Some days, I wake up refreshed because the baby slept through the night. My youngest daughters are playing nicely together in their room, giggling and enjoying each other. After school, I pick my teenagers up. They had a great day and totally rocked that math test. And when my husband comes home, he’s in a great mood because he made a big sale and is ready to jump right into Dad mode so I can decompress while cooking a fantastic dinner.
And then, there are the other 360 plus days of the year. Where I’m woken up by the girls screaming at each other and the sound of “Mooom, I pooooopied.” My eyes are carrying more luggage than allowed on most airlines. The teenagers had “the worst day ever” and want everyone to be miserable with them and the hubby had to deal with “dumpster fires” all day.
And I screwed up dinner. Papa John’s. Again.
Mama, I have a feeling I just described your life too.
And that’s why I’m here.
Me and all my glory! Every day.
So What is Home à la Mama All About?
As the tagline says, Home à la Mama is all about “Homemaking with a little laughter and a whole lotta Jesus.” After all, sometimes that is all we have to get through the day. Can I get an Amen!
Oxford Dictionary defines homemaking as “the creation and management of a home, especially as a pleasant place in which to live.” And that’s what you are going to find here. Let’s add in that the creation and management is a little bit on the messy side.
We are mamas struggling to create a pleasant place to live. We strive to be like Mary Poppins. Practically perfect in every way.
But we aren’t and that’s okay.
Home à la Mama is all about the heart of homemaking. You aren’t going to find fancy dishes made of parsnips and pomegranates. And you won’t learn how to knit a blanket with all that dog hair you just swept up.
You will find posts that are meant to inspire and encourage you to grow deeper in your relationships with Jesus, your husband, and your children. And I may throw in some of our favorite foods and family fun sometimes, too.
The Face Behind the Name
So who am I?
I’m Ana. A stay-at-home mama who has run the gamut of life experience. I spent over a decade as a high school math teacher. During that time I got married, had my two big kids (Bug and Bubba), went through a divorce, spent time figuring things out as a single mom, got saved by Jesus, got married again, and added three more kiddos to the mix (Munchkin, Punkin, and Baby Mac). We now have these five kiddos, a sweet rescue dog, and I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for the last five years.
If I can just be frank with you, years ago, staying at home with my kids sounded like a fate worse than death (probably more for them), homeschoolers were awkward unsocialized weirdos and cooking was best left to chefs. I could heat up a mean pre-packaged meatloaf and nuke some mac ‘n’ cheese though! It’s amazing how life changes. Now, I’m raising some “awkward unsocialized weirdos” myself and my cooking ain’t half bad. I cook a pork tenderloin my family loves and an apple pie with ice cream crust that is to-die-for. Or at least the Hubs thinks so, which is all that matters.
I can’t claim to be an expert about anything except learning how to better run my home and lead my family – from home cooking to homemaking to homeschooling. My home won’t land on the cover of any magazines anytime soon. And neither will my family.
As my husband says, “We like to keep it real!” Real crazy, that is.
If that sounds a little like you, then grab a coffee (or margarita) and stick around!
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Happy Homemaking, Mama!