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A Day In My Life

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We didn’t get home until later last night than I expected and I had some unexpected things I had to take care of when I got home, so I opted to choose sleep over getting this post up last night as I’d hoped to. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a play-by-play of how my day went yesterday:

6:30 a.m. My alarm went off. I had had a very full weekend and was tired, so it took me about 20 minutes to wake up enough to get out of bed. I don’t always have the luxury of being able to sleep in a little longer, but this morning I did, so I took advantage of it.

I headed downstairs to make coffee, light a candle, and read my Bible/go through the She Reads Truth Lent study for the day, and write in my Gratitude Journal.

I then started in on my morning computer and blogging work. Silas and Kathrynne woke up around 7:30 a.m. and I printed out their Daily Lists and got them started on those while I finished up my computer work.

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All on her own, Kathrynne has been working with Silas recently in an effort to help him improve on his reading skills, so she worked with him on reading and sight words. (See a video of a little part of their time together yesterday — so sweet!) While they were working on that, Kaitlynn woke up, too.

I was finished with my morning computer work so I worked with Silas on his Kindergarten lesson for the day while Kathrynne made oatmeal for breakfast for the kids, and then we all sat down and ate breakfast and had our Morning Time together.

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Once breakfast and Morning Time were finished, the kids got busy on Morning Chores and their Daily Lists while I worked on cleaning up the kitchen, getting the laundry started, and doing a thorough pick-up of the whole house — including closets and under beds. (Since we’ll have a film crew at our house for the next few days, I wanted to make sure things were pretty thoroughly cleaned.)

Kathrynne got finished with a lot of her school work and chores early, so she asked me if she could do some Paid Chores. I “hired” her to help with the laundry. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Once Silas was finished with his Daily List, he asked if he could be “hired” to work on the laundry, too. So while I was finishing up all the house-cleaning and pick-up, they folded and put away 4 loads of laundry!!

It was such a blessing to me as I had a lot going on yesterday and having them take care of the laundry for me was such a huge help. And it also reminded me that all those years of investing and teaching and training them when they were younger are truly starting to pay off in big ways.

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This girl. There are no words for her. She walked into the room all decked out like this for her outfit-of-the-day… I’m not quite sure what look she was going for, but it sure cracked us up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our poor kids. They just have zero personality.


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Once I was finished with getting the house all cleaned and the kids were done with the laundry, Jesse got home and he took over with the kids while I finally got in my run and shower.

Ashley (my assistant) showed up around then — she’d been working at the office space in the morning and then running some errands for me — to meet some people at our house to set some things up for the filming. I met with her to go over some details and projects for the rest of the day while Jesse got the kids ready to head out to Kathrynne’s swim team practice and Kaitlynn’s ice-skating practice.

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Multiple folks showed up at our house around then to prep our house for the filming/hang curtains, etc. Ashley stayed at the house to oversee things and finish a few projects and I left to go to the coffee shop for a few hours. I soaked up some quiet, reviewed the script for this week’s filming, finished up my afternoon blogging projects, and wrote notes to the kids and Jesse.

And then I met up with Jesse and the kids, we grabbed some Chick-fil-A for dinner, and then we all headed to our friend, Taylor’s, basketball game.

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Taylor’s team pretty well whipped the other team, so that was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ And then we headed out to get frozen yogurt at Sweet Cece’s with Taylor’s family and our friends, Brent and Tam. These two families are some of our very dearest friends here and we feel so incredibly blessed that God connected us a few days after we moved here.

Like usual, we laughed until we cried tears — this week sharing all of our crazy airline and flying experiences. And we ended up closing down Sweet Cece’s. ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a full day, but it was such a good day. We continue to be so grateful for our life here in TN. It’s much different than we would have ever imagined our life would be and I know that our lifestyle wouldn’t work for many families, but our family, our marriage, and our kids are thriving so much… and that’s such a gift!

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  • Deborah says:

    So happy for you that you are thriving and doing well in TN. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about just being thankful for every good and peaceful day and looking for the good in the days that aren’t so good. So much turmoil across the globe…

    And I am not telling my kids that laundry is a paid chore at your house! ๐Ÿ˜‰ My kiddos pretty much fold all of our laundry at this point in time, as one of their everyday chores.

    • Ha! It’s not always a paid chore at our house, but yesterday it was since we were so behind and it saved me so much time for them to do it. Plus, the kids have been helping out SO much recently that I wanted to bless them for their eager and willing hearts. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Deborah says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚ I think paid chores are a great thing and my kids do get paid for some stuff, too. And it is wonderful to have willing and happy helpers and so nice when you can bless them back!

  • I should totally make folding laundry a paid chore at my house – maybe then it’ll actually get folded on a regular basis!

    You’ve been on my heart lately, I’m so sorry others have been writing unkind things to you. You make a huge difference in so many lives! Can’t wait to see more info about your video course and products.

    Have a lovely time filming this week – that sounds like quite an adventure!

  • annie says:

    I keep noticing how your general attitude of gratitude is woven into your writing. That is an inspiration to me because of how attractive that is to others. And then how much we can love on those who come into our path each day. And “that girl” Kaitlynn, cracks me up too.

  • I really loved reading about your day as it makes me realize that I am not the only one to have full days. But I am very grateful fot my life too!!!

  • Jennifer says:

    I know the look she was going for, Rock Star, and she totally nailed it!

    I’m glad to hear that you are paying your kids for extra chores. My husband is heavily in favor of this with our son for extra projects and I’ve been pretty conflicted. I grew up raised that everyone did what needed to be done to keep the household running smoothly and there was no additional special project allowance. My husband was raised completely differently ๐Ÿ™‚

    I know you’re a careful steward so I feel better about paying our son for extra help.

  • Ashlie hogan says:

    My K/1st grade homeschooled LOVES his BOB books and was reading that one this morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shauna says:


    I have been so inspired by your posts with your children and helping around the house. It has renewed my efforts to do better with assigning chores and everyone picking up and helping me.
    I would love to see some ideas from a perspective of a mother who doesn’t homeschool and how she makes it work. After school with homework, having some play time, activities, dinner, etc. it seems so hard sometimes to fit one more thing in. If you know of anyone that could guest post I think it would be super helpful.

    I love the idea of love notes to children and I am going to start that this month and I am really excited about it!
    Thank you for your wonderful site and the personal things you share to encourage all of us women!!!!

    • Rachael says:

      I work full time as a college professor and teach several night a week. That, coupled with a lot of activities, makes chores difficult to do in the evening. So, we get up early and have the kids ready about a half an hour early. This gives us a little time to finish homework and chores before school starts. This works great since our evenings are pretty hectic.

  • Laura says:

    How long, on average, would you say your kids spend doing schoolwork each day? My kids are too young for school soon, but it seems like one of the benefits of homeschooling is it takes less time than traditional schooling.

  • Cari says:

    Wow, what a full day. But you were able to get so much done! I didn’t get to move things to the garage until this morning, but it was done! Thanks for the motivation!

  • I love getting peeks into your day and watching your children blossom into such sweet, helpful young people. ๐Ÿ™‚ Just the other day I was thinking about how quickly the many hours of letting them “help” when they are little pays off as they grow up. Not only is developing a servant’s heart a blessing to Mommy now, it will serve them all their lives.

    (And oh my! I feel your minimalist-loving pain. Picking out fourteen outfits sounds like a nightmare, lol! Hope the filming goes wonderfully!)

  • Nichole says:

    Love how you write notes to your kids. That encourages me even now maybe I could write thank you to my daughter in her journal while she doesn’t quite understand that yet.

    Lost a friend who was good at writing notes and words of encouragment to people. Oh, the ways God used her with those note cards!

  • Katie says:

    It is so encouraging to me that you work from home as a blogger and have the organizational savvy (and motivation) to do such an amazing job homeschooling your children. I aspire to do the same one day! Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  • Suzanne says:

    Your kids are beautiful, Crystal. Still remember baby pictures of them from your old blog. I, for one, would love to see a separate post about your airplane adventures. โ˜บ

  • Edwena says:

    Will you please share how the She Reads Truth devotional stuff works? The more info the better. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  • AC says:

    Our son was not super excited about learning to read and then we started the BOB books and he *loves* them!!! His confidence has soared and he asks to read all. the. time. As in we’d kind of like a break ๐Ÿ˜‰

    One thing we started with the BOB books is that he reads each book 10 times to “pass” it so we bought fun, small stickers that he selected and he puts one on the inside cover each time he reads it through with an adult. It’s really worked with him!

  • I love your daughter’s outfit! She could do her very own fashion blog;0) It’s fun to get a peek into your lives and to see how well you are thriving in Tennessee! We lived in Tennessee for a short time when my hubby was stationed at Fort Campbell. The thing I remember most was the downpours. We would be hanging out at the pool and all of a sudden, sheets of rain would come down. We are used to a steady stream here in Washington state;0)

  • Tennille says:

    It sounds like you really had a lot going on! I find it so encouraging to see that a successful blogger with the crazy schedule still has time to do the laundry and homeschool.

    I’ve been blogging about 8 months now and am still trying to find the balance, but I am glad to see that it can be done!

  • I love getting peeks in your life – your kids are adorable! I’m glad that you’re adjusting well to life in TN. I still think you should have moved to NC but whatevs. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristi says:

    Ive been following your site and threads for at least 3 years and I am now excited you and your family are being filmed!!! Can u tell me what it is? A show? A special? Thx!!!

  • Reelika says:

    Honestly, very inspiring read! I really enjoyed it, and I think it is encouraging to many women and moms and bloggers. It is always difficult to balance the life as a blogger and a mom, but it can be done. I think you are doing a great job as a blogger and as a mom! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kelly says:

    I heard about She Reads Truth from you. Thank-you! I love the Bible study!

  • I love seeing a peek into your day, so inspiring!

    I was homeschooled and every day we had our own morning time that looked very similar to yours. As an adult now I have such fond memories of that quality time between my mom, brother, and me.

  • KMC says:

    After reading this post and a few very extremely rough weeks in my life, I decided that I needed to order the gratitude journal. Since I can’t change all the stressful and anxiety inducing things I have happening, I can at least change my attitude and look for the things I’m grateful for. I was so disappointed to click on the link in this post and see that the journal is sold out! Do you know when you will have it back in stock again?? Thank you.

  • Christine says:

    Love the description of your day, has all the ingredients needed for joy and happiness. Really happy for you and your family that you have made such a wonderful life for yourself.

    Also wanted to mention that my son, age 12 and not homeschooled, had difficulty learning to read, and when he was in the 2nd grade I ended up teaching him to read out of this amazing book..
    Prior to using this book we had been working with Bob books but had little success. Fast forward to today, my son is now an avid reader and just tested at the 11th grade reading level. Good luck! I wish you all the best!

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