Welcome to Successful Homemakers!
My blogging days began back in 2005. We had recently moved from southwest Florida to rural Tennessee. Like so many others, I blogged as a way to keep in touch with far-away friends and family, as well as keep a diary of our days. Over the past 13 years, my blogging has changed a bit. Today, I blog as a creative outlet, to encourage others, and to share the knowledge, tips, and ideas that I’ve learned in my roles as a wife, Mama, and homemaker.
Successful Homemakers is truly a family adventure.
My hubby, Toby, whom I affectionately call Honey, is my biggest cheerleader and encourager. He helps me with projects, builds items for me, and helps with the outdoor posts. When we finally replaced our electric stove with our much-loved gas stove, he offered to re-season all of our cast iron. Sacrificial man that it is, he even travels with me. 😉
Rebecca is our eldest child at 25 years old. While she’s not typically in any of the photos (something about growing up and not wanting to be in the photos?!), she is also a cheerleader and taste tester. When I forget an ingredient or craft supply, she doesn’t mind picking up the said item at the store for me.
Our only son is Thomas. He’s 22. He, too, is not in many of our photos. He does help around our farm, along with the heavy lifting of any items needed for a post.
Natalie, forever 17, was our artist. All of the pretty graphics, photos, and printables that have been shared on Successful Homemakers were designed and edited by her. She was my right hand in blogging until a head-on collision took her life on May 1, 2017. Our vibrant, beautiful daughter died while driving to work when an oncoming driver drove into her lane. She died instantly. Our girlie is missed so very much. I’m still finding my way with the graphics, photos, and printables without her.
Our youngest child is Mary, who is 15. She is the one child that we have who will be photographed and allow me to share those photos. I treasure her personality, for she keeps me lighthearted and focused on fun.
Our fifth child, affectionately named New Baby, died in utero at 11 weeks old on Feb 13, 2007. Miscarriage is a very hard path to walk, to be sure.
We don’t profess to be perfect. Our posts will reflect that. We extend grace, offer encouragement, teach skills, and create a community for you to learn, grow, and nestle into. Join us, won’t you?
Any questions or need to get in touch with me? Send me an e-mail at:
laurie @ successfulhomemakers.com
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