (A Look at the End Times Part 3) – Hf #320

Welcome to the third part of our Eschatology series: A look at the end times. In part 1, we covered WHY you should care about Eschatology and why it's worth spending our time on. Then in part 2 we covered the Premillennial viewpoint. Now we are going to deep dive into the Amillennial viewpoint. The next episode will feature Postmillennialism. We will wrap up the series with a Q&A episode! Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. A note on this series: In no way are Jason and I an expert in this topic. But we’ve greatly enjoyed diving into eschatology this year and are excited to share what we’ve learned. We are covering the 3 main views of the end times, but even within those 3, there are countless smaller viewpoints of those. So what we are attempting to do here is a broad overview of each point. Please forgive us if we over generalize any areas or if we make a mistake on any of these. Please come dialogue with us on Instagram if you want to share anything! Overview of the Amillennial Viewpoint: This is the view that there is no earthly millennium. Rather, the millennium is a Spiritual one that is currently taking place in Heaven. We have been in the millennium since Christ ascended into Heaven and will remain until He comes back again. They believe the 1000 years is a figurative term to mean a really long time. Believers who have already died and die today will be in Heaven immediately experiencing the millennium. The Kingdom of God (proclaimed by Jesus and his apostles) is synonymous with the millennial kingdom of Revelation 20:4-6. This is a very simple and straightforward look at our present age and Christ returning. They are partial preterists and interpret many of the prophecies in Revelation to have already happened in the first century (i.e. antichrist, great tribulation, etc). Preterism - An eschatological viewpoint that places many of the eschatological events in the past, especially during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. - What Does the Bible Teach About the End Times?  Graphs from The Blue Letter Bible Amill Resources: What Does the Bible Teach About the End Times? The Bible and the Future by Hoekema, Anthony A case for Amillennialism – Kim Riddlebarger More Than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation by Hendrikson, William Triumph of the Lamb by Dennis Johnson Sam Storms video The Preterist Approach to Revelation - Ligioner Ministries eCourse: The Last Days According to Jesus by R.C. Sproul
2/17/202127 minutes, 44 seconds
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What is the Premillennial viewpoint? (A Look at the End Times Part 2) – Hf #319

Welcome to the second part of our Eschatology series: A look at the end times. In part 1, we covered WHY you should care about Eschatology and why it's worth spending our time on. Now we are going to deep dive into the first viewpoint: Premillennialism. The next episode will feature Amillennialism and the next part Postmillennialism. We will wrap up the series with a Q&A episode! Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. A note on this series: In no way are Jason and I an expert in this topic. But we've greatly enjoyed diving into eschatology this year and are excited to share what we've learned. We are covering the 3 main views of the end times, but even within those 3, there are countless smaller viewpoints of those. So what we are attempting to do here is a broad overview of each point. Please forgive us if we over generalize any areas or if we make a mistake on any of these. Please come dialogue with us on Instagram if you want to share anything! Defining our Terms Before we jump into the Premill viewpoint, let's first define a few terms we will talk about when it comes to all three viewpoints. Second Coming of Jesus: To conquer sin and death and Satan once and for all. Verses: 1 Thess 5, Titus 2:13, Matthew 24:30, Revelation 1:7, Revelation 19:11. When will the second coming happen? It will be like a thief in the night. No one knows when it’ll happen. Verses: 1 Thess 5:2, Matthew 24:44. Antrichrist: Man of lawlessness. Verses: 2 Thess 2:3-4, Revelation 13:5-8. The Rapture: Gathering up of all believers; the Church. Verse: 1 Thess 4:17 Millennium: the 1000 year reign of Christ (either figurative or literal 1000 years). Verse: Revelation: 20:2-3 Final Judgement: Where Jesus will judge the living and the dead. Verses: Revelation 20:11-15. Overview of the Premillennial Viewpoint: This is the view that Christ's second coming will happen before the Millennial Kingdom which will be the 1000 year reign of Christ on Earth, The two most common views within premil are pre-trib and post-trib. Though there are arguments for mid-trib as well. Premills have a futurist view of the book of Revelation. This means that they believe the events outlined in Revelation to be future events (to us). Revelation chapters 4-22 are yet to be fulfilled. Premills argue that theirs is the most literal reading of Revelation. Those who disagree argue that premills take passages of Revelation as literal when in fact they should be read and interpreted symbolically or figuratively. Pre-trib Premils believe that Christ will rapture the Church BEFORE the 7 years of tribulation. Post-trib premils believe that the Church will live through the 7 years of Tribulation before Christ comes again. Dispensational Premill:  The most popular view of the end times in America today is the dispensational premill view. This view first appeared in the 19th century which distinguished it from historic premill. This view argues for a secret rapture 7 years before Jesus returns. They also emphasize the fulfillment of the promises made to Jewish people during this Millenium. Proponents of this view include: Wayne Grudem, John MacArthur, Erwin Lutzer, Charles L. Feinberg, John Walvoord, Charles Ryrie, and J. Dwight Pentecost, and it was popularized through Hal Lindsey’s 1970 bestseller, The Late, Great Planet Earth, and the Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Graphs from The Blue Letter Bible Historic Premill:  As oppose to their dispensational brothers, historic premill believe that the Church will go through the great Tribulation and the rapture will happen at the end of those 7 years. They also see no radical difference between the Church and Israel. Proponents of this view include: John Gill, Charles Spurgeon, John Piper, Albert Mohler,
2/16/202149 minutes, 37 seconds
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Why You Should Care About Eschatology (A Look at the End Times Part 1) – Hf #318

Jason and I have done a deep dive study into eschatology this year. And what was once a very confusing theological idea has turned into a very rich and profitable theological point for both of us. We are kicking off this mini series (A Look at the End Times) with an episode all about why we should care about eschatology. Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. This is the first in our 5 part series on Eschatology. In this first introduction we are going to cover WHY we should care about eschatology and take this time to study it. Then over the course of 3 mini episodes that are all released at once, we are going to cover the 3 main view points: Premill (pretrib & historical), Amill, & Postmill. Then in the final episode in this series, we are going to go over more resources and questions! We are excited to dig into this topic with you. And while we certainly don't have all the answers on this topic, we are excited to share the resources that have been helpful for us in studying it all. At the end, we hope this inspires you to dive into Scripture more! Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: Get 15% of your order at HighKey.com/HF Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/homemaking10 and use code homemaking10 for 10 free meals, including free shipping!
2/6/202147 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why you need to take care of yourself – Hf #317

Last week we talked about getting to the bottom of WORK, leisure, and what's the point? Today we are looking at the next logical topic: building out your schedule and the importance of taking care of yourself. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What does it mean to invest in yourself? This is a hot topic right now in Christian circles. Many people proclaim we need to be doing MORE to invest in ourselves and others say that this is an entirely selfish phrase or idea and we need to throw it out. Where do I stand? Right in the middle of this debate.  I think that there is a huge movement in our culture to be selfish. Spend all your time and money on yourself. The good life consists of many shopping days, trips to the spa and making sure YOU are #1 priority in your life...to the exclusion of others. That is a wrong and sinful attitude. So on the flip side, I think Christians often overreact on the other end and we take the idea of denying ourselves so far to the extreme that we no longer have the capacity to serve well because we've neglected ourselves physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Matthew 16:24 - Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." We see that we ARE to live a selfless life. We are to want to become more and more like Christ. We are to deny our own selfish wants and desires and follow HIM! So we shouldn't plunge all of our time, money, and energy into ourselves. We shouldn't be selfish to the detriment of those around us especially. Caring for our health But we should also be concerned about caring for this body and mind that God has given us so that we can serve him with joy and vigor. If we run ourselves into the ground trying to be and do everything, we won't have the energy or creativity to joyfully serve our family and do all that God has called us to in this life with joy. God calls us to be wise with our time. To use it well. To serve him. And I think a very wise use of some of our time, is making sure that we are taking care of ourselves. "Some godly people who exercise regularly and eat well drop dead at every age. And some sedentary overeaters live to be ninety. Our days are set by God, not us. You won’t live a day longer or shorter than God decides. But keep in mind that some people have survived the plunge over Niagara Falls. That doesn’t make it wise." - Physical Exercise by John Piper "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain." - 1 Corinthians 15:58 John Piper explains why he puts time and energy into jogging: "Underneath most of my besetting sins is despondency. I am less prone to such melancholy when I hammer my body three times a week. The reason could be endorphins. Could be ego. Whichever, it’s cheaper than Prozac or psychotherapy. I’m simply happier. And I sleep better. I have more energy. Most of that energy goes into the Bible and preaching and people. And the fruit from that is, I hope, edification. Which means I exercise to be a more loving person and a better pastor."  Caring for our bodies and our minds is being a WISE steward of what God has given us: "If you ask how the fruit of exercise relates to the fruit of the Spirit, my answer is this: the Holy Spirit produces his fruit both directly and indirectly. He can zap you in your worst moments and make you kind. But he often does it indirectly. For example, if you are impatient when you get little sleep, and if patience is a fruit of the Spirit (which it is, Galatians 5:22), very likely the Holy Spirit will not only remind you of the sufferings of Christ and the glory of God’s promises, but he will also give you the humility to stop being God and go to bed on time.
1/30/202144 minutes, 23 seconds
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What is the point of work? (and Leisure?) – Hf #316

If you want to get more productive in life, then a really important place to start is our view of work (and leisure). How we view the work we do (especially those mundane moments of our day) has a really big impact on how we craft our own habits and routines. In this episode, we are going to dive into what this looks like from a Biblical perspective. Let's jump in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. The goal of this episode is to give you ENCOURAGEMENT. When we have the proper end goal in mind, it can transform our homes and the work we do! God’s View of Work How do we spend our time? Where do we turn throughout the day? What does it mean to construct a life and schedule that brings glory to God?  I think one important discussion that we must have around this all: Is what is the point of work? It's a question that we must grapple with especially in our modern society. Past cultures didn't really have the luxury of pondering the point of work and leisure. They worked hard for their very survival. And they rested when they needed to to make that happen. They had natural habits built into their day: They went to bed with the sun and rose with the sun. They could do a few tasks well and that was it. In some ways, I envy them: They saw the direct fruit of their labor day in and day out.  In our modern society, I think many of us can feel like we are "wasting" our day when we spend more time in the kitchen cooking or picking up around the house. We see it as somehow bad that we are spending more time preparing food. We are constantly looking for ways we can save time and cut down on things around the house because we want to do more "worthwhile" things. We miss the point deeply that God created us for work. Work is good and hard work can produce much fulfillment and fruitfulness in our lives. Instead of constant grumbling and complaining about the tasks that God set before us: What if we embraced them with vigor and joy? What if we took on 2021 and joyfully labored for the Lord in all that he has given us to do? What if we put our heads down and just got to work!? Keeping it all in perspective that we are laboring for the Lord...all for His Glory! How we view work: “Work is a major instrument of God’s providence; it is how he sustains the human world.”- Every Good Endeavor  When it comes to a proper view of our work, I think it's easy to fall into one of two camps: We are lazy and not working unto the Lord OR we create work to be an idol. Making an idol out of our work:  “The idols of modern culture have had a profound influence on the shape of our work today. In traditional societies people found their meaning and sense of value by submitting their interests and sacrificing their desires to serve higher causes like God, family, and other people. In modern societies there is often no higher cause than individual interests and desires. This shift powerfully changed the role of work in people’s lives—it now became the way we defined ourselves. Traditional cultures tended to see people’s place on the social ladder as assigned by nature or convention, each family having its “proper place.” That view had put too little stock in the role of individual talent, ambition, and hard work for determining the outcome of one’s life. But modern society responded by putting too much stock in the autonomous person.” ― Timothy Keller, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work Work Before the Fall I think we often think of work as being a result of the Fall. But in fact, we see work as part of God's perfect plan. "And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistle...
1/21/202151 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Key to Finding True & Lasting JOY – Hf #315

Are you finding yourself needing to fight for JOY this year? In this episode we are going straight to the Bible to see what our source of Joy is and how we can find steadfast joy and peace this year and beyond. Listen in for some deep encouragement today! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What is true JOY according to God’s Word? "Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls." - 1 Peter 1:8-9 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13 "Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” - Nehemiah 8:10 "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,"  - Romans 14:17 And so many others. But when you read through the entirety of scripture with this joy in mind, you will quickly see the Christian life is one of JOY. To set the stage about what we will be talking about, I love this lengthy quote from R.c. Sproul's book Can I have Joy in My Life? (FREE on Kindle right now!) “THE WAY TO RECOVER JOY - Paul’s admonition to believers to be joyful presupposes that believers can do something if they find themselves lacking in joy. He is right, of course, and the New Testament is filled with teaching on how to be joyful. The most basic method is to focus our attention on the ground of our joy, the source of our joy. Paul gives one of the most practical of these teachings in Philippians: “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (4:8). This is a call to meditate upon the things of the Lord, to turn our attention to the things of God. When we find ourselves depressed, down, irritated, annoyed, or otherwise unhappy, we need to return to the source of our joy, and then we will see those circumstances that are sapping our joy in perspective. The circumstances of this life will pale into insignificance when compared to that which we have received from God. Sometimes our joy is determined by the intensity of the latest blessing we experienced at the hands of God. We’re always looking for the mountaintop experience, for a spiritual high that will excite us and fill us with joy, but these intense feelings wear off. When I have things in perspective, I know that if I never experienced another blessing in my entire life other than the blessings I already have received from the hand of God, I would have no possible reason to be anything but overflowing with joy until the day I die. God has already given me so much to be thankful for, so much to provoke my soul to delight, gladness, and joy, that I should be able to live on the basis of that surplus of blessedness and remain joyful all of my days.” How does joy differ from happiness? Happiness is a fleeting emotion. And usually a very unstable one. What makes us happy might differ from moment to moment. And what is true happiness anyway? Happiness is easy to get swept away with the troubles of this world. Joy on the other hand, is a fruit of the Spirit. "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control" - Galatians 5:22-23:  Why is this significant?  "Paul mentions some of the fruits of the Spirit like “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
1/11/202152 minutes, 43 seconds
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2021 Christian Reading Challenge – Hf #314

It's here! We are finally diving into our 2021 Christian Reading Challenge! If you've followed along with us, you know this is our 5th year in a row issuing a reading challenge (and taking one on ourselves). This year we've changed it up a little bit to make it easier to use. You can check out our 2020 reading challenge to use as well if you want! One of the major changes you'll notice this year is that we've combined both challenges. In previous years we've issued a men's challenge and a women's challenge. This year, anyone can use the challenge to fit their needs. Listen to the Podcast: Listen in to my podcast episode from this week to find out more about why we developed this reading challenge, tips for following along, and the reasoning behind the books and categories chosen. Or skip the podcast and head down below for all the info ? And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What's New This Year Change #1: Like I mentioned above, we are combining the men and women's challenge all into one. Choose which books most interest you! Change #2: Instead of choosing actual books to put into the challenge, we are just adding in categories for you that you fill in with your books or find new ones! Change #3: We are adding a bunch of new books to the category lists below but also carrying our book recommendations from previous years. All NEW book suggestions (that haven't been highlighted in past challenges) will be bold. 2021 Christian Reading Challenge Here’s how it works:  You will find the reading challenge below. You'll see that we've given you two tracks - 13 books or 26! This is either reading one book every four weeks or one book every two weeks. If you want to do 52 books (one a week) you can easily adjust for that as well. A note about fiction: This year we've included fiction categories per your request! I think fiction is hard because all of us are going to have different tastes in what fiction we prefer. You can find some of our favorite Christian Fiction books here. But feel free to substitute any fiction books or series that you enjoy. Pick Your Level: I know each of us has different reading levels and time for reading, so I created two different tracks you can follow. 13 Books a Year – This works out to 1 book every 4 weeks. If you have no habit of reading right now or have no idea you will fit reading time into your busy schedule, then this is a great level to begin with. Pick one book every 4 weeks and commit to getting it down within that time. 26 Books a Year – If you want to tackle a bigger challenge, then this level will get you reading 1 book every two weeks throughout the year. It’s still a very doable reading track but will challenge you to stay on track! If you want to follow this plan, read one book from each list every month. So in January, read book #1 and book #14! This way everyone can read through and follow along with books #1-13 together. Here are the categories:  Christian Living Marriage Parenting/Family Life Theology Fiction Biography/History Spiritual Disciplines  Christian Classics Church History *If you are not a parent or are not married, then scroll down and fill in those spots with other fantastic book suggestions from the other categories. Book Recommendations Per Category: Christian Living: Everyday Faithfulness: The Beauty of Ordinary Perseverance in a Demanding World - Glenna Marshall  Growing Together: Taking Mentoring beyond Small Talk and Prayer Requests - Melissa Kruger A Place to Belong: Learning to Love the Local Church - Megan Hill God Does His Best Work with Empty - Nancy Guthrie Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans - Robert Elmer Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers - Dane C. Ortlund
1/10/202141 minutes, 31 seconds
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My Top 10 Books of 2020 – Hf #313

Today I'm sharing my top 10 books that I read this last year. I love reflecting back over the books I've read and I've got some good ones to recommend to you today. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I read 78 books in 2020. It was far off from my original goal of 156, but considering what a busy year we had, I'm very happy with it! Of all the books I read this year, here are my top 10 favorites! My Top 10 Books of 2020 Suffering is Never For Nothing - Elizabeth Elliot Love Centered Parenting - Crystal Paine (Releases March 16th!) God's Battleplan for the Mind: A Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation - David W. Saxton Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids - Greta Eskridge Loving Well - William P. Smith The Gospel Comes with a Housekey - Rosaria Butterfield The Call of the Wild and the Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education - Ainsley Arment Stop Calling Me Beautiful: Finding Soul-Deep Strength in a Skin-Deep World - Phylicia Masonheimer Start With Your People - Brian Dixon (My interview with Brian here) Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food - Bob Quinn Links & Resources: Follow me on Goodreads Follow Jason on Goodreads Follow me on Instagram Our Sponsor: Go to GreenChef.com/homemaking10 and use code homemaking10 to get $90 off including free shipping!  
1/2/202138 minutes, 23 seconds
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My 12 goals for 2021- Hf #312

I love setting goals for the new year! For 2021, my goals are based off of my word for this year and the focus I want to have. Listen in to my 12 goals I'll be working on this year! Listen to the Podcast: And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. My word for 2021 took a little while to settle on. But in praying about it and really thinking through what Jason and I both want our household to capture this next year, I landed on: Kingdom. It's shaping a lot about how I approach this next year in my thought process and practically through my goals. As I dig into what we will be working towards in 2021, I've broken my goals down into 3 categories: The Kingdom and my personal goals The Kingdom and my family The Kingdom and my business/ministry The Kingdom and My Personal Goals: I'm a big planner and goal setter. It helps to motivate me and I know that by setting personal goals for myself, I accomplish far more than if I didn't set any goals at all. I've got 4 goals for this category: Read 130 books in 2021 Read the entire Bible cover to cover Keep a gratitude journal for 365 days Do 6 craft projects in the year The Kingdom and My Family Goals: Jason and I have developed these goals together. Memorize 40 Bible verses this year (I would like to shoot for 52, one a week, but I know 40 is more realistic). Play more board games (as a family and Jason and I) Invest in solidifying our homeschooling routines. We started a new curriculum 6 months ago that's working so well for us. The next step is really solidifying those routines and habits. Better family worship routine (5 times a week) The Kingdom and My Business/Ministry Goals Write a book Launch rebrand of Finding Joy in Your Home (from Young Wife's Guide) Hire 3-4 people over the course of the year Launch 4 new big products and 4 small products Secret goal: Work on a huge secret project we have set to launch quarter one 2022. We need to be working on this project each week but it's hard to stay on track with a project that huge when it's so far away!
12/24/202034 minutes, 36 seconds
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My Word for 2021 (and how to pick your own!) – Hf #311

This is my 7th year picking a word for my year. Last year I expressed that I always love picking my word for the year but I had difficulty in picking one for 2020. Well that's true again this year. I thought and prayed about it a lot but I think I landed on the perfect word for my year. So today I’m sharing my new word for the year as well as some tips for picking your own word for this year. Here are my past words:  2012: Intentional 2016: Joy 2017: Create 2018: Refresh 2019: Faithfulness 2020: Cultivate Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What has gone into choosing this word: When picking my word for 2020, I was looking ahead to what looked like an extremely full and weird year. We were looking ahead to selling our house, having baby #6, and buying an RV and starting to travel around the U.S. full time. And now we are almost 7 months into that travel journey. But of course, we had no idea what else 2020 would have in store. So I've been praying a lot these past months on what 2021 will have in store for us. I know now more than ever that I can't control what the future holds. But I can hold fiercely to joy and peace this year for my own life and family. More than ever, I need to make sure that MY priorities are crystal clear. I need to make sure that when things in the world get crazy and the days might be hard, that I am standing fiercely in the hope of God's Kingdom. I need to make sure that God's priorities are my true priorities. For my own personal goals, for my family, and for our business. It's something that Jason and I have been discussing a LOT and praying about a LOT. And so all of this has led me to my word for 2021... Kingdom. I want more than anything for 2021 to be Kingdom focused. I want Kingdom focus in my personal goals, my parenting, my marriage, and my business. I want to make choices, pray about decisions, and walk boldly into 2021 with this Kingdom focus. So what does this mean? Got Questions explains that God's Kingdom is: "Broadly speaking, the kingdom of God is the rule of an eternal, sovereign God over all the universe. Several passages of Scripture show that God is the undeniable Monarch of all creation: “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). And, as King Nebuchadnezzar declared, “His kingdom is an eternal kingdom” (Daniel 4:3). Every authority that exists has been established by God (Romans 13:1). So, in one sense, the kingdom of God incorporates everything that is. More narrowly, the kingdom of God is a spiritual rule over the hearts and lives of those who willingly submit to God’s authority. Those who defy God’s authority and refuse to submit to Him are not part of the kingdom of God; in contrast, those who acknowledge the lordship of Christ and gladly surrender to God’s rule in their hearts are part of the kingdom of God. In this sense, the kingdom of God is spiritual—Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36), and He preached that repentance is necessary to be a part of the kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17). That the kingdom of God can be equated with the sphere of salvation is evident in John 3:5–7, where Jesus says the kingdom of God must be entered into by being born again. See also 1 Corinthians 6:9." So to me, what this brings to mind is twofold: Christ is reigning over the cosmos. He is in control of all things. He is not afraid for what tomorrow will bring. He knows and he sees it. His Kingdom reigns over everything. From the small everyday concerns we deal with to the overarching global pandemic that seems to make the world crazy. Because Christ is reigning over the cosmos,
12/21/202034 minutes
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Moms (and dads) get those little ones to Church – Hf #310

Church with littles in tow can be tough. Worth it, but tough. In this episode we are going to chat about the importance of being in Church as a family and some tips for making it easier. Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Ever since our first set of twins started making all those loud noises that babies do when they "talk", it's been hard. I remember one Sunday, pulling into Church, already exhausted from the Sunday morning scramble. We had hurried around getting 3 year old twins dressed and fed, wrangled 14 month old twins into their outfits, and got my pregnant self semi-put together...and I glimpsed a mom of 6 with older kids...just walking into church. She was holding her coffee and her Bible. And each kid was walking across the parking lot by themselves (NOT in constant danger of being run over). And I know she had her own struggles that day... But man I was so overwhelmed at the moment that I couldn't imagine a day like that coming. I had spent SO many Sunday's feeling so defeated and wondering what the point was anyway. I'm still in the tenches with 6 kids 7 and under, but not nearly as deep as a when we had 5 kids 4 and under ? But I've started seeing the pay off (STARTING to see ?). Moms (and dads), it's worth it. Show up. Model the discipline it takes to get there. Lay out clothes the night before, put oatmeal on the crockpot to be ready, have a snack ready for in between services...make it easier! But.show.up. Bring them to Church so they hear God's Word preached. Let them see believers of all ages worshipping together. And don't sweat the small stuff (preaching to myself here). It'll get easier. It'll get sweeter. But show up. God will take care of the rest ? Training littles:  Some days are awful. They just are. Some days are good. Don't let this discourage you. Make sure no one goes hungry. Start off with a calm morning (and make sure they got enough sleep) If you go to tow services, bring a snack in between! Set the expectation: Make it so they are not happy if they have to be taken out of service. (chocolate chips example) Bring things to occupy little hands. We have special coloring bags, they can draw, take notes, ect. Don't sweat the noise: You are training them. It's good work. Don't give up, even if it feels awkward and hard. And it's probably much louder to you than it is to others. Watch other moms: Many of them are awesome and know what they are doing!! Train outside of church: Go out to eat and talk about expectations. Do quiet reading time at home, ect. And don't give up. It gets easier. I think sometimes we get this idea that if we don't perfectly train them at 2, then they will be hopeless cases by the time they are 8. It's not true. Keep training them. All kids are different and will respond differently. Now that the oldest are 8 and 5, it's so much easier to train them then when we had 4 and 2 year olds. Links:  Follow me over on Instagram Our Sponsor: Get 2 weeks of FREE meal planning from PrepDish.com/Homemaking
12/19/202039 minutes, 41 seconds
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On Dating Your Husband (Hint: laugh more!!) – Hf #309

This week we are chatting about DATING your husband. Having more fun together as a couple and how to bring the laughter (and the fun!) back into your marriage. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. I love this advice from my friend Lisa over at Club 31 Women (you can listen to her full episode) How to be best friends: By spending time together By being nice to him By being interested in his stuff By having fun together By praying for him What Jason and I love doing together: READING Board games Video games Watching movies/tv shows OUR BUSINESS Date nights out: Coffee and reading date ? Bowling - our fav fun activity! Going to movies Dinner and shopping What do you and your hubby do together for fun? (responses from Instagram!) Beekeeping Going for drives looking for things to photograph Bike riding "I have an eBay store so we love driving around to thrift stores looking for things to resell." Air hockey Kettlebell workouts Going to antique stores "We plan and cook meals based on different world cuisines" 3D archery He is the soccer coach and me a soccer mom! Many outdoor things: hiking, kayaking, camping, and day trips to things like state park Dog training Watching funny and goofey youtube videos together "We enjoy a nightly routine of good conversations over coffee. When his schedule allows we enjoy sitting in our living room and just being with each other. It's one of my favorite times!" "You can find us on our back deck almost year round...heater for the cold nights! We love listening to a plethora of music genres while playing games or each doing our own activities...together! We cherish OUR TIME!' Links & Resources: 100 Ways to Love Your Husband - Lisa Jacobson 100 Ways to Love Your Wife - Matt Jacobson Sweethearts for a Lifetime by Wayne Mack Phylicia Masonheimer also has a lot of stuff on marriage Our sponsor: Get $80 off plus free shipping at HelloFresh.com/Homemaking80 Our sponsor: Get 50% off your first month go to TakeCareOf.com/home50 and code Home50 at checkout
12/11/202042 minutes, 44 seconds
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On the Reading Life – Hf #308

This month we are going to be chatting a lot about reading, how to read more, and WHY we would want to read more. Today I'm giving some reasons for investing in reading and some tips for reading more...no matter what that means for YOU! Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Why I read and invest in reading: As a Christian, I think it's important to be learning and growing. As a mother, I want to model to my kids what it means to be a life long learner. And reading is very relaxing to me. It fills up my cup so that I can in turn fill up the cups around me. So when considering reading more, keep those in mind! But also keep in mind that we all derive different levels of enjoyment out of reading. For me, it's ALSO my entertainment and what Jason and I choose for leisure. You might not enjoy it that much, and that's okay! Reading will mean different things to each of us. If you don't think you enjoy reading that much, I do encourage you to try some new types of books and see if you don't fall in love. Try new genres, try audiobooks, or different times of day for reading. When setting a goal can help: It can help incentivize you to pick up books. It helps develop a routine. When we do 2 books a week, it naturally helps us pace those. It can help you choose things OVER television or social media. Which is almost always the right thing ;) It helps me FINISH books. Which has greatly paid off because some of my most impactful reading moments have been in the last chapter or so. Links & Resources: Follow me over on Instagram to follow along with everything in real time Follow me on Goodreads to see all my latest reads and challenge Our Sponsor: Visit HomeschookMagnet.com to find some better homeschooling support! Our Sponsor: Get the best custom Christmas gifts and cards at Vistaprint.com/HF
12/4/202044 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Secrets to Batch Cooking – Hf #307

My kitchen has changed dramatically over the past few years as I've gotten into good habits of batch booking. In this episode, I'll share how I use batch cooking in a busy schedule and some terrific resources for doing it in your kitchen as well. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.    Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Jamerrill Stewart's Large Family Table Prep Dish does the work for you - get 2 weeks FREE! Follow me over on Instagram where we've been chatting about all things kitchen! Our sponsor: Vistaprint.com/HF Our sponsor: Homeschoolmagnet.com
11/29/202037 minutes, 54 seconds
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How the Gospel Shapes Our Everyday Responses – Hf #306

In hard seasons, in mundane moments and everything in between, the Gospel needs to shape our responses, our attitude and our home.  Often we think of the Gospel as something that was important at that moment of salvation. Christ died for me, I'm forgiven...then the Christian life starts. But the Christian life is the Gospel. It affects our work, our marriages, our parenthood, our attitudes, and responses to all that life throws at us. And that's exactly what we are discussing today. Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.    Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What is the “goal” of the Christian life? “For I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.” – Philippians 1:19-23 Living in light of the Gospel: “It is our obligation, as people created and owned by God, to give him the honor and glory that is due to him, to live and speak and act and think in a way that recognizes and acknowledges his authority over us. We are made by him, owned by him, dependent on him, and therefore accountable to him.” - What is the Gospel? By Greg Gilbert Finding Glory in the Mundane Moments You see, I struggle sometimes with finding worth in the mundane. I struggle finding glory in the ordinary. I sometimes struggle knowing how the second load of dishes or sweeping the sidewalk is worth anything.  Do you ever struggle with this? Do you ever struggle knowing how our work in the home matters to God? Both of these books this year have helped with that. I feel like I’ve gone on a similar journey as the author has in Glory in the Ordinary. I love how she’s open about her struggle with this as well: “Like all major changes, my early days as a stay-at-home mom rocked me to the core. I had gone from days filled with fruitful conversations to days filled with crying and blank stares from two needy babies. Over time I began to see that being home had inherent value, but what I couldn’t immediately see was how the work at home had value as well. It was not merely about staying home to take care of the children (which made sense to my exhausted brain); I had to learn there was value in the laundry and cleaning too.” – Glory in the Ordinary page 25 This is the impactful part, she goes on to say: “What I’ve learned is that God is glorified in the mundane work as much as he is in the magnificent. In fact, it is in the mundane moments, the moments where we live each and every day, where we come to see the true greatness of God and his love for us.” – Glory in the Ordinary page 25 Life is lived out in these tiny moments. I may not always have the mental capacity to remember and realize that I am doing big, grand work, even when I’m scrubbing toilets, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Something that I love throughout her book is this concept of how our culture views work in the home versus how God does. Our culture views work as simply a means to an end. We work just enough to be able to afford leisure time. And we look down on those blue collar jobs or work that seem to have little worth, such as workingMcDonald’s. We value big important jobs. We admire people who are in charge of large ministries who are making changes in the world. That’s not a bad thing to admire those people, but we tend to put all our value into these jobs or those people. So we tend to think then,
11/21/202037 minutes, 28 seconds
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Keeping a simple kitchen (for simple healthy eating!) – Hf #305

I have one big goal in my kitchen: nourish my family with good, nutritious food so that we all have the energy and vitality to serve the Lord. BUT it has to be simple and easy or I'll never be able to do it. So in this episode I'm going to share a bit behind how I run my simple kitchen to save money, save time, and eat healthier. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Find all my favorite kitchen appliances in my Amazon store Join me over on Instagram Our Sponsor: Get 50% off your first month of Care/Of by going to TakeCareOf.com/home50 and use promo code home50 at checkout! Grab your ticket to this year’s conference! Tickets went on sale this week for the 7th annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. The theme this year is Finding Joy in Your Home. It’s going to be our BEST online conference yet. I invite you to come check out all the speakers, sessions, and other goodies.  
11/13/202036 minutes, 38 seconds
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Remember, there is still Kingdom work to be done – Hf #304

Are you feeling frazzled right now? Maybe overwhelmed as you look to the end of the year and a start of a new one? I've been feeling that a lot this year so I had to remind myself: There is important Kingdom work for me to do each day. I just need to refocus enough to see it. We are going to talk about the right priorities today: Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.     Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: Visit JennyLife.com/HOME to get a FREE quote right now on life insurance! Our Sponsor: Go to HelloFresh.com/HOMEMAKING90 and use code HOMEMAKING90 to get $90 off including free shipping Grab your ticket to this year’s conference! Tickets went on sale this week for the 7th annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. The theme this year is Finding Joy in Your Home. It’s going to be our BEST online conference yet. I invite you to come check out all the speakers, sessions, and other goodies.
11/8/202044 minutes, 24 seconds
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Hf #303: Preparing Your Heart for the Holidays

It's November and the Holiday's are almost here. I don't know about you, but once November hits, I feel like we hit fast forward on the year. So as we look forward to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and making memories as a family...I want to be intentional! Here's how we can start to prepare our hearts to better focus on Christ and make memories as a family. Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Linka & Resources: The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch Hidden Christmas by Timothy Keller Our sponsor: New customers get 20% off plus free shipping at Nutrafol.com coupon code: HOME Christ-Centered Christmas Kit! If you are looking for another resource that will give you the tools to focus more on Christ this year, I want to share with you my Christ-Centered Christmas Kit! The kit includes 6 audio lessons, Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas eBook, and a TON of printables to help you this Christmas season! And you can get the Christmas kit for 25% OFF making it just $14.95 (it’s normally $19.95). Just use coupon code: CHRISTMASBUNDLE18 at checkout for 25% off! Purchase the Christmas Kit Here The Christmas kit even includes these beautiful printable Scripture readings that go along with each day of December. It’s already December you say? Who cares! Jump in now and you will also have these next year to use!! Plus a ton of other great goodies inside the kit! Grab your ticket to this year’s conference! Tickets went on sale this week for the 7th annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. The theme this year is Finding Joy in Your Home. It’s going to be our BEST online conference yet. I invite you to come check out all the speakers, sessions, and other goodies.
10/29/202032 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hf #302: Making Relationships a Priority

It’s been such an insane year. And one thing has been clear to me: I haven’t been making relationships in my life a big enough priority. Listen in to the 3 areas I'm working on relationships in my life: in my parenting, in my marriage, and in my friendships. Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Find out more about the Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2021 Preorder Crystal's NEW book: Love-Centered Parenting Our Sponsor: Get $80 off your first 5 boxes at HelloFresh.com/Homemaking80 and use code Homemaking80 Grab your ticket to this year’s conference! Tickets went on sale this week for the 7th annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. The theme this year is Finding Joy in Your Home. It’s going to be our BEST online conference yet. I invite you to come check out all the speakers, sessions, and other goodies.
10/23/202023 minutes, 31 seconds
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Heading into this next year with JOY – Hf #301

It's been a rough year. Am I right? But 2021 doesn't have to be. Let's head into this next year with JOY! Here's what I'm working on: Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Find out more about the Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2021 Bible Verses Mentioned: Romans 15:13, Psalm 90:14, Phil 4:4, James 1:2-4, Psalm 94:19, and 1 Thess 5:16-18 Our Sponsor: Sponsor a child today with WorldVision.org/Home Grab your ticket to this year’s conference! Tickets went on sale this week for the 7th annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. The theme this year is Finding Joy in Your Home. It’s going to be our BEST online conference yet. I invite you to come check out all the speakers, sessions, and other goodies.    
10/12/202027 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Story of our Online Conferences (and Ministry!) – Hf #300

We are gearing up for our 7th annual online homemaking conference. As we've been sharing about it this week, I thought I would share a little history of our online conferences, how they came to be, and some sneak peeks of what's coming up in our ministry and business. If you want to just chat with me for a little while, listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Find out more about the Homemaking Ministries Online Conference 2021 Our sponsor: Get your waived registration fee from LaurelSprings.com/Foundation Our sponsor: Get 50% off your first vitamin box from TakeCareOf.com/Home50 Grab your ticket to this year's conference! Tickets went on sale this week for the 7th annual Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. The theme this year is Finding Joy in Your Home. It's going to be our BEST online conference yet. I invite you to come check out all the speakers, sessions, and other goodies.
10/10/202031 minutes, 16 seconds
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Helping Young Children Know the Word – Hf #299

Helping our kids know God's Word (and hopefully come to cherish it) is such an important task! But it can also be a very overwhelming task. In this episode, we will share some some great resources for helping our kids know God's Word. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up to get notified when tickets go on sale for the 2021 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference Get FREE classes for your kids! VarsityTutors.com/Home Get $10 OFF stroryworth.com/homemaking Common Questions / Misconceptions “I don’t have enough time!”— Consider repurposing regular times of the day when you’re already with your kids (mealtimes, playtimes, snack time, car rides, before nap or bedtime, walks, etc.) “I don’t know what to teach them!”— When in doubt, just read small portions of scripture, talk about it in simple language, and pray. For more, you can add resources as referenced below. “I don’t know enough!”— Learn together! “It’s hard!” — Faithfulness is always challenging, but it’s worth the cost to invest eternal truths into the hearts of our children. Reminders There is no formula, every family will do it differently and that’s okay. Salvation belongs to the Lord. Even if we do everything right (spoiler: we won’t) that doesn’t guarantee our children will follow the Lord. Hope in him, not your methods. Pray for your children to have changed desires. 5 Ways to Help Your Children Know, Understand, and Apply the Word of God Through Inductive Study Through Scripture Memory By Teaching Doctrinal Truths By Teaching Vocabulary Through the Gospel Narrative Inductive Study Ages 7+: Once a child can read, train them to think through the passage using a tool like the Kid’s Inductive Study Card (free download) as they read on their own. Have them write or draw a picture of what they learned. Ages 3+: Read a passage of scripture to your child, use a tool like the Kid’s Inductive Study Card (free download) to discuss, understand, and apply the text. Have them draw a picture of the story. Ages 0+: Focus on listening to the word of God through an audio bible or an audio storybook bible. Talk about it for comprehension at their level. Free Audio Bibles: ESV app from Crossway, The Bible App Jesus Storybook Bible Audio Version, The Big Picture Bible Audio Version ESV Devotional Psalter (as mentioned in video that our family uses) Main idea: Help your children get used to hearing the word of God and thinking deeply about it. Don’t forget to pray! Scripture Memory Ages 3+: Focus on memorizing small or long passages of scripture together. Recite it daily or set it to a tune. For more passive memorization, listen to scripture songs: Seeds Family Worship, Hide ‘em in Your Heart There are many more if you do a quick search! For more incentive, offer a small treat or work scripture memory before your child moves onto a preferred activity. Main idea: Implant the truth of God’s word in their heart so the Holy Spirit can bring it to mind. Doctrinal Truths Ages 3+: Work through catechisms (content amount appropriate for child’s age), having them memorize simple statements. New City Catechism (book and app) — Some people also use: Westminster Shorter Catechism, Heidelberg Catechism Ages 0+: Listen to doctrinal statements set to song. Songs for Saplings: #1-3, #4-6, Also ABC’s, 123’s Walking With the Wise (not catechisms, but still memorable songs about theological truths) Main idea: Teach your children simple statements that explain some of the hard-to-understand but foundational truths of the faith, so they can approach the bible with greater clarity. Vocabulary
10/1/202038 minutes, 27 seconds
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Truth in the Trenches with Risen Motherhood – Hf #298

There's never been a more important time to be in God's Word. But I know so many of us struggle to make that a habit in our own lives and also to help our kids make it a habit in their own life. In this episode, we'll hear from Laura & Emily from Risen Motherhood as they share what it means to treasure God's Word. Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up to get notified when tickets go on sale for the 2021 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference Get 20% off your first order (and free shipping) to get thicker healthier hair Nutrafol.com and use promo code HOME Need help scheduling virtual doctor appointments? Check out plushcare.com/homemaking Why is it important for a mom to study God’s word? The Bible is how God speaks to us. Right thinking leads to right living. Growing in biblical literacy is how we grow in discernment. Knowing who God is shapes where our identity is found. We cannot pour into our children if we our well is empty. Two important notes: The local church is a great place to find support and learn to study the word of God. Don’t confuse a devotional with a Bible Study. While devotionals are wonderful, we should prioritize studying God’s word for ourselves. Tips for getting in God’s word as a mom of young children Plow: Read one book of the Bible over and over for comprehension. You can start with any book of the Bible, but here are a few ideas to start with: Genesis, John, Acts, 1 Peter, James Free Audio Bibles: ESV app from Crossway, The Bible App Read the entire Bible for comprehension. Reading Plans: The Bible Project, The Bible App, Read the Bible cover to cover, Chronological Bible, Navigators Gospel-Themes: For a full list and further description, click here. Trowel: The Abide Method The Abide Method Tutorial on Risen Motherhood Free Bible Study Worksheets from Risen Motherhood Bible Gateway (Where to get text for scripture. Copy and paste then print on paper in a large, doubles paced font.) Journaling Bible, ESV Study Bible, Pens Other resources we use to study God’s word from Risen Motherhood Three steps to The Abide Method Observation: What does the text say? Interpretation: What was the original context to the original audience? Apply: What does this passage tell you about who God is? How does that transform your life? Always open and close your time with prayer. Favorite prayer resources: Val Marie Paper Prayer Journal Valley of Vision, A Book of Puritan Prayers A blank notebook/journal
9/26/202043 minutes, 58 seconds
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Setting Goals for Healthy Living – Hf #297

When I started my healthy living journey, I was so overwhelmed. It felt like there were so many areas I wanted to work on from diving into non-toxic products in my home, to healthy cooking, to figuring out healthy hormones and more. So today's episode is all about working through that overwhelm and figuring out how to set realistic healthy living goals. Let's jump in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: Jenny Life - check it out to get a free quote for life insurance! Our sponsor: HelloFresh.com/Homemaking80 and use coupon code: homemaking80 to get $8o off your first month plus free shipping on your first box! Join our brand new healthy living conference! Today we are kicking off the Crafting a Healthy Home Online Conference. Today's episode is the first session from this action packed conference. You can get immediate access (with lifetime access) to the conference right now! Check it out and grab your ticket here!  
9/18/202045 minutes, 1 second
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7 Biblical Resources for Families – 2020 Edition – Hf #296

I'm taking a stand this year. 2020 is the year of directing my family back to Christ and making a Gospel Centered, Christ focused atmosphere in my home. In this episode I share 7 resources we've been enjoying for helping in that regard! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. 1. Parenting by Paul David Tripp  This is a fantastic parenting book for all Christian parents to read! “God hasn’t just sent you to do his work in the lives of your children; he will use the lives of your children to advance his work in you.” “So your hope as a parent is not found in your power, your wisdom, your character, your experience, or your success, but in this one thing alone: the presence of your Lord. The Creator, Savior, Almighty, Sovereign King is with you. Let your heart rest. You are not in this parenting drama alone. Your potential is greater than the size of your weaknesses, because the One who is without weakness is with you, and he does his best work through those who admit that they are weak but in weakness still heed his call.” 2. Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie  Drawing close together as a family is hard work! But it's more important than ever that I'm making the time in my day to connect with my kids and all of us together as a family. Reading together is a beautiful way to do this! The Read Aloud Family is a great book that helps with that (it even has booklists)! Her podcast The Read Aloud Revival is also a great resource. “No one will ever say, no matter how good a parent he or she was, “I think I spent too much time with my children when they were young.” “When my head hits the pillow each night, I want to know that I have done the one most important thing: I have fostered warm, happy memories and created lifelong bonds with my kids—even when the rest of life feels hard.” 3. Courageous Parenting Podcast by Isaac & Angie Tolpin Courageous Parenting is a weekly podcast for Christian parents who want to equip confident Christian kids in an uncertain world. As parents of 8 kids, they know how important and hard it is to focus on Christ in your everyday and in marriage and parenting. I love their commitment to Christ centered parenting and I love to see the team they make in this. Angie is also a very encouraging person to follow on instagram. 4. Faithful Life Podcast by Matt & Lisa Jacobson Matt and Lisa are another couple I love getting advice from. They especially shine for me when it comes to marriage advice. Their podcast is a terrific resource! "What does it mean to be a biblical Christian in Marriage, Parenting, Church, and Culture? Each episode takes on a vital issue and explores what The Word says about it – topics like sex, purity, growing in oneness as a married couple, difficult parenting issues, being a biblical Christian in a fallen world and much more, including practical steps for real success and deep growth in these areas. . . we laugh a lot, too!" 5. The Duties of Parents by J.C. Ryle This is a book I have't read yet. But Jason says it's the best book on parenting he's ever read! It's next on my to read list. It's a quick short book but an excellent one! 6. Minno Did you cancel Netflix this month? Or are you struggling in knowing what shows are safe (and encouraging) for your kids? Minno (use to be Jelly Telly) is a streaming service for kids. Basically it's like a Christian Netflix for kids shows and we are huge fans of it!! Go to Gominno.com and use coupon code HOMEMAKING for 7 day free trial. While you check out that free trial, try out our favorite shows: Theo, Owlegories, 3, 2, 1 Penguins, and of course the classic veggie tales! 7. Drawing together in our marriage This last one isn't really a resource, but it's an important one right now! With everyone going on in the world today (and having a 4 mo...
9/10/202045 minutes, 32 seconds
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Hf #295: Creating morning baskets (for the whole family)!

I've talked about morning baskets here on the podcast before, but usually when we talk about them, we are referring to reading more with your kids and/or homeschooling. But today we are going to chat about this morning basket concept and how everyone can use one. Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. A morning basket is simply a basket or container of some sort that contains the books/resources to help facilitate a goal. We have 3 kinds we are going to discuss today. Create a kids basket This can be extremely helpful if you are homeschooling, but you can also just use it as a reading basket with your kids who do a different form of school. For homeschool, your morning basket time is usually how you will open your homeschool day. It's an excellent way to kick off your homeschool day and to fit in extra subjects. Here's how we use ours (you can listen to this podcast episode for more info) We start off singing a few hymns, read our current devotional, and/or Bible study book. Then we move into reading different kinds of books to hit other subjects. We like to always have a poetry book, you can add in Shakespeare, art study, and cycle through different topics such as history, geography, social studies, etc. People will add in flash cards and other fun stuff to this time as well. We cover a lot of these topics now in our new unit studies we do. You can read about them here. For non-homeschoolers: You can also create a reading basket for the current books you are reading with your kids. You can use this for Saturday mornings or even each night before bed! Create a Bible basket for yourself  This is what I am excited about! After talking about it for a long time, I finally have my own morning basket time. It's simple but it's a cute little crochet basket I found on Amazon. Right now it just contains my journaling Bible, my spiritual disciplines notebook, and the current spiritual/theological book I'm reading. I leave it right out on my desk by my computer. I see it multiple times a day and makes it more likely I'll dive into it! Create a hobby/fun basket  Since we've done church at time so much this year, I've been inspired to keep a few things by me for easy reach. Now I like this idea of making a little hobby basket for my self or even for some of my kids. Things like: Coloring books, a tin of colored pencils, crochet, etc. Hop over on instagram and share any ideas YOU have for these baskets!! ? Check out our sponsor! Prepdish makes your life simple with incredible meal planning help! Their step by step systems shows you how to make an entire week's worth of healthy meals in just a few hours! Sign up for your very own 14 day free trial: Prepdish.com/homemaking  
9/3/202028 minutes, 12 seconds
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Baby steps for creating new goals – Hf #294

In the last episode I jumped right into sharing new habits & routines I've been working on for this new season. In this episode we go back to the beginning of HOW do we figure out what these new habits and routines should be. It all starts with the baby steps of creating new goals. Let's dive in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our sponsor: Varsitytutors.com/home  Our sponsor: Magicspoon.com/home and use promo code home for free shipping!
8/27/202030 minutes, 17 seconds
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My Fall Habits & Routines – Hf #293

I am in a season of building routines and finding a good rhythm. Slowly, things are coming together as we head into the rest of the year. In this episode, I'm going to share some tips on building out a good routine and what is working well for us in this current season which is very full! Listen to the Podcast: You can find the notes for this episode down below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Looking for a new planner? Check out my Joy Filled Home Planning system here Our sponsor: magicspoon.com/HOME Our Sponsor: PlushCare.com/home
8/20/202046 minutes, 30 seconds
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The key to finding more joy and peace in life – Hf #292

In the last episode, we discussed what it means to meditate upon God's Word (and why this practice is so important)! In this episode, we are going to get practical and look at HOW we mediate and incorporate it into daily life. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Listen to the first episode: God's Battleplan for the Mind Our sponsor: Get your waived registration fee from LaurelSprings.com/Foundation Our sponsor: Get 25% off each of your first 3 months of TakeCareOf.com/home25 Book recommendation: God’s Battle Plan for the Mind by David W. Saxton Trusting the Promises of God podcast episode Practical Ways to Grow in Trust & Peace podcast episode Reclaiming Joy in an Uncertain World podcast episode
8/13/202039 minutes, 53 seconds
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God’s Battle Plan for the Mind – Hf #291

Are you struggling with a good perspective right now? Are you letting fear or anxiety crowd your mind? In this episode we are going to look to the puritans to give us a fresh perspective on meditation and creating a battle plan for the mind! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: God's Battle Plan for the Mind by David W. Saxton Trusting the Promises of God podcast episode Practical Ways to Grow in Trust & Peace podcast episode Reclaiming Joy in an Uncertain World podcast episode
8/7/202027 minutes, 39 seconds
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Homemaking in a tiny home (practical tips for everyone!) – Hf #290

We have been living in a renovated 32 foot travel trailer as we travel full time around the United States. While it's been amazing, it has also come with it's own challenges in living tiny. In today's epsiode I'm going to share some of the important lessons I've learned about homemaking and housekeeping that I'll be carrying with me back into a home one day. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our sponsor: Get TWO weeks of free meal plans from Prepdish.com/homemaking Follow our RV adventures over at Instagram.com/Wanderingnotlostfamily
7/18/202039 minutes, 37 seconds
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Practical Ways to Grow in Trust & Peace – Hf #289

Are you struggling to find joy and peace in your life right now? Me too! In this episode we will break down some practical ways we can learn to grow in the Lord when it comes to trust and peace! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges Book recommendation: Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney Our sponsor: LaurelSprings.com/Foundation Our sponsor: HelloFresh.com/Foundation80 coupon code: Foundation80 NOTES for this episode:  It takes discipline and obedience to actively place our faith and trust: “We must not allow our emotions to hold sway over our minds. Rather, we must seek to let the truth of God rule our minds. Our emotions must become subservient to the truth.” - Trusting God 1. Start off your day with GOD not social media Before you check your email, hop on FB or turn on the news...first turn to the Lord. 2. End your day with GOD not social media 3. Surround yourself with the things of God more Listen to sermons when cooking or out for a drive Listen to Gospel Centered books that will help you have a better mindset Listen to hymns and other good worship songs SING those worship songs throughout your day Talk to your kids constantly about the hope we have in Christ 4. PRAY. Pray all the time. Daily. Hourly. Minute by minute. Feeling crushed and defeated? Stop. Open your Bible to the psalms and pray through them. When you feel like you have nothing to pray, let the psalms direct you. WHY pray scripture? “And when prayer is boring, we don’t feel like praying. And when we don’t feel like praying, it’s hard to make ourselves pray. Even five or six minutes of prayer can feel like an eternity. Our mind wanders half the time. We’ll suddenly come to ourselves and think, “Now where was I? I haven’t been thinking of God for the last several minutes.” And we’ll return to that mental script we’ve repeated countless times. But almost immediately our minds begin to wander again because we’ve said the same old things about the same old things so many times.” - Praying the Bible HOW to pray scripture: “To pray the Bible, you simply go through the passage line by line, talking to God about whatever comes to mind as you read the text.” “So basically what you are doing is taking words that originated in the heart and mind of God and circulating them through your heart and mind back to God. By this means his words become the wings of your prayers.”  -Praying the Bible
7/16/202041 minutes, 46 seconds
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Trusting the Promises of God – Hf #288

Are you struggling this year to trust in the Lord? Are you wrestling with fear and anxiety? Today we are going to look to Scripture to see how we can learn how to trust in the promises of God. Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges Our sponsor for today's episode: For 25% off each of your first 3 months of Care/of, go to TakeCareOf.com/home25 and enter code home25 Passages we covered today: TRUSTING is not passive:  “Trust is not a passive state of mind. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelms us.” - Trusting God Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. - Hebrews 10:23   Learning to trust:  “God’s plan and His ways of working out His plan are frequently beyond our ability to fathom and understand. We must learn to trust when we don’t understand.” - Trusting God “Behold, God is my salvation;     I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God[a] is my strength and my song,     and he has become my salvation.” - Isaiah 12:2 “If we are going to learn to trust God in adversity, we must believe God will allow nothing to subvert His glory so He will allow nothing to spoil the good He is working out in us and for us.” - Trusting God “God's guidance is almost always step-by-step; He does not show us our life's plan all at once. Sometimes our anxiousness to know the will of God comes from a desire to peer over God's shoulder to see what His plan is. What we need to do is learn to trust Him to guide us.” - Trusting God Trust in the Lord forever,     for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. - Isaiah 26:4 “Prayer is the most tangible expression of trust in God. If we would trust God for our persecuted brothers and sisters in other countries, we must be diligent in prayer for their rulers. If we would trust God when decisions of government in our own country go against our best interests, we must pray for His working in the hearts of those officials and legislators who make those decisions. The truth that the king's heart is in the hand of the Lord is meant to be a stimulus to prayer, not a stimulus to a fatalistic attitude.” - Trusting God   Trusting him when times get tough:  “In the arena of adversity, the Scriptures teach us three essential truths about God—truths we must believe if we are to trust Him in adversity. They are: • God is completely sovereign. • God is infinite in wisdom. • God is perfect in love. Someone has expressed these three truths as they relate to us in this way: “God in His love always wills what is best for us. In His wisdom He always knows what is best, and in His sovereignty He has the power to bring it about.” - Trusting God “God does not willingly bring affliction or grief to us. He does not delight in causing us to experience pain or heartache. He always has a purpose for the grief He brings or allows to come into our lives. Most often we do not know what that purpose is, but it is enough to know that His infinite wisdom and perfect love have determined that the particular sorrow is best for us. God never wastes pain. He always uses is to accomplish His purpose. And His purpose is for His glory and our good. Therefore, we can trust Him when our hearts are aching or our bodies are racked with pain.”- Trusting God Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” - Joshua 1:9   We need to trust in the Lord, not in man The fear of man lays a snare,     but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. - Proverbs 29:25
7/10/202043 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hf #287: Getting Started Homeschooling (Part 2)

Welcome to part 2 in my series on homeschooling. In this episode I am going to share our unhurried approach to homeschooling and what our daily routine looks like. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: What is a Morning Basket? Premade Morning Baskets Better Together - A book on morning time Teaching From Rest - the BEST book!! Charlotte Mason in a Nutshell A guide to poetry tea time How to fit in extra subjects with tea time - Raising Arrows
6/27/202039 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hf #286: Getting Started Homeschooling (Part 1)

I know many people have questions about homeschooling right now. How to do it, what the different approaches are, what does an easy homeschool day look like and more. Listen in to Part 1 today where we go over the reasons why we chose to homeschool and 5 different "types" of homeschoolers. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our sponsor for today: Get a 2 week FREE trial of the best meal planning from PrepDish.com/Homemaking The 5 types of homeschool What is the Charlotte Mason Method? Curriculum recommendations: Classical Conversations - A Classic Approach to Education Sonlight - A Literature Based Approach MasterBooks - A Charlotte Mason inspired Curriculum (Christian based!) The Good and the Beautiful - A Charlotte Mason inspired curriculum. We will be using this for our 2nd year in a row Books I highly recommend: The Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Arment Teaching From Rest by Sarah MacKenzie The Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie Better Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter Most by Pam Barnhill
6/26/202050 minutes, 13 seconds
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Travel Around the United States with Us – Hf #285

This month we finally hit the road. After 18+ months of planning, we are finally traveling around the United States in our renovated 32 foot travel trailer. Today I'm sharing what our first two weeks of being on the road have been like! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Follow our family adventures on Instagram.com/Wanderingnotlostfamily Subscribe to our brand new YouTube channel here!!
6/13/202034 minutes, 18 seconds
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Hf #284: Creative Ways to Extend Hospitality

We've been talking a lot lately about extending hospitality. But how do we extend hospitality during unusual seasons? In this episode we are chatting about creative ways to extend hospitality and love our neighbors. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Get a 2 week free trial to PrepDish.com/Homemaking Book recommendation: Practicing Hospitality Book recommendation: The Gospel Comes with a Housekey
6/11/202036 minutes, 49 seconds
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What does it mean to extend hospitality? – Hf #283

The Bible has a surprising lot to say about hospitality throughout both the old testament and the new testament. In today's podcast episode, are going to take a journey through the bible to discover what it has to say about Biblical hospitality. Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Find out more about our online training academy for Christian Homemakers: My Homemaking Mentor Book recommendation: Practicing Hospitality Book recommendation: The Gospel Comes with a Housekey Our sponsor: Ooak Dental (find them on Amazon!)
5/28/202036 minutes, 22 seconds
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Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality – Hf #282

What does it mean to practice hospitality in a radically ordinary way? What if we started to view our homes as jumping off points for the Gospel and as very powerful forms of ministry? In today's episode we discuss all of that and more! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: The Gospel Comes with a Housekey: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in our Post-Christian World by Roaria Butterfield Book Recommendation: Practicing Hospitality by Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock Our sponsor: Ooak Dental - get all your dental needs from Amazon now! Our sponsor: Get 50% off your First Care Of order by going to TakeCareOf.com and using promo code: home50
5/15/202040 minutes, 54 seconds
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When you feel like you’re failing – Hf #281

Do you ever have those days where you feel like a failure? When things just don't seem to work and you get so discouraged? I was having one of those days today and decided to turn that into a little episode on encouragement...Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Bible study recommendation: Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin Our sponsor: visit Ooak Dental on Amazon!
5/7/202036 minutes, 45 seconds
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Joyful & Consistent Family Devotions with Jenn Thorson – Hf #280

My biggest desire for my home is to make it centered around Christ. And one of the best things you can implement in that regard is regular and consistent family devotions. In this episode, Jenn shares with us some tips and encouragement for joyful and consistent family devotions. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up for the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference and get access to all of 24 amazing sessions! Our Sponsor: Look for Ooak Dental on Amazon for tooth care items! Our Sponsor: Get $10 off your custom story (great for mother's day!) from StoryWorth.com/Homemaking Follow us over on Instagram.com/JamiBalmet
5/1/202042 minutes, 54 seconds
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Practical tips for the overwhelmed mama – Hf #279

In today's episode we are going to cover some practical tips for when life feels crazy or overwhelming. In those ordinary days and in the extraordinary (like having a new baby like we did this week)! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our sponsor: Lauren Springs School! Get your registration fee waived at Laurelsprings.com/foundation Our sponsor: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50
4/25/202043 minutes, 7 seconds
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Spiritual encouragement for mamas – Hf #278

Could you use some encouragement today? Are you struggling with financial stress, family issues, welcoming a new baby into the home soon, chronic illness, or any other number of things that can make life a bit more stressful? I think most of us are struggling with at least one thing (if not many more) right now. So today I want to give you some encouragement for those long, hard, weary days! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our sponsor today: Get $10 off your first order from Story Worth by going to http://storyworth.com/homemaking Book Recommendations: Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig (I interviewed Courtney on the podcast here) Glimpses of Grace by Gloria Furman Treasuring Christ When Your Arms are Full by Gloria Furman Missional Motherhood by Gloria Furman Refresh by Shona Murray (I interviewed Shona on the podcast here) Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges Other Help: Coping with Homemaking and Morning Sickness (TTM #18) Lies Moms Believe (and how the Gospel refutes them) When Pregnancy (or Motherhood) Doesn’t Go the Way You Plan Facing the Fear of Motherhood – how to find JOY on those hard days! 
4/17/202037 minutes, 37 seconds
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Finding Balance in Meal Planning with Stacy Myers – Hf #277

Meal planning is something that most of us could use help on these days! Thankfully, we have Stacy Meyers from Humorous Homemaking helping us out today with her tips for finding balance in meal planning. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: This episode was originally a conference session in the 2016 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. You can purchase recordings of the entire conference here. Follow Stacy over at Humorous Homemaking Our sponsor: For 30% off your first month’s subscription, visit mylola.com and enter home30 when you subscribe!
4/11/202053 minutes, 6 seconds
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My favorite books of 2020 so far – Hf #276

Are you hoping to read more in 2020? It's been such a busy time around here the last few weeks that I haven't really been reading. So join me in today's episode for some reading motivation as well as my favorite books I've read so far in 2020! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Follow me over on Goodreads Follow Jason over on Goodreads Find our 2020 Christian Reading Challenge for Women here Find our 2020 Christian Reading Challenge for Men here Check out our sponsor today: GoMinno.com and use coupon code HOMEMAKING for a 7 day free trial! My favorite books so far of 2020: Update on our reading goal: My goal is 156 books. I've read 34 so far which puts me 9 books behind schedule. Jason is at 39 books read and 4 behind. Fun fiction series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Christian non-fiction: Stop Calling Me Beautiful by Phylicia Masonheimer Business book: Start with Your People by Brian Dixon Homeschooling/parenting: Pocketful of Pinecones and Lessons at Blackberry Inn Christian non-fiction: Forever by Paul David Tripp Healthy Living: Grain by Grain: A Quest to Revive Ancient Wheat, Rural Jobs, and Healthy Food Travel: How to Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter Books I'm reading next: Season's of a Mother's Heart by Sally Clarkson The Redwall Series The Gospel Comes with a House key Loving Well - Even If You Haven't Been A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning Saving Face: The Scents-able Way to Wrinkle Free Skin
4/10/202029 minutes, 49 seconds
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Our Favorite Biblical Resources for Kids – Hf #275

Are you looking for some good resources for teaching your kids about God? Are you looking for some ways to entertain them that are GOOD resources? Today I'm sharing all my favorite Biblical resources for kids. Listen in here (and then share your own)! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our Sponsor for today's episode: Get a 7 day FREE trial to Minno at GoMinno.com and use coupon code: Homemaking MINNO just released a complete Church-at-Home experience for kids, which includes video learning and activities for free. Website here. ADVENTURES in ODYSSEY Focus on the Family's 900+ episodes and 5 family logins free for four weeks. Website here. Books We Love: The Biggest Story by Kevin DeYoung - Ages 5-11 (Crossway is offering free streaming access to The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film through April 12, 2020) CRAFT BOOKP: Big Picture Bible Crafts: 101 Simple and Amazing Crafts to Help Teach Children the Bible Exploring the Bible: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids by David Murry (ages 6-12) My ABC Bible Verses from the Psalms by Susan and Richie Hunt The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New R.C. Sproul has a whole series of kids books: The Donkey Who Carried a King is a great one for this time of year! Christian Chapter book series: The Green Ember Series by S.D. Smith Little House on the Prairie Series Christian Heroes Then and Now The Wingfeather Saga Narnia Series The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
4/9/202029 minutes, 10 seconds
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Tips for Working from Home (with your spouse!) – Hf #274

Are you struggling to work from home right now? Is it all new and you are wondering how to get work done? Jason and I have been working from home for 5 years and we share what has worked (and what hasn't worked for us) in this episode! Listen in: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our sponsor: Check out the Laugh And Learn Bible for Kids - a great devotional Bible for the whole family!! Curious how we make money from home? You can find out a little bit more at Our Work at Home Life (it's outdated but still accurate!) Come join me over on Instagram to chat more! The first episode in this series: Surviving Life at Home The second episode in this series: Keeping Kids Occupied At Home
4/7/202041 minutes, 21 seconds
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Keeping kids occupied at home – Hf #273

It's been a long month for all of us and one in which many of us have been looking for ways to entertain our kids (and try to get some things done around the house or for work)! In today's episode, we are going to chat about some of my favorite ways to keep kids occupied, having fun, and maybe learning a bit too! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join me on Instagram (check out my highlights where I share all of these favorites on video!!) Check out LaurelSprings.com/Foundation and get your registration fee waved
3/26/202059 minutes, 1 second
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Surviving Life at Home – Hf #272

Are you suddenly finding yourself stuck at home with a bunch of people who also can't leave the house? It's quite an adjustment period for all of us right now but especially when you are not used to everyone being home all the time. Jason and I have been working from home together for 5 years and homeschooling our young kids for 3, so we are a bit used to this life at home schedule so I wanted to share some of our tips for you in today's episode. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Hf #270: Facing anxiety and the unknown Hf #271: Reclaiming joy in this uncertain world Our sponsor: Get free shipping on all business cards at Vistaprint.com/Home and promo code home Our sponsor: Get 15% off your first order at Auratenewyork.com/home and promo code home
3/19/202041 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hf #271: Reclaiming Joy in an Uncertain World

It's been a tough month for many of us and we are facing the unknown of what Spring & Summer are going to bring. In the last episode we talked about what it means to be dependent on God and today, we are going to chat about how we can bring more JOY into our everyday lives...even during these tough times. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Join our Four Week Joyful Life Community here Our sponsor: Visit TakeCareOf.com and use promo code: home50 at checkout for 50% off your first box! Bible verses used: James 1:2-3: "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness." Romans 12:12: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Romans 15:13 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."  Introducing the 4 week Joyful Life Community Week one: Cultivating a Vibrant Faith Week two: Reading & Hobbies Week three: oosting your immune system  Week four: Simple cooking from scratch Join our four week Joyful Life Community kicking off on March 16th!! To join us just head over to: https://findingjoyinyourhome.com/joyfullife
3/10/202036 minutes, 9 seconds
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Hf #270: Facing anxiety and the unknown

So many of us are facing a lot of fear, panic, anxiety, and the unknown right now. Today's episode is meant to serve as some encouragement in this fearful time. When we get anxious, where should we turn? HOW do we learn to trust in God more and become dependent on HIM, not our circumstances? Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: All the quotes from this episode can be found in the chapter on anxiety in Phylicia Masonheimer's new book Stop Calling Me Beautiful Book recommendation: The Secrets of Contentment by William B. Barcley Book recommendation: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges Our sponsor for today's episode: Get The Laugh and Learn Bible from Phil Vischer - including 52 bible stories and family devotions! Bible Verses used: John 16:33 "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." James 1:2 says "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds" "God's trustworthiness is the strength behind our battle against anxiety. Every weapon we use against anxiety must start with who He is, because only then do we invite an objective perspective and power into our circumstances. Jesus is the most trustworthy person who exists. Think about it: How can we trust Him for our eternal destiny and not trust him with our present fear?" Stop Calling Me Beautiful, page 110. I love Phylicia's definition of faith: Trust in God's goodness and ability. 
3/9/202044 minutes, 7 seconds
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My Newborn Favorites (for baby #6) – Hf #269

We are a few weeks away from meeting baby #6 and we are getting excited! However, it also hit me this week that I really haven't prepped anything for his arrival. So this week I'm sharing all my newborn essentials as I gather this stuff all together myself. Listen in here! (A few months ago I shared my pregnancy favorites). Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our sponsor for today's episode: Get 10 FREE melas & FREE shipping with America's #1 meal delivery kit: HelloFresh.com/Foundation10 and coupon code Foundation10 Nursing Favorites: Boppy Pillow Bamboobies Nipple Balm - Earthley Glass Baby Bottles Breast Pump Medela manual pump Haakaa manuel pump Mama's Magic Milk Boost - Earthley Mama's Milk Tea - Bulk Herb Store Nipple Shields Other Favorites: Cloth Pads (LunaPads are my current favorites) Period Underware Postpartum Balance herbs - Earthley Progessence Plus - Young Living Gentle Baby Essential Oil - Young Living Seedlings Oil - Young Living Seedlings Gift Bundle - Includes Baby wipes, diaper rash cream, baby lotion, baby wash & shampoo, baby oil, Linen spray, Bath towel, wash cloth, and basket. Muslin Swaddle Blankets Swing Organic or natural fibers baby clothing (Walmart, Target, Burts Bee's Baby) A great resource on this topic: Killer Clothes: How seemingly innocent clothing choices endanger your health, and how to protect yourself  
3/5/202057 minutes, 31 seconds
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Redeeming Your Time for God’s Glory – Hf #268

It's super hard to use our time well. There are so many things that we can spend our time on each and every day. So how do we start to use our time well? Especially when we want to work on new habits or routines. Let's chat today about how we can use our time extremely well! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up for the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference and get access to all of 24 amazing sessions! Our Sponsor: Check out Laurel Springs and get your enrollment fee waived Our Sponsor: Use coupon code home at checkout from Vistaprint and get free shipping on business cards!
2/29/202054 minutes, 48 seconds
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Getting things done in a stressful season – Hf #267

It's been a bit of a stressful year so far. We've had sickness and lots of unusual things going on and we are moving. Yet, there is also a ton of other stuff we've had to get done. So today's episode is going to be all about: how to get things done (and be productive) in a busy season! Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Terrific  decluttering blog: A Slob Comes Clean. Her book: Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle Take a peek inside my weekly baking plans Our Sponsor: Get TWO WEEKS of free meal plans from PrepDish! PrepDish.com/Homemaking
2/27/202035 minutes, 48 seconds
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Traveling to all 50 states (our new plan!) – Hf #266

We have some very exciting plans coming up for 2020! Our family is planning on starting full time travel around the United States. Our goal: to visit all 50 states. In this podcast episode, Jason will be joining me to share our plans and do a fun Q&A on what's ahead for the Balmet family. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Interested in traveling full time? There is a great FB group: FullTime Families Follow us for now over on Instagram to hear more about our travels How to get mail on the road: Escapees Mail Forwarding More info about the RV park pass we will get: Thousand Trails Our Sponsor: Get TWO WEEKS of free meal plans from PrepDish! PrepDish.com/Homemaking
2/26/202049 minutes, 10 seconds
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Practical ways to love your husband – Hf #265

Loving our husbands feels like something that should just come naturally. But once you've been married for longer than 10 minutes, you realize that loving your husband takes real, intentional work and thought. Today on the podcast we are going to be discussing some practical ways you can love your husband...for a closer marriage. Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: 100 Ways to Love Your Husband by Lisa Jacobson Book recommendation: 100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear by Lisa Jacobson Book recommendation: 100 Ways to Love Your Wife by Matt Jacobson Book recommendation: 100 Words of Affirmation Your Wife Needs to Hear by Matt Jacobson Our sponsor today: For 50% off your first Care/of order, go to TakeCareOf.com and enter code home50
2/14/202042 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to Raise Children to Read – Hf #264

Do you want to raise your children to be readers? In this episode we are going to dive into encouragement and resources for creating a culture of reading in your home - for kids and mom! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book links by reading ages mentioned: Reading to your baby & toddlers: Board books and visually pleasing books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Llama Llama Red Pajama, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, The Little Engine That Could, etc) The early reader: This is the 5-8 range. With emerging readers of my own, I know that this is a long process. Read aloud ALL the time during this age. The Usborne My First Reading Library Our very early reader books: Dash Into Learning More suggestions: Ralph S. Mouse, The Ramona Books, Henry and Ribsy, The Magic TreeHouse Books) The Middle grade reader: Ages 8 and up. Let them choose what interests them. Help guide them but let them explore worlds and ideas! Keep reading aloud at these ages. (The Redwall series, How to Train Your Dragon book series, etc.) Your Teen Reader: Keep an eye out for books labeled YA. You will still want to keep a close eye on what they are reading while also letting them explore! Help them explore reading outside their school requirements. As adults: Do the same thing!! Find the books that make you excited and don't want to put the book down...and ditch the others. Especially as busy moms, life is TOO short!! Links: Our homeschooling picks for this year (and how to instill a love of learning) – Hf #239 Get TWO WEEKS of free meal plans from PrepDish! PrepDish.com/Homemaking Resources for learning more about morning basket time: Your Morning Basket Podcast with Pam Barnhill – an entire podcast dedicated to this topic! How We Homeschool – Morning Time – by Read-Aloud Revival Simple Morning Time Plans – by Read-Aloud Revival Books to recommend: How to Raise a Reader by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo The Read Aloud Family by Sarah MacKenzie Book Girl by Sarah Clarkson Honey for a Child's Heart By Gladys Hunt Jim Trelease's Read Aloud Family Handbook - New 8th edition Sources for books by age: SonLight Sources for books by age: (many are preprints of old classics) The Good and the Beautiful Library Meal Planning Help for Eating Healthy: I am really excited to share with you the sponsor of today’s podcast episode: PrepDish! If you ever feel like you wish you had a little help in your meal planning, then I highly encourage you to check out PrepDish. They offer gluten-free meal plans and paleo meal plans. But you don’t have to eat a gluten-free or paleo diet in order to take advantage of all that PrepDish has to offer! In fact, almost half of their customers don’t eat those diets. The meals are healthy and non-processed and work well for anyone who is trying to eat a healthy diet. And PrepDish is offering a super special TWO week free trail when you sign up through this link (how awesome!!) When you sign up, you’ll receive an email every week with a grocery list and instructions for prepping your meals ahead of time. After only 1-3 hours of prepping on the weekend, you’ll have all of your meals ready for the entire week. I absolutely love how easy they make it. Free TWO week trial of PrepDish
2/12/202055 minutes, 33 seconds
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3 Ways to Be an Encourager – Hf #263

The Bible calls us to encourage one another in Christ. We are to be there for those in our lives and we are to encourage them. But what does this look like on a practical level? This episode will explore how we can be encouragers to those in our life and what the Bible calls us to do in this regard. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Article by 9 Marks: Encourage One Another: Giving Grace with Your Words Book recommendation: 100 Ways to Love Your Husband by Lisa Jacobson Book recommendation: 100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband Needs to Hear by Lisa Jacobson Book recommendation: When a Woman Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin Book recommendation: Loving Well (even if you haven't been) by William P. Smith Book recommendation: The Peacemaker by Ken Sande Jump into the Instagram discussion about this topic here. "WHAT IS ENCOURAGEMENT? Biblical encouragement isn’t focused on complementing someone’s haircut or telling them how good their homemade salsa tastes. That kind of encouragement is important, but the encouragement the Scriptures refer to is explicitly Christian encouragement. Encouragement is shared with the hopes that it will lift someone’s heart toward the Lord (Col. 4:8). It points out evidences of grace in another’s life to help them see that God is using them. It points a person to God’s promises that assures them that all they face is under his control. The New Testament reveals that encouragement was a regular part of the early church’s life together (Acts 13:15, 16:40, 18:27, 20:1-2, 27:36). They shared Scripture-saturated words with each other to spur one another on in faith (Acts 14:22), hope (Rom. 15:4), unity (Rom. 15:5; Col. 2:2), joy (Acts 15:31), strength (Acts 15:32), fruitfulness (Heb. 10:24-25), faithfulness (1 Thess. 2:12), perseverance (Heb. 10:25), and the certainty of Christ’s return (1 Thess. 4:18). Encouragement was and is an essential way of extending grace to each other." - 9 Marks article: https://www.9marks.org/article/encourage-one-another-giving-grace-with-your-words/ Scripture used today: We are told to be encouragers:  1 Thess 5:11 "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." Being an encourager takes time and investment:  Hebrews 10:23- 25 "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." Encouragement comes largely from our mouths and how we communicate with those around us:  Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear." We are to be there in good times and bad:  Galatians 6:2 "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Do it all in patience and love:  1 Thess 5:14 "And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all." 1 Peter 4:8-10 "Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace"
1/24/202041 minutes, 11 seconds
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My Spiritual Goals for 2020 – Hf #262

It might sound funny to assign goals for my spiritual disciplines this year. But I want to make sure I'm being intentional with my relationship with the Lord in 2020. So here are my 4 spiritual goals that I'll be working on this year. Listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Want a simple method for Bible study? Listen to this episode: #115 Bible study book recommendations: Jen Wilkin & Katie Orr's Bible studies My spiritual disciplines notebooks I use Follow me on Instagram and join in the discussion for this podcast episode here Get TWO WEEKS of free meal plans from PrepDish! PrepDish.com/Homemaking
1/23/202033 minutes, 41 seconds
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My new 21 minute morning routine – Hf #261

One of my big goals this year is to establish a better morning routine. I have 3 areas I want to tackle in my new morning routine and in today's episode, I'm going to share my new 21 minute morning routine that is simple to implement! Want to join me, listen in! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: Get 50% off your first Care Of box by going to TakeCareOf.com and using promo code home50 at checkout! Podcast Episode: Setting up a good evening routine Podcast Episode: Establishing a morning routine with 3 minutes (an interview with Kat Lee) Join me on Instagram where you can share your morning routine and join in on the discussion. See the post here.   
1/16/202033 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to be productive when you have no time – Hf #260

This week on Instagram we've been chatting a lot about routines, getting more done, and saving time. So in today's podcast episode, I'm sharing my 5 tips for how to be more productive...when you have no time. Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Look through our meal planning archives here Need help investing in yourself? Start here. Join me over on Instagram: Instagram.com/JamiBalmet Our Sponsor: Get 10 free meals plus free shipping with Hellofresh.com/Foundation10 and use coupon code Foundation10
1/9/202043 minutes, 29 seconds
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2020 Christian Reading Challenge for Women – Hf #259

If you are looking for the MEN'S companion reading challenge for 2020, you can find it here! Happy reading!!  Welcome to the 2020 reading challenge! It's my favorite time of the year and I am so excited to see how many books we all read this year. This is our 4th year in a row running our reading challenge and it's been a blast. Jason and I have always been big readers, but having 5 kids (and one on the way) and running our own business started to squeeze the love (or the time) out of our reading life.  So in 2017 we decided to run a little challenge for ourselves (and invited you to join in) and the result has been three fabulous years of reading! We have both read more in the past 3 years then we could have thought possible with this busy season of life we are in.  So we are back in 2020 with our 4th reading challenge...and it's our best one yet! Below you will find out 2020 reading challenge, lots and lots of amazing book recommendations, as well as a podcast episode all about the reading challenge this year that you can listen in to! Listen to the Podcast: Listen in to my podcast episode from this week to find out more about why I developed this reading plan, tips for following along, and the reasoning behind the books and categories I chose. Or skip the podcast and head down below for all the info ? And don’t forget to subscribe to my podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. While this is our 4th reading challenge, all of the books in the actual challenge below are all new! That means if you've been following along these past 3 years, you won't have any repeats!! However, we do have categories down below if you want to pick other books to read – or feel free to swap out and put your own books in the categories.  I’m ALL for broadening my reading horizon, which is why I was so excited about this new reading challenge. I think we often reach for the same kinds of books over and over again. But I want to stretch you and challenge you to reach out and pick up books you wouldn’t normally.  Plus, doing a challenge like this will make you read more throughout the year. So wanna join us?!? Grab the Toolkit:  The very best and easiest way to follow along is to grab my toolkit right here! The toolkit includes the full reading challenge for 2020 (for both men and women) as well as tips for finding more time to read (even when you are super busy) and how to find more books for free or cheap.  Grab the Toolkit! Subscribe to my new reading challenge newsletter to follow along throughout 2020 AND get my 2020 Reading Challenge Toolkit for FREE! Success! Now check your email to confirm your subscription. There was an error submitting your subscription. Please try again. First Name Email Address We use this field to detect spam bots. If you fill this in, you will be marked as a spammer. Subscribe Powered by ConvertKit /* Layout */ .ck_form { /* divider image */ background: #fff url(data:image/gif;base64,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...
1/3/202031 minutes, 11 seconds
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Pregnancy favorites from a mom of (soon to be) 6 – Hf #258

This is a long-requested episode! Today I'm sharing all my pregnancy favorites but I'm sure I missed some, so make sure you share all your favorites as well over on Instagram. Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Favorite Pregnancy Books: Taking Charge of Your Fertility The Mama Natural Week-by-Week Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth The First 40 Days: The essential art of nourishing the new mother Awakening Fertility: The Essential Art of Preparing for Pregnancy Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way Husband-Coached Childbirth Betsy Bosom's Baby Book: A Girlfriends Guide to Using Essential Oils From Bellies to Babies Gentle Babies: Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants, and Young Morning Sickness Remedies:  Sea Bands - Motion sickness bands  High amounts of vitamin b - my two favorite Vitamin B complexes are Dr. Axe's Vitamin B complex & the one I use now is Super B by Young Living (it's AMAZING!!) Heartburn remedies:  The only thing that has ever worked for me for heartburn is: Alkalime supplement by Young Living Pregnancy tea: Mama's Red Raspberry brew - My favorite pregnancy blend!! Mama's Milk tea - Great for lactation and milk production! Earthley also makes a great pregnancy tea Pregnancy workout dvd: Lindsey Brin's pregnancy workout DVD set Vitamins and supplements: Take a good prenatal - I use Master Formula + Super B as my prenatal vitamin (both from Young Living). You can read about this combo here.  Dr. Axe also has a great prenatal I recommend I also take a good probiotic. I switch between Young Living's Life9 and some of Dr. Axe's probiotics. It's a good idea to switch up your probiotic from time to time to get different strains. Dr. Axe has a bunch of good ones but I recommend his Women's once a day as well as his SBO probiotic.  You will also want a good omega/fish oil supplement for pregnancy. No surprise here but I recommend one of Dr. Axe's Omega's but all four are currently sold out. The one I take now is Young Living's OmegaGize. A good omega supplement is crucial during pregnancy, but a GOOD one from a good source is going to be expensive. Just keep that in mind. I usually take mine 3-4 times a week instead of every day just to lesson that expense a bit.  I also take Magnesium and iron - see my favorites below Other supplements I LOVE: TriLight Health has an entire line of pregnancy herbal blends that are affordable and rock! Their ingredients are outstanding. I recommend getting their Pregnancy essentials kit for everything you need.  Earthley is my next favorite store to recommend. It's owned by a mom who has a passion for providing home remedies at an affordable price. Here are a few of my favorites from Earthley:  Pregnancy tea -a Premade blend for pregnancy Fertili Boost herbal extract - Want help getting pregnant? This tincture might help.  Post Partum balance - I am SO getting this tincture for this time around - helps balance things out after pregnancy Mama's tummy relief - I wish I had seen this during my first-trimester sickness  Nourish her naturally - Another possible option for a prenatal Magnesium Lotion - Another great one for pregnancy! I use this every night. Dr. Axe has a good supplement if you want a pill instead of a lotion.  Iron supplement  - I LOVE Earthley's iron supplement. Make sure to look for an herbal iron supplement though if using a different brand.  Additional resources: When pregnancy and motherhood doesn't go the way you planned - Hf # 60 Find me over on Instagram - watch my highlights for all of these items and to share your own!!  Check out Wix.com/Podcast to get 10% off your new website!
12/27/201957 minutes, 24 seconds
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Exercise for the Busy Woman with Beth Learn – Hf #257

One of my big goals for 2020 is getting into a better fitness routine. I know that if I can work on my physical health, it can help me have more energy for my family and ministry. Listen in to this awesome interview today between myself and Beth Learn! Listen to the Podcast: You can find important links & info below. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Visit Beth over at Fit2B Studios Follow her on Instagram Visit our Sponsor: Vistaprint.com use coupon code HOME for free shipping on all business cards Visit our Sponsor: MEL Science - get 25% off your first box & free shipping when you text HOME to 64-000
12/19/20191 hour, 1 minute, 19 seconds
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Hf #256: My Top 10 Books of 2019

For the first time in 3 years, Jason and I are both hitting our reading goal this year! Next week we are releasing our 2020 reading challenge and I'm preparing for that by reflecting on my favorite books from 2019. Listen in for some good books to add to your reading list for next year. Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. My Top 10 Books of 2019: Listen to the full podcast episode for my reasons behind these picks and more! Chasing Contentmentby Erik Raymond God's Healing for Life's Losses by Robert W. Kellemen Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman & I Can't Believe You Just Said That Finding God in my Loneliness by Lydia Brownback Decluttering at the Speed of Life by Dana K. White The Little House on the Prairie Series by Laura Ingald Wilder Introverted Mom by Jamie C. Martin Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe You Need a Budget by Jesse Mecham Mother Culture by Karen Andreola Links & Resources: My Word for 2020 Our Sponsor: Wix.com/Podcast for 10% off your website! Our Sponsor: MyLola.com use coupon code HOME30 for 30% off your feminine care subscription
12/14/201938 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hf #255: My Top 5 Goals for the New Year

I love this time of year! It's time to make new goals for next year and I have 5 areas I want to work on as we head into 2020. Another great episode to listen to in conjunction with this one is my Word for 2020.  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: My Word for 2020 My favorite meal planning website has a sale going on right now  Visit our sponsor: Minno! Stories kids love, values parents trust. Visit gominno.com (that’s M-I-N-N-O)   Use coupon code HOMEMAKING to begin your 7-day free trial  and start streaming anytime, anywhere on your phone, tablet, TV or computer
12/13/201942 minutes, 33 seconds
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My word for 2020 (and how to pick your own)! – Hf #254

This is my 6th year picking a word for my year. It's always a tough decision to nail down my word, but this year was particularly hard because I had a hard time really pinpointing what I wanted to work on in 2020. I felt a little all over the place trying to decide so it took me longer than normal to settle on my word.  But now I've picked and it's feeling like the perfect fit for 2020! So today I'm sharing my new word for the year as well as some tips for picking your own word for this year.  Here are my past words:  2012: Intentional 2016: Joy 2017: Create 2018: Refresh 2019: Faithfulness Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.  Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. What has gone into choosing this word:  On the podcast, I share the general flow of our life since 2012 and how you can see that overarching picture of our family through each word of the year.  But looking ahead to 2020, we are facing what is likely going to be a very big transition year for us. Baby #6 is due in April and we are Lord Willing, going to be selling our house and starting to travel around the country. But at the same time, my own personal energy and capacity has been rising and I feel ready to jump back into more consistent routines and habits.  So 2020 for us is going to be a big mix of buckling down and cultivating better habits as a family AND living in a constant state of change throughout the year. ? Bring it on!  So when choosing my word for 2020, I faced a difficult challenge of blending this idea of stricter discipline while also going through the flow of newborn, selling our house, and lots of change...all while maintaining those BIG important priorities as #1 priorities (God, Jason, and the kids)!  So while thinking about and praying about my word, I started a list of things that felt important to focus on. This list included: unity, community, relationships, grace, connectedness, harmony, vision, perception, connectivity, adventure, compassion, connection, consistency, and intuition.  This then led me to a word that I've almost used a few times in the past.... Cultivate.  My word for 2020 is cultivate and it's fitting so perfectly with my goals and desires for 2020 (even those that seem to be at odds with one another like slowing down to have a baby and enjoy the newborn time...while at the same time selling our house and traveling)!  So as I head into 2020 and start to form my goals and habits for the new year (look for the next episode for a discussion on those), I've broken my word into 3 main categories:  Cultivating Relationships I want to do a better job this year of investing in those close to me. Jason and I really pulled back this year to be able to focus on our family and it's been great! We feel like we've really been able to double down on those big important priorities and look inward to our family.  That's what we've needed in 2019! And now I need to do a bit more outward focus for this next year. I want to do a better job of following up with friends and family. Asking them how I can pray for them (and actually doing it) and adding a few select things back into our schedule (without overwhelming ourselves)!  Cultivating friendships is another big one for me this year!  Cultivating Better Habits As 2019 as drawn to a close, our life has been busy and full (with so many good things) this fall. SO many of our normally good habits and routines have gone out the window.  So as usual, I'm desperately craving some better routines as we head into 2020 and beyond. So one of my big focuses will be building in better habits and routines so that come baby time, I hopefully have things working more consistently (things like meal planning...
12/5/201948 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hf #253: Finding hobbies YOU love!! (Finding Joy in Your Home)

This is a super fun episode and next installment in our series, Finding Joy in Your Home. Today we are chatting about specific hobbies and ideas for investing in yourself. I'm going to share ideas from YOU guys on what you do for fun. Listen in!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Our favorite board and video games to play together with Jason – Hf #181 Our Sponsor: Wix.com/Podcast for 10% off your website! Our Sponsor: Vistaprint.com use coupon code HOME50 for 50% off Christmas cards and photo calendars! 
11/27/201937 minutes, 11 seconds
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Hf #252: Finding things that bring you JOY (Finding Joy in Your Home Series)

An important part of this series we are working through here on the podcast is finding more joy and peace in your life and home. A HUGE part of that is turning to the Lord and making him of ultimate importance. But there are some other things to consider in a well rounded life. And today we are talking about a fun one: hobbies, finding joy, and finding things that fill you up!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Subscribe to this entire series on iTunes Visit our sponsor: Minno! Stories kids love, values parents trust. Visit gominno.com (that’s M-I-N-N-O)   Use coupon code HOMEMAKING to begin your 7-day free trial  and start streaming anytime, anywhere on your phone, tablet, TV or computer
11/26/201943 minutes, 54 seconds
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Hf #251: Where are you pointing your family? (Finding Joy in Your Home Series)

As women, we have a unique ability to set the tone in our homes - for the good or the bad! With our thoughts, actions, and speech we can either drive our family towards God or tear them away from Him. this lesson is going to cover what it looks like to set a God-glorifying atmosphere in your home and is our first step in finding joy within our homes.  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Setting the Atmosphere Quiz Download the PDF version of the quiz here! Links & Resources: Our Sponsor: Vistaprint.com use coupon code HOME50 for 50% off Christmas cards and photo calendars!  Our Sponsor: MyLola.com use coupon code HOME30 for 30% off your feminine care subscription Hf #29: Becoming Your Husband's Cheerleader (even when marriage is hard) Hf #30: Loving Your Husband Like God Does
11/22/201940 minutes, 27 seconds
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Hf #250: Are you getting enough rest? (Finding Joy in Your Home Series)

Intentional, Biblical rest is an important part of finding more joy in our home and in our lives. In this next installment of our series, we will dive into the WHY behind getting rest and the HOW to make it happen.  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Book recommendation: The Tech Wise Family Subscribe to this entire series on iTunes Visit our sponsor: Minno! Stories kids love, values parents trust. Visit gominno.com (that’s M-I-N-N-O)   Use coupon code HOMEMAKING to begin your 7-day free trial  and start streaming anytime, anywhere on your phone, tablet, TV or computer
11/22/201938 minutes, 45 seconds
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The magic of freezer cooking in your life with Jamerrill Stewart – Hf #249

Do you have people always looking to you for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks? Jamerrill will show you how real life freezer cooking can help you streamline and simplify your family meal times. She will show you freezer cooking strategies, tips for big batch cooking, and more! Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Find Jamerrill's YouTube channel Jamerrill's blog Large Family Table Follow Jamerrill on Instagram Sponsor: Wix.com/podcast for 10% off your website Sponsor: Get 9 free meals with HelloFresh by going to HelloFresh.com/FOUNDATION9 and using code FOUNDATION9.
11/18/201936 minutes, 21 seconds
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Hf #248: Creating Your Own Family Mission Statement (Finding Joy in Your Home)

Developing a mission statement for your life, for your family, and for your home can be a powerful tool to help give you clarity and direction. It doesn’t have to be a long or complicated process, with just a few minutes, you can put some real thought and intentionality behind why you do what you do every single day. Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Read through the full notes for making your own family mission statement TTM #21: Developing Your Priorities in Your Home Subscribe to this entire series on iTunes   Visit our sponsor: Minno! Stories kids love, values parents trust. Visit gominno.com (that’s M-I-N-N-O)   Use coupon code HOMEMAKING to begin your 7-day free trial  and start streaming anytime, anywhere on your phone, tablet, TV or computer
11/12/201937 minutes, 12 seconds
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Figuring out your BIG priorities (Finding Joy in Your Home Series) – Hf #247

Welcome to the next installment in our Finding Joy in Your Home Series. Today we are chatting about a topic that is easy to overlook but SO important: How to figure out those BIG priorities are for your family so you can start building your ideal schedule and calendar. Let's dive in!!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  More on creating your personal priorities here Book recommendation: Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine Book recommendation: Crazy Busy by Tim Challies Sponsor: Paint Your Life - get 30% off your personalized painting - text HF to 64-000 Sponsor: Care/Of  - Get 50% off your first box of personalized vitamins at TakeCareOf.com and use promo code HOME50 at checkout Our Priorities:  Always maintain a strong, deep, and vibrant relationship with the Lord through daily Bible study, serving, home group, fellowship, Church, daily prayer, and reading Gospel Centered books. Purposefully and passionately pursue my husband as my best friend and love of my life. Pursue Christ-Centered parenting through disciplining, love, encouragement, and taking time to play with my kids. Craft a healthy home for my family by encouraging exercise, cooking from scratch, and researching & pursuing a natural lifestyle. Write and manage my blog & ministry so that I can encourage other women in Gospel Centered Homemaking.
11/7/201946 minutes, 31 seconds
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Why we MUST take care of ourselves (Finding Joy in Your Home Series) – Hf #246

Part two of our brand new series, Finding Joy in Your Home is focused on taking care of ourselves physically so that we can thrive mentally, emotionally and spiritually! It's a key piece of finding more joy and peace in the every day.  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Book Recommendation: Reset by Shona Murray  Go through my women's hormones workshop Creating Grace-Infused Routines & Goals with Shona Murray – Hf #210 Is Self Care Biblical? – Hf #238 Sponsor: Wix.com/podcast to get 10% off  Sponsor: HelloYUMI.com and use promo code HOME to get $60 off your first month 
10/29/201935 minutes, 43 seconds
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When You Struggle to Find Joy – Hf #245

Welcome to episode #1 of our brand new 12 week series: Finding Joy in Your Home. We are kicking off this super practical series by laying the groundwork for everything we will talk about: what do you do when you struggle to find joy? Where do we turn? Listen in!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Register for our 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference here Follow me over on Instagram: Instagram.com/jamibalmet Podcast episode: The simple key to finding more joy in your life Podcast episode: Finding joy in all aspects of my life Podcast episode: My simple Bible reading plan for deeper study Book recommendation: Trusting God by Jerry Bridges One of my favorite biography series: A Long Line of Godly Men Series
10/24/201940 minutes, 15 seconds
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Finding Joy in Your Home: A 12 Week Series – Hf #244

I am SO excited to be kicking off this series on Finding Joy in Your Home. Over the next 12 weeks we are going to dive into this topic and cover some really helpful lessons. I can't wait to dive into. This introductory episode will set us up well for lesson #1 coming next week! Let's dive in. Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Sign up for the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference Follow me over on Instagram: Instagram.com/jamibalmet Watch our cute pregnancy announcement here Sponsor: Get 10% off your website Wix.com/podcast Sponsor: Get FREE shipping on business cards. Use promo code "Home" – Vistaprint.com
10/21/201930 minutes, 17 seconds
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The basics of family worship – Hf #243

Join Jason and I in this episode as we share our journey with family worship. Hint hint: It did NOT happen naturally and we didn't know what it was suppose to look like. We've got some great resources to share in this episode.  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Grab your ticket to the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference and get the Gospel Centered Home Toolkit for FREE!!  Sponsor: Get 500 high quality business cards for $9.99 - Vistaprint.com/home Sponsor: Get 25% OFF your first Care/Of order with coupon code HOME 
10/10/201937 minutes, 37 seconds
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How to find motivation for you day (when it feels like drudgery!) – Hf #242

Do you ever feel like your day is drudgery? Do you wake up facing another un-important feeling day? What about when you are just not sure why you work so hard day in and day out? If you identify with any of these - listen in today for some encouragement and hopefully a dash of perspective!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  You can read the full notes for this episode here Book recommendation:  Do More Better by Tim Challies Book recommendation: Every Good Endeavor by Tim Keller Book recommendation: Treasuring Christ by Gloria Furman Sponsor: Check out Wix.com/podcast for 10% off a new website!  Sponsor: Text HOME to 64-000 to get 25% off and a bunch of freebies from Mel Science
10/4/201939 minutes, 51 seconds
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I can’t find the time for God’s Word… Hf #241

Are you stuck in a season of not being in God's Word? I know I go in and out of seasons of being in the daily habit of reading God's Word and faithful prayer and then I have super dry seasons. In this episode we are going to cover some simple ways you can establish the habit of daily meeting with God. Listen in!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  New Morning Mercies devotional recommendation Bible study recommendations: Katie Orr's bible studies. My favorite is Jonah!  Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney (a fantastic book on prayer!) Listen to my interview with Donald Whitney on prayer!  Learn about our Bible reading plan we follow Learn about some other simple methods for Bible studies here Book recommendation: Word Filled Families Our favorite catechism for younger ages: Catechism for boys and girls Our favorite catechism for older ages: The New City Catechism Favorite devotional for kids ages 2-8: I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God Good devotional for kids ages 6 and up: I Am Devotional: 100 Devotions About the Names of God  Good devotional for kids ages 6 and up: The Ology My FAVORITE journaling Bible: ESV Interleaved edition Amazing Scripture journals: ESV Scripture journals New Testament Set (you can also find the OT set or all the books individually!)  Our Sponsor: VistaPrint.com! Use coupon code Home2 at checkout for free shipping on all business card orders!  Our Sponsor: MyLola.com! Use coupon code HOME to get 40% off your first Lola subscription box!!
9/26/201950 minutes, 25 seconds
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Practical tips for dealing with Fatigue – Hf #240

 Are you dealing with fatigue, stress, over daily overwhelm? Then this episode is for you! In it we are going to cover physical as well as some emotional and mental tips you can do to overcome that daily fatigue and stress. Get ready, this is going to be a fun and practical episode!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  It looks like Dr. Axe Magnesium oil is no longer sold but he has an awesome Magnesium supplement Ashwagandha supplements - good for sleep!  My FAVORITE Ashwagandha supplement for sleep - Cortistop Favorite essential oils for sleep: Valor (my personal sleep oil), Stress Away, Lavender, Francisense, Peace & Calming Favorite hot drinks: Criobru, Dandelion Tea (Dandy Blend - you can find on Amazon!), and Four Sigmatic products.  Essential oils to diffuse for a morning pick me up: Peppermint and a citrus blend like Citrus Fresh Energy essential oil blend: En-R-Gee (terrific for helping to support thyroid and adrenal function) Thyroid supplement for when you know something is wrong: Thyromin Great thryoid supplement that helps support healthy thyroid function: Thyroid support system THE BEST essential oil for Thyriod function & energy: EndoFlex Join Eliza and I on our FREE masterclass: Naturally Balancing Women's Hormones  
9/23/201956 minutes, 41 seconds
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Our homeschooling picks for this year (and how to instill a love of learning) – Hf #239

Our big aim and goal this year with homeschooling is instilling a love of learning in our kids. That's a tall order but also a fun goal to work towards. In this episode I am going to share our homeschooling picks and curriculum for this year and how we are trying to instill that love of learning. We will discuss fun ideas for this regardless of how you school your kids. Come listen in!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Simply Charlotte Mason: To learn more about Charlotte Mason style homeschooling Listen to the previous episode: A Homeschooling Q&A The Good and the Beautiful Homeschool Curriculum - what we are using this year for math, language arts, handwriting, and science for 1st grade and we also got their PreK curriculum for the 4-year-olds. We also got a bunch of their reading books!  Master Books - Another great curriculum we love. They have some amazing science resources especially and for more books to read Resources for learning more about morning basket time:  Your Morning Basket Podcast with Pam Barnhill - an entire podcast dedicated to this topic!  How We Homeschool - Morning Time - by Read-Aloud Revival Simple Morning Time Plans - by Read-Aloud Revival  Where to find living books:  The Good and the Beautiful Library - they republish out of print books  Master Books - Great source of science books & devotionals  Sonlight Readers - we love buying the package of books for each grade level. We will likely purchase Core B books for the spring when we finish up all core A books.  Read Aloud Revival - Has TONS of book lists, recommendations, and more! 
9/12/201955 minutes, 11 seconds
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Is Self Care Biblical? – Hf #238

Self care is a popular term and discussion item right now. But what about self care from a Biblical perspective? Should we invest in ourselves? Do we need to think about self-care? In this episode we are going to talk about three important topics: spiritual health, physical health, and emotional health.  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Book Recommendation: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung Book Recommendation: Refresh by Shona Murray Join me over on Instagram.com/JamiBalmet See more Bible study resources in the links below 
9/5/201952 minutes, 54 seconds
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A Homeschooling Q&A – Hf #237

It's that time of year again: back to school! And over on Instagram all week we've been doing homeschooling Q&A's and it's brought up a ton of fun discussions. So we are bringing the Q&A to the podcast. Listen in:  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Find out more about Charlotte Mason homeschool here Find out homeschool laws in your state at HSLDA Book Recommendation: For the Children's Sake Book Recommendation: A Charlotte Mason Companion Book Recommendation: Mother Culture My favorite curriculum choices for a Charlotte Mason style homeschool: Sonlight - a literature based curriculum. While we ABSOLUTELY LOVE the books that Sonlight provides, the entire curriculum wasn't for us. But we still purchase the book sets each year to use throughout our school year Master Books - If you are looking for an incredibly sound Christian curriculum that is Charlotte Mason based, then Master Books is the one for you! We did their math last year and loved it and we own several of their other books. We love Master Books! The Good and the Beautiful - a newer curriculum that is beautiful, stunning, and so inspiring! We are trying some of their curriculum this year to try it out! 
8/30/201946 minutes, 13 seconds
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Creating a Gospel Centered Home – Hf #236

This has been a BIG topic the past few months in our house: How to create a Gospel Centered Home! In today's episode we are going to chat about 4 important ways to do this: 1) Centering yourself on the Gospel, 2)Centering your home on the Gospel, 3) Using your home as a jumping-off point for the Gospel and 4) Building in intentional rest. Let's jump in!  Listen to the Podcast: Don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer.  Links & Resources:  Check out the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference. The theme for this year is Creating a Gospel Centered Home Check out Wix.com/Podcast for your website and podcasting needs Check out Vistaprint.com/HOME to get 500 high quality business cards starting at $9.99 “You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens are above the earth. For if you will be careful to do all this commandment that I command you to do, loving the Lord your God, walking in all his ways, and holding fast to him, then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you." - Duet 11:19-21   
8/22/201948 minutes, 42 seconds
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My new evening routine (cuz I gotta get back on track!) – Hf #235

As we head into the Fall, I'm desperate and ready for some better routines! I really want to tackle better morning routines, but I know that that morning routine needs to first start with a better evening routine FIRST. So today I'm sharing a little encouragement on routines in general (and giving grace during tough seasons) and what I am implementing for new evening routines. Listen in!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Book recommendation: Refresh by Shona Murray My spiritual disciplines binders  Join us for the 2019 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference!!  The theme for the conference this year is Creating a Gospel Centered Home and it's going to revolve around everything we talk about in today's episode. Get your ticket for the lowest price of the year through August 21st.  Check out all 23 speakers, sessions, and more at: HomemakingMinistries.com/2019Conference
8/9/201929 minutes, 45 seconds
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Creating a grumble free home – Hf #234

In the past episode we talked about what happens when we grumbling and complaining take over our home. We discussed the heart of the issue and why we need to address grumbling in the home. Today, we are going to dive into some practical resources and ideas for creating a grumble free home.  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Pre-order the book The Grumble Free Year from Amazon Are you feeling discontent? 3 questions to ask yourself Get your own customized hand painted portrait for 30% off by texting HF to 48-48-48 from Paint Your Life Get 500 high quality, custom business cards starting at just $9.99 from Vistaprint.com/HOME
8/2/201938 minutes, 28 seconds
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When grumbling and complaining takes over your home – Hf #233

We all know how destructive grumbling and complaining can be. We want to cover our ears when our kids are complaining in the back seat of the van that they are hungry. We roll our eyes when our husbands complain again about the air conditioner making that noise. But how often are we stopping to evaluate our own hearts when it comes to grumbling and complaining. In this episode we are going to take a look at what we can do when grumbling and complaining takes over our house!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Pre-order the book The Grumble Free Year from Amazon Are you feeling discontent? 3 questions to ask yourself Preorder the Laugh and Learn Bible from JellyTelly for 50% off with coupon code: HOMEMAKING
8/1/201936 minutes, 41 seconds
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The biggest change in my healthy kitchen – Hf #232

I've been on a long time quest for a healthier kitchen. A couple of years ago I took a giant step in that quest that has become one of the best things I've ever done in my kitchen: I started grinding my own grains. And while that might sound crazy, it's actually super simple and easy (plus cheaper and nutritious). Today I'm going to share a little peek into this!  Listen to the Podcast: We also recorded this blog post as an audio podcast. If you want to listen in instead of reading, click play below or do a combination of both  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Preorder my new grain mill course: Freshly Milled Baking! Another great resource: Bread Beckers A terrific cookbook: Cooking with Ancient Grains Want to start your own podcast or website, check out Wix.com/Podcast for 10% off!  Freshly Milled Course: A Comprehensive Guide to Home Ground Grains Preorder my brand new grain mill course for 50% OFF!! You will get EVERYTHING you need for only $24.99! After August 1st, the price will go up to $49.99. It's going to be amazing and you will get my recipes, the ins and outs, how to find a good grain mill for you, all the different grains, and so much more. Preorder the brand new grain mill course here. 
7/26/201947 minutes, 42 seconds
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7 Sanity Hacks For Moms to Keep Their Family Fed with Jamerrill Stewart – Hf #230

Meal planning and grocery shopping can be so hard to fit into a busy schedule. But one mom I know does it beautifully (and she has 8 kids)! Listen in to the podcast today as Jammerill Stewart from Large Family Table shares her tips for getting food on the table and your family fed...every single day!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Find out more about Jamerrill over at Large Family Table Follow her on YouTube (Her videos are amazing!!)  Purchase the full Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom Online Conference recordings  Checkout Wix.com/podcast for 10% off your new website Get $80 off your first month of Hello Fresh by going to HelloFresh.com/Foundation80 and use coupon code: Foundation80  
7/12/201955 minutes, 20 seconds
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A marriage Q&A with Jason & Jami – Hf #229

I've got my favorite guest back on the show today! My husband Jason is cohosting with me to do a little Q&A. We are going to chat about date nights, strengths and weaknesses in marriage, what our thoughts were finding out we were having twins, our upcoming travel plans update, and more! Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Follow Jason on Goodreads to keep up with his reading Follow Jami on Goodreads to keep up with her reading Book Recommendation: Parenting by Paul David Tripp Book Recommendation: The Faithful Parent Our favorite board games to play together - episode with Jason Marriage and parenting books we love - episode with Jason Cultivating friendship in marriage  - episode with Jason Preorder the Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids and get it for 50% off - preorder for just $9.99 with coupon code HOMEMAKING
7/12/201955 minutes, 30 seconds
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Creating a culture in your home (it starts with YOU!) – Hf #228

Are you feeling burnt out? Do you often feel overwhelmed? Do you lack joy on a daily basis? I've experienced all of those. And I've also learned some really good ways to avoid that burn out and overwhelm. Listen in today for tips on creating a culture in your home of rest and nourishment. Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Book Recommendation: Mother Culture: For a Happy Homeschool And interview with Karen Andreola on Mother Culture Podcast Episode: Getting back on track with your Spiritual Disciplines  Get a copy of my Spiritual Disciplines notebooks I use for Bible journaling  Get 25% off your first box of personalized vitamins from Care/Of with coupon code: HOME
7/8/201953 minutes, 48 seconds
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Maintaining Health & Wholeness in Relationships with Angie Tolpin – Hf #227

Friendships are so hard for so many of us! And figuring out how to balance friendships and relationships well is a life long struggle! I know this is something I've been wanting to grow in for a long time. Join my friend Angie on this episode as she shares some tips for maintaining health and wholeness in our relationships. Listen in here:  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Find Angie at Courageous Mom Listen to Angie's podcast at Courageous Parenting Sponsor: Get 10% off your website by going to Wix.com/Podcast
6/28/201936 minutes, 15 seconds
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Are you spending too much time online? (Balancing it all!) – Hf #226

Social media, and the internet at large, can be very helpful tools (such as listening to this podcast)! They can also waste massive amounts of time and become problems. How do we evaluate if we are spending too much time online? And how can we use social media and internet to God's Glory? Listen in to this episode to find out:  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  You can find Many online at Mandy J. Hoffman Grab her fabulous eBook called Reforming Social Media Purchase access to all the sessions from the 2016 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference (the theme for that year was Finding Balance in Your Home) Sponsor: Visit VistaPrint.com/Home to get 500 high quality business cards starting at just $9.99!  Sponsor: Looking for a new mattress? Purple Mattresses has you covered! Text "HOME" to 84-888  
6/27/201947 minutes, 6 seconds
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Our Favorite Natural Summer Tips – Hf #225

Today we are chatting about all our favorite natural summer tips and ideas! I've got my sister Sienna on the show today and between the two of us we have (almost) 8 kids 6 and under and we are always on the look out for new summer favorites. Here are the tips we've been learning:  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  The Charcoal soap that Sienna uses after the pool Our current favorite healthy sunscreen (give us your favorite healthy SPRAY sunscreen recipes)!  LavaDerm After Sun Spray  Aloe Vera (add lavender)  Bug spray ideas: Make your own using essential oils. Badger & Aunt Fannies Roxanna's Candles all natural bug repellent candle  My favorite place for healthy snacks: AzureStandard.com Preorder the new Laugh and Learn Bible from JellyTelly for 50% OFF using coupon code: Homemaking Join our FREE workshop: Using Essential Oils with Kids On July 2nd, Sienna and I will be hosting an awesome and practical workshop on how to use essential oils with kids. Sienna has been through a lot with her 2 (almost 3) kids and she has learned so much in how to help support their systems using oils and other natural products.  Join our FREE workshop here! (and YES! We will send out a replay of the video if you can't catch it live. And if you are viewing this anytime after the 2nd, go register and you will get immediate access to the workshop!)
6/27/201949 minutes, 25 seconds
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When stress takes over your life (and what to do about it!) – Hf #224

STRESS, lack of sleep, and hormonal imbalances have been very big struggles for me over the past few years. I found myself struggling with health issues that I didn't know how to identify and didn't know how to start researching them. Here I am over two years later and I am so thankful for the progress I've made with my health! In today's episode we are going to cover many of those struggles that come out of what happens when stress takes over your life from a physical and spiritual stand point!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Book Recommendation: The Essential Oils Hormone Solution by Dr. Mariza Snyder Join our FREE workshop here: Naturally Balancing Women's Hormones with Jami & Eliza Get 30% off your custom hand painted portrait by texting the code HF to 48-48-48   Join our FREE Online Workshop! Want to learn more about all of this and what supplements and essential oils you can use to REALLY make an impact on your health? Join our FREE online workshop on Wednesday June 26th at 2pm EST / 11am PST (and don't worry, if you miss the live training you can catch the replay)!! :)
6/21/201951 minutes, 8 seconds
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4 Simple Commitments to Creating a Peaceful Family – Hf #223

There is not place like the family...for conflict and fights to rage! It's easy to let home life and family relationships suffer form unresolved conflict and failing to know how to deal with these issues in a Biblical way. In today's episode we are going to share 4 simple commitments to creating a peaceful family. Listen in here: Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Get 500 high quality business cards starting at just $9.99 by visiting Vistaprint.com/HOME Book Recommendation: The PeaceMaker by Ken Sande Book Recommendation: Peacemaking for Families by Ken Sande Book Recommendation: Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul David Tripp Book Recommendation: Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick  Book Recommendation: Unoffendable by Brant Hansen   
6/20/201936 minutes, 19 seconds
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Hf #222: What does it mean to be a “Yes Mom”

I'm on a mission this year to recapture the joy and passion in my motherhood (and family as a whole)! I want to make sure I am not letting these years pass me by by being too busy to stop and chat or read a book with the kids. Toady we are going to chat about what it means to say YES to more things!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Book Recommendation: A Mother's Heart Book Recommendation: Memory Making Mom Visit our sponsor for today's episode for natural ear ache relief: Hylands.com/ear-pain
6/14/201941 minutes, 52 seconds
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10 Habits for an {almost} Always Clean Home with Marci Ferrell – Hf #221

I am not naturally very good at keeping up on the home but as I've learned some tricks over the years it has helped so much! In this episode, Marci is going to share some of those practical tips and systems for keeping up on your home without all the stress!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Visit our sponsor for today's episode: To get 10% off go to Wix.com/podcast Download all of Marci’s notes here to find all the links and books she talks about!  You can find Marci over on her blog: Thankful Homemaker And you’ve got to subscribe to her awesome podcast: Thankful Homemaker Podcast  
6/13/201950 minutes, 40 seconds
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Loving and cherishing your home with Marci Ferrell – Hf #220

Marci Ferrell from Thankful Homemaker has been a huge encouragement and mentor in my own personal life. And today, she is on the podcast sharing encouraging with all of us on loving and cherishing our homes (all aspects of it)! Listen in:  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Download all of Marci's notes here to find all the links and books she talks about!  You can find Marci over on her blog: Thankful Homemaker And you've got to subscribe to her awesome podcast: Thankful Homemaker Podcast For an amazing Father's Day gift idea check out: StoryWorth.com/homemaking to get $20 off your book! 
6/7/201951 minutes, 15 seconds
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Our Summer Reading Challenge – Hf #219

We kicked off a reading challenge this week with our kids and it's been rally fun! We built in some goals and incentives and the whole family is on board and excited to our reading goals. Every member of the family has their own reading goals - including Jason and I! Listen in today as I share our goals and some tips for reading more:  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources: Free reading challenge for kids packet 2019 Reading Challenge for Women 2019 Reading Challenge for Men Follow me on Goodreads Join in on the books and reading discussion over on Instagram A Summer Reading Challenge – Hf #81 Get 30% off your custom painting from Paint Your Life by texting "HF" to 48-48-48 Get 25% off your first box of personalized vitamin packets from Care Of by going to TakeCareof.com - and use coupon code home    
6/6/201938 minutes, 30 seconds
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Creative ways to get into the word this summer- Hf #218

I want to be really intentional this summer with my time in the Word. I crazy sweet moments with the Lord and time set aside to do this. So whether you are facing a realizing and calm summer, or more likely, a crazy and hectic one...let's all brainstorm together how we can creatively get in the Word more! Listen in:  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Start a new summer reading plan: 60 Day Summer Reading Plan from Intentional By Grace Zondorvan has a summer reading plan for kids Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth from Revive our hearts has a 30 day reading plan 8 Ideas for Book Studies:  Women of the Word   A Mother's Heart: A Look at Values, Vision, and Character for the Christian Mother Adorned: Living out the beauty of the Gospel together  Refresh: Embracing a grace-paced life in a world of endless demands Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in Discontented Age Growing Your Faith by Jerry Bridges When a Woman Inspires Her Husband by Cindi McMenamin The Text Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in it's Proper Place Other ideas: Bible journaling (you can find my spiritual discipline notebooks here) Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney My interview with Donald Whitney on praying the Bible Biblical Discipleship & Mentoring - My interview with Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth Getting back on track with my spiritual disciplines - podcast episode Our sponsor for today's episode: Get 10% off your website with Wix.com/Podcast
5/31/201939 minutes, 25 seconds
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Our summer family bucket list – Hf #217

I have a passion and a dream this summer to make more space to hang out as a family, go on more hikes together, and make sure that we are creating the time and the space to teach our children about the Lord. I want to slow down this summer and make more time for our family. In this episode we are going to chat about some really fun and encouraging family bucket ideas and more!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  Related podcast episode: Viewing motherhood as the important task that it is -Hf #216 Natural Summer Essentials - Hf #127 Making Summer Plans & Memories - Hf #126 (from last summer)! A Summer Reading Challenge - Hf #81 Visit: Hylands.com/ear-pain
5/30/201944 minutes, 31 seconds
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Viewing motherhood as the important task that it is – Hf #216

It's been on my heart a lot lately to make sure that I have a proper view of motherhood. I know in my head how important motherhood is and the grand end goal of raising up these kids. But it's really easy to forget how important the every day average moments are when I'm drowning in the mundane. Listen in for some encouragement and practical ideas of keeping the larger goal and plan in mind!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned in today’s episode down below.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. Links & Resources:  A Mother's Heart: A look at values, vision, and character for the Christian Mother by Jean Fleming Today's Sponsor: Hylands.com/Ear-pain  
5/24/201934 minutes, 46 seconds
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A homeschooling year recap and what’s ahead for next year – Hf #215

I am wrapping up this current homeschool year and starting to plan and collect resources for next year. So now is a great time to do a little recap of our homeschool curriculum we've used the past 2 years and what we will be using going into next year! I'll also share a little bit about the homeschool philosophy we have fallen in love with, how we do a morning basket time, and more!  Listen to the Podcast: Thanks for listening in today! You can find all the links & resources mentioned i