It’s finally here! Head on over to, for our August 4th Launch Day Promotion. Simply purchase the book (on sale!), and then email the receipt to Kerimae AT ahappyhomemedia DOT com. We’ll send you the freebies:

1. You’ll get a PDF version of the eJOURNAL, FREE

2. You’ll get a PDF version of the eBook, FREE

3. You’ll get an MP3 of the audiobook for FREE (stereo or mono, your choice)…this is the ONLY time you can get the audiobook in stereo.

Remember, the freebies are ONLY for book purchases made on August 4th.


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May you be blessed! And I cannot wait to hear your feedback!

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My husband is having way too much fun with this book launch. I’m currently on an island in the Pacific Northwest harvesting and drying seaweed for medicinal and culinary purposes (doesn’t that sound like I’M having way MORE fun?) so Tom’s been playing with Photoshop :) I’m looking forward to watching the launch! Thank you again for all of the great support and excitement!


Do you know which sound effect on the audiobook is my very favorite? :)




All Set for Launch


Do you have your Amazon page bookmarked for tomorrow? Here it is! Don’t forget to email your receipt to me so that you can get the freebies!


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An Interview With…Me

July 29, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download For this episode, Tom put ME in the hot seat for an interview about the book, Present. I had no idea what he was going to ask! But we once again put the kids outside to play and paused for passing Harleys so that we could do this […]

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Present: It’s HERE!

July 25, 2015

  YES!! It’s FINALLY HERE! WOO HOOOOO!!! I’m so excited about this message. We’re so distracted and busy about so many things that aren’t what we REALLY want our lives to be about. For me, the Internet was a challenge–to say the least–and I had to walk away from blogging for a short season in […]

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Present: Where’s the Book?

July 24, 2015

It’s almost here! No…really…   We just finished recording and producing the audiobook, which was like running a marathon and then running another marathon. The big launch day is coming up fast and you’re going to be so happy you waited for it. We’ll have a GREAT one-day sale that will have extras attached as […]

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Are You Ready to Die?

July 22, 2015

  Am I ready to die? Five days later, that is the only thing that I have really pondered about this accident.   And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment…(Hebrews 9:27)   I had arrived home from an afternoon out with my children and some of their […]

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On Using Planners for Slow School

July 16, 2015

  It’s nice to *meet* all of my new readers who came to peek in on our Slow School. Welcome . But, I have to admit I was a bit befuddled by all of the attention. Are you all just homeschool-exhausted? If so, I think it is good to think of the end in mind. […]

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Slow School

July 10, 2015

  While I was pregnant last fall, I had a woman ask about the number of children I had, and my age. I told her (smile). She shook her head when she inquired about homeschooling, proceeded to lament her teen son’s apparent lack of educational ambitions, and then said, and I quote, “If I were […]

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The Power of the Pause

July 6, 2015

We’ve been in our downsized home for a year now. I am STILL crawling through all of our belongings, weeding out what we no longer need, use or want. It’s about embarrassing, is what. I am so tired of the clutter, even just the eyeball and mental clutter of seeing it all and having to […]

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Trusting God…Even When It’s Uncomfortable

June 22, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download You never know what you’re going to find when you’re decluttering! Here is a talk that my husband gave to some men at our church, back when we were in the McMansion, a year and a half in…and waiting for baby #5. Very interesting to hear where we […]

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On Pacing Yourself

June 20, 2015

The folks at Backwoods Home Magazine were very sweet. I sent them a change of address and casually mentioned that I was bummed to be starting over. Well, the editor wrote me a very nice note and sent me Jackie Clay’s book, titled Starting Over. I’ve never met Mrs. Clay but I have loved learning […]

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Slow Bread

June 8, 2015

I’m one of the many people interested in slowing down the pace of their lives. If I were walking around and literally following Jesus while he was going from place to place teaching, he wouldn’t be asking me to hurry and keep up. Oh no, rather, he’d be constantly saying, “Whoa, Keri Mae! Not so […]

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What To Do When Your Computer Dies

June 5, 2015

Sometimes things that seem unrelated aren’t really at all. For example:   1. My computer died. 2. I braided my hair.   I’m having a hard time blogging lately, and it is precisely because my computer died. All of the systems I had in place to make blogging easier, faster and more fun are all […]

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Heaviness and Holiness

May 24, 2015

  I don’t watch the news, and I rarely listen to talk radio. I appreciate maintaining my blood pressure at a sane level. I also recognize that knowledge of the daily reports doesn’t necessarily further my peace or help me to better my life or the lives of my household, but rather feeds fear, mistrust, […]

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Large Families Living in Small Houses

May 18, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The decluttering continues! Let me tell you, this is not a job for wimps, but if you can whimper your way through it (like me!), you might find yourself gaining energy and excitement as areas become cleaner, clearer and more conducive to pleasant living. I know that this […]

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Mission: Get Rid of Paper

May 12, 2015

That is my current downsizing focus right now: PAPER. Papers on my desk top, papers on my kitchen counters and in their drawers. Papers “organized” into notebooks, papers filed into folders, papers sticking out of books. Magazine clippings, recipe print-outs, sticky notes, scrap paper and of course the ever-growing, ever constant PILES of papers in […]

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How Much Time Does Downsizing Take?

May 6, 2015

How much time does downsizing take? More than you think. Or maybe I’m that slow. Something I read told me to expect at least six months to get through it all. I remember that I laughed at that. Right. I’m at least two years in.   I began downsizing years ago. Clothes, toys, books. Slowly, […]

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Plant a Little Something

April 28, 2015

Such terrible things going on these days. Earthquakes, riots, illness, and on it goes. I know all of creation groans under the curse of sin, and sometimes I know we feel that groan in our spirits, too. I’m thankful I got to garden yesterday, to think about lovely things in front of me.   A […]

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The Waiting Time

April 16, 2015

Our happiness or lack thereof is often nothing more than a manifestation of our expectations. Ben Hewitt   The cursor blinks at me. I sift through the thoughts in my head and come up with nothing. If I let them settle, wandering thoughts float to the top but feel like chaff. And the heavy things […]

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The Important Work

April 12, 2015

  There’s a lull and it will be so for maybe 15 minutes if I am lucky. All I can hear is the drip-drip-drip from the kitchen faucet (on the list of fixes to do) and most of the children are playing outside while the sweet potatoes are roasting in the oven. Baby is finally […]

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Coming Summer 2015!

April 6, 2015

  Readers of my blog know how much of a struggle it is for me to pay attention to real life, to struggle through the endless distractions of things that are not eternally important. For me, the internet is a web indeed, and many of you remember when I deleted the first A Happy Home […]

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A Downsizing Tip: Consolidate

March 31, 2015

When nothing is sure, everything is possible. Margaret Drabble   Downsizing isn’t finished around here and has become more difficult. What to keep? What to get rid of? I crave the space but cling to the craziest things…like my lesson plan books I used when I was teaching 17+ years ago! But they were so […]

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Gaining Clarity on What REALLY Matters: Kelly’s Tornado

March 26, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Attribution: Justin1569 at en.wikipedia You really never know what a day is going to bring when you wake up in the morning. Listen to Kelly’s amazing story of survival and faith, and be encouraged to get your physical AND spiritual house in order as well. Are you ready for YOUR […]

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Down Syndrome and Happiness

March 20, 2015

  I awaken to the sounds of purposeful thumping down the stairs and loud “AAAWK”s.   Ruby.   I overslept again. It’s easy to do. Once Ruby and my 2yo are in bed, it’s a quiet couple of hours of almost uninterrupted painting, chatting with my older children,or sewing. My eyes tend to wane before […]

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How To Make a Happy Home When Home is Not What You Want

March 18, 2015

Dear Friend,   You’ve been much on my mind since receiving this question via the Google search you embarked upon. I admit my initial response was confusion. How could anyone not want home? But as I pondered it further, I came to respect your honesty.   Especially in Christian circles, home is where we as […]

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Beginner Art Journaling (Again)

March 16, 2015

Do you like journaling? I love it! I’ve been keeping a diary of some sort since I was 13, and I’ve been very smitten the last couple of years with ART journaling. Words AND paint! Yes! This is my desk, with my current art journal smack in the middle. I’m using a Hand Book Artist Journal, […]

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Motivation in Downsizing

March 13, 2015

My motivation is waning.   I still need to downsize, to simplify. I feel like I’m sleeping in a closet, and my eyes have nowhere to rest because there is clutter on every horizontal surface. Too much furniture, too many toys, too much stuff…and all of it breeds dust bunnies and invites even more complication […]

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Love for Poppy, Another Sister With Down Syndrome

March 9, 2015

I posted this photo on Twitter, so forgive me for reposting it here if you’ve seen it already. I heard Poppy crying and went to see her. Halfway to the bedroom door, it suddenly became very quiet. Hm…   So, I peeked in the door and this is what I saw. It was hard to […]

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Waking Up…I Think…

March 6, 2015

So the daffodils are blooming and I remember planting them right before Poppy was born, knowing (hoping) that I would show them to her in the early spring. It would be, I hoped, a signal that it was time to come out of my winter sabbath. I think I’m ready. I already have the doors […]

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Go Take a Hike

February 25, 2015

Have you been outside lately? I don’t mean the ten minutes it takes you to get into your car or to gather advertisements from the mailbox. I mean, have you gone outside to take a walk, to look at the rain (or snow) drip from the tree branches, to watch a bird or two? Have […]

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Using a Bread Bucket: Slow Bread By Hand

February 24, 2015

I first heard of using a bread bucket about a year ago, and was on the lookout for one instantly. I love it! I can mix the dough for four loaves of bread easily, something my Kitchen Aid can’t do very well due to the smaller size of the bowl. Besides, it gives my toddlers […]

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Doubling Down For Him: Down Syndrome Times Two–Poppy’s Story

February 9, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download   Here is the long-awaited Poppy Podcast! Listen in as we talk about her birth, the trials, our responses, and our Hope.     Here is the story about Leo. Here is his gofundme page to bring Leo home. Welcome to Holland essay Mark’s blog post: No Accident–God’s […]

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What Living in a Downsized Home is Really Like

February 4, 2015

Living in close quarters   Six months in, and I’m beginning to sense that my “winter sabbath” is going to need to be much longer. I’m trying to rest and regain my bearings, but it has been hard. Here are my most difficult challenges thus far. Feel free to skip the downers if you’d like! […]

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Owning a Livestock Guardian Dog

January 28, 2015

  We’ve owned our Maremma Sheepdog since he was a puppy, born 5 1/2 years ago. He has been a good dog, and a worthy investment for our family. Today he got into a rather loud and angry fight with two dogs that ignored his warnings to stay off our property. The dogs’ owner lazily […]

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The Only Promise in Decision Making

January 26, 2015

We’ve been here six months now and we are still getting settled into our downsized home. Today we created a list of things we still needed to do around here: updating the septic system (to get water out), reviewing and probably replacing the water pump (to get water in), and so forth. And so on. […]

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Follow Your Own Tempo: Quick Granola and Slow Coffee

January 20, 2015

Do you like homemade granola? I do, but I can’t seem to find time to make it. The bowls, the pans, the stirring, the oven…blah. Half the time I make a mess in the oven as granola spills when I try to stir it up. So now I make up a batch of quick granola, […]

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Are You Convicted? Or Are You Shamed?

January 12, 2015

So you have failed? You cannot fail.  You have not failed; you have gained experience.  Forward!  Saint Josemaria Escriva One evening our family heard a talk that had in the midst of it the importance of naming your children at birth correctly. This was important because the name chosen sets into motion the vision for […]

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Downsizing Our Home, Upsizing Our Family Part 5

January 5, 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The big willow that broke and came down.   It was a big mess.   Thankful for friends with chainsaws. Join us for our last installment of this series on downsizing our home and upsizing our family (at the same time!).   This is the book that I […]

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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2014

  John 3:16   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Love came down at Christmas, Love all lovely, love divine; Love was born at Christmas, Star and angels gave the sign. May your joy be full!

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Bedroom Tour

December 24, 2014

We’ve been settling in with Baby after getting permission to remove her from supplemental oxygen, and I’ve been resting a great deal. I’m happy to report that this has not been a hurried Christmas season but a rather relaxed and enjoyable one. I’m thankful for internet shopping   But I’d had enough of resting in a […]

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Reality and Rest

November 21, 2014

After five days, we were given the option of taking Poppy home on a supplemental oxygen unit and decided we could do that. What a blessing! We had stayed in the hospital with Ruby for ten days waiting for her to wean off the oxygen. For Poppy, no waiting, just the opportunity to go home. […]

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Ruby Has a Pal for Life

November 15, 2014

If you want the ending of the matter immediately: all is currently well. If you want the story: keep reading. We had a wonderful home birth three days ago, despite being eleven days past the due date. Overall, I think that despite the insanity of the past year with downsizing our home (are you listening […]

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Past Due Date

November 6, 2014

Well, it’s no surprise to anyone, least of all to me, that I am past my due date to have Baby. When I started blogging in 2006, it was while I was awaiting another baby, past his due date as well. I ended up waiting for him 18 days. I hope not to have a […]

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Downsizing Our Home, Upsizing Our Family, Part 4

October 29, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download The adventures continue! This is half of the very large willow tree that gave our front yard such ample shade this last summer. It came down during the night during a wind storm, and we were all very, very thankful it didn’t fall upon the house. It did […]

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Settling In

October 9, 2014

I still feel like I’m running, but now it feels more like running out of time. I’m a few weeks away from babyhood showing up and I am still working on schoolwork deadlines (I’ll share more about that later). Meanwhile, we closed on our old house, which to be truthful felt a little disorienting but […]

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Not in the Way You Might Desire

September 18, 2014

We’ve been talking as a family about how God always answers our prayers, but sometimes it’s “not in the way you might desire.” For example, a gentleman might pray for more time to spend with his family…and the Lord might allow him to face an injury that keeps him from going to work. In our […]

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Downsized Dining Tour

September 9, 2014

First of all, thank you for not only the comments, but for the ones for my eyes only, and for the emails, and for snail mail. Sometimes I am really slow in responding, but, Lord willing, I will get there.   I’m not in the “nesting” stage yet but I sense it coming. I’m still […]

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Downsized Kitchen Tour

September 1, 2014

Welcome to my new, downsized home. Not everything is in place, not every box is unpacked, and certainly not every room is finished (or even able to be moved into yet). But I thought I’d share with you the progress we’ve made, and how we’re living at the moment.   Would you like to see […]

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Downsizing Our Home, Upsizing Our Family: Part 3

August 19, 2014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Well, so much for my pretty scene at the pond! Tom and I heard the *crack crack….craaaaack…..* and then, enormous branches came crashing down, smashing the little maple I was so looking forward to watching blaze with autumnal colors. Other branches around the property have come down, too. […]

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On Waiting…

July 31, 2014

A month in, and I’m finally to the point of settling into the bottom portion of the house. The upstairs is still in progress, but it’s a slow process. Little by little, as my neighbor reminds us.   I’m finally back into my art journal, and enjoying seeing all of my art supplies at hand […]

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