Hello friends, my name is Suzanne and I am thrilled you stopped by Just Homemaking. I am passionate about challenging and encouraging people around me to be intentional with their lives. God gives us everything we need to live for Him and He wants us to find joy through any circumstance.
My husband, two girls, and two boys are my world. With my husband teaching junior high and coaching three sports, in addition to having kids ages 2-8, we are quite busy! When our first child was born in 2010 I left my career in finance to become a full-time homemaker. It’s an understatement to say I was in over my head and had so much to learn about this new phase of life.
The next few years were the most wonderful, challenging, and life changing years I’ve ever had. The root of this growth came from my innate selfishness and the independence I had grown accustomed to during my early 20’s. When I became a mom I was forced to learn how to put others’ needs before my own and to find new fulfillment through God in homemaking.
Now that I’ve settled into this new phase of life, I have many new ministry opportunities and hobbies! My church keeps me busy with a few administrative tasks I can do from home, as well as teaching in a kids’ class once a month. For my own personal heart and ministry, it’s so important to me to connect with family and friends throughout each week to refuel, be inspired, and keep myself in check.
As for my hobbies…I absolutely love remodeling projects and am always brainstorming the next thing we (really, my husband) can do around our house. Also, healthy living has become more important to me throughout the past five years. I have always loved to bake, but because of doing the Whole30 program (more info here), I have transformed the way I bake, cook, and snack, and have focused on being mindful of why I eat.
Through the posts I share, I want to encourage other homemakers, no matter if you are a working homemaker or full-time, to take their role seriously and to be intentional with the amazing blessings that you’ve been given. Homemaking can be such a wonderful, peaceful role if we allow God to direct us through our journey.
Hey! I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Jenna. My husband Doug and I have been married for almost twelve years. I’m a step momma to his wonderful teenage daughter, and we have four hooligan sons that range from first grade to tween. All five kids are magnificent, hilarious, and incredibly weird. One of my favorite things to observe is the differences in their personalities.
Doug and I both grew up in Small Town, Illinois. We recently made a big move from the Midwest to the South! I’m sure some of my articles will be inspired by the swamp of emotions that comes with such a choice.
Anyway, I became a stay at home mom back in 2010 when Baby Boy #3 pushed that daycare bill too far over the edge to make my part-time bank teller’s job make any sense. I had mixed feelings: I was grateful to stay home and raise my babies, but boy there were some tough days! By the time the youngest was born, Doug was working midnights and I was home with four boys under the Kindergarten threshold. God’s grace alone got us through those early years, and I truly grew to love staying home and developed a heart for honoring God through the service of homemaking. If you are reading this and you yourself are in the throes of early child-rearing, I promise: YOU. WILL. SURVIVE. THIS.
Somehow, we rounded a corner and all of them started going to school, one right after the other. By then, the conveniences afforded to our family by me continuing to stay home had become quite apparent. Despite having to make some conscious sacrifices sometimes, my husband and I are both committed to maintaining my status as a homemaker and thank God for making that an option for us. It’s not always easy, and it’s never perfect. I particularly struggle with spending enough time in God’s Word consistently. And drinking enough water. And cardio.
I love my quiet days at home while the boys are at school. I actually tend to be a bit of a hermit because I just love the comfort and quiet of my own home so much. I have stuck to a great schedule for keeping up with chores and housekeeping so that I can have time for other hobbies and endeavors. I’m a small business owner, and (now) a blogger too, apparently. Some interests I have are:
Dating my Husband
Writing and Reading (especially thrillers!)
Camping with the family
Learning how to play the ukulele
True Crime Documentaries
Baseball (I’m raising my favorite players)
Falling Asleep to Movies
I’m excited to join forces with these other incredible women, whom I very much admire. It’s been a huge blessing to know them and learn from them and share in our joy for homemaking.
And I look forward to learning from you too, dear Reader. Peach Cobbler Hugs and Sweet Tea Kisses from Georgia.
My name is Melissa and I am a thrift store lover, boy mom, pastors wife, special needs mom, chronic organizer and declutterer, kombucha brewing, Jesus lover.
Fifteen years ago I married my favorite guy. His name is Jake and he is the perfect combination of humor and grace that ever existed. He also happens to be a pastor, which sometimes makes people feel uncomfortable. As if we were given a secret recipe when he was ordained to make our marriage and our kids be “perfect”. You will soon understand that we are very much like you in that we are just trying to do our best as we raise our boys together.
I am a mom to three stinkin awesome boys. They are ages 12, 9, and 7. These boys each have my heart in different ways. Parenting them is always exciting but never simple. Our youngest son has special needs. For the past six years our world grew to include therapists, special ed teachers, bus aides, IEPs, and friends that we couldn’t have made it through without: each one of them leaving steps in our path that will not be forgotten.
When I get free time, you can usually find me at a thrift store or garage sale. The combination of finding something that will meet our family’s needs and also save us money is just a little taste of heaven for me. If I see a piece of furniture on the side of the road I will go back and get it. Or ask my husband to get it if it’s too big. I will then spend some time cleaning and fixing it up and use it in our home or sell to make a little profit. Jake and I love to spend time working on our house and yard and “try” teaching our boys to do the same, and to understand and appreciate hard work.
If I am not shopping second-hand stores, I am usually in our kitchen. I wouldn’t say that I love to cook but I love to find recipes that our entire family can eat together and enjoy. We have some “special diets” which is always fun to explain wherever we go. Our youngest is gluten, dairy, soy, oat, and dye free. Another kiddo feels much better eating gluten free. I feel best when I eat like our youngest. This is a big part of our life and some of my posts will be food related. We all need to eat, Folks.
We are big on vitamins, too. If I told you how much I have researched on vitamins over the years, you might just give me a pharmacy badge. I am kidding. In reality, they have made a big difference in our lives and even though I am not a doctor, I am happy to share what I have learned over the years.
We also foster kittens. I’m sure ya’ll are gonna hear about the poor orphan kittens.
I very much do not have it all together but I am beyond excited to see what God is going to do to use our stories to make an impact in yours.
Hello! I’m Nicole and I am so excited to connect with you here!
Through a whirlwind romance, I met and married the love of my life, Jason, way back in 2001. In one of our very first conversations we talked about how we both loved adventure, and I was pretty excited about this guy that wanted to adventure through life. He had my heart from the start! Even though our life hasn’t looked how we thought it would, I wouldn’t want anyone else by my side through this adventure called life.
Through adoptions and pregnancy, we now have 6 very lively kids. From beginning to end there are 12 years between them. I get the privilege of staying at home with these 4 amazingly adventurous boys, and 2 beautifully adventurous girls. Every day is a mix of a circus, roller coaster ride, school, coffee shop, bakery, restaurant, hotel, counselor’s office, transportation company, sporting event, laundromat and so much more. Maybe you can relate?
Infertility and adoption are a huge part of the beginning of my “momming” journey and impacted who I am today in so many ways. Infertility changes the way you look at life and God. I didn’t always handle that with a lot of grace and patience. I learned so much about trusting God’s plan and leaning into my faith. I wouldn’t have made it through the foster and adoption process if I didn’t learn how to trust God in my the midst of my deepest feelings of failure and pain. For better or worse, all of these steps have shaped me in to the mom I am today.
In between car pools, IEP’s, special needs, dance classes, sports, ministry, counseling, and just the daily grind of having 6 kids, Jason and I try to fit in some time together. My hubby is a Pastor and loves his job so much. In the last couple years (since we are done having babies) I have been able to get more involved in our church and I am loving that! I lead a few women’s small groups and really enjoy the way the Lord works when we are in community. We have walked through so many ups and downs with our kiddos, and I am so thankful for my community that walked me through all of these times.
I hope that this page can be part of your community to help you walk through whatever stage your are in. Or maybe you need a group to walk along with you in the hurt or pain you might be facing. God has been reminding me lately that we are, “Better Together,” and I want to live that out here too!
I never write, lead, or speak because I think I have it all together. I always tell people that I don’t just visit, I live on the “Hot Mess Express.” So, come along for the ride. It’s always an adventure!