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A Day In My Life: When my plan didn’t end up happening, but that was okay!

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So, I promised you all I’d post about A Day in My Life on Monday evening… and well, it’s Wednesday morning and I’m just now getting around to getting the post done. Such is life some weeks, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

The last few days have been very full. Full of wonderful times as a family. Full of wonderful times with friends. And full of many other responsibilities that have been more important than blogging.

But I finally have a quiet morning to write and finish this post!

Monday morning started bright and early. We’d had a busy Easter weekend and I woke up early to try to get caught back up on things. It didn’t really end up happening, but it was a nice idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After my Bible reading and blogging time, the kids got up and ate breakfast and then got started on their Daily Lists. I loved how Kaitlynn creatively decorated her list with sticker paper. That girl is all about beautifying every part of life and she inspires me!

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The kitchen wasn’t in complete disarray, because Jesse had stayed up the night before cleaning it up for me. He knows that a clean kitchen is one big way to show me love, so multiple times per week, he offers to clean it up for me.

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Silas was working on the letter “S” today. This curriculum is very basic and a lot of review for him right now, but it’s been good to reinforce all the letter sounds and how to correctly write each letter.

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After cleaning up the kitchen and helping Silas with his school, I set to work cleaning up the rest of the house. I laughed as I realized how much Easter had spilled into our house! (It actually sparked some deep thoughts for me — which you can read here.)

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After the kids did their chores and got started on their independent work, I worked on picking up the rest of the house and on the laundry. I had hoped to get all of the massive pile of laundry done, but I only made a dent in it before my time was up and it was time to have Morning Time with the kids.

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After Morning Time, the kids asked if the could play with playdough and do the Word Searches that Miss Tam had given them in their Easter baskets.

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They all sat at the kitchen table and helped each other on the Word Searches for quite a long time.

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I especially loved watching the girls help Silas find the words in the Word Searches.

While they finished up Word Searches, I chatted with Jesse, did a little more housework, and then handed off the homeschooling reins to him and headed out to run on the treadmill, take my shower, and get ready for the day.

The afternoon at the office space was filled with phone calls, emails, taking care of some business projects, working on some blog posts, and answering comments. Before I knew it, it was 5 p.m.!

The day before, our friends, the Hodges, had discovered we’d never gone to Chuy’s to eat before. So we planned a dinner date there with them and then we invited a few other families to join us.

So I met Jesse and the kids there and we had a FUN evening of good food and lots and lots of laughter and good talks.

When we got home, I spent some time working on a project with Kathrynne that she needed to finish up, we put the kids to bed, and then I did a little more blogging before crashing into bed… without finishing up the laundry OR writing this Day in My Life post. Oh well, it was a good day and there’s always tomorrow (or Wednesday!) for writing blog posts and finishing up laundry! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Heather says:

    A good reminder to not stress too much when my day doesn’t go completely as planned!

  • Kara Olson says:

    Pick me!
    I love you honesty. Thank you for that and your blog.

  • sarah says:

    I love reading your ‘day in my life’ posts. Thank you for sharing.

  • Kelly says:

    Sometimes things, or people!, are just more important than laundry! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tara G. says:

    Tulips make me so happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Valerie says:

    I always enjoy your ‘day in my life’ posts. I especially like your ability to capture the small moments!

  • Alicia says:

    Sounds like you had a good day nonetheless!

  • Robin Schreiber says:

    I enjoy your blog and visit everyday. Thank you for a chance at a giveaway!

  • Amanda S says:

    I am amazed at all you get accomplished each day!! You are an inspiration!

  • Pam says:

    It sounds like you are settling in to life in the South – and enjoying wonderful new relationships!

  • Margaret says:

    We love Chuy’s!

  • Emily says:

    I love the “day in my life” posts, and would really like to read the Imagination Station book with my kids.. I think they would love it!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I’m thinking Spring…those tulips are beautiful. My favorite!

  • margie says:

    your a good mother……

  • Charish Delee says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day!

  • Mary says:

    Sometimes I am overly optimistic about my plan for the day!

  • margie says:

    your a good mother…..

  • Leslie says:

    I love the checklist idea- we’ve been using it and it really helps my kids stay on task ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristen says:

    Sounds like you had a fun weekend and start to the week! It’s so refreshing to see your priorities are in order and family time often comes before work! Thanks for a cool giveaway too! I’ve been looking for some new books to read lately, but haven’t been able to get to the library recently with some busy schedules.

  • Allie D. says:

    I love that you are so real with your post and really let us see a glimpse into your life that’s not perfect.

  • Kerra says:

    Thanks for being inspiring!

  • Elizabeth says:

    Those are beautiful, tulips are my favorite! !

  • Holly says:

    I’ve never heard of Chuy’s but it sounds yummy! Love your “Day in my life” posts!

  • Meagan says:

    Love it when my husband cleans the kitchen for me too!

  • sarah d says:

    thank you for always being so transparent on your blog! it is so refreshing to read.

  • Anna says:

    The same kind if grass grew on my carpet ! Spring must be here ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel says:

    Would love to win! Most days at my house don’t go as planned, but I’m trying to work on that. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Whitney says:

    What curriculum is that?

  • Ashley V says:

    thanks for sharing. I enjoyed reading it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jaime Cartagena says:

    I love seeing these posts about “A Day In My Life”!!! They are always an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing.

  • heather says:

    I keep finding eggs that haven’t been found from the bunny.

  • Lisa Mathews says:

    l love to read your blog:)

  • Amanda W. says:

    I’d love to win that stack of books!

  • Amanda says:


  • Erin H says:

    Love reading about your days!

  • Tina says:

    I enjoy reading your blog.

  • Suzi says:

    I too have an amazing kitchen helper and I appreciate him so much!

  • Amie B. says:

    Sometimes we seem to have entire weeks that don’t go as planned. The important thing (as you’ve pointed out) is to give ourselves grace and know that all of the tasks on our to-do list WILL get done…even if it’s a few days later! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Linda says:

    Sounds like a great day!

  • Tracy says:

    Can’t plan for the fun of life, can we? Happy spring!

  • Pamela T says:

    Life is what happens when you are busy making plans. Enjoy your well spent day ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenna says:

    My days rarely go “as planned.”

  • Amy says:

    Such a fun giveaway! It looks like it was a wonderful day!

  • i love chuy’s! one of my favorite mexican places in nashville ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katey Kendall says:

    Thanks for sharing your days with us!

  • Colleen says:

    I love what you said about your daughter being all about “beautifying all aspects of her life” and how you find it inspiring. Such a great attitude!!

  • JOY N says:

    I love it when my husband helps with the kitchen. A clean kitchen seems to make the house feel more organized than it really is…LOL!! My grandma’s favorite saying when I would tell her I was behind on laundry was “it will be there tomorrow.” Sometimes there are moments that are more important than laundry ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed your day and let it slide ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laure says:

    You are an inspiration! (And, hope I win ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Martha says:

    oh yes love that my husband now cleans the kitchen :)! Thanks for sharing.

  • Melissa Nassraway says:

    I would love don’t some new books!

  • Emily e says:

    thanks for sharing!

  • Leslie D. says:

    I love Chuy’s and would love to win this giveaway!

  • Beth says:

    I finally got to my Monday (mailing taxes) yesterday….but I mailed something else important at the same time so it all worked out. Loved Dear Mr. Knightley, would love to read Lizzy and Jane.

  • Christy Carlson says:

    Ah yes the never ending laundry! I’m loving reading real books again, would love to win!

  • Ashley says:

    I love posts like this! Your honesty is a blessing as I often feel I need to have it all together, but usually don’t. The way you keep your focus during days that don’t go as planned are definitely a challenge to me as I go about my day.
    If you don’t mind me asking, what curriculum are you using for Silas?

    • We’re using Hooked on Phonics with him. So far, it’s been a really good fit. We tried a few other curriculum choices and they just didn’t work well for his personality/how he learns.

  • Jenny O says:

    I am impressed with how much you get done in a day. You mention the difficulties with getting it all done, but I am amazed at how much you do–and how much is intentional and meaningful. It sounds like you have a great husband too, who helps carry the load.

  • Jessica says:

    I enjoyed yhe

    • Jessica says:

      I enjoyed the peek inside your day! Always nice to see others don’t have everything go as perfectly planned as it sometimes seems they might!

  • Nikki says:

    I LOVE reading your blog. It’s my daily blog to read. You are full of inspiration. Thank you for all you do!

  • Anissa says:

    I sure do miss good Mexicans food living up North! Sounds like a fun night with friends, family, and yummy food!

  • Miriam B says:

    I love reading your posts about your family life and your schedule even if those posts don’t appear as scheduled. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rachel says:

    Enjoying family and friends time has gone up on your list! I love what I’m seeing and reading!

    • Rachel says:

      Aww – the rest of what I typed didn’t go through.

      I loved what you posted on Instagram over the weekend. About the notes being nailed to the cross. So real and so true! Thank you for sharing!

  • Elizabeth says:

    I would love to win these things!

  • Debbie says:

    I love seeing your day! So fun

  • Cat says:

    I love your blog. Ty for all the great posts.

  • Kaci says:

    Thanks for posting about your day. It’s fun to see glimpses of what your life is like!

  • Patty says:

    Hi crystal, I enjoy reading about Morning Time; this is something I want to implement when my child is older. I want to get back on track with my reading goals; thanks for the reminder.

  • Karyn Nixon says:

    Thank you for being an honest blogger whom we can all identify with! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amie says:

    Love how you always keep it real!

  • Tina says:

    Sounds like a nice day and an even nicer giveaway.

  • Rachel R says:

    Your day in the life posts are my favorite!

  • Mandy says:

    Sounds like a pretty good day to me!

  • Melanie Franks says:

    It’s good to see that others have those kind of days as well. Glad you got to experience Chuy’s. Love that place!

  • Becca h says:

    Thank you for always being ‘real’ and genuine! It’s refreshing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ginger p says:

    Enjoying your blog. Love reading these types of posts! Would love to win the books also ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer says:

    Our Easter has spilled into the week too. I decided we would take a week off from school and try to finish up some of the little house projects that don’t quite seem to happen (I am 24 weeks pregnant and I think I finally having the nesting feeling and the energy to make things happen!). As a long time reader from even your previous blog, I do enjoy these posts, thanks for sharing them!

  • Shannon says:

    Thank you for your positive attitude!

  • Theresa Anderson says:

    Love reading your updates ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway !

  • Amy Owen says:

    I would love to win your book stack!

  • Brandi says:

    I enjoy reading your posts!

  • Dawn says:

    Sounds like you did the most important things!

  • Tatum Buckholtz says:

    Thanks for the reminder not to sweat the small stuff!

    Would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Karen says:

    Just letting you know, I really enjoy your A Day In My Life posts. And your stack of books look very interesting.

  • Staci Brown says:

    I would love to win those books!

  • Ashley L. says:

    Love these posts. Love your honesty and seeing that you are just one of us too. Love the tulips too!

  • Ashley Chambless says:

    Love reading your posts! And love Chuy’s!

  • christi says:

    Would love to get back to more reading with these books!

  • Gretchen says:

    I love how you always seem to have pretty flowers on your kitchen table.

  • Anita Foster says:

    Love your blog! Would love to win these books.

  • Bethany says:

    Wow, sounds like you had a great Easter. It is always great to spend time with other families.

  • michelle says:

    I like books.

  • Erica Craig says:

    I admire how you can just go with the flow and not sweat the little things.

  • Lana says:

    My sweet husband cleans up the kitchen for me in the evenings on a regular basis even though he has been at the office all day and I have been home. Some days he just knows that I am ‘done’ from all the chores and errands I had to get finished.

  • Krista says:

    This week has gotten away from me, too. After a quiet night at home last night and a quiet day, I hope to be back on track!

  • Sonyia says:

    That’s quite a lot accomplished!

  • Diane says:

    I’m reading Green Ember right now. My husband is really great about cleaning the kitchen at night when he can, too.

  • kasey says:

    always love reading your posts! thanks for all your hard work!

  • Crissie says:

    Thanks for being a steady encouragement to others!

  • Carolyn says:

    It’s rare that a day goes exactly as planned, but that’s what makes life fun and interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d pick family and friends over laundry any day, too.

  • Cindy says:

    I enjoy reading books when I have time! Thank you!

  • bdaiss says:

    The best kind of day – productive, fun, and filled with family and friends. Thanks for the chance.

  • Osen says:

    Thanks for always being an inspiration and also for the giveaway.

  • Katie says:

    Thanks for being so authentic in your posts. I would love to read all those book!

  • Anna chan says:

    Yes, I would love to win the books. Even if I don’t, your post was very inspiring, I am in awe of everything you accomplish in one day.

  • Amy A says:

    Glad you have friends in Nashville who are like family! We all need that when we live far from our family.

  • Jen says:

    love your transparency! So refreshing!

  • Jill Koly says:

    I always thought ‘S’ was the hardest letter to learn to write and felt bad for kids with ‘S’ names ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rebecca Scott says:

    Love these posts and these book giveaways!

  • Sara says:

    I WOULD LOVE TO WIN YOUR BOOK STACK. My day’s fly bye as well. I am a very hard working mom. Tuesday was filled with rising at 2am (not my doing). I think I just needed time with God and he was helping me accomplishing this. Work from 5am until 3pm. Went home for lunch. Put chicken legs in the crockpot. Fueled the car. Back to work. After work went to due my coupon buys for the week at Meijer, CVS, and RA. Home at 5pm. Made green beans and mashed potatoes. 2 loads of wash and time with the kids, homework, baths and bed.

  • Michelle says:

    My Monday didn’t go as planned either! So its ok!

  • Lorenda says:

    Glad to hear you are normal! Or at least I am not the only one this happens to!

  • Ann says:

    I love these day in the life posts! I would love to win those books!

  • Amy Villarreal says:

    I loved your post. I have been considering homeschooling my 4 children (9,7,5, and 3) and I love seeing how it works for your family. I just wish my hubby could do the teaching part! I would love these books if I win. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I love reading about your days and how things may not always go as planned, because that is so my life, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for all your encouragement.

  • jenny says:

    Kids have been gone til today. Can’t wait to see them

  • GinaA says:

    I would LOVE to win this book stack :))

  • Laura says:

    I love these types of posts.

  • rebecca m says:

    I love the glimpses into your life. Today I am determined to get a few things done and my list keeps getting longer instead of shorter. I must cross a few things off now, I suppose. I really want to make time to read for myself today!

  • Cherith says:

    Love following your blog, and would love to win a stack of books! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shaylin says:

    its great seeing a real day and knowing mine aren’t the only ones that don’t go as planned!

  • Jennifer says:

    Love when you give away book stacks! Thanks!

  • Need A Nap2 says:

    How was Chuy’s? We’ve never been either, but I’ve heard really good things about it.

  • Jennifer says:

    Would love to win the stack of books to add to our library. Thanks for sharing part of your life with us.

  • Stephanie says:

    What an awesome giveaway! I love reading your posts throughout the week! Have a blessed day!

  • denise says:

    My SIL works at a Chuy’s in TX and we have one near Indy but we haven’t been yet either!

  • Kimberly says:

    I love books!

  • tina says:

    thanks for keeping it real ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelsey says:

    Love your honesty! It’s great to see I’m not the only one behind on the laundry!

  • Angie says:

    Great giveaway!

  • Dana Tiner says:

    I love reading about your day! I homeschooled my 4 and remember the challenges and distractions that sometimes crept into a day. It amazes me how much we could get done, though, when we all put our minds to it.

  • I have sons, so I had to smile at the picture of your daughter’s decorative stickers. I was that girl when I was a child – if there was a way to make to paper pretty, I was all over it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it.

  • Kim B says:

    The day may not have gone according to plan, but it reads like it was a great day for the Paine family. Our yesterday was not good, but by the grace of God we get another chance today!

  • Erin Yoder says:

    We love Chuys! Glad you got to go!

  • Kim says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! I’d love to a win all those things.:)

  • Jennifer says:

    I would love to win the book stack and I love reading your blog!

  • Beth says:

    I love books and after reading your book say goodbye to survival mode I have carved out reading time for myself. You make things seem so easy. I will be making daily lists for myself, husband and 2 year old daughter. I love lists and following a schedule. You are an inspiration!

  • Amy B says:

    The last few days haven’t gone as I planned either–my kiddos have been super tired and grumpy (3YO and 10MO) and have taken bad naps, which means I have gotten behind in filling orders for my Etsy shop, laundry, etc. It’s hard to get anything done with little ones needing constant attention. But I’m trying so hard to remember that these little ones are my most important work! I’m a Type A who loves to have lists and be productive, and it’s hard not to be frustrated when “my” plans don’t turn out or I can’t check off my to-dos. But I’ve been blessed with these babies and a wonderful husband, family and friends and I need to remember that they are indeed blessings, not interruptions.
    Crystal, I love your “personal” posts, and they always seem to come at the right time to encourage me. Thank you!

  • Amanda Book says:

    The day after Easter here to was the same however I guess we were Easter out. Nothing really got done an on top of it all I had a child who was fussy an mean so instead of a day getting stuff done an back in order I ended up having to take a nap with him ( the only way to ensure a nap is to lay down with him). I had so much fun Easter an all the family an games, an hiding the eggs for the kids to Easter egg hunt but it kicked my butt.

  • Swapna says:

    Love these posts! How do you manage to run on the treadmill everyday? I cannot seem to get 10 mins to walk on the treadmill (am a work-away-from-home mom)

  • Denise Johnson says:

    I enjoy reading these posts and how you keep it real. Those tulips are so pretty and refreshing. Your children are growing so much and seem to get along so well.

  • Kristy R says:

    My husband knows that it really makes my day/night for him to clean and mop the kitchen for me! I’m so easy, LOL!

  • Hannah Troyer says:

    You inspire me with your daily morning routines!

  • lyss says:

    Awesome giveaway!

  • Rachel Brown says:

    Thank you for these posts! And for the chance to win some new books! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sara E says:

    I love these book giveaways!

  • Megan says:

    I really enjoyed Lizzy and Jane and would like to also read the others listed in your stack. I did find Dear Mr. Knightley a better read so would recommend that one by Katherine Reay too.

  • Lisa Guyer says:

    The flow to your days really inspires me. Thank you for these posts. They really help me to keep plugging away until I find a routine that works for us.

  • Karen says:

    I so appreciate this post. I am glad I am not the only one who has these days. Thanks for the honesty.

  • Krystyn says:

    Hope you had great Easter! I love your blog and all the giveaways!!

  • Lesley says:

    It’s nice to have a schedule for the day, but when you have children and own a business, the key is to be flexible. Everyday I have a plan of what I want or need to get done but invariably something comes up and the plan needs to be reworked. Such is life!

  • Melinda D says:

    It seems like I am forever finding pieces of Easter grass here and there long after Easter has passed.

  • Jody says:

    These are some of my favorite posts of yours (no matter when they’re posted!) They either inspire me to look for ways I can streamline and be more productive, inspire me to be more present with my family, or relieve me that everyone has off days every now and again. Thanks for the glimpses, inspiration, and relief! (Looks like a good stack of books there!)

  • Denise says:

    I would love to read Undone.

  • Ashley says:

    I would love this!

  • Elyse says:

    What a great giveaway! And so nice to hear what you and your lovely kids are up to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Megan Baxter says:

    Thanks so much for your openness and honesty. Would love that stack of books!!

  • Monica L. says:

    I need new reading material!

  • michelle tustin says:

    Great post! I appreciate how you always give us a real perspective of your life. Life happens and never seems to go as we plan but as He plans for us. I have finally learned to just roll with it because He knows best.

  • Carrie B says:

    I love these types of posts. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Samantha R says:

    I love your book giveaways too; I love reading!!

  • Aubrey Ives says:

    I totally understand about mornings not going quite as planned. You still accomplished a lot. I would love to win this giveaway. What fun! Thank you!

  • Heather Schneider says:

    I’d love to have a fun package in the mail…and nothing is more fun than books!

  • beth says:

    My days never seem to go as planned but i am usually not as calm about it!

  • Eunice White says:

    Love these day in your life posts!

  • Karen Kropp says:

    Free books?! Yes please!!! And I just gotta say…I love your day in the life posts! So real and authentic

  • Erin v says:

    I like reading about your life. I like that you are saying the gospel more now too! It’s easy to talk about all the things that are good and right to do but we are sinful and need Jesus! Thank you! I’ve been reading your blog long enough to see a change in your heart about what the gospel is and what it covers! I’m happy for you and your family!

  • Karen says:

    Grandson is asleep for a bit. Saw this stack of books I would like to read – I’m especially eyeing Undone!

  • Susan says:

    Love how you stick to your priorities! Family and friends before blogging. What a wonderful example you are to moms, young and old!

  • Loved the message with the Easter grass strewn about the house! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity too!

  • Stacey says:

    Glad to know I am not the only one with wishful hopes of the day!

  • Karis Jorden says:

    I love the day in your life posts! It’s so helpful to me to see how others order their days. Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  • Andrea says:

    The book stack makes me drool – I think all of those are ones we’d enjoy and don’t have!

  • Jo says:

    I would love to win. You inspire me to take the time to relax and read!

  • Laura says:

    I love reading your day in the life posts! They are so inspiring to me how you manage to fit so much into your day and take everything one step at a time : )

  • Jenni Albert says:

    My weeks go like that a lot ๐Ÿ˜‰ !

  • Kelly Sanders says:

    Love your blog and this stack of books look awesome

  • AnelM says:

    The list of titles looks interesting.

  • Lisa says:

    You are such an inspiration–even in the regular day to day things of life. I love getting peaks into your days. They fill mine with sunshine on how God brings beauty into our everyday lives. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sara says:

    I love how honest and relatable you are. Getting to something two days later than planned seems to be the story of my life lately! I am glad you had a great night with your family and friends!!!

  • Reva says:

    Love to hear about your “real” life!

  • Kim says:

    Life is right where you are at isn’t it? Love that you just rolled with it and did then next thing. Free books are always fun! Hope I win!

  • Melissa says:

    He is risen!!

  • Rhoda Flohr says:

    Your blog is one of my favorites. Thanks for the opportunity to win such great giveaways.

  • Katie holden says:

    I appreciate how honest you are a a blogger that real life doesn’t always go as planned but instead of blogging you choose to stay focused on your family. That is so encouraging to readers I think because it lets us know that we all struggle sometimes to get things done as we originally hoped and to just roll with it when things don’t go as we planned. Thanks for the blog, I am an avid follower!

  • asmith says:

    Thanks for sharing so openly on this blog

  • Lynn says:

    Like most people, I love knowing I am not the only one behind on housework – or that laundry that seems to grow overnight!! But I love these posts that remind us it’s ok to play hooky on work and have fun instead. It’s spring break here and just as I feel like I am not getting anything done – this reminds me that I am doing plenty by being blessed enough to spend wonderful time with my children! I read once something about living for your resume or your eulogy – simply put, are you living to fill up all your to do lists/jobs or to make connections and impact people’s lives – so in my opinion your “late” post sounds like it was well worth it!

  • Michelle says:

    I would love to win this stack of books! I went to my first book club last night and really enjoyed it:) thanks for the giveaway!

  • I’ve been to Chuy’s once. My favorite thing is their fresh salsa!

  • anne says:

    would love to have some reading for the next few weeks since i’ll be welcoming a new baby boy tomorrow!

  • Julie says:

    Thanks for these posts ! I feel it keep the blog “real” and shows the readers that you are just like the rest of us–trying to get as much done as you can and juggling kids,work, school etc….

  • Wendy says:

    Crystal, thank you for your website! Your family’s story is an encouragement to me and I enjoy reading your money saving tips. I’d love to win this- we are new foster parents always looking for new books (to lessen video game time) and my husband loves getting new music. Thank you again for the time you put into this website!

  • Amy B says:

    I personally love when bloggers can be transparent and say “I didn’t blog because I was living my life!” Thanks for being authentic with us!!

    And for such a cool giveaway ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Beth Steenwyk says:

    Happy Easter! He is Risen, Indeed!

  • Laura says:

    I’m in a season with small children and it encourages me to see your priority of life giving relationships and hope that in a couple years I will have a tiny bit more space for that too. Thank you!

  • Brittany says:

    Your “A Day in My Life” posts are my favorite to read! I love that you are both inspiring in how much you get done and relateable in that you don’t always get it ALL done ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenny says:

    I would love to win your giveaway!

  • Staci says:

    Winning would be so fun! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Tara says:

    Thanks for your site!

  • Sharon says:

    Thanks for “keeping it real.” It’s always comforting to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t finish my “to-do” list each day. Family always comes first. The tasks can always wait for another day.

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway!

  • Beth Busch says:

    Thanks for sharing about your day! Laundry catches me off-guard often. I’ve found I have to do at least one load each day or it piles up like crazy! It reminds me to be thankful for the evidence of family life though. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Wish we had a Chuy’s around! I’m sure it was a wonderful time to fellowship!!
    Thanks for doing a giveaway – always fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kayla says:

    Thanks for ev erything you do here on your blog and in your books!

  • Katie says:

    Honesty is more inspiring than perfection! Thanks for being real!!!

  • Amy P says:

    I have been wanting to read Undone & I have yet to set up the ipod I got a year ago – that $50 would go a long way!!

  • Yvonne D Warthen says:

    Reading new books is like a spa day.

  • Jessica says:

    I am still catching up from Easter weekend too! But what a fun, wonderful, relaxing weekend it was. Today is full of teaching and piano lessons and soccer and church (and.. and… ๐Ÿ™‚ ) But tomorrow I will catch up on my laundry!

  • Marissa says:

    God Bless you and your unpredictable days! We all have them! Thanks for keeping it real.

  • Lynette says:

    Honestly, I usually skip these posts, but today I noticed the giveaway… glad I looked!

  • Stephanie says:

    How fun! Sometimes it take the whole week to get ‘cleaned up’ from busy weekends!

  • Karen says:

    Even when your day seems disorganized, it’s still closer to my ideal organized day!

  • Amy says:

    Would love some new books to read

  • Brandy says:

    love it

  • mary ellen says:

    Love these posts!

  • Olivia Adair says:

    I’m a sucker for books! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • wendy s says:

      We love books!!! It’s perhaps an addiction! The library used sales… we all get the jitters of excitement as we head inside!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      blessings – appreciate reading your site.

  • Betsy says:

    Thank you for all of your great giveaways!

  • amber says:

    Great post! I love all the pictures.

  • Melissa says:

    I am a fairly new reader of your blog and I am also a mom of three children under 4. I have really enjoyed reading your blog and just being encouraged.

  • wendy s says:

    My kids would love Imagination Station! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • judith says:

    A wise friend told me that some days we make progress, some days we just maintain, and other days we feel like we’re barely surviving, and that’s okay; just part of life, and I should be thankful to have survived. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Heather says:

    Oh, your kids are so adorable! My daughter, who is 6, loves a good Word Search book too! Keeps her busy for a while too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shannon hartman says:

    thanks for sharing part of your life with us!

  • Angel says:

    I keep seeing your post on the Imagination Station and noted it’s in that stack. I haven’t seen the set in the library so it’ll be a purchase and waiting until funds are ready for that. Would love to win and get a chance to try it out with my kids! Thanks for the offer and for your honesty in your posts!

  • Miriah says:

    I love being reminded of the beauty in the simple and everyday. Thank you!

  • Meghan says:

    It would be such a blessing to win this stack!

  • Keriann says:

    I would love to win! The books for me and my kids would be thrilled with the iTunes gift card!!

  • Andrea says:

    I was curious what books you are using with Silas? Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • dawn says:

    thanks for the giveaway

  • Diana C says:

    Some days are like that. Still enjoyed reading on Wednesday. I would love to win some new reading material.

  • Mandi says:

    I have many days that don’t go my way. A good reminder that “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Prov19:21 Keeps me humble. : )

  • Jennifer says:

    Thanks for keeping it real. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura says:

    I can’t wait to read that Lizzy and Jane book! Our library doesn’t have it and I can’t afford it right now, but maybe I’ll get picked to win ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Marianne hardy says:

    We love books at our house

  • Megan says:

    I love how Easter grass ends up everywhere! I think I’ll still be finding it in June.

  • Misty N. says:

    Would love to win!

  • megan says:

    Thanks for all of your helpful hints! Would love to win ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tracy says:

    I love how your kids have a daily list. Wish that would work for my son he goes to public school and I work all day so not sure how we could implement that. Maybe on the weekends. Thanks for all you do.

  • chloe s says:

    I’d love to win!

  • Amy says:

    Who doesn’t love a great giveaway?! And a day that doesn’t go according to plan ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Theresa says:

    love your post and stories!

  • Amber K says:

    I love your transparency. Some weeks are so full but I am encourages how you prioritize what matters most.

  • Brooke says:

    I love your book giveaways! I especially enjoy your posts about what you are reading now and what you are reading to your children. You’ve given me some great ideas!

  • Kelly says:

    Love your more personal posts and book reviews. Would love to win!

  • Cindy says:

    Would love those books!! Thanks for sharing your day! Always look forward to hearing about it and how real you are!

  • Barbie Reavis says:

    Love your blog! Would love to win some books as I start homeschooling for the first time!

  • Laura says:

    I think your day sounds lovely! What a gift to have so much time with your husband each day.

  • Tracy says:

    Love the fun giveaway!

    Mondays are always so hectic…I don’t know how you ever get around to writing the Day in My Life posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Peggy says:

    Thanks for a fun giveaway!! I just want to let you know that I am inspired by your intentionality re: goals, especially in the day to day of life. Hoping to apply some of that today – thanks!

  • LeeAnn says:

    You’re mornings seem so productive! I’ve been moving up my rise time earlier each day to have time before my 10 month old wakes, but its like she has a super power to know when I wake up! No matter what time I wake 5-10 min later she’s up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melanie says:

    Thank you for the fun giveaway. I’m always looking for new books to read to my children and myself!

  • crystal says:

    I am glad I am not the only one whose plans get derailed sometimes! I would love those books!

  • sarah codispoti says:

    I love reading your posts…and I love books…and thank you for posting this giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen Smith says:

    Thank you for your generosity!

  • Jill Stephens says:

    I have a difficult time sleeping at night so when I wake up in the middle of the night I read. I would love to have some new books to keep me inspired, peaceful, and encouraged. Thank you so much for all of the great pieces you post.

  • Beth says:

    awesome giveaway! I would especially love to read Undone!

  • Meg says:

    I am glad I found your site – it’s inspiring to see how you manage your family and work life and I enjoy reading your earlier posts too. A welcome break in my day!

  • Darcy Dugan says:

    Your blog is so awesome! In many ways – saving money, being a great citizen and great friend, and being there for your family and friends. LOVE IT! You’re the one blog I keep up with on a regular basis – Facebook, email and original website, too! Thanks for everything you do!!

  • Becky says:

    Loved the peek into your day! Special memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Allison says:

    I love your real life posts!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lori Collins says:

    I have 4 kids ages 9 and under…a day in my life never goes as planned lol. But, I love this life God has given me!!

  • Kylie V says:

    I would love to win! Thanks for the chance

  • Su says:

    I would enjoy winning the giveaway. thx

  • Hannah F says:

    I love the morning time idea. Going to figure out how to incorporate that into our daily routine.

  • Risha says:

    I’m behind on laundry too!

  • Kristen says:

    Thank you for the chance to win a stack of books!! And thank you for writing!

  • Katherine says:

    Sounds like a great day.!

  • Alisha says:

    My daughter received an iTunes gift card for her birthday and lost it within a day or two! She was devastated, so I would love to win these books…and surprise her with a new iTunes giftcard! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kim R. says:

    I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  • NaDell says:

    Isn’t it great how things change throughout the day sometimes? And it’s even better when you know how to appreciate what you’re doing.
    I’d love to win this giveaway! =)

  • Juli says:

    Thanks for being so real and not hiding behind the screen!
    Love your blog!

  • Jennifer says:

    Yep, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging. Sometimes life gets in the way of life! My kids looooooove word searches, and they are such great learning tools. I would so much rather they do things like that than loaf around in some way. Mazes are another big hit over here.

  • Stephanie says:

    We just got back from a trip that ended up being unexpected and not in a good way (:O) but I am SO happy to be home and am still catching up on life at home too!!

  • Sarah says:

    I would love to win! Thanks!

  • Emily says:

    What a fun giveaway! I enjoy your site ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kara says:

    I loved word searches growing up. I ought to find one for my daughter.

  • Jennifer says:

    Love your day in the life posts.

  • Alessandra H says:

    I love reading your blog, especially the “day in the life…” posts!

  • Jordan T says:

    Your blog is one I frequent day after day. I love seeing what a day in the life of one of my favorite bloggers looks like! Have a fantastic Wednesday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anna says:

    Several of those books look really interesting!

  • Jill Harriott says:

    Thanks for inspiring me to order my days in a more functional way! A couple of these books are on my to read list!

  • Susan says:

    So encouraging to see you keeping it real, and posting about the fact that family and friends always come before the other stuff

  • Esther says:

    Have been a reader for years! Your blog is the only one I follow and i check it many times a day. I hope I win, hehe!

  • Shaunta Caine says:

    Your productive days always inspire me. I’m a newly single working mom of 5 and I strive to be a hard worker just as you are.

  • Diona Navarro says:

    I know as moms we can do many things in a day, but it’s so hard to mentally stop say blogging and jump into homeschooling. You make it seem so easy and I pray I can become more disciplined in that area. Now might be a good time for me to get off the computer and start school lol! Pray for me!

  • Shana harder says:

    Pick me, pick me! :)Thanks for sharing your days with us!

  • Jamie says:

    Thanks for the chance to win some books! I have a whole house full of children who love to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

    And thanks for the insight to your daily life. I like the encouragement to really consider how I am spending my time each day.

  • Stacey says:

    Just brought our third child home from the nicu after a five week stay. Quickly learning that my days will rarely go according to “plan” but they are good full days. I am more thankful than ever just to have us all under one roof again. Love your day in the life posts! Would enjoy reading that stack of books… If only all three kids would nap at the same time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lauren says:

    I often times wonder where the week went…time flys when we are having fun I guess! Would love to have a new stack of books to read!

  • Sherri says:

    I actually appreciated getting back to my normal routine this week (after spring break/vacation last week), even with the 6AM wake up time! Last week was a fun family trip before the oldest two head to college this fall, but I was exhausted. Then we came home to college financial aid letters and decisions about where to attend. Thankfully, the best financial awards also corresponded with their top choice schools, and now it is settled!

  • Jodi Epps says:

    I’m glad to hear that I am not the only one who has days that don’t exactly go as planned. Thanks for keepin’ it real! I love your blog because you are not perfect.

  • Martha D says:

    The best part of parenting – watching them help each other (instead of fighting all the time!)

  • Amy says:

    Love your blog! Have been following religiously for the past year! Thanks!!

  • casey says:

    LOVE your blog! Such an inspiration to me =)

  • M. says:

    I like reading about your daily schedule. I feel like if I don’t jump on the treadmill first thing in the morning that it will never get done but you remind me to fit exercise in wherever I can. Wish I had a husband who wasn’t gone 12-13 hrs. per day 6 days a week and could help clean the kitchen!!!

  • Meg C says:

    Easter spilled all over our house too! 1/2 the counter is filled with treats (gifts from others, not our doing) that I don’t really know where to store…and my plans rarely work out so mostly I don’t make them lol

  • Kayla says:

    Would love these books ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda says:

    I love the lists the kids have for the day. I go back and forth about homeschooling one day, but if I do I really want to implement the lists!

  • Becky says:

    I always enjoy reading your posts on family life.

  • patj says:

    How did you like Chuy’s? We were introduced about 3 years ago and visit whenever we are near one! Don’t eat out much at all but Chuy’s is our treat!

  • Joyce says:

    I love your blog and especially your “day in my life” posts. Thank you for being you and being authentic in all you do.

  • Teri says:

    Now I want to do a word search! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • beth says:

    Love reading about your days!

  • Sarah W says:

    Ha! My goal on Monday was to catch up on the laundry, but that didn’t really happen either. They are clean but not folded yet. Hopefully tonight after Church. Thanks for being honest with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Pamela J says:

    Thanks for another great giveaway! So fun.

  • Thanks so much for sharing your day with us! It’s always fun to read ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wendy says:

    You inspire me to be better!

  • Rachel says:

    So good to know that we all have days that don’t go exactly as planned! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mary says:

    I love how you and Jesse work together. I’ve often wondered if you might write a post about how you get work done in the same house with Jesse around. Seems as though it is difficult getting my own work down when my hubby is home. He is my first priority of course, but when he’s off from work seems as though I don’t get anything done. Maybe it’s me just being Martha-instead of Mary.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for being real with us! And thank you for this opportunity!

  • Elizabeth says:

    It’s so fun reading about your family. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kimberly in NC says:

    I like seeing your kids so into their school work!

  • Diana C says:

    Love Chuy’s! Sometimes breaking away from the plan can be a good thing!

  • Megan says:

    your day in the life posts are so inspiring!!

  • Kelli T. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! The winner (hope it’s me) will have some fun. Have a blessed day.

  • Molly says:

    Thanks for always keeping it so real! It’s super encouraging!

  • Rachel says:

    I am interested in reading Undone and Lizzy & Jane! Thank you for the encouraging post.

  • Maria Gomez says:

    I Love this post series is always fun to read!!!

  • Lori says:

    You truly inspire me to be a better person

  • Analisa says:

    I always enjoy reading your “day in my life” posts. You do such a great job of documenting all the little moments, which is something I need to try harder at. Thanks for sharing your life with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah says:

    Love your blog. It is an inspiration to me!

  • Kaylee says:

    I love your blog so much, and these posts are becoming my favorites!

  • Magdalene says:

    I love reading your blog!

  • Cynthia L says:

    Great post, thanks for sharing!

  • Robin Y says:

    Love seeing all the pictures of your kids doing homeschool and life. Inspires me as we are doing the same. Thank you!!!

  • Bridget B. says:

    I appreciate all of your book suggestions!

  • Amy says:

    I was feeling a little discouraged today. Nothing major, just about all the things I am not getting done today. After reading this post, as well as the post about contentment a little further down the page, I feel encouraged and ready to press on, walking on in the Victory that the Resurrection ensures we can have.
    Thank you!

  • Alison S. says:

    Thank you for sharing how you use to do lists and goals in everyday life. You inspired my dear friend and I to email each other our weekly goals every week and hold each other accountable, even though we live several states away.

  • Heather says:

    Love your posts about real life! I especially like having a glimpse into your homeschool days. Always curious about how others do things!

  • Bethany says:

    I always enjoy these posts! And you have the best stack of books to always give away ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rebecca says:

    I love reading about your days and seeing your kids. And it’s great that you keep it real and honest. I think it makes the rest of us feel like we aren’t alone in our struggles and daily walk.

  • Tori says:

    I love how you are real about putting things off!

  • Amy McClure says:

    You inspire me !

  • Jennifer says:

    Grace for every moment, even the ones that don’t go our way. Thanks for sharing these posts. I enjoy them.

  • Amy Boone says:

    Great giveaway!

  • Denay says:

    I, too, did not complete my goal for Monday – the goal to go to sleep with a clean house (inspired by your goal.) However, just having a goal kept me going and I accomplished far more than normal. I can’t tell you how frequently you inspire and encourage me. I’m also encouraged by the grace you have for yourself for not completing the ‘to dos’ because your focus was on what was more important.

  • Beth says:

    A couple of those books are on my “to read” list!

  • Andrea says:

    ooh I’ve been wanting to read undone, would love to win

  • Tanya says:

    Thanks for keeping it real! I think most of my days don’t go as planned.

  • Kathleen says:

    I need something to read ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle says:

    I found your blog last fall, and I love how open and honest you are! Yours is one of a few blogs that I read regularly!

  • Maura Rawlette says:

    I try to never get behind on following your blog, but when I do I keep the pages rolling back until I am caught up! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kari says:

    I enjoy your “Day in the Life” posts! It is nice to see I’m not the only one who seems to have days where my to do list doesn’t quite get all done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristy says:

    How fun! And I definitely get those days that go sideways and upside down. I think that accurately describes our last 2 weeks with colds and things wrapping up!

  • Lisa L says:

    Even though I don’t have kids and I live in a tiny urban apartment, I love Money Saving Mom. Wonderful ideas, great photos, and thought-provoking posts. Thank you and God Bless you.

  • Melissa H says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am most excited about the undone book!! Wheee!

  • Jane says:

    Oh I could SO use this giveaway! We are trying to put together Christmas for 3 big families in need next year and have already started collecting presents to that we can do it frugally – this would be a huge help! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kerry says:

    Would love to win, thanks for the opportunity!

  • stephanie says:

    I read somewhere to use tule in the easter baskets instead of grass. Worked like a charm this year! Each basket had a yard, but less would have worked too, and each was a different color. Fold it up and use it again next year!

  • Donna says:

    Yes, life regularly happens and derails my plans, but I’m learning that in so doing those are actually opportunities from God, Who gives good and perfect gifts! James 1:17

  • I’d love to win these! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Jennifer H says:

    Thanks for sharing your day with us. And for all the encouraging words! The Lord is good to bless us even in the ordinary things of life. Many blessings!

  • Susan H. says:

    Love reading about your every day life. I’m always up for some new books! I need to rebuild my “to read” stack – it’s getting low ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Wendy Lee says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! Love reading your posts!

  • kelia says:

    I would love to read those books! I just started making “me time” a priority in my life and some new books would be great.

  • Amanda B says:

    Thank you for your always inspiring and honest posts about day to day [real] life. I’ve been wanting to read Undone….heard so many wonderful things about that book. Thank you!

  • Brandy Fisk says:

    We have had some really nice days out but now it’s been raining all this week. Since I watch kids at my house that means we have been stuck inside the majority of this week. I feel like I’m getting plenty done around here but would much rather be outside ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tessa says:

    Most days seem to end with an incomplete to-do list for me. I’m glad I’m not alone!

  • Charissa says:

    “A Day in My Life” has become my favorite posts! Thanks for sharing with your readers!!

  • Amanda Wheeler says:

    I commend you for posting that your family and friends come first. I enjoy reading your blog but sometimes forget that it is your full time job. Just like the rest of us we put our jobs on hold for family and friends. Thank you for reminding me that we all have more important things in our lives and some things can wait for a day or two ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Jandel Christensen says:

    I like seeing the time you spend with your kids, it helps me realize the chores can wait.

  • Viviane Sones says:

    I remember those days

  • Merri B says:

    …and what doesn’t get done today, is still there to do tomorrow… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Nancy says:

    I would love an extra copy of Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing!

  • Lexie Reed says:

    Love your blog and your complete honesty. Would love a chance to win:)

  • Susan in St. Louis says:

    My life went a bit “unplanned” with some water in a basement issue due to flash floods around here. Not fun, but definitely a very “first-world problem”. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Leslie says:

    Love, love your blog! I love the more personal posts like these. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Christina says:

    Doesn’t life just seem to happen like that some weeks? It’s great to remember that often experience and living life with those we love is far more important than our to-do lists!

  • Randi says:

    Looks like a great stack of books! There is never enough time (or quiet in my house ๐Ÿ™‚ to read my fill but I enjoy the few moments I get.

  • Rachel C says:

    Excited for the chance to win, but also just wanted to say that reading your posts about your schedule and daily life have inspired me to be much more intentional in my own daily living. I had found myself in a big slump and your blog posts have really helped start to pull me out of it.

  • ashley says:

    Thank you for being so transparent with your life – and not simply posting the pinterest-worthy photos – It’s encouraging to read!

  • Sherri says:

    Sounds very busy, but productive.

  • Nikki says:

    Love these posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emily says:

    Looks like a great stack of books!

  • MrsAndrew says:

    I really like these “day in my life” posts.

  • Jennifer says:

    I love FREE anything, but FREE books are awesome!

  • Kaitlin L says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Leen says:

    Pretty tulips! (And a functional vase.)

  • Marcie says:

    When my plans get off track, that is when it seems that God is moving the most!

  • Hannah says:

    It’s good to know I’m not the only one whose plans don’t always end up happening as I had hoped –that’s been the story of my life this week! Thanks for your real-life stories and encouragement to put the important things first, and that it’s not the end of the world if my Monday plan happens on Wednesday instead.

  • Michelle W says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and the honesty! It’s refreshing!

  • Tammy says:

    Love your blog! I often say you read my thoughts because much of what you say is something friends and I are just talking about! I very much appreciate your real approach, we all live real lives and its great to see someone reflect that!

  • Shelli Mader says:

    It’s so sweet that your husband offers to clean the house up for you! So glad that you found some good friends in TN too!

  • JESSICA C says:

    Seems like a great day! I had that Easter Grass all around my house too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Tiffany Leiva says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the giveaway

  • Kelli says:

    Love these posts- I like seeing how other moms plan their days! I’d love to win the giveaway, it’s been too long since I’ve actually read a book!

  • Julia Moore says:

    I just love the daily peek into your days. I’m a work out side the home mom and your posts are always so inspiring!

  • Angela Morse says:

    I love your blog and Iโ€™d love to win these!

  • Janell Canakis says:

    What a great giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mary Wooley says:

    Wow! What a neat stack of goodies. I know someone will be blessed to get it. Thanks for all you do.

  • Sandy says:

    This is my first time to read your blog. I love it, so open and honest. Helped me not feel so bad that the plan I start the day with and don’t get it all completed I am not alone. We do the best we can and pick up where we left off the next day. Thanks again.

  • Nancy says:

    I love your give-aways! Laundry is one chore that typically doesn’t get me too riled up. But it has gone completely off the rails this week because our washer broke a week ago. We took the extra time to try to have it repaired, only to be told that it would cost $600-800. Disappointing, as the machine is only about five years old. I have read that they truly “don’t make them (appliances) like they used to” unfortunately. Anyway: our new washer will be delivered tomorrow and I’m reminding myself that we’re so very blessed and in the big picture a broken washer is just a small inconvenience.

  • Tu Le says:

    I routinely visit your blog. I am so gracious for having to come upon it about 4 years back. You have so much useful and inspiring reading. Thank you for all that you have to share. Btw… Your children are adorable! I don’t know how you find the energy to keep up with so much but keep up the great job. Again Thank you!

  • Kari says:

    Glad to see I’m not the only one that things dont always go as planned…

  • Jill says:

    A great spring giveaway! Thanks for always thinking of your readers!

  • Leah W says:

    My son is currently loving the Imagination Station series, so I’d love to win the stack with that in it!

  • Leslie says:

    I love getting a peek into the going ons of the day! Love the word searches, so fun!

  • Kelley says:

    Yes, I would love to win that stack! ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad I’m not the only one who’s days rarely go as written down …

  • Miranda says:

    Wow! You are one busy lady!! Thanks for sharing your days with us!

  • Rachel says:

    I would love to start reading the Imagination Station books with my 2 boys! I enjoyed reading about you day!!

  • Jennifer Carney says:

    thanks for the chance to win these books! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julie says:

    So good to hear of your positive attitude even when things don’t go the way you’d planned. Thanks for the encouragement!

  • vanessa b says:

    looks like a great stack of books!

  • Angela says:

    I’m so inspired by your family’s idea of Morning Lists! And I was very excited to see the book ‘Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing’ in the fun goodie pile… That’s been on my list to read to my daughter ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole M. says:

    It’s always so great to hear about your day(s)! ๐Ÿ™‚ Blessings on you and thanks for the fun giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Samantha says:

    Your day in the life posts are my favorite!

  • Heather Spooner says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looooove your blog.

  • Emily says:

    I recently found your website and have enjoyed your posts. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica says:

    Love these ‘day in the life’ posts-thanks for sharing!

  • Alisa Norton says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart and being so transparent. You are a blessing to many! Also, thanks for the opportunity to win books!

  • Kim says:

    Thanks for sharing about your week. I always get frustrated when my plans don’t play out, but I always have to remember to not get frustrated and trust God. I feel I always cause my own stress and turmoil when I should just enjoy the moment with my kids. Thanks for the giveaway! I love how encouraging your blog is. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Val says:

    I love to read! That stack of books looks exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Anne says:

    I’m a type A person, too, and learning to be flexible and ride the wave of daily life has made me happier.

    Thanks for the giveaway. It would be awesome to read those books!

  • Jamey says:

    Thank you! Loving the details in your list!

  • Lori L. says:

    Your a day in the life posts are my favorite posts! What a wonderful giveaway, thanks!

  • Lizzy R says:

    Crystal–LOVED your thoughts about how Easter had “spilled” into your house: “how the resurrection and the hope that it brings should permeate every area of our lives. That living in the knowledge that “He is Risen!” should give us such inner peace and joy that nothing can take away. Because nothing — NOTHING! — can separate us from the love of Christ. ” Amen! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelly says:

    I love your fun giveaways!

  • Kelly says:

    I’m glad to be reminded often that NOBODY’S life goes as planned every day, and that nobody is super mom.

  • Vanessa says:

    Thanks for the “just for fun” give-away. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m interested in at least a couple of those books, and I have some ideas for that gift card! I don’t actually know what The Tulle box is, though. I’ll have to look them up!

  • Lisa S. says:

    I love the “realness” of your blog. I can’t tell you how many days it has encouraged me and reminded me that it isn’t just me who experiences the unexpected or finds that my “to do” list was nowhere close to being completed. Tomorrow is another day…

  • whitney says:

    You are such an inspiration. Thanks for your amazing blog

  • Mary Jo says:

    I really enjoy your Day in the Life posts. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Jolene Olsen says:

    What a fun, busy day!

  • Katie says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! Happy Wednesday!

  • Krissy says:

    Thanks for sharing about your days. It’s encouraging to know that as busy Mama’s that we’re all in this together!

  • Tzipora says:

    I like the day in my life posts! Thank you so much for sharing this, it truly encourages and inspires me!

  • sadina says:

    thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Christine says:

    love your blog — and would love to win the books. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sherilyn says:

    I wasn’t sure where my Monday went either! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the “realness” in your blog posts!

  • Julia says:

    I have wanted to read Lizzy and Jane so badly! Love these day in the life posts. Kids take over our days in the best ways!

  • Karen says:

    I love that you share real life…and that sometimes things don’t always go as planned. Would love to win!

  • Kristine says:

    Would love to win some good books. I enjoy your day in a life posts.

  • I get really excited when I see your kids working independently on something. I’m in the thick of 100% eyes on with my two boys (2.5 years and 6 months) and it thrills me to think that someday they can run around and do things on their own!

  • Lucy says:

    I wanted to become more intentional with my reading, so this week I started a reading journal which is really helping encourage me to read more. I would love to win these books!

  • Charity says:

    Sounds like a busy day!

  • Rose says:

    love books and iTunes too!!

  • Jennifer says:

    Love your blog! Looks like a nice giveaway!!!

  • Anu says:

    Always a good stack of books!!!!!!!

  • Kandee says:

    What a great giveaway! Love your blog.

  • Johanna says:

    That sounded like a fun weekend! And what a great giveaway too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kara says:

    Would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

  • mo says:

    Love your blog, especially the day in the life post!!

  • Lonnie Henk says:

    I am the mom of 5 amazing grown adults and home schooled for 34 years. I have followed you for years even though I am old enough to be your mom. I am so inspired by how much you touch the lives of others including me. You are a blessing. Keep up the good job!

  • Robin says:

    Thank you for sharpening us with glimpses of your daily life! I love thinking about Easter spilling all over my home… In the non-literal way! May God continue to bless you!

  • Rebecca says:

    Such is life sometimes!! It’s better late than never!! Thanks so much for all your hard work on a wonderful blog and your keeping it real inspiration!

  • Christina says:

    Those books! Swoon! I have an ongoing project for my piano students involving an exponentially-growing studio playlist, so I’m drooling over that itunes card, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ Loved this post…have a wonderful day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tracy L says:

    I love how you always seem to have fresh flowers on the table. Makes me hopeful that Spring will eventually arrive.

  • karen b says:

    looks like some fun books………..another cool giveaway ……thanks

  • Holly says:

    Awesome stack of books!

  • Bonnie says:

    Sounds like another productive day for you!

  • amy says:

    I’ve wanted to read some of these books and would love to win them! Looks like a full, productive Monday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Becky says:

    I need more books to read! Thank you for your blog.

  • Joyce Bulmer says:

    You are truly an inspiration!

  • Katie L says:

    I love being able to see how other homeschoolers days go, especially when you have your own work to do as well. Would love to win the books, you can never have too many!

  • Amanda says:

    I love your blog!

  • Michelle gose says:

    Thanks for sharing your life. Love reading about your beautiful family.

  • Beth says:

    My week started the same way! As in, needing to get caught up and still being willfully behind on Wednesda!

  • Kandace says:

    Oh my, how my family loves Chuys! It’s our cheapest sit-down restaurant meal. The kids split a chicken strip kids meal, and my husband and I split fajitas or an Elvis Presley Combo. We can all four eat for about $25 including the tip. And who doesn’t love that creamy jalapeรฑo dip? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Easter grass can be a big mess sometimes. It’s kind of like angel hair for the Christmas trees…you keep finding it! Have a great day and thanks for the chance at winning these great books!

  • Rebecca says:

    what fun!

  • Naomi Renbarger says:

    Love books… And your blog… And free stuff!

  • margaret says:

    sounds productive and with days like that sometimes things need to be edited. I am glad you gave yourself the freedom to do so.

  • Sarah says:

    Wow you inspire me! I always feel like I never get enough done most days, but then I have to kick myself in the pants a bit and have a “If she can do it, I can do it” chat with myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh and what homeschool curriculum do you use and/or recommend? My eldest starts Kindergarten this fall and we’re leaning toward homeschooling.

  • Dona says:

    A busy, but very productive and blessed day ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy it went so well! Laundry and posts can always take a back seat.

  • monica says:

    I love reading about your day!
    monk5 at charter dot net

  • Amber N says:

    I really like to see your day in the life posts. Thank you.

  • Lacey says:

    It is such an encouragement to see how you and your husband share in the homeschooling AND home keeping. You are role modeling what a beautiful Christian marriage can look like, for so many onlookers.

  • Carolyn B says:

    I love your blog!

  • Leesa H. says:

    Love your blog! It’s encouraging and one of my favorites to read.

  • Fran says:

    So lucky to have Chuy’s where you live. It is one of my favorite restaurants!

  • Angie Parker says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Linda Horst says:

    That sounds like how my day went!!

  • Jen says:

    Thanks for sharing about your day ๐Ÿ™‚
    I would love to win the books…several are on my pinterest “books I want to read” board ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah D. says:

    That’s great that you’re at the place where you can say, “my plan didn’t happen, but that’s still ok!”. It has taken me a loooong time to get to that place myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • CW says:

    It sounds like a lovely day. Thanks for sharing.

  • Debbie Briner says:

    I enjoy seeing your day in the life post. They remind me that others live busy lives but with goals and hard work it’s quite rewarding.

  • Tracy B. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chrysti says:

    Sounds like a fun weekend! Thanks for sharing!

  • Erin says:

    I love when you give away stacks of books!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elizabeth S says:

    I love your day in the life posts. They always encourage me when MY day doesn’t go as planned. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • april leong says:

    thanks for the opportunity to win some great reads and goodies

  • Karissa says:

    I love reading your blog each day. Thank you for your honesty and sharing your life, it’s very inspirational!

  • Jennifer says:

    Your day in the life posts always inspire me to spend more time with friends. It’s a great reminder!

  • chantel says:

    Love days that are filled with family fun!

  • Jennifer says:

    You seem to accomplish so much in one day. I can’t imagine getting through my to do list and homeschooling!

  • Rebecca says:

    Those books look good!

  • Allison says:

    Thanks for having a giveaway!

  • Jennifer says:

    It’s so nice to see your beautiful children grow and help each other. I have a 2 1/2 year old and I am homeschooling him as best I can with limited time at home. I have transitioned so far from working full-time outside the home to working part-time away from home. I am continuing this trend with a purpose. My goal is to work from home full-time. You are an inspiration. I want to be at home for my little boy and homeschool him. I really appreciate your books as I make my journey. I listen to them daily, especially when I’m feeling down about how long it’s taking for me to reach my goals to be a novel writer and blogger. I listen to Say Goodbye to Survival Mode and The Money Saving Mom’s Budget when I’m feeling down or just need some “atta girl” pick-me-up. And…when you posted about Blogelina’s course on Beginner blogging, I took the leap and signed up! The first class was yesterday and I’m blown away. Thank you so much for your resources and encouragement. God bless and keep doing what you’re doing.

  • Melissa says:

    Sounds like a fun and productive day!

  • Lorrie says:

    I love how you share your life with all of us and are so transparent. It inspires me to be more transparent and real with those around me also. Enjoy your week!!

  • Karin says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amanda D says:

    I’m glad to see you are forgiving when you don’t get everything done you intend to. I’m working on that in my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Deb says:

    You always seem to get so much done every day! A stack of books is always welcome in our home.

  • Misty S says:

    Look forward to your posts!

  • Tammy Bollinger says:

    What time do you actually get up each morning? You accomplish so much in one day!! I appreciate your posts ๐Ÿ™‚ and would love another stack of books to put in my “I’ll read those soon” pile.

  • Lorena says:

    I would love to read those books!

  • Keli says:

    The laundry monster is alive at our house. It is good to see it lives all over the place. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I find your posts very inspiring. Thanks for sharing your life and light with all of us. You touch people more then you realize.

  • Becky Jones says:

    Thanks Crystal- you are always a busy gal! What vitamins do you use? Hahaha!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karla says:

    Keeping it real is important! Thats a pretty nice stack of books!

  • Sarah says:

    A day in my life today would have included waking up at three a.m. to cries for “Mommy” and a sick five year old laying on the bathroom floor. Yep, it’s been THAT kind of day, lol.

  • Christina G says:

    Thanks for all that you do and share.

  • kim says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jen R. says:

    I read your blog almost everyday since Silas was a baby. Thank you for all you do. I’m a mom of 4 and I appreciate it when I read your posts.

  • Julie says:

    Real life!!

  • Michelle Bonk says:

    These posts about your daily life are some of my favs! As a Canadian, many of the deal posts don’t have the same impact.
    And I’d love this pile of books!
    (As an aside, after reading about your goal planning, I am finally implementing it! And as part of a fitness challenge group I’m with, we’re goal setting and I got it bang on right away based on what I’ve learned reading your goals! So thank you!)

  • Amanda says:

    It is so nice to read something and is you being real. Real life. Real mom and wife. Thank you for showing the real you.

  • Em says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jenniffer L. says:

    What a great day you had! A great reminder that friends and family are a huge part of a meaningful life.

  • Cindy says:

    Thanks for sharing the finer things in life with the rest of us: family, friends, and the beauty of the daily grind. Lol.

  • Katie B says:

    Beautiful flowers! Love the updates, they keep me motivated

  • Crystal C says:

    Great post! pretty flowers!

  • Crystal Blosser says:

    Love this! Thanks for sharing your day!

  • Julie says:

    Thank you so much, Crystal, for your generosity! Always love your book selections. I wasn’t planning on reading The Best Yes, but I did after you enjoyed it so much. I loved it and am even rereading it, which hardly ever happens since my book stack is always very tall!
    And I’m with ya on the laundry pile!

  • Jennifer C. says:

    Sounds like a wonderful day anyway! It’s encouraging to hear you share honestly how your day didn’t go as planned – I can completely relate ๐Ÿ™‚ Your positive attitude about it is encouraging – thank you.

  • Alana says:

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Kate says:

    I’m just teaching my 4yr old how to read and I had completely forgotten about Word Searches. I think a beginners Word Search would be a great game for a new reader.


  • Marty B says:

    I think a lot of my days end like that. Just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle says:

    I love the books you choose!

  • april says:

    Thanks for posting! Life often goes off track, in big and small ways. How we handle it always makes all the difference!

  • Kimberly C says:

    Love the little glimpses into your family life….and pics of those precious little ones. Keep ’em coming! I enjoy reading so winning the giveaway would be nice too!

  • Kara says:

    Sounds like a great (if very busy) day in the life! The laundry might be my least favorite task, but that is one thing I don’t think I can trust my husband with. Cooking, yes. Laundry, no.

  • I love that you stopped doing your project because it was time for morning time with your kids. This is where I struggle: stopping before I’m done to move on to what I have scheduled. Three eager faces waiting for you probably makes it easier for you though. : )

  • Annie says:

    Stacks of books are the best prize!

  • Stephanie says:

    Sounds like a great day! Thanks for all you do!

  • Gabriela says:

    Love to see how other people spend their day! Totally inspirational!

  • Kathy says:

    love reading these posts!!!

  • Teri says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Kimberly Crowder says:

    You wear me out just reading about all you do in 1 day, but I am inspired at the same time!

  • Sarah says:

    Sounds like you were very productive after a busy holiday weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • harmony says:

    Yesterday was a day of mine that definitely didn’t go as I was expecting. I went with some of my family in town to Baltimore where we were going to spend the day. Four of the places we wanted to visit were either closed or more expensive than advertised online. We ended up just window shopping and watching the video at the visitor center. Then when heading back to the car we find that it has been towed! We forgot to put the handcap tag on the mirror. Needless to say it was an adventure but God is good and we made it home safely having learned a hard and valuable lesson.

  • Natalie Miller says:

    I love the tulips in the canning jar!! It makes a beautiful simple centerpiece!

  • Kindra says:

    These books look amazing!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Sarah says:

    Thanks for being real and sharing a bit of your life! I’d love to win the goodies. My oldest loves Imagination Station and hasn’t read #16. I’m also trying to piece together a set of the Gary Paulsen books. I’ve got a few years until my kids are ready to read those, and I don’t have Hatchet yet.

  • Erin says:

    I enjoy reading your Day in My Life posts. Thanks for sharing!

  • Barrie OBrien says:

    Have learned so much from your website- thanks!

  • Jen says:

    Your personal posts are my favorites!

  • Heather says:

    Looks like all the importnt things got done. Laundry will always be there tomorrow!

  • Erica C says:

    I love your blog and enjoy reading it everyday. Thank you for telling the “real story” and not just the high points. Thank you.

  • Carolyn says:

    What curriculum is Silas using?

  • Kayla says:

    I have been focusing on reading more and personal development lately. This giveaway is perfect!

  • Bethany McL. says:

    Book lover right here! *Hand raised*

  • ClareC. says:

    Thanks for always being so real about your life!

  • karin says:

    What a full day you had. I am amazed by all you do!

  • Joyce M. says:

    It’s taken me awhile, but yes, it is okay even when our days don’t go as planned. Tomorrow is a new day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • KMC says:

    Looks like a fun stack of books! Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Rachael says:

    I would love to win a stack of books! I really enjoyed your day in the life post.

  • Jessica says:

    That’s a fun pile of goodies. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Lanette Potutschnig says:

    Glad to know I am not the only one who has these days. I often start my day thinking of all I can accomplish and then the sun sets and I realize I didn’t get a whole lot done!

  • Traci says:

    I am still finding easter grass inmy house!!!!!

  • Leslie says:

    I am always encouraged and inspired after reading your posts! I would love to win these books for my children. Thank you for these fantastic giveaways!

  • Kortney vest says:

    The books look great!

  • Cassidy says:

    I love how your daughter added that little extra bit of beauty to her daily list. It is a really great example of how the smallest things can truly make a difference/ lasting impact. It is so cute and inspiring! What a beautiful family you have. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle Plemons says:

    My plans are always messed up! It is that season of life! I appreciate that you emphasize that it was okay because you didn’t let other quality opportunities wih family and friends pass you by! I struggle with this but am learning!!

  • Kim says:

    Looks like some fun books!

  • This is great! My Goal for my life is: Live my life in such a way that it can’t make sense except for the grace and love of the Lord.

    Thanks for being a graceful sister!

  • Val K says:

    I always love your day in the life posts. You inspire be to embrace all that life throws my way and try not to be overwhelmed.

  • Megan says:

    Looks like great books!

  • Shere says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway Crystal. I enjoyed this post!

  • JF says:

    The Green Ember is great. We finished it two weeks ago. I hope there will be other parts.

  • Courtney says:

    Sounds like a full day!

  • Jessica Hanson says:

    Your days always inspire me. So productive!

  • Melissa says:

    I love reading your day in a life blogs. It a great reminder to me that the day-to-day living and raising a family can either be routine or we can use it to be closer to our loved ones and embrace our daily blessings of being together – I choose the latter.

  • Liz P. says:

    Sounds like a busy day! Thanks for sharing!

  • Morgan says:

    Thanks for sharing! Those look like good books!

  • margaret says:

    I love reading your personal posts. Your website is so inspirational to me ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Teri Kleinsmith says:

    Time with family, time with friends, time at home, time at work. Sounds like a perfect day!

  • Jill says:

    Thanks for giving us a peak into your life!

  • Jill Zizolfo says:

    Thanks for letting me into your home for a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ Winning would be great!

  • Janet says:

    So great to find joy in the mundane. Thanks too for an opportunity to win!

  • Kim says:

    I love reading about your days. It makes me think about my days.

  • Lori says:

    Thanks for sharing about your day. I love hearing about it!

  • Marcia german says:

    That’s why I love homeschooling! Even when you have crazy days, you still get to spend time with the little ones!

  • Elizabeth Kupper says:

    It sounds like a fun filled day! Thank you so much for doing your blog! Even though I have many years till I have a household of my own, I still love seeing how you save money! Thank you for doing the giveaway too! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Smiles and Blessings,

  • Connie says:

    We have read Hatchet. I haven’t read the sequel but older daughter says it isn’t as good. I need to try imagination station. I think my younger daughter who is 9 would like it.

  • Tasha says:

    You always seem to accomplish so much every day. I don’t know how you find the time to homeschool with everything else you do. I admire you a lot, Crystal.

  • Love that you are so normal like every momma. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katherine says:

    Glad you had a good Easter! We shopped our closets for clothes too.

  • Vicky C. says:

    Great stack of books for summer reading! Thanks for the glimpse into your life and the reminder that it’s ok when we don’t stick to the plan.

  • Janet says:

    Great post and awesome stack of books!

  • Robyn says:

    I would come do your laundry for you if you would come declutter my master closet for me! I love doing laundry (I know!). I love folding all the fresh smelling clothes and thinking of my family wearing them. But I HATE organizing closets, which you are very good at.

  • Sarah j says:

    With a 4 year old, 2 year old, and almost 5 month old, I dream of the day they sit at the table doing word searches ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Megan says:

    I love Chuy’s!!!

  • Lori says:

    We’re in the middle of a big remodeling project, so laundry is about the only thing that I can stay on top of. I’m looking forward to the end of the project so that I can *clean* my house – it needs it so badly, but it hardly pays when everything is getting covered in dust everyday. But I am looking forward to and thankful for the end result.

  • Leanne says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful day and evening. Sometimes the best days are the ones that don’t go as planned.

  • Karen M says:

    I appreciate your honesty about the state of your home, and wish I could be as productive in a day!

  • Lauren says:

    I love seeing how organized you are in a day that allows you to accomplish so much! I also like the glimpse into how you homeschool your kiddos. I’m a fourth grade teacher and recently told my principal I would not be returning to work next year but staying home and raising my two boys! We plan on homeschooling them as well. I’m very excited and enjoy reading your blogs for tips on how to save money and stay organized as a stay at home momma! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • Angela says:

    Looks like a great stack of books to read!

  • Stacy Meade says:

    I enjoy reading your posts so much! Glimpses into your life make me realize I am not alone! Motherhood is both a daunting responsibility and a glorious opportunity. It is so enjoyable to read your posts — you are a great influence in my life!

  • Jackie says:

    I know how you feel about things not going as planned. You amaze me though by how much you get done in a day!

  • Kristi says:

    I have not been to Chuy’s either…one was just build close by, maybe we’ll give it a try:)

  • Michelle D says:

    Enjoy reading how your days go.

  • Laura says:

    Looks like some great reading material!

  • Stephanie C. says:

    Looks like a good stack of books! Thank you for the giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laurie says:

    How fun!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Denise says:

    I love to read and would love to win this stack of books!!

  • wendi says:

    Wow! It’s nice to know that other people are crazy busy too! Blessings on u this week!

  • Nicole says:

    I seriously love your blog! Your honesty and personality are so refreshing and inspiring! As someone who is neither a mom nor married, I still find great value in so much that you post and it has made me a long time reader. Blessings to you and your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • angel says:

    I am super curious about the Lizzie and Jane book! And would love the rest of the goodies!

  • April D. says:

    Thanks for keeping it real.

  • Sara says:

    I can never have enough books to read ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristin says:

    The Easter grass on the carpet cracks me up! I think Easter grass multiplies. There’s always more on the floor than there ever was in the baskets!

  • Bridget Montgomery says:

    The tulips are beautiful!

  • Jamie says:

    So productive. Love it.

  • Vanessa says:

    These posts are awesome. Thanks so much for sharing your day! I just read Dear Mr. Knightly and can’t wait to get Lizzy and Jane. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Katy C. says:

    I truly love your transparency!

  • Julia says:

    Chuy’s – yum! Hope you got to try to avocado salsa. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen Arnold says:

    I am also curious to know what curriculum you are using for your sons writing. My son is his age and we homeschool and he needs a little help with writing practice and forming letters!! Thanks!!!

  • Julia says:

    My baby boy is teething and extra fussy this week so no day yet has gone quite according to my plan. I’ve heard good things about Lizzy & Jane and would like to read it.

  • Melissa Barker says:

    I am new to reading your blog and have really enjoyed it. I have two children in college & a teenager still at home. There are so many seasons to a woman’s life, and your blogs remind me that it takes a lot of courage to care for a home, husband, and children. Thanks for being transparent. Your blogs encourage me.

  • Erica says:

    We love books…and free! Win, win!

  • Missa D says:

    It’s hard to tell from the kitchen picture, but I THINK we may have the same kitchen towels. Lol.
    Thanks for the surprise giveaway!

  • Karen S says:

    Love the reality posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer says:

    Would love to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lacy D says:

    The Easter grass in your carpet made me smile… I keep finding it in my carpet too! Have a great week!

  • Darla S says:

    Thanks so much for sharing about a day in your life! It is fun to see how others do homeschooling and life!

  • Jennifer B says:

    I love reading about how much you get accomplished. I tried very hard today to clean and pack (we just purchased a house and have 22 days until we move in) and take care of a seven month old. You inspire me!

  • Michelle says:

    You are so generous! Thanks so much for a chance to win!

  • Karen says:

    Is that the newest Imagination Station? We haven’t read it as we’re waiting on our library to get it in. I’ve heard Hatchet is one my son would enjoy!

  • Kathryne says:

    Sounds like a full but perfect day filled with fun, family, and purpose. Love it!

  • Emily says:

    What letter book is Silas using? We desperately need some extra letter practice at this house and that book grabbed my attention.

  • Karen says:

    Sometimes Monday’s spill into Wednesday, have a good week!!!

  • Rebekah says:

    Sounds like a good day to me!

  • Sherry says:

    Your blog is always an inspiration!

  • Jennifer Brown says:

    I write a list of my top ten things to do and count it a blessing if 7 are crossed off. Maybe I should try adding stickers to my list!

  • Samantha says:

    My husband tries to help me a few times a week clean up the kitchen after the kids go to bed. He knows acts of service is my love language plus he benefits having more time with me:)

  • Liz M says:

    I always really appreciate how real and honest you are about your everyday life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen says:

    I loved your thoughts on the Easter grass – “how the resurrection and the hope that it brings should permeate every area of our lives.”
    It’s so fitting that Easter is in Spring. New life! There is something about Easter that makes me feel alive ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer says:

    These are serious my favorite type of posts! I feel like I’m connecting with a friend ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for sharing your day with us! Btw, there’s a silver looking straw in one of the mason jars, what kind of straw is that – doesn’t look like the plastic kind… Or was that a silverware?

  • Sandi Jensen says:

    Sounds like a fun day! Do you use My Father’s World for homeschool? Some of those books look familiar ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer H says:

    I have a 10 & 4 year old and one on the way, I foresee a lot of plans that don’t end up happening. But it’s reassuring knowing it’s going to be ok! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jenny says:

    Thanks for your generosity!

  • Lindsey Kaye says:

    My husband loves Hatchet we bought the audiobook and he finished it in very little time and re listened to it again. Thanks for the update I always appreciate your transparency.

  • Michelle Carey says:

    Thank you for inspiring me to be a better person and being real about imperfections. You help me realize that my best is good enough!

  • Sarah says:

    Word searches – makes me remember – they were the one kind of homework that annoyed my mom when I brought them home… So she would do them for me! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura Fields says:

    After a short visit with family, our laundry pile is overflowing. I have come to the same conclusion, laundry can wait. Thank you for sharing. You have inspired me to read more. I have three books I am reading that you have shared about on your blog over time.

  • Diane says:

    I love these posts! I promise I won’t hold it against you that it took this long to finish it. I love that your family is your first priority!

  • Megan says:

    These posts are fun to read. Thanks for sharing!

  • K. Lawrence says:

    Life Is Good!!!

  • Amy says:

    Thanks! We still have Easter in our home. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christina says:

    I always love reading these posts!

  • Anne says:

    It has been crazy at work for the last 3 weeks. Combined with Holy Week last week with the extra music I am tired this week. We have decided to only do what is absolutely necessary until we are less tired. No dancing this week for us.

  • Liv says:

    I read that “Lizzy & Jane” book on your recommendation and I really liked so thanks for that! I’m eager to hear your review of her other book. I think it’s called “Dear Mr. Knightley”.

  • Pat says:

    Juggling all the roles we play in life can make us all too serious. Looking back I was way too serious and demanding but I get another chance with my wonderful granddaughters! They are so precious and helpful and their mom gets few weeks to recharge her batteries before school starts back up. I would love to get these books to share with them. Reading is such a joy!

  • Amber Sumner says:

    Thanks for the chance to win the books! Days rarely go as planned!

  • Lora says:

    Thank you for being so real and showing us that it is ok when things go differently than planned! I appreciate the work you do on this blog and the messages you share.

  • Tracy Kopp says:

    i’m so glad I found your blog! Love it!

  • Amanda says:

    I’d love a new stack of books!

  • Kate F. says:

    I have been wanting to read Undone. I would love to win it.

  • Sally says:

    Really intrigued by that book “Green Ember,” is it your read-aloud to the kids or part of your morning devotional?

  • Jean says:

    My To-Do lists are broken down into must-do-today, to-do this week, general projects. My must-do list is generally 1-2 things. Makes me feel like I have time for extra time with the kids, relax, or a phone call and still get the important things done.

  • Kristin A. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Sounds like you had a fun and productive day!

  • Ruth says:

    I love when my husband cleans the kitchen, too! Once he realized that that one tasj changed how my day started he lovingly surprised me when I’d go out at night etc!!

  • Kristy B says:

    Awesome stack of books!

  • Teresa M says:

    Today was fairly productive for me. Got some laundry and dishes done and did the grocery shopping.

  • Karen P says:

    would enjoy a stack of books! Thanks!

  • Cher says:

    Sounds like you had a super productive day!

  • Beth says:

    We use no easter grass. Lol. We have it up years ago. The little ones don’t even know what it is! Love that Jesse cleans up the kitchen for you to show his love. That is one great husband!

  • Katherine Rhodes says:

    Happy Easter! Sounds like a good day, thanks for sharing! I completely understand wanting to get back on track after holidays and it never seems to go as planned for me either. We are getting ready to move into our first home and I’m really eager to get back to a normal homeschool routine. I hope you have a blessed week!

  • Christie says:

    When I read about your day, it seems like you fit so much in! It inspires me.
    PS I have “Thoughts to Make your Heart Sing” on my wishlist!

  • Miranda says:

    I love that you’re able to adjust your work schedule to hang with family and friends.

  • susie says:

    Neat give a way!

  • Sherry says:

    Thank you for sharing your life. I enjoy reading your posts.

  • Mary says:

    I love these posts. I am not as productive as you at all. Lately, my goal everyday is to do SOMETHING housecleaning wise. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Debbie Marino says:

    Thank you very much for keeping it real! I enjoy your posts and I am able to realize that I am not alone

  • Jennifer C says:

    I enjoy these personal posts and the encouragement when things don’t go as planned.

  • Claudia M says:

    If it makes you feel better, I often get the laundry done and folded but then run out of time to put it away. It used to bother me, but I’ve come to terms with- there’s always tomorrow- my family is more important

  • Katlyn says:

    Laughter always makes things better ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristi says:

    With a family of seven, five being 6 years and younger, I completely understand how the hours slip away and your to do list doesn’t get shorter :). Love hearing about how your day goes and how your do things!

  • Kortney S says:

    Love Reading these post! Always inspiring!!

  • lindsay o says:

    Love your honesty!! Thank you for your all of your encouraging words and generousity.

  • Sonia says:

    Thanks for this post! It’s fun to hear about your life and your kids!

  • Brandy hennessy says:

    Love the teamwork:) I work night and I knew I had limited time to get dinner on the tabel before heading out the door. My hubby pre cut the sweet potatoes into cubes for me, to save me that step:)

  • Alexis C says:

    Oh I would love this stack of books! I just found out my husband has an 8 week job in Alaska and I’m so worried about how we will be at home with two under two. A good book would be a nice way to unwind!
    Thank you for all of your encouraging posts

  • Christina Butler says:

    Thanks for sharing your life so openly with us. These posts make me feel like I am sharing with a friend. I have followed your blog for several years and enjoy seeing the pictures of the kids growing up!

  • Kristen says:

    I had six loads of laundry to do today. They all got washed and the last one is going into the dryer before bed. Only one and half got folded. Always good to be reminded that I’m not alone.

  • Cindy says:

    Thanks for sharing your day. ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes mine seem just a little less hectic!!

  • Rebecca says:

    Would be awesome to win!

  • Gabriela says:

    I wish some of my friends will discover this peace that you show when things are not getting done when are planned. Thank God, I don’t have this problem…I actually think I am the opposite: I need to try harder to get more things done. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen says:

    Thanks for the post. Assuming that restaurant is local? Never heard of it!

  • Christy says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a fun stack of books! This time in our lives with our children is priceless. Thank you for encouraging the moms!

  • Becky says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • My days rarely go as planned! LOL

  • Krista says:

    Thank you for opening your home! You have such inspirational posts!

  • Jaime says:

    Eh, housework is lame anyway. =)

  • Elsa Martin says:

    God bless your family! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jennifer says:

    So nice of your hubby to help you with the dishes!

  • Valerie says:

    I love Chuy’s! Glad you got to go!

  • Michelle says:

    I love the idea of “Daily Lists”–I’m going to work on that with my daughter. Thank you!

  • Julie Marrone says:

    Hi there, thank you for sharing these peeks into your life. I really appreciate your honesty . Julie

  • Destiny says:

    Wow! That’s one crazy busy day.

  • Joy says:

    Love your site and your freebies! You’re an inspiration!

  • Tabitha Miller says:

    I love your children’s morning lists! I’m thinking that would be a great addition to our morning routine

  • Amanda franklin says:

    These are becoming my favorite posts. You are showing your actual day, good and the bad. I appreciate that! Helps me to realize those crazy days are normal!

  • Laura says:

    I love reading about your day! It is both fun and encouraging to read the details of daily life.

  • Jennifer S says:

    I’m curious about the ages of the kids who have those morning lists, and what the third one looks like (I know there’s another girl).

  • Laura L says:

    Love your page and your honest heart. I look forward to reading your personal posts as I feel I can relate so much to where you are in this season of life! God bless!!

  • Shari T says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time. Such an inspiration! Thanks!!