Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real, Exhausting: Working the Plan
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Sometimes I feel silly working on yet another plan, another schedule, even if it’s not one where I’m scheduling every half hour of everyone’s day. But, I keep coming back to it. I mentioned my feeling silly about it to my husband, who shrugged, “I thought it was your hobby.” Well, yes, actually, it is. And, generally, I think it’s been a hobby that has benefited myself and my family. But whether or not it benefits myself and my family … Read More

Simply Contemplate: Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
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Ok, so I’m on a Kevin DeYoung kick. Crazy Busy: A Mercifully Short Book on a Really Big Problem is another short 5-star offering from the Reformed Michigan pastor. The Terror of Total Obligation: Calming the Crazy Man Inside That is the chapter title and subheading from which I am about to quote. We all have a cross to carry. But it’s a cross that kills our sins, smashes our idols, and teaches us the folly of self-reliance. It’s a … Read More

Review: Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed
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Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters is a short (less-than-100-pages), grace-filled book on using our time wisely. At first blush, when encountering their premise, it might seem like the book will be either a guilt trip or a demanding book: We can actually do all that God has called us to do. […] We can accomplish everything God has ordained for us to do in this life. And … Read More

Review: Managers of Their Homes by Terri Maxwell
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This 175-page spiral-bound book by Steven and Teri Maxwell has been around for over ten years now. I’ve seen ladies (online only) mention their “MOTH schedule,” looked at a few online, and shrugged. I saw that the format was that you schedule out in columns what each member of the family is doing — including babies — and thought, “Ah, well, I could do that on my own if I wanted to make up a schedule.” And, when I have … Read More

Digital Home Management “Binder”: Daily Docket
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Home Management Binder, Control Journal, Household Notebook: It doesn’t matter what you call it, having it helps keep all the tasks involved in homemaking in front of your face when you need them to be, but off your mind when you don’t. It’s usually done with paper, but can it be adapted for the technologically savvy? Or at least the technology-owner? Can it be done with an iPad, Netbook, smartphone, iPod Touch? It certainly can. Series to Date Introduction Calendar … Read More