If you desire to live a an intentional, faith-based, joyful lifestyle but don’t quite know where to start, you are in the right place. I’m Abby and I’m the slightly crazy lady who is here to help you out. I love cooking and baking, organizing and having a clean home, and living with intention...but here’s the thing…
I am not a natural at any of these things. I’m guessing that since you’re here at Joyful Homemaker’s Club, you’re looking for a little guidance too. And probably some joy too! As I figure out this crazy adventure called life, I share what I learn along my journeys with you, on the blog. I will never claim to the perfect Martha Stewart homemaker. I’m far from it. But I do my best and have found little tricks to help in my homemaking adventures, which I share here to help other young mamas like myself.
Did you know that God actually calls women to be homemakers? Titus 2:4-5 says, "Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God" and Proverbs 31:25-27 says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Both passages direct women in how to act and live out their daily life. A homemaker is someone who manages the household. That means that whether you are a wife without kiddos, a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or something in between, you are a homemaker. Get started in being the homemaker God desires for you to be by checking out my post on 12 Ways To Be An Intentional Homemaker.
And as we go about our day, we set the tone or atmosphere for our home and family. I love this quotes from Charles Kingsley, “The men whom I have seen succeed best in life have always been cheerful and hopeful men, who went about their business with a smile on their faces, and took the changes and chances of this mortal life like men, facing rough and smooth alike as it came.” Let’s work together to spread an atmosphere of joy and cheer over each of our homes, helping each family member with their dreams and trusting in God through it all.
So who is this slightly crazy lady?
My homemaking journey began in 2013 when my husband, Seth, and I married at the ages of 19 and 20. Just three months after the wedding we found out that we were pregnant with our first little boy, William, who was born in June 2014 via unplanned c-section, just days after our first wedding anniversary. Less than a year later we bought our first home in Lititz, Pennsylvania, and the following Fall we found out we were pregnant with our second little boy, Daniel, who was born in August 2016 via scheduled c-section. We haven’t had much of a break between major life events so I’ve had to adapt pretty quickly in my role as a homemaker. It wasn’t until two years into our marriage that I started to fully understand what is expected of me as a homemaker and how fulfilling that role can help my marriage and family thrive.
I’m a slightly (okay more than slightly) dorky mama who has always loved helping and serving others. I’m a little bit sassy and sarcastic but always full of helpful advice. I’m an open book because I believe in using the things that I have been through, to help others.
For literally my entire life I have dealt with a generalized anxiety disorder (with OCD tendencies, but not like the cleaning kind you’re thinking of, more like things have to be done a certain way and I have these little tendencies that are sort of like superstitions). In high school I was in full-time treatment for anorexia and although anorexia is no longer an issue, anxiety is still there. After my second baby I am (still) dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety, which is absolutely terrible. Some days are better than others but I keep pushing through because I know that someday I will feel like myself once again.
Working on my blog is by far my favorite thing to do, I’m happiest when I’m being or have been productive, but when I’m not blogging I’m helping at church where my husband is on staff part-time alongside his full-time job, playing with my two handsome little boys, binge watching shows on Netflix, or folding the 900th load of laundry for the day (I never knew just how much laundry a family of four could make in just a day!). I love shopping at Target, eating chocolate, playing with makeup, and reading mystery books. Let’s be friends, follow me on Instagram to see more peeks at my everyday life as a young wife and mama.