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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Day in the Life of... Melissa Best

Another Day in the Life of post today!  Want to know why I love these?  We get to see how different our lives as moms can be, how much we can relate to another mom going through similar struggles and stages, and how fun it is to see the daily lives of others.  I desire to bring community among moms, a job which can often feel lonely and overwhelming.  Saying that, if you read a 'Day in the Life of' post from one of the writers joining us here that inspires you, encourages you, or lifts you up - please reach out to them!  They will love it, you will love will be worth it!

Today we have Melissa Best joining us!  Mel is from my own city of Hamilton.  We met in University and recently reconnected because of that common  She is incredibly open, honest, and loving - which you can see especially from her Instagram account found at A Glass of Melk.

Melissa is one of many creative talents!  She shares beautiful images of her life and her family on her Instagram account, she blogs at A Glass of Melk, and she creates embroidered art and more, which you can find at Little Nest Embroidery.  Check her out!

And now for her typical day...


Hello friends! My name is Melissa Best and I'm honoured to share with you today a window into what a random day in my life looks like. I live in Hamilton, Ontario with my husband Dan, our 2.5 year old Theodore, and am 31 weeks pregnant with our rainbow baby who we've already named Joanie. I would describe myself as thrifty, creative, and social, and have been on a mission since getting pregnant with Theodore to slow down, simplify, and try to do things with intention to build deep relationships with one another in our home, and with friends and family around us. I am a birth and postpartum doula which makes my schedule kind of random, and I don't work typical hours.

I blog at www.aglassofmelk,, and my main social media platform would be through Instagram @aglassofmelk

7 am we wake to the sound of Theodore in his room shouting with excitement"the sun, it's awake! The sun is awake!" (he's referencing our new grow clock that tells him when its okay to get out of bed) My husband Dan gets up and takes him downstairs to play and they have breakfast together while I sleep for another hour.

8 am I get up and join the boys downstairs, and spend some quality time together before Dan heads to work at 8:30.

We share a car, so if we plan in advance, he will bus to work so I can have the car to do errands or see friends in the morning. In my "pre-mom" life, I loved going out for coffee at coffee shops, so this is something I've tried to hold onto with friends, except we host each other in our houses with homemade coffee instead. With toddlers in tow, I find our visits to be much more engaging when there is either toys for the kids to play with or cough cough Paw Patrol on TV.

By 11:30 I try to get home, and have Theodore help me make something for lunch. He loves helping in the kitchen, and usually lunch is something simple like grilled cheese and soup, or macaroni. I try to bake with him once a week, or make something like homemade applesauce as these are some of my favourite memories from my childhood. We always make a bigger mess of the kitchen and flour ends up everywhere but the payoff is worth it.

12:30 we head upstairs to his room, read some books together, and I stay to cuddle for a few minutes and rub his back before I leave. Then, depending on how I'm feeling, since this pregnancy, I try to nap when he naps, or on alternating days, I do some of my own nesting activities like sewing baby clothes or being creative somehow. I always find it tough to choose between a)housework b)creative nesting c)doula work or d)napping. I've learned to always prioritize naps, and if I'm not feeling like I need one, then I jump into the other things!

3:00 Theodore wakes up again with the excitement of the sun coming up, and we have 2 hours before Dan comes home for dinner. You'd think in those 2 hours we'd be productive and it would be the perfect time to get a casserole in the oven, but I usually don't think about what's for dinner until about 4:45. Meal planning is NOT my strong suit, and at 4:45 I'm often struggling to either defrost a hunk of meat from the freezer or look at the random assortment of leftovers in the fridge and wonder about what they'd taste like scrambled together in the frying pan.

5:00 we pray and Theodore lists off the things he's thankful for, and we eat our dinner scramble.

After dinner if the weather is nice we go for a walk around the Bayfront by our house, or play a game together before Theodore goes to bed at 7:30. Dan and I take turns putting him to bed, and the other starts cleanup of the main floor that looks like a tornado hit it at this point.

By 8:30 the house is clean, and we will usually sit down to read a book together for half an hour before turning on a show. We swap between parenting books, marriage books, and devotional books. This is not my strong suit either, it is Dan who has a love for reading and he usually initiates this.

9:00 We are ready for our show, and usually snack on either "treat cereal" like Corn Pops or Cinnamon Toast Crunch, or Hummus with Tortilla chips. Every once in awhile through this pregnancy I basically feel ready for another meal around bedtime, so I'll make a full out pan of nachos for myself, or grilled cheese, etc etc.

And then, 10:00 bedtime!!

And then around 4:00 am I wake up from pregnancy insomnia, and I just lie in the bed for awhile trying to convince my body it's time to sleep. I end up coming downstairs for another snack, and reading, browsing through Instagram, or online shopping (most of my Etsy purchases happen at this time of the morning).

So that's a random day in my life. Thanks for reading along, feel free to pop by my social media channels and introduce yourself!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A Day in the Life of... The Glorious Mundane

Today for 'A Day in the Life of' we have Suzanne from The Glorious Mundane joining us!  I just love the name and the meaning behind Suzanne's blog - our mundane, regular tasks as Moms can feel just so... dull.  But Suzanne reminds us that they are truly wonderful and in her words, glorious, because of our God who makes ALL things glorious!  Even (or especially) in the every day life of motherhood.

Be sure to check out her blog and her facebook page for some sincere every day encouragement for us mamas. 

And now?  Read & look ahead to see her typical day displayed in pictures.


Hello! I'm Suzanne! I'm a Christian, a LEO (law enforcement officer) wife, a Mom and a foster Mom. I love to hang out with my family, live frugally, go for a run, be outdoors as much as possible, and curl up anywhere with a good book. I have a passion for being an authentic woman, wife and mother and to not shy away from the hard moments in our lives. After becoming a stay at home Mom, I mourned for a while that my life was so mundane and boring. And then I had a perspective shift when I was reminded that raising children is such a gift, and that through the mundane I can seek to bring God glory. After that, we opened our home to foster children and have had four children in two years! I love to write on my blog, The Glorious Mundane, and you can keep up with me there or on Facebook or Instagram. Thanks for following along with a day in my gloriously mundane life! 

SIX am

Wake up and devotions.


Off to school for Heavenly and Blog work for Mama


Feed my family. Eggs. Eggs. Eggs! Everyone has eggs for breakfast!

NINE am for a half marathon! 

TEN am

Goodbye Daddy and Preschool Activity. We have been going through the alphabet and focusing on one letter a week. We are almost done!


Daily Chore. Today is laundry day. Tomorrow we clean the bathrooms. We *try* to do a different chore each day.


Lunch! What shall we eat today? Why must everyone eat every day?

ONE pm

Rest Time ((Bask in the silence!))

TWO pm

Work Time for Mama. Blogging, Reviewing books and organizing my calendar.


Snack and Homework


Homework, Crowd Control, Chores and Chaos. Sometimes referred to as "the witching hour(S)".

12. FIVE pm

Dinner prep + a podcast

13. SIX pm

Dinner Time! Its 3 kids against 1 adult and usually results in approximately two warm bites for Mama. But everyone else is well-fed and content, so we will continue to call it a win.

14. SEVEN pm

Family walk, Books, Bath and Bed.


Lights out for the littles! Also far too chaotic to snap a picture. 


Lights out for the big! Mama collapses on the couch and forgets to take any more pictures. 

TEN pm

To bed and read a book for the Mama. Welcome home from work, handsome officer.


Lights out for all! To all a goodnight! 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Day in the Life of... All Natural Joy

Back to a 'A Day in the Life Of...' we have Amber from All Natural Joy joining us today. Amber blogs about finding joy in motherhood and enjoyment in being a mom. You will see from her post below that she puts a positive spin on some of the mundane and dull tasks we may have in motherhood.

Read about her typical day homeschooling her 7 kids below and then be sure to give her a follow at her Facebook page: All Natural Joy.


Hi I’m Amber and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share a day in my life with all of you. I blog at and I would say my life is pretty typical but I guess from the outside looking in people think that I live a crazy life!

Mostly because I have seven kids and I stay at home with them and homeschool. I adore my kids and love every minute of being home with them. They are so precious and the time goes fast, so I’m grateful to have the privilege of being with them everyday! It never gets old.  

Growing up, I always said that I wanted to have ten kids so I guess I’m well on my way! The funny thing is, although I have a large family, I like order and I don’t like noise and chaos! But that doesn’t mean I always get it! Being a mom of a large family means I have opportunities to become more like Christ everyday. It means laying my wishes aside for that of my family. Still, though, a little peace and quiet never hurt anyone!

On the other hand, I hate sticking to a schedule, so you might say I’m pretty spontaneous. (I know! It doesn’t make sense to me, either! How can I love order and not like a structured schedule?) As a result, every day at my house looks a little different. And although I love the idea of a routine, I think that being spontaneous and flexible has made my kids very willing to ‘roll with the punches.’

One of my downfalls, if you will, is that I am a complete night owl who wishes she was an early bird. That poses some problems in my non-schedule, but I make it work! I am always tempted to stay up way later than I should because that’s one time the house is super quiet! (Don’t get me wrong, I do love the hustle and bustle that comes from having a full house!)

So, a typical day at my house doesn’t start with me up at the crack of dawn with all of my housework done, waiting for the kids with a full breakfast on the table. (Though, I think that would be so awesome!) But I also don’t sleep in past 7:00. I’m just usually tired from staying up too late the night before!

My day usually starts with my three-year-old getting out of bed way earlier than I think he should. He is an early bird (unlike his mommy) and also doesn’t sleep much during the night. (He’s one of those kids that doesn’t need a lot of sleep.)
(My precious early-bird three-year-old)

I wish I could tell you that I have already been up for three hours ready and waiting, but the sad truth is he is really what starts my day. His first words are always I’m hungry! Which makes my toes curl. But he so crazy cute I can’t help but smile! Why are they always hungry anyway?

So through sleepy eyes, I turn into an early bird anyway. Together we walk down to the kitchen and get something for him to eat. We chat about things three-year-old boys like and I try to sneak in some bits and pieces of the gospel. It’s so important to seize any opportunity I can! One by one, the rest of the kids join us and everyone gets their own breakfast. (Believe me, my kids love cereal over a breakfast buffet, anyway!)

After everyone is fed and clothed we head up to our school room to start school.

(I somehow manage to shower and get dressed somewhere in between breakfast and school.)

We open our school day with prayer and a time around the Bible and then I start teaching.


This year I have five students in school. My oldest is in 11th grade and my youngest in kindergarten. And I have kids in several of the grades in between.

Once we are finished with Bible then my oldest son studies on his own. And I am around to direct him if he needs it.

Then I teach my middle three kids while my two younger kids play together and my baby naps. Once I get the middle kids well on their way with their schoolwork and all my teaching is done, then I teach my youngest daughter kindergarten, which includes Phonics, Math, Handwriting, and Reading, among other things.

The kids and I usually spend from about 8:00 am until noon on school and my teaching.

(Me teaching with my baby who decided not to take a nap that day!)

Then we come back down to the kitchen for lunch.

My husband, who is a pastor, joins us from the office so we eat lunch together as a family. After we are finished eating he reads our worldview curriculum and we have a time of talking with the kids. (I LOVE hearing their hearts on some of the relevant matters going on in the world today. It’s so neat to see them apply Scripture truth to current events.)

Then either my husband or I put our three-year-old down for a nap and the big kids do their Quiet Time, freeing my husband and me up to have some time to talk, usually over tea or something special that I make in my blender (usually a smoothie.) I am madly in love with my husband and cherish the moments to spend talking to him about each of our days.

The rest of the afternoon is spent on everyone’s individual projects. I usually spend my time blogging and helping the kids with their independent school work. Most recently, I am finishing up writing a book, so my time has been more directed toward those efforts.

When the afternoon is concluding, we all come together for a meal again between 5:00-6:00 (remember we aren’t too scheduled!) If I’ve done a really good job, I’ve been careful to prepare ahead of time and have a healthy, delicious dinner waiting for everyone. Some days we end up eating leftovers, but we still eat together, something my husband and I both feel is very important. We have a great time talking and visiting with our kids and hearing about their days and what they learned or were challenged with.

When we are finished, we clean up our dinner together (which is also a fun and bonding time) and then spend time doing Family Worship, which is my favorite time of the day. Together we read Scripture and discuss it. Then we sing praise songs and hymns and close in prayer when we are finished. We spend time talking with the kids, hearing their hearts. We recap the day and take time out just to be together and reflect on God’s Word and His goodness to us.

When Family Worship is finished, it is time to put the ‘littles’ to bed. The big kids stay up a little bit later and either work on projects, play board games, or spend time with my husband and me.

After everyone is in bed, I either spend time blogging or talking to my husband. And as I mentioned before I usually stay up way too late and wake up tired to start it all over again the next day!

This is a typical day, but we are crazy and sporadic. As a ministry family, at any given moment our day could change. And that’s why I hold loosely to a schedule. Sometimes we are called on to help someone in need and other times things we didn’t expect pop into our schedule. We must always be ready to serve however God wants us to. In doing so, we have found ourselves in some pretty crazy situations, teaching our kids that

‘The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.’ Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

(One such crazy incident where we found ourselves completely out of the plan of a ‘typical day!’)

So as you can see, I think my day is pretty typical. Others do not! But I love what I do and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I am one blessed mama!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Day in the Life of... The Messy Christian

Today for 'A Day in the Life of' we have Sherry White from The Messy Christian joining us.  
 Through Sherry's writing I have come to know her to be sincere, kind, bold, and extremely loving.  She inspires me with her authenticity and her strong faith.  Recently she wrote a post about her toddler's tantrum, which went viral and rightly so, as it was one that all of us mamas with toddlers can easily relate to.
Be sure to check her out at both The Messy Christian and give her a follow at her Facebook page after you read her typical Saturday below.  
There’s a knock at the bedroom door.
Who is it?
Just kidding. I already know.
You can tell by her soft little knocks which seem to say don’t wake up, just wake up enough to come unlock the door and let me in.
So, I do.
And the sweetest little girl with long, soft hair climbs in the bed after me and pretends to sleep. We spoon and giggle and she whispers and hugs and kisses and kicks at daddy. Then all 4 years of her bouncy little self bolts out the bedroom door in search of breakfast.
I rise and reach for my robe.
It’s the softest, dingiest white robe you can imagine and I love it. I have prettier ones, but this is the only one I reach for. It wraps me in comfort from my neck to my ankles.
I walk out to the kitchen and find two cabinet doors opened. My Ella has used the bottom cabinet door to help her climb up onto the counter and open the second cabinet door to retrieve…cookies. I close them and find her in the living room eating them like we haven’t had this discussion a million mornings before.

Taking them, I say, “You need to find something else for breakfast.”
“What? But I want cookies!”
And then we go through all the options as the day before and she reluctantly chooses one.
Coffee!! (Me not her.)
It’s the only thing I’ve been thinking of since I got out of bed. I quickly make it and settle on the couch as I wait for it to finish.
It’s Saturday so the day is somewhat unplanned. Soon soccer will start up and ballet and we won’t have the luxury of an empty day. But today is wide open with possibilities.
My son gets up and comes downstairs with his clothes. He likes to get dressed with an audience I guess! For the last couple weeks he’s been doing this and making the rest of us look like slouchers. Seeing Archer wearing actual clothes prompts my daughter to want to do the same, so she goes upstairs and picks something out. It doesn’t match, but both the shirt and skirt have flowers, so we go with it. She tops it off with her white church shoes and hat. Lovely.

I pour myself a cup of coffee and my children settle in on the couch with their Ipads. I take a seat at the laptop and look at my blog, Facebook, and email. I plan to only do this for a few minutes, but before I know it 45 minutes has lapsed. My husband gets up and gets his coffee and I close the laptop.
I have plans today. Nobody knows about them, not even me really. But, I want to do something. I want to go somewhere. Do some thing. But, I have to be strategic about it. Because my husband has plans, too. I need to see if his plans align with mine or if I’m going to need to bring him on board! You see, my plans usually involve leaving at least one child home since they accompany me 99% of the time.
“So, what are you going to do today?”
“I need to run into town and get chicken feed and ….”

I’m not sure what he said after chicken feed. All I heard him say is I need to run into town.
“Oh, okay. Why don’t you take Archer with you? He wants new field tips for his bow and it’s good for him to be hanging out with his daddy doing dad things in town.”

“Okay, yeah. Sounds good.”

Yay!! That means Ella and I will have a mommy/daughter day. So, what to do?? Hmmm…
I jump in the shower and pull my wet hair up into a top knot on my head as I quickly get dressed.
I call Ella into the room and tell her that we are going to run into town and get a sweet treat.
Yes, that is what I’ve decided I want to do. My aspirations are simple…food.
I want a cupcake from Pressed Flour in Shepherdstown or a cookie from Blakeley Street Bakery in Charles Town.
I don’t make my mind up until I’m at the end of my driveway and am forced to because left takes me one way and right takes me the other.
I choose left and I drive to Shepherdstown. I call my sister, Lisa, and we chat all the way down the road. She’s leaving to go the outlets soon and asks if I want to go. She says she can pick me up on the way. I tell her I’ll think about it and to call me when she’s out the door.
Ella and I go inside the shop and pick out our cupcakes. She’s thirsty so we check out the drink selections.
Organic orange juice or pink grapefruit club soda.
Which do you think she picks?
The Grapefruit soda.
Now, I knew that she was going to hate it, but she was persistent. I told her that it would probably be yucky. But she was persistent.
So, I let her have it and thought maybe it’ll be good.
We go sit on the wall to enjoy our lovely mommy and daughter cupcake eating, sunny day loving morning until…she takes a drink of the soda.
“Ewww…I hate it.”
“I thought that you would.”
“You were right mommy. I want my orange juice now.”
Ummm…no. I am not walking back up the street to give you an orange juice. Just eat your cupcake and be happy.
But, if you have a kid, then you already know that that is not going to happen. Why? Because you had a plan. You had a glorious, fantastic plan of cupcakes and happiness and sunshine sitting on a wall. So, no…there will be tears and incessant asking of orange juice and screaming.
Can I just say that I felt a lot of judgment from the guy and his dog sitting on the bench behind us. A lot.
Okay, maybe not. But still. I think we ruined his sitting on the bench with my dog in the sunshine dream.
We walk hand and hand back to the car and she finally accepts that she will not be getting an orange juice.
Just kidding.
She runs and screams frantically because she can’t fathom that she isn’t getting an orange juice so I have to chase her down and pick her up like a football as she smacks at me.
My sister texts me and says she’s on the way. I tell her to pick me up from the college and I drive to Sheetz. Since she was twenty minutes away I decided to rent a movie from the Red Box and get my little one a water. All the screaming had dehydrated her, I’m guessing. But NO orange juice. Not after the way she had acted.
(Note to self: next time just get the drink that you know she likes regardless of what she says. Check.)
I get us a quick Sheetz lunch of hotdogs and pretzels and get back in the car. I hear a knock at my window and it’s the cashier from Sheetz.
“Did you pay?”
“Ummm, yes. You said have a nice day to me.”
“Well, your card didn’t go through.”
I get out and run back inside.
I drive back to the college and my sister and my niece pick us up.
We go to the outlets and I get a great deal on some shoes and clothes for the kids at Gymboree.
We get home and my husband is mowing the yard. Archer is watching the new Monster Truck movie and it’s time to make dinner. I make chicken fajitas and pick up around the house.
The day has flown by and before we know it, it’s time to call it a night. For the kids that is.
My husband and I stay up till midnight watching our movie. We bask in the gloriousness of a quiet night and remember what it’s like to just worry about ourselves. We laugh and giggle and share a chocolate bar that I’ve hidden in my purse from my Sheetz purchase earlier today. It’s the little things.
This is Saturday. Our fun day. Our I don’t have to run day…but I want to, so I will day. This is parenthood. This is marriage. This my oh-so beautiful life.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Day in the Life of... Jordan Harrell

Welcome back to our series A Day in the Life of!  Today we have Jordan Harrell from joining us.  

Jordan is another one of those incredible writers from Her View From Home (You really need to check that space out if you haven't already).  Jordan is a beautiful soul, which you truly can just learn from reading her writing (That's how I know).  She is one of those that when you read her stuff you will probably want to cry and laugh at the same time.  She is just that good.  

You will understand after you read her typical day.  And then? Don't forget to check out the rest of her writing at Jordan Harrell and Jordan


Hi Esther’s friends! I’m Jordan, from, which makes me sound a lot more pretentious than I am (that’s just what the “experts” told me to name my website), and I’m so happy to meet you.

The truth behind this photo? Hayes was trying to escape my arms so he could go smack the photographer’s 1-year-old in the head for the 18th time.

Before I tell you about our day, it might be helpful to know a little about me. I am a stay-at-home-mom and freelance writer from Texas (the Houston area to be exact #prayforhouston), which probably feels like worlds away from most of you. I have three kids: Charlee - 5, Hattie - 4, and Hayes - 2. My husband is a high school football coach, and if you’ve ever watched Friday Night Lights and thought there was no way that could possibly be accurate, I’m here to tell you you’re wrong. That is 100% my life. And I love it.

As we are in the throes of football season right now, my days are rather long and because of Harvey, we have only had one day of school so far this fall, so I’m not exactly sure what our days will look like once we are back into a routine. Although a description of our summer days would be riveting (7 am – 7:30 pm: Drink Coffee, Tell Kids to Go Play), I will attempt to describe what a school year day should look like.

Coloring in the playroom.

4:30 am – Husband leaves. (There’s no reason for me to put this here except to show y’all – yes, y’all – how insane Texas high school football coaches are)

6:30 - 6:56 – Push snooze on my alarm clock.

7:00 – Another coach’s wife drops off her three-year-old girl (WJ) for me to take care of.  
           Girls get ready and eat breakfast.

7:45 – Take Hayes out of his crib and put him directly into his carseat with a delicious, portable
Drop off Charlee at the Elementary School.

8:00 – Drop off Hattie and WJ at Preschool.

8:00 - 11:50 – Hang out with Little Man at home. Try to do a little morning devotional at some point.                        Some of his favorite activities include:
    Marble Works
    Tinker Toys
    Drawing with markers
    Eating lots of snacks
    Reading books
    Jumping on the trampoline
    Taking walks around the block

9:15 – Hayes goes to time out.

10:03 – Hayes goes to time out.

10:42 – Hayes goes to time out.

11:12 – Hayes goes to time out.

12:00 – Pick up little girls from Preschool.

12:15 – Lunch all around.

12:45-2:45 – Nap time for Hayes and WJ.
                     Rest time for Hattie, which typically means she watches a movie.
                     Rest time for Momma, which typically means I write.

3:00 – Go pick up Charlee, which involves sitting in car line for 30-45 minutes.

4:15 – WJ’s Mama comes to pick her up.

One of my kids (and my) favorite afternoon activities: washing mom’s car.

4:00-5:30 – Kids play while I get other things done (and repeat “go find something to do” 183 times).

5:30 – Start making dinner. Hattie almost always wants to help me cook. Sometimes I’m in the mood for that kind of thing, other times I tell her mama needs to cook fast.

5:42 – Hayes goes to time out.

5:59 – Hayes goes to time out.

6:11 – Hayes goes to time out.

6:30 – Eat as a family. Actually just me and the girls because Daddy is still at work and Hayes is still in time out.
           Our kids’ favorite dinner table activities:

                   - The Take Away Game (One person closes their eyes, everyone else takes one                       thing off the table, person opens eyes and tries to figure out what’s missing.)
                   - Favorite/Least Favorite Part of the Day
                   - Question Game (Ask a question and everyone has to answer it)

7:00 – Girls get ready for bed, read a few bible stories.

7:30 - 8:00 – Girls get into bed and out of bed and into bed and out of bed and into bed.

8:00 – Clark comes home and reads books to Hayes, goes and lays with the girls. (and usually falls asleep with one of them)
I lay with Hayes for about ten minutes and then put him in bed.

8:00 – 10:30 – Write Stuff/Read Stuff/Watch Football on TV.

10-30-11:30 – Tell myself I need to get in bed and stop wasting my life scrolling through social media.

11:30 – 12:00 – Get in bed. Proceed to over analyze everyone and everything. Fall asleep writing a mental to-do list.

That, my friends, is my life in spreadsheet form. I’ll be thankful I wrote it out someday so that I can look back and reminisce about this sweet time at home with my kids.

And by sweet, I mean I’m not exaggerating the number of times Hayes goes to time out per day.