Summer or Fall Rule?

Dear Holly, I am pregnant with my 5th child. My 4 other children go to school next month. My schedule right now is very light, but I have time to get things done around the house. Should I create my rule of life according to my schedule now? Or should I anticipate how things will be once school begins with crazy afternoons of homework and after school...

It’s Working!

Dear Holly, Thank you so much for your book. My husband gave it to me as a mother’s day gift a few years ago. I had only one little one back then and kept your ideas in the back of my head. Now that I have three, I pulled out your book and have implemented it into my home. I just thank you so so much! It is working! Before, I felt like my life was one big chore list. But, with the schedule, and focusing on doing essentials, we feel so much more peace in the home. I want all of my friends and family to know about this. I thought I was being a good mom letting my children have plenty of play and free time. But your book has helped me see there is a real need for balance of all things. Praise God for your sharing in this...

Am I a Failure?

Dear Holly, I read your book at least 6-7 times over the past 5 years. It’s one of my best books and I’ve learned a lot from it, thank you. Today I face a situation that confuses me and I would like to have your opinion. My house is a big cluttered, messy warfield. Our finances are totally out of control. Gardening? It’s not even worth thinking about I have so little time. I really, really want to clean and organize and declutter my house, but I can’t seem to find a way! This week was a good opportunity for me to do so as my husband was away and I’ve finished the homeschool year (I have four children under 8 years old), but I just couldn’t seem to do it. We never invite my husband’s colleagues to our house because I would never want them to see my home. I really try to keep my priorities in a good order, keeping prayer first. I’m so busy, and I really don’t understand how so many women can keep their house in order and not me. At every moment, I try to look for the will of God, to do what is the most important thing at that moment, and there’s never a minute left to reorganize and store. I tried all your suggestions in the book. I’ve built my plans at least 20 times – failing every time to do everything. My children help a little, but not much, given their ages. I don’t want to let myself fall into discouragement, but the temptation is so big. Maybe I’m...

Time to Stop and Breathe!

Dear Holly, I am writing to you because I am stuck. I started my MROL recently and I feel completely overwhelmed. I am not finished with your book yet. I’m on chapter four and answering the questions. I feel completely overwhelmed by my schedule. I start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 11 p.m. And I don’t even have time for laundry and simple household chores! We have four children under 9 whom I homeschool, and we have so many activities that I’m drowning. I had a big fight with my husband tonight because I want to stop some of the activities and he doesn’t. He doesn’t want to disappoint the kids. We have violin, piano, tap, ballet, a Catholic club, a Lego club, swimming and soccer starting up in the Fall! My husband’s work schedule is such that he will most likely be unable to attend many of the games and practices this year, so I will have to shuttle the two oldest to and from practices and games with no help. They could possibly have practices and/or games at the same time but in different locations. This is a potential nightmare. I am stressed out. I already feel isolated and overwhelmed by everything we have going on. I don’t want to add this, too. Our kids are joiners. They will join anything! All my homeschooling friends live in the country and their kids participate in very little outside their homes, and all my non-homeschooling friends live in the suburbs and their schedules make us look lazy....

Sometimes There IS Too Much To Do…

Dear Holly, I confess I haven’t finished your book yet, but I wanted to get hold of you if possible. I have a kind of different situation in that my husband and I are in our fifties, and we have one small child. My problem in a nutshell is that I am quite alone to do all the inside chores, plus gardening and watering and feeding the animals. I truly feel quite overwhelmed and inadequate. Plus, this is a huge house to keep clean, with many bedrooms and bathrooms and large living spaces. The catch 22 is that our basement and attic are loaded with plenty of junk we never use and that my husband doesn’t want to give away. To make matters worse, I have a health problem and don’t move too fast anymore. There also isn’t a possibility of getting outside help. Needless to say, I need help! Maybe you will tell me to just keep...
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