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?

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Books

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!

Homeschool Resources:

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

 

Area-Specific Blogs

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