I have to admit, 2017 was just kind of blah on the blog. I’m hoping 2018 brings better things for the blog. We had a lot going on this year with moving and it was just a tremendously hard year overall.

With that being said, here are the top ten posts that were published in 2017!

  1. How Our Family Of Eight Lives With One Bathroom

For the past 4 years our family has been living in a house with just one bathroom. When we moved here there were seven of us, now we have eight. One of my big hesitations of moving here was thinking about our large family surviving with just one bathroom.

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Was it going to drive us crazy?

How was Sunday mornings going to work with the craziness of getting ready for church?

Potty training a toddler with just one bathroom???

These were all questions I had in my mind.

2. My March Stitch Fix Box 

My 7th Stitch Fix Box has been the best box yet! Normally I keep only 1 or 2 items from a box, but this time I kept 4 items. Yes, I really did! 

My stylist this time did amazing. She really paid attention to my Pinterest Stitch Fix Board I have, and looked at what styles and colors I had pinned.

*The $20 Styling fee is still being waived through January when new customers sign up to try a box! Click on THIS link (it has to be that link to get your fee waived) and request a box to try! Shipping is free both ways, so you are literally out nothing!

3. Finally  – A home To Call Our Own! 

I have dreamed of this day for years now. I’ve thought through how I would share this news with you. I’m just going to come out and say it.

We bought a house!

I can still hardly believe it!

4. The Freedom To Form Standards, The Grace To Walk Away 

I could go on and on about all the things we’ve had to admit we were wrong about. It’s humbling to admit that you have changed your mind. It’s easy to share all the super conservative standards you have among friends, because those are viewed as making you a godly family. It’s not as easy to change in ways that people feel like you must be going soft.

5. Homeschool Curriculum Choices for Our 2017-2018 School Year

I’m quickly realizing what a busy year we have, when you choose anything outside of a normal textbook approach it definitely requires more of mom. I just love living books so much, and want my children to experience as many books as they can while they are still in school.

I’m still pleased overall with what we choose for our school year, even though I’ve tweaked a few things. As usual. 😉

6. Do Not Bow To The Gender Idol 

Somewhere along the way it has become a crime to say there are inherent differences between a man and a woman.

And it has happened in my lifetime.

7. Creating a Family Closet In The Laundry Room 

I’ve always dreamed of having a family closet!  I should clarify though, we don’t have a true family closet. It’s actually a girl’s closet. With four girls in our family it has been a dream come true to set up a main closet area to store all those girls clothes in.

I’ll set you up the scene that led me to dream this up. We previously had four girls in one very small bedroom. I can’t tell you how many mom meltdowns I had because girl clothes were strewn over the bedroom floor. I tried training the girls to put their clothes in their drawers, and to use the hamper every single night but it was a battle that we never seemed to conquer. Our oldest daughter loves a clean and tidy room and it was a frustration to her that the room couldn’t seem to stay clean.

Family closet in laundry room

8. 5 Ways To Help Your Child Sit Still In Church 

You might be feeling like I do right now…that it feels like a dream when you actually get to sit in a church service and participate. I’m on my sixth toddler, without huge breaks in-between each toddler. There is hope though…I’m going to share with you 5 ways to help your child sit still in church and hopefully in time you can get back in that church service!

There are so many different opinions out there on teaching a young child to sit still. Some expect a child to sit still in church by the age of 1. Others think it’s amazing if a 5 year old can sit still.

I’m here to tell you there is no one-age-fits-all standard.

5 ways to Teach a Toddler To Sit Still In Church! It can be frustrating as a parent to want to sit in church and listen to the message, but as parents of younger children it's not always possible. We are currently training our sixth child to sit still in church, and here are some tips!

9. How Our Cover Letter Helped Us Buy Our House

When we looked at the house that we ended up buying, it was the same day that it had been put on the market. We went over that evening, and ended up being there with another couple and their realtor the whole evening. We stayed over an hour, looking, talking, thinking, and talking with our realtor some more. We could tell the other couple was going to put an offer on the house, but we told our realtor we needed to go home and sleep on it, and pray. We ended up calling him first thing the next morning and said we wanted to put an offer on it. Because of the interest in the house, he suggested we write a cover letter that would be submitted along with our offer, for the owner of the house to read.

That cover letter ended up being a huge part of how we got the house!

My husband wrote the cover letter, and here is what he said:

How Our Cover Letter Helped Us Buy Our House

10. My Top 5 Baby Essentials 

I thought it would be fun to share what my top 5 baby essential items have been the past few years. After six children my list has been tested and tried, and I don’t have a lot of extra items included in the list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment on Top Ten Posts from 2017

  1. Caroline, I don’t know you at all and we couldn’t be more different in almost every way, but I’ve been reading your blog for many years now and I’m really happy for all of God’s blessings in your life. Wishing you, Sean, and your kiddos an incredible year!

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