When I became a mom, I was sure of one thing: that I was going to need a LOT of good advice! Unfortunately, I was the first of my friends to have a baby and good advice was hard to find. Sometimes, you just need a list — there’s a lot out there, but what’s worth reading, anyway? And what about cleaning and cooking and … well, just life?
I highly recommend all of Sally Clarkson’s books (you can find them here: WholeHeart Online Bookstore) including The Mission of Motherhood: Touching Your Child’s Heart for Eternity
Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe
and The Ministry of Motherhood: Following Christ’s Example in Reaching the Hearts of Our Children
The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer is a great resource
One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are was life-changing for me!
Ambleside Online has great, free suggestions for home education
Nancy Campbell of Far Above Rubies has some very encouraging newsletters, magazines and Bible studies.
Some of my favorite friends/writers:
Kristen Kill’s blog, Hope With Feathers is full of encouragement
Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience is, well, just that
Sally Clarkson’s I Take Joy is wonderful
Christin Slade’s website has all kinds of inspiration for you
Joy Forney’s GraceFull Mama is beautiful
Don’t miss Sarah Clarkson’s Thoroughly Alive
There are also several contributor-blogs out there which are great resources:
The Better Mom is all about living for God with our kids
Also by Ruth Schwenk, For the Family
The MOB (Mother of Boys) Society is, of course, a great resource for moms of boys specifically
The Pioneer Woman does she need an introduction? We’d starve half the time around here without her recipes!
The Inspired Room is lovely and Melissa’s book, NOT a DIY Diva, is fantastic!
The FlyLady has tons of wonderful, time-saving, house-cleaning tips
The MoneySavingMom is, obviously, all about ways to save!
Homemaker’s Challenge is full of practical helps for your home