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Keeping Hearth and Home: Adventures in Homemaking

My name is Jen, and I am a homemaker.  I love being a stay at home mom...most of the time.  I know that if you are a stay at home mom, too, that you understand that last comment.  I have two little boys at home with me, and a wonderful husband who is doing all he can to support our family so I can stay at home with our children.  I believe that God has created in women a nature to nurture, and that it is our divinely appointed duty to do our utmost best to raise our children in a gospel-centered home.  I understand that not all family situations allow for the mother to stay at home with her children, but I do believe that if it is within our power to do so that it is the best thing we can do for our children, especially when they are young.

I have decided to create this blog as a sharing place for me to post recipes, projects, tutorials, and just plain old knowledge and information that I think is of use to myself and other SAHMs.  It will be in part a documentation of my newly begun real food journey, part sewing instructional, and part advice column.  At least, that is how I am envisioning this blog at this time.  Of course, it may evolve into something else entirely over time.  But whatever this blog becomes, I am excited to invite you on the journey with me.  So, are you ready to embark on this adventure with me?


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