Wednesday, July 17, 2024

At Home Earning Opportunity

Hello Dears,

I'm sorry it's been so long since I've posted.  The Lord has been keeping me busy, but in a good way.  We've welcomed a new little baby into our family this year, and I feel so extremely blessed.  Oh, I am so grateful.  How good God is to us.


Mother with Child by Leon Perrault


While I don't think a Christian wife should ever be required or relied upon for an income for the home, sometimes it is nice if she can receive a little something, whether it's a small amount of money, or a product for free.  In years past, I used to take surveys from home when I had a few spare minutes (which I didn't have much of), but this allowed me to get some items for free at times that we needed (diapers, baby wipes, paper towels, to name a few things) to try out for the manufacturers.

I have received a survey invitation that I do not qualify for and thought I would pass along the information to you in case you are interested.  I have been asked to pass it along, as they are looking for study participants.  I will paste the information below.  Surveys do not normally pay this much, but these are studies you participate in over time and then provide feedback. I hope this is helpful to someone. 

Survey Information:

We are now enrolling women who have low iron levels and are local to middle Tennessee. This study has no placebo, therefore everyone receives a two months supply of an iron supplement and $300 for completion of this study. 

We are also enrolling women for a sleep study which can be done from your home no matter where you live. The sleep study consists of taking a supplement every night for 28 days. Compensation for completion of this study is $120.

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Monday, January 1, 2024

Blessings Abound-- Happy New Year


painting by Renoir(?)

Dear Readers,

I hope this New Year's Day finds you well.  I love fresh starts--new weeks, new years, new planners...I don't know what it is about them, but a fresh start always seems motivating.

Last night our family stayed up and did some puzzles together after Bible study.  (We also ate homemade cookies, of course, which is a family tradition of ours over the holidays).  We've taken three weeks off from school, for which I had so many plans of playing catch up!  But, alas, it was not to be, as we all came down with the flu.  It was a bad one, but not as bad as it could have been.  I'm very thankful that over the past several years I've been learning homeopathy which has enabled me to provide a means of health and healing to my family in many areas--including the effects of the flu!

 We're all back to health now, thankfully, and tomorrow we will go back to our studies.  Today I have so much I want to get done because school days don't allow for much time to do much else.  I'll plan school for the upcoming week, as well as hopefully take advantage of our warranty for our vacuum, which has stopped working.  We very much need a working vacuum!

 This morning, with a late start for everyone due to staying up late, I am grateful for the beautiful sound of two of my daughters playing Christmas songs together--one on piano and one on violin.  It's just lovely that they all want to go on celebrating Jesus' coming down to earth for us.

I hope you all are doing well and have a blessed new year 💜


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Friday, November 3, 2023

Journey to Bethlehem Movie--Should You See It?

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 We don't go to the movies...ever.   But in case you do and were considering going to see this new movie, I came across a review from a friend that I thought I'd share with you.  This movie strays far from the Biblical account.

Friends, if you are considering taking your children to see the movie: Journey to Bethlehem, we saw this as a preview movie a couple of months ago and I absolutely do NOT recommend. Just a couple of concerns out of many:
1. Mary is pictured as a rebellious teen who does not want to get married but instead wants to be a teacher and is angry with her father for forcing a betrothal on her.
2. Joseph is a flirty young man who is trying to woo a young girl in the marketplace even though he knew he was promised to Mary and the young lady tells him she’s betrothed. Eventually it becomes clear he was actually accidentally flirting with his future wife, but still. No.
3. In this story Herod’s son shows up at the birth of Jesus and because of Mary standing up to him, lets the family go free, even ordering his soldiers to help.
We had many more concerns with this film. Please do not be deceived and take young, impressionable children to see this movie.

(Review by Malia Russell)

Be blessed, ladies.

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Monday, July 24, 2023

Gone Before You Know It



One day, it will all be gone.  


Those sleepless nights you thought you'd never get through.  

The waking babies who constantly need you. 

The sick little one with an earache or tummy trouble in the night. 

Days where your toddler wants you to read the same book twenty-one times in a row...



Those days when you think you will always be pregnant and you think you can't get through another one.

You can choose to skip a few years of babies, can't you? 

You think your fertility will last forever.

But one day it will be gone.

One day you'll be sad at the negative tests and wish for just one more sweet babe to hold in your arms...

Or maybe the babies will come but they'll die in your womb, leaving their broken bodies behind with your broken heart...

All gone.

Those days when your house is full of many little ones, 

each needing your attention and help for many things.

How will you ever get through these days of so many?

But one day, those days will be gone.

The unkind words, the arguments amongst your children.

The dirty floors.

The piles of laundry.

The spills and the broken glasses.

The piles of school books all over the house.

It will be gone.

The children will grow up and grow out of needing you all the time.

You'll wonder if you did enough, cared enough, taught enough.

To your dear little ones and growing up ones.

Hopefully they will marry, and you hope they will live close by!

But they may move further

And then they'll be gone.

So, let us treasure, each day, each hour, every moment...

Because one day, it will be all gone.


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Sunday, May 14, 2023

Happy Mother's Day + Homeschool Help

Dearest Mothers,

Oh, do you love or loathe this day?  Does it remind of you of your failures, or of your blessings?  Though I have many failings and of course have not always done things "right" or perfectly, my children always bless me on Mother's Day, and my husband.  I just can't believe how blessed I am, and can only thank God that He took me from being a person who never wanted children to a blessed mother of many, plus several more in Heaven.  Oh, the sadness and joys that motherhood brings.  Oh, the trials and the blessings both.  How can I thank God enough that He has given me motherhood and continues to sanctify me through it, (and how can my children write cards to me of how I am the Proverbs 31 woman?!)  I think they think too much of me!  My children are wonderful, and I thank God for each one of them.  Motherhood has not been, and is not easy.  It takes almost everything I have, every day, but Lord willing, what I have given into it will live on long after I am gone from the earth.

I pray for you that even if today you have not been so blessed, if you are in sorrow over bits and pieces of motherhood, that you may remember that we cannot do it alone; we cannot be godly alone.  We must seek Christ's help every day to lead and guide and provide for us.  And where things are broken, God can heal.  And God sees your toils and your labor of love, and He cares for you very much.

If you are a homeschooling mother like me, can you relate to wanting to change things up?  Though we school year round and still have many weeks to go until we are done with this year, I am completely caught up in my thoughts of next year.  Though I have used some Charlotte Mason Inspired curricula over the years, I am wanting to give my children a different kind of education next year entirely...One filled with living books and things to learn and see and do.  I have been giving myself a "mother's education" in how to do this, and my learning continues almost daily as I try to prepare.  A Charlotte Mason education includes learning through living books (not textbooks or workbooks, which we have often used), nature study, picture study, composers, and so much more.  Learning is demonstrated by narration instead of filling in blanks ono worksheets.

If you don't know much about a Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling and want to learn more, there is a conference on this very topic starting tomorrow.  I'm sorry to say that the early bird pricing (which is $30) ends on May 14th, but perhaps you can still get in before the time is up (you can still purchase after the early bird pricing ends)!  In the conference, you will learn how to incorporate Charlotte Mason’s methods in your home alongside real moms who have embraced the Charlotte Mason philosophy in their own homes.  I love how the producers of the conference say that 

"We believe that children should be educated in a way that instills a love of learning and a love of God."

And Charlotte Mason herself said

“Of the three sorts of knowledge proper to a child,—the knowledge of God, of man, and of the universe,—the knowledge of God ranks first in importance, is indispensable, and most happy-making”

– Charlotte Mason (Vol. 6, p. 158)


You can check out the schedule and speakers below.  I hope you find this helpful.  God bless you all today.


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Sunday, April 16, 2023

Reading Holy Scriptures

eading the holy Scriptures is like a treasure. With a treasure,
you see, anyone able to find a tiny nugget gains for himself
great wealth; likewise in the case of Sacred Scripture, you can
get from a small phrase a great wealth of thought and immense
riches. The Word of God is not only like a treasure, but is also
like a spring gushing with everflowing waters in a mighty

St. John Chrysostom (fourth–
fifth century)

“The ignorance of Scripture
is the source of all evil.”

Homily 9, On Colossians


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Thursday, April 13, 2023

Subscribers-- Problem with My Feed (Updated)

My Dear Readers and Subscribers,

 It has come to my attention that there is a problem with my feed, for those of you subscribed via

It seems several links have been put up that are coming through my feed.  The titles are in Spanish and go to some website.  I have no idea how this has happened and what is going on.  I have contacted my email subscription service and am awaiting a reply.  In the meantime, I am looking for a different solution for a subscribers' service for you.  I may have to come up with something creative so I don't have to pay.

 Please bear with us, and thank you for your understanding.  The Blessed Homemaking blog is still fine. 


The problem has been fixed now and all is well.


Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Church is a Lonely Place for Homemakers


Time and time again I've had Christian homemakers, Biblical keepers-at-home, write in to me and say how lonely it is at church because the church is full of feminists.  It feels so lonely there because in a time for having fellowship, the other women are all talking about their work week.  Instead of talking about their week spent at home preparing lovely meals for their husbands, teaching their children about the world God made, cleaning the home, sharing time management tips, or even about difficulties with parenting children, many Christian women think they have now found their "higher purpose" in having a job outside of the home.  Even if their children are all grown and out of the house, they very rarely relate to the younger women who are in the throws of raising a family because their minds are consumed with holding down a paying job.  This is not how the Bible says it should be. 

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

(Titus 2:3-5)
Besides this, the mother at home is often neglected in sermons and rarely receives any encouragement for her good works at home (though in some churches, praise thankfully still happens).  Perhaps the preacher is afraid of offending the working wives if he praises the keepers at home too much.  Sermons may only center on a few favorite verses or focus always on evangelism, and often home life that applies to mothers, fathers, and children is sadly left out.  Homemakers then often get the feeling that their work is not important, or is less important, because after all, they are not out "winning souls" like the men.


I want to encourage you...

Your work at home is important.  

It does matter.

Even if no one acknowledges it or says a single word about it...

Even if there is no one at church to talk to about womanly things (keeping a home, raising children, teaching your children, loving and serving in your home)...

God sees you...

And He values what you are doing.

As a bonus, we now have the internet where we can find like-minded women who love serving their families at home!  I'm so thankful that there are still women writing lovely blogs in between taking care of their families (or even when their families have grown), so we can learn from each other and still have a bit of "Titus 2".

So despite discouragements we may have, let's labor on in love for our families, and may we one day hear from the Lord Jesus Christ, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Merry Christmas, Dears

Many of you are probably busy with your families today, but I just wanted to wish you all a very blessed Christmas!  What a wonderful occasion to remember the Lord Jesus come down to be with us.  May your Christmas be very joyous ❤️

“This is what we are celebrating today: the Coming of God to man, that we might go forth, or rather that we might go back to God, that putting off the old man we might put on the new; and that we have died in Adam, so we might live in Christ. Therefore, let us keep the feast, not after the manner of a pagan festival, but in a godly way...
But let us, who are worshipers of the true God, if we must in some way have luxury, let us seek it in God’s Word and the Law and the Scriptures.”

~Gregory of Nazianzus (329-390)

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Friday, November 11, 2022

{Time Sensitive} One Last Reminder

Just a quick post today to remind you that it's the last day that you can purchase the Home Management bundle.  I know I sometimes forget things like this, so I just wanted to send you a quick reminder.

Also, you don't have to use everything in the bundle if you purchase it!  I know there are so many products, and it can seem overwhelming to think you have to use it all, but you don't.  Even if you only see two to three things you might find helpful, it's well worth the purchase price.  For instance, some of the included products I find most interesting are in the Cleaning & Decluttering section which includes 1 eBook, 4 eCourses, 1 Planner & 2 Printables.  There is the Family Home Hub Setup course, the Family Systems and Charts, Simplifying Cleaning Routines Bundle, and more...Oh...there are so many things that look good.  There is a section on homeschooling that looks wonderful as well--including a musical instrument course and notebooking pages, plus the Busy Mom's Home Management Bundle (I need that).  I could go on and on, but these are just a few examples of things that immediately caught my eye.

 You also have access to all of the products for life--just download what you want within six months time.  I hope you find these resources useful in your home.

 Here's how much time is left!

 Countdown Timer

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