Keeping Hearts at Home


Welcome to all of you who stopped by because you were part of the wonderful Hearts at Home Conference this weekend! I hope you laughed, cried and learned lots at “Mommy School” and that you left refreshed, renewed and ready to return to your life as a mom with a fresh new perspective!

For those of you who attended my workshops on getting organized and wanted to purchase on of the Mom’s Brain in a Binder systems that my boys put together, we should have more ready by the first of the week. We’ll purchase everything on our way home from Illinois today and since we are taking spring break this week, Mitch and Spence should have time to put them together on Monday. Just keep checking my site and as soon as they are finished, I’ll post ordering instructions.

Well, I’m still at the hotel trying to get settled in with my entire family of five so we can get some sleep after an exhausting yet exhilarating few days. So, I think I’ll sign off now and try to drift off to sleep. However, if you aren’t too tired and are one of the Hearts at Home attendees who is visiting this blog for the first time, I’d love for you to leave a comment letting us know what your favorite part of the conference was. Or perhaps what God taught you about being a mom to your delightful and unique children. Or what changes you are hoping to make in your life due to something you learned this weekend. Let’s encourage each other in the mission of motherhood!

Sweet Blessings,



  1. Karen! Great to visit your site! I was a two day attendee at Hearts this year! I was so blessed, encouraged, and educated with the information I heard at both of your workshops!! I put together my “Moms Brain in a Binder” ! I’ll have to show you a picture! I am so proud of myself!! Thank you, now I am better equipped to serve my family!


  2. Karen, I had a great time at hearts at home, and you gave me so many wonderful ideas. I can’t wait to get going on them. I’m sure my children will thank you when they no longer go to school with unsigned permission slips. I work full time outside the home and leave before they get up…it makes it a little more difficult on them. But hopefully I will raise organized children because they had to be as children. lol

  3. I really enjoyed being at the Hearts at Home conference this weekend (my first one) and I am glad I attended your workshop “Twenty-Four Hours is all You Get.” I see hope in my future now. The days just overwhelm me. When I told my husband about your brain in a binder, he told me to order as many as I would like! Thank you for your ministry!

  4. I enjoyed everything about the conference and echo the above comments about your skit and workshops. I attended the first 10 “Hearts” then missed 4 and really enjoyed being back this year! It was my most relaxed conference ever… the perspective of 15 yrs theme resounds deeply with me… as I see the multiplied blessings of God in my life, thru my family, thru homeschooling for almost 15 yrs… the fruits of our labors. I too have grown pretty organized… via my husband’s influence and necessity-homeschooling. The binders were sold out Friday before I could buy one, so I have been looking online and I am not seeing the nice colored pockets you have pictured in your binder in the downloads section. Are those still available somewhere? How about your colored slimcase– is that what the clipboard on case is called? I’m not sure where to find that either….
    Thank you and God bless you and your beautiful family.

  5. I definitely came home refreshed and encouraged as a mom… but also as a wife and as a believer…the Lord knew just the things I needed to hear, and for that I am so thankful!

  6. Karen,
    Your “many hats” skit during the main session had me in tears! I was laughing so hard. I just loved it! I also really enjoyed your “Ducks” workshop. I’m so glad I was able to hear you speak and learn so much! Thanks!!!

  7. Hi Karen!
    I really enjoyed you at Hearts this past weekend…I loved your skit in the morning session…Too funny! I also appreciated your “Keeping your Ducks in a Row” workshop. I think of myself as being a pretty organized person, but I loved your Brain Binder and I will definitely have to give that try! SMILES!

  8. Hi Karen! Just dropping by to say how great it was to see you again at Hearts! You are such an inspiration and a blessing! Thanks for signing my copy of your book; I can’t wait to get started reading it! Hope you’re able to get some rest this week! God bless you! adding your blog to my RSS feeder… :)

  9. Karen,

    I attended your workshop on Keeping your ducks in a relative row and I loved it! I want to thank you for your ideas on keeping the home decluttered and your family fed as I have a terrible time with this kind of thing- it is only getting worse as the kids are getting older. I have never tried “Helper” but only b/c I didn’t even think of it! The hardest thing is getting rid of information or at least organizing it and I was encouraged – (hurry, brain in a binder!)

    Thank you for your skit – there were so many relatable moments – I especially enjoyed your depiction of the nursing mom as well as the wicked witch of the west. I laughed so hard I cried.

    As the previous mom said, I had a great weekend and am looking forward (ha!) to getting with the program.

  10. Thanks Karen for being such an inspiration. I have seen you every year at hearts and every year you inspire me!!! I loved your 2 workshops and can’t wait to put into practice some the ideas you have. Also can’t wait to get my freezer cooking book I ordered. Just wanted you to know that you inspire me!

    Thanks so much for your ministry!!!

  11. HI Karen! Loved your “Keeping your Ducks in a Row” workshop yesterday. I can’t wait to make my own Brain in a Binder. What a wonderful idea. That will hopefully put an end to our kitchen paper clutter once and for all :-) I can’t tell you how happy my family will be not to see my witches hat come out every time we clean off the table for dinner :-) Thanks so much!!

  12. Karen,

    I attended both of your workshops yesterday and loved your skit during the main session on Friday (I was a 2 day attendee). Your Ducks in a Row workshop came at the perfect time for me. On Thursday, the day before the conference, my husband an I put an offer in on our dream house in the country. I got word from my husband Friday afternoon while I was at the conference that we got the house! We are very excited, but there is a lot of work to be done here at our current home to get it ready to put on the market. I left your workshop yesterday afternoon ready to conquer the world! :) De-junking starts today!

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! I had a great weekend and left so inspired and motivated as a mom!

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