Large Family Logistics {Giveaway} and the Four Moms

Nearly a year ago I posted about how helpful Large Family Logistics was in bringing more order to our home.moms of many manage
It is so helpful that the Moms of Many have decided to blog through the book and we’re inviting you to join us.

Each Thursday starting in August we’ll be blogging about a topic or two from Large Family Logistics  and we’re inviting you to join us by writing your own post and linking it up with the 4 Moms.

My favorite change from my first read through of LFL was moving morning chores to the afternoon.

With chapters on laundry management, morning routines, family worship, afternoon chores, meal planning, table time, bedroom management and homeschooling, Kim Brenneman offers practical solutions and flexible plans for meeting many of the particular challenges that moms face. But LFL isn’t just a practical, how-to book for managing a home. It also hits the heart of the matter.

Motherhood is a life of sacrifice; it is a life poured out for our children. So what are we to do to get some space from it all? When we are honest with ourselves, we know that it is not “Me Time” we need or a “Girls’ Night Out”. Children are not a burden to escape or endure; they are a blessing that drives us to Christ because we are incapable of parenting well without Him. God is who we need. While there are helpful strategies we can employ in order to have a more peaceful day with our children, the number one thing we must do is to deny Self and cling to the cross. ~Kim Brenneman, Large Family Logistics

As if practical tips and ideas and spiritual encouragement weren’t enough motivation to join us, we’re each giving away a copy of Large Family Logistics to one of our readers. So enter to win and mark your calendars. 🙂

Each of the 4 Moms is giving away a copy, so be certain to enter on all four sites.

Smockity Frocks
Life in a Shoe
The Common Room

Buy it

You may purchase Large Family Logistics from Vision Forum  or Currently Vision Forum is having a sale for 35% off on their complete family pack which includes Large Family Logistics, the Duggar’s new book A Love that Multiplies and the DVD Tea with Michelle.

Win it

Follow the directions below to win a copy of Large Family Logistics.

To enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post telling me about you biggest home/family management challenge.

Additional entries: (Please leave an additional comment for each entry.)

  • Like Raising Olives on Facebook
  • Share about this giveaway on Facebook (You may use the easy ‘Share’ button below)
  • Post about this giveaway on your blog. You must link back to this post. (3 entries, please leave 3 separate comments)
  • Tweet about this giveaway. You may copy and paste: Win a copy of Large Family Logistics from @raisingolives , enter here

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winners will be announced next Thursday.

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390 Responses to Large Family Logistics {Giveaway} and the Four Moms
  1. Jen L
    July 7, 2011 | 9:07 am

    I would love an opportunity to read Kim’s book. I need insight on balancing the many things of life without losing the focus of the heart. Thank you for this opportunity!

  2. meclarks
    July 7, 2011 | 9:12 am

    I have been looking forward to buying this book- but it is at the bottom of the priority list of things to work into our budget. Probably my biggest challenge is time management with 4 young ones… finding the balance between what must be done and when it must be done…

  3. christine
    July 7, 2011 | 9:15 am

    I struggle with time management – so much wasted time each day!

  4. Elizabeth Morris
    July 7, 2011 | 9:18 am

    The biggest challenge in my home is not a practical thing. I struggle to be consistent. As mom to 7 homeschoolers the list of projects I “should” and “could” tackle is never-ending: homemade bread from hand-ground flours, whole food meals prepared in my home, a sparkling house using homemade cleaners, smiling, clean children thanks to homemade personal care products and repurposed fabric sewn into chic designs, the urban homestead complete with meat rabbits, layers chickens, and honey bees. Oh my! Don’t forget a flowery home management binder, neatly organized with all neccessary components (perfect schedule alotting time to each member of the family for one on ones, school, extra curriculars, quiet times, chores, etc)! All of that is fine and dandy. Indeed, we pull of most of it on any given day. But the real challenge is: can I keep it up day after day, week after week? NO! Why? Because I lack the self control. I deicde I want to deep clean the fridge when I should be completing history. There’s time on the schedule to clean the fridge, but its tomorrow and I want to do it now. Maybe this book can help lead me to the Lord and heal my broken self so I can be a better servant to my family?

  5. Lisa
    July 7, 2011 | 9:20 am

    I just saw this book at a friend’s home yesterday! I’m sure what my biggest challenge is… I think I have a few of them. I need some ideas on how best to organize kid stuff that works well with younger kids (ages 6,5,3,2,9months) Thanks!

  6. LeighAnne
    July 7, 2011 | 9:22 am

    I would love to gain more insight on keeping things running smoothly through routines. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  7. Debbie @ Cheaper By the Bakers Dozen
    July 7, 2011 | 9:22 am

    I have 11 children and my hands-down biggest challenge is patience. Waiting on God to do His work in them (and me!), and dying to expectations of immediate results. Most mothers are making tremendous sacrifices for their children and home life – and the road can be narrow, lonely, and …uphill.

    (Can you tell it’s not been the best morning?! 🙂

  8. Brenda Burton
    July 7, 2011 | 9:25 am

    Oh! I’ve been wanting this book! My biggest challenge is getting dinner ready and on the table during the fussiest, most demanding time of the day for my 3 babies.

  9. Brenda Burton
    July 7, 2011 | 9:25 am

    I already like raisingolives on facebook 🙂

  10. Gabrielle
    July 7, 2011 | 9:29 am

    I would love to have this book! We are only beginning our large family, with two young boys and one on the way. I already feel like I’m drowning in chaos.

  11. elizabeth
    July 7, 2011 | 9:30 am

    I struggle with clutter and space challenges in a small house, and patience.

  12. Melanie Grant
    July 7, 2011 | 9:31 am

    My biggest challenge is maintaining balance and constant tidyness. Find I am fine until I want a “day off” and then things fall apart at the seams.

  13. Kim Ann
    July 7, 2011 | 9:32 am

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! I’ve wanted it for a long time. I’m a mom of 8 and can always use more helpful hints along the way!
    I would say that my biggest challenge is sticking to a schedule. (I always say that at least I have goals!) 🙂

    ~Thank you!

  14. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 9:34 am

    I can’t seem to keep the floors swept/mopped on regular basis and it drives me nuts that my socks always have crummies and/or are black on the bottom!

  15. Elizabeth Morris
    July 7, 2011 | 9:34 am

    I “like” Raising Olives on Facebook.

  16. Elizabeth Morris
    July 7, 2011 | 9:34 am

    I shared this super cool giveaway on facebook!!

  17. Kim Ann
    July 7, 2011 | 9:34 am

    I posted on FB.

    Thank you!

  18. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 9:35 am

    I shared on facebook!

  19. Kim Ann
    July 7, 2011 | 9:35 am

    I “Like” you on FB. Thank you!

  20. Elizabeth Morris
    July 7, 2011 | 9:35 am

    Left a tweet about your giveaway.

  21. Kara Sarbacker
    July 7, 2011 | 9:36 am

    We have just made the decision to homeschool our kids (3,2,6 months)… this book would help encourage me and give me ideas on how to homeschool while taking care of littles!

  22. Jamie
    July 7, 2011 | 9:36 am

    My biggest challenge right now is pretty much everything!! I’m schooling 2 older ones, have a very rambunctious toddler and am in the early stages of pregnancy. I feel like I’m always teetering on chaos. Just getting it “all done” is hard for me right now. The schooling, housework, meals, toddler care, trying to spend quality time with each kid and then I’m so tired I just want to sleep whenever I can!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  23. Jamie
    July 7, 2011 | 9:41 am

    I “like” you on FB (and I like you in real life too, but that doesn’t count!!) and posted about the giveaway. 🙂

  24. MamaJenn456
    July 7, 2011 | 9:44 am

    Although I do not have a large family like you moms do yet(lucky gals!), my biggest concern for our family is having a gentle and patient spirit. I am quick to yell at the kids and although I am trying to change, this is one of my biggest concerns about being a mom. And waiting on God…there is so much I want to accomplish with my children and within myself, and I often hear myself praying “when will this happen, God, when?!”.

  25. Jessica
    July 7, 2011 | 9:47 am

    My biggest area that I need help in – keeping clutter away!! It’s so hard to NOT save everything “just in case!!”

  26. Jolene
    July 7, 2011 | 9:48 am

    My biggest challenge right now is keeping up-to-date with everyone’s school papers… checking, correcting, etc… I feel it is really important to check their papers on a regular, consistent basis, but with a new baby in the house, that can be a challenge!

    Would love to win the book!

  27. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    July 7, 2011 | 9:50 am

    My biggest family challenge in this season of my life, is keeping the home running smoothly as we are busier than we’ve ever been! With 10 children (9 at home), I think we sometimes get too busy. The children have a singing ministry, are recording their first CD, are active in 4-H (29 projects to be turned in in 12 days!), and two of the teen girls just began a baking business. Throw in homeschooling and an active toddler and some days, I feel like I’m living in a whirl wind!

  28. Kim
    July 7, 2011 | 9:53 am

    I wonder how to have enough energy to meet the relational needs of my kids when the four-year-old is up early and ready to go, and the 19-year-old wants to begin her “heart-to-hearts” at 11:30PM when I feel like falling over and desperate for bed. Then there is everyone else in between…I always feel like I’ve overlooked someone each day.

  29. Meghan V.
    July 7, 2011 | 9:54 am

    My challenge is actually accomplishing the things I see need done. There are lots of things on my “to-do list” but I don’t know where to start.

  30. Meghan V.
    July 7, 2011 | 9:55 am

    I like you on FB (I have a different screen name if you need it)

  31. Meghan V.
    July 7, 2011 | 9:57 am

    I “shared” on FB

  32. Heather Jacobsen
    July 7, 2011 | 9:57 am

    I’m not a family manager, I’m just an oldest daughter who’s really, really been wanting to read this book for a long time!

    I am SO excited that you ladies are blogging through this book. AND, you’re giving away a copy? What joy!

    I guess my biggest home management challenge is keeping my room clean. Does that count? 🙂


  33. Meghan V.
    July 7, 2011 | 9:58 am


  34. Regina Murphy
    July 7, 2011 | 10:02 am

    This book would be so helpful! I am expecting my 3rd baby in a few weeks, and I will have 3 under 3. I would love some ideas for organizing in a small space, laundry and even some recipes would be great. I imagine this book would be a huge blessing. Thanks!

  35. Erica
    July 7, 2011 | 10:05 am

    I need help with how to keep the kids’ clothes organized.

  36. Elysia D.
    July 7, 2011 | 10:08 am

    The biggest challenge I’m finding right now is keeping up with the daily tasks, while dealing with morning sickness. I have 5 children to take care of and pick up after, but my low energy level and queasiness is really inhibiting my ability to keep up with things the way I used to. The kids are very helpful in some areas, and for that I’m thankful. But I am looking forward to transitioning into the 2nd trimester and hopefully feeling a little bit like my old self 🙂

  37. Susan
    July 7, 2011 | 10:11 am

    Hi! Our biggest challenge is keeping the little ones busy while schooling the older children. I feel like my time is so divided and the little ones are often not given enough of my attention. Thanks for the giveaway, it sounds like a great book!


  38. Susan
    July 7, 2011 | 10:12 am

    I shared your giveaway on my fb page 🙂 thanks!

  39. Susan
    July 7, 2011 | 10:13 am

    I just “liked” you on fb! Now I can stay up to date with all your posts. Thanks!

  40. Alene
    July 7, 2011 | 10:13 am

    My husband’s schedule. He works 6 pm – 2:30 am, which means he sleeps late in the morning (11ish). We eat a family supper at 4, and he leaves at 5. The day hours seem so short! We can’t do anything noisy (think piano practice, vacuuming, mowing, grinding wheat) before he gets up, and he usually naps in the living room from around 3-4, so noise stops at 3. So I have about a 4 hour ‘noisy’ window, for everything from music to cleaning to even making supper and setting the table (the living room and kitchen are open to each other. Have you ever noticed how loud food prep can be??) So I have trouble making it all fit in the window I have (and helping the kids fit all their responsibilities in), and still leave time to spend with him. I need that time to be both super organized and super flexible. HELP!

  41. HeatherHH
    July 7, 2011 | 10:16 am

    My biggest home management challenge right now is the kids’ playroom and their toys.

  42. Joanna C
    July 7, 2011 | 10:17 am

    I’ve been struggling with many issues including organization for months. This book looks great – I manage to have a quiet time early morning, but the day seems to fall apart when the children get up. I desperately want to spend time with each child, but have to keep up with laundry, meals, clearing up, etc. This book would be great – especially if it would help me to find the time to read it……!!

  43. Lisa Suit
    July 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My biggest problem is definitely time management! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book, I’ve wanted it for a long time now!

  44. Sara B.
    July 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    My biggest challenge is keeping up with everything while still being able to train the kids and discipline when necessary. This sounds like an awesome book, and very much needed! 🙂

  45. Lisa Suit
    July 7, 2011 | 10:18 am

    I already like Raising Olives on Facebook 🙂

  46. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    July 7, 2011 | 10:19 am

    I already like you!

  47. Heather
    July 7, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Cleaning! Good on some areas, not great on most. My attitude is such that I’m afraid my kids will grow up hating to clean too…any idea would be great!


  48. Sara B.
    July 7, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Also just liked you on FB!

  49. Susan
    July 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Would love tips to help in getting everyone to pitch in!

  50. Mari
    July 7, 2011 | 10:20 am

    My biggest challenge as a single mom of 4 is finding the time to train instead of just correct all the time.

  51. Holly Emmot
    July 7, 2011 | 10:21 am

    I would love to have this book to give new ideas for daily planning.

  52. Joanna C
    July 7, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Just seen this is only available for US residents 🙁

  53. Blair
    July 7, 2011 | 10:24 am

    I struggle with being hospitable. We are just a mini-large family with four children but we do not get invited too many places other than the grandparents. I think it is maybe because people are intimidated at hosting six people. So I would like to have families over to our home more but I struggle with being hospitable. I’m one of those people that feels My house is your home too, so help yourself.

  54. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    July 7, 2011 | 10:27 am

    I shared this giveaway on my blog Facebook page here:

  55. Holly Emmot
    July 7, 2011 | 10:27 am

    I liked you on FB!

  56. Sara
    July 7, 2011 | 10:27 am

    My biggest challenge is finding time to get it all done!

  57. Holly Emmot
    July 7, 2011 | 10:28 am

    I shared this giveaway on fb.

  58. Sara
    July 7, 2011 | 10:28 am

    I “like” Raising Olives on Facebook!

  59. mandy
    July 7, 2011 | 10:30 am

    I would love the chance to win this book, My biggest challange is patience but I also have difficult time in time management and schedule. I am totally unorganized and have a hard time keeping the house clean. I have three little ones 8,6,2 and my two oldest thing that cleaning is just a way of me being mean.

  60. Cheryl @Treasures from a Shoebox
    July 7, 2011 | 10:31 am


  61. Sara
    July 7, 2011 | 10:33 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway as estrogen_files on Twitter.

  62. mandy
    July 7, 2011 | 10:33 am

    I shared on facebook

  63. Sara
    July 7, 2011 | 10:35 am

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

  64. Susan
    July 7, 2011 | 10:40 am

    One of my biggest challenges is keeping the deep cleaning done, and also involving my toddler in kitchen prep.

  65. Sarah S.
    July 7, 2011 | 10:49 am

    Our families biggest challenge is how young they all are. I have James 4, Twins Hans and Fritz 3, Elizabeth 1 and a baby due in September. I struggle finding chores that they can be responsible with and not get frustrated with. They already help set and clear the table but not much else is required chore wise. Any suggestions?

  66. Kori Ireland
    July 7, 2011 | 10:51 am

    My biggest struggle goes directly with the quote above. I tend to rely on myself and find myself craving a break. Instead of relying on God and thriving on each moment with my kids.
    We have been looking at this book. Would love to win it!

  67. Kris
    July 7, 2011 | 10:57 am

    My biggest challenge is balancing homeschooling with keeping up with chores!!

  68. Casey@Love and Tater Tots
    July 7, 2011 | 10:57 am

    Although our family is not large by most standards (we have 3 children), we are in the process of adopting a sibling group which will grow us to a family of 8. With the challenges of adoption, being only a 2nd year home school family, and going from 3 to 6 children of varying ages and special needs all at one time, I believe this book can offer me some much needed spiritual encouragement and practical advice.

  69. Amber@theRunaMuck
    July 7, 2011 | 11:04 am

    I struggle so much during “the witching hours,” when daddy is almost home, dinner is not quite done, and the kiddos are bonkers. Would love this book!

  70. Patty Haubner
    July 7, 2011 | 11:05 am

    My biggest challenge now is getting everyone in the same place at the same time. As the kids are getting older, they have jobs,college, commitments with ministries and church, and to get everyone home for a family meal is almost impossible. We have 12 children ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 24 years old, with 10 still at home. One of my older sons is married so we now have a daughter-in-law.

  71. Stephanie
    July 7, 2011 | 11:06 am

    I struggle getting and keeping the house clean at all.

  72. Rachel K
    July 7, 2011 | 11:06 am

    I think laundry is my most difficult home management challenge. The laundry is in the basement and some days are so busy caring for the little ones that at the end of the day I will realize with dismay that I never made it to the basement once!

  73. Stephanie
    July 7, 2011 | 11:06 am

    I like Raising Olives on facebook.

  74. Stacy
    July 7, 2011 | 11:09 am

    I struggle with keeping the house clean. I never had chores growing up, so it’s a constant battle for me.

  75. amanda
    July 7, 2011 | 11:12 am

    My biggest challenge is laundry! I would love to win this book! LOVE Your blog!

  76. amanda
    July 7, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Liked you on facebook!

  77. jami
    July 7, 2011 | 11:15 am

    Honestly, I feel a little overwhelmed with it all right now. 🙂

  78. jami
    July 7, 2011 | 11:16 am

    I ‘Like’ you on FB.

  79. jami
    July 7, 2011 | 11:16 am

    I shared on FB.

  80. amanda
    July 7, 2011 | 11:17 am

    Shared on Facebook!

  81. Laura
    July 7, 2011 | 11:23 am

    I have 4 (going on 5) little ones. My biggest challenge is laundry, particularly getting it put away! And then when I do get on top of it the kids (6, 5,3, and 1) mill through their drawers looking for their ‘favorite’ outfit and leaving it all a mess so that it’s hard to put away clean laundry again.

    I’d LOVE to have a book that addressed large family issues! (not that we’re ‘large’…yet 😉 )

  82. Annie
    July 7, 2011 | 11:25 am

    I know my biggest hurdle is myself and my attitude! We have 4 kids and have left our family planning to the Lord, so there is always the potential for more. I need more management in my attitude than anything else! I am learning to give my self-desires to the Lord and trust in Him!

  83. amanda
    July 7, 2011 | 11:25 am

    shared on my blog!

  84. Renee
    July 7, 2011 | 11:32 am

    I could use help in every area. I would love to win this book.
    God bless

  85. Heidi
    July 7, 2011 | 11:37 am

    I think my biggest challenge is the laundry. Having a family closet has really helped, but it’s still takes effort to keep up with everything and not let that room get out of control.

  86. Heidi
    July 7, 2011 | 11:37 am

    I liked your site on Facebook.

  87. Heidi
    July 7, 2011 | 11:37 am

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook. 🙂

  88. Julie
    July 7, 2011 | 11:44 am

    I appreciate this opportunity. I have 6 boys and I honestly couldn’t choose only one thing I struggle with on family management. If I had to pick my greatest challenge it would be how to accomplish all 5 boys school and not feel like I’m having to skip over important things to accomplish the household chores in the evening. How do I do math, language,spelling,history,science and health AND drill all while I’m supossed to do laundry, housework and cook a good nutritious meal? And another one I miss is quality time with my children. OH, how I miss the days of reading to my boys and playing games. This book, from what I’ve heard, would greatly help me. I would be most thankful to be so blessed.

  89. Ashley N
    July 7, 2011 | 11:48 am

    I need help with time management. Some days I am such a slacker, the day is gone before I know it!

  90. Ashley N
    July 7, 2011 | 11:48 am

    I like Raising Olives on FB!

  91. Tanya
    July 7, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Honestly, I don’t have a large family yet(twins and a newborn) but I’m struggling with homeschooling and keeping a tidy home(like it was before we had our newest blessing).

  92. Julie
    July 7, 2011 | 11:57 am

    I also shared this on Facebook.

  93. Carla
    July 7, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    My biggest problem areas are paperwork and meal prep.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

  94. Lori
    July 7, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    Finding time to fit it all in -and I don’t have that many kids!

  95. Steph
    July 7, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    I need help organizing paper work and school things for my kids. (I need help in other areas too, but these are the most in need of help).

  96. Steph
    July 7, 2011 | 12:42 pm

    I like you on FB

  97. Rachel Q
    July 7, 2011 | 12:48 pm

    Hmmm! Biggest challenge…I can’t really say. I guess it depends on the day. I love being a mom to many and would love to add more to our 7 as God sees fit, but sometimes I look at all that needs to be accomplished and feel very overwhelmed. I have a wonderful husband who is also a great daddy. In the summer he is very busy with the farm which leaves me to pretty much manage house and kids, although as they get bigger he often takes one or more with him. I love my life, but I could always use fresh ideas!

  98. Tiffany
    July 7, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Clutter and excess paper…just needing to simplify and not hold on to things “just in case.” Would love to win a copy; thanks for the chance.

  99. Tiffany
    July 7, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    Liked you on fb.

  100. Heather C
    July 7, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    My den really needs help. It’s a small room, but I want it to function as a school room / playroom / library / craft room….. You see the problem?

  101. Hannah @ Treasuring It Up
    July 7, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Currently I would love some tips on meal planning. We live so far from the grocery store it would come in handy!

  102. Hannah @ Treasuring It Up
    July 7, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    I like you on Facebook!

  103. Hannah @ Treasuring It Up
    July 7, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    I shared on Facebook, too.

  104. jeanine
    July 7, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    my home could most use help in the toy department. there are ALWAYS toys everywhere. as soon as one room is cleaned up, another room is trashed!

  105. jeanine
    July 7, 2011 | 1:26 pm

    shared on fb

  106. jeanine
    July 7, 2011 | 1:27 pm

    i’m your fb fan

  107. Michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 1:32 pm

    My biggest challenge is my kitchen countertops!

  108. Lisa
    July 7, 2011 | 1:32 pm

    My biggest home management challenge would be laundry. With five children, laundry never gets completely done, and it seems that every system I come up with works for a few days and then fails.

    I’d love to win this book!

  109. Michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 1:33 pm

    I like you on FB

  110. Michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    My biggest challenge(s) are meal prep (we eat whole foods) and chores. I’ve seen you mention this book a few times and I will probably consider it if I don’t win. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  111. Michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 1:35 pm

    I liked you on FB. Can’t believe I hadn’t already, but I am fairly new to FB myself. =)

  112. Michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    Shared on FB.

  113. Michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 1:37 pm

    FB is connected to twitter ~ does this count? =)!/dlhomeschool/status/89025202687709185

  114. Wendi
    July 7, 2011 | 1:45 pm

    My biggest struggle is trying to get it all done, and having the children be responsible w/ doing their lessons and chores but yet have some free/down time. There just does not seem to be enough time to get it all done and have some quiet rest time as well.

  115. Jane D.
    July 7, 2011 | 1:47 pm

    Clutter. No one (including or especially me) is any good at throwing away things. We also have things that came from my mom when she moved into nursing care that are important and she might want later and things that came from cleaning out my father-in-laws house after he died. There is no place to put things away and because so much is out, no one is willing to put away things that do have a place.

  116. Lisa H.
    July 7, 2011 | 1:47 pm

    Paper clutter and bad attitudes….
    Thanks so much!

  117. Betsy Cross
    July 7, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    Turning 50 w/9 children is my biggest challenge! I feel so much slower now. The oldest is getting married, 3 are in college, and the 3 youngest always want me to play. The other 3 are middle children who help a lot! No complaints. Just wish I could keep up!

  118. Jennifer Franklin
    July 7, 2011 | 1:55 pm

    I can’t be every where at once. While I am changing laundry, a child is coloring my couch with a pen. Then I kick them outside and they get covered in mud,I throw them in the bath and they pull all the bath towels into the tub with them. I have no bath towels to dry them, no clean clothes to dress them in and 4 hours of sleep a night. Fly lady doesn’t cover the amount of child damage you must clean every day. They must clean up their own clothes and toys… but when I am in the bathroom they sneak into my room and brush their teeth with my mascara or shove a my little pony comb up their nose. I feel under attack and always ready at battle stations. DH is away with work often and has late nights. I don’t expect him to help… but when he is gone the children seek and destroy. I better stop.

  119. anna
    July 7, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    would love a copy….. managing 5 can be a nightmare at times… need help!!!! 🙂

  120. Heather
    July 7, 2011 | 2:01 pm

    My biggest problem is toys. They always seem to be everywhere and it seems like no matter how many we give away there are still just as many here.

  121. Samantha
    July 7, 2011 | 2:05 pm

    I bought this book after you recommended it. I would love to go through it with you. 🙂

  122. Sarah Wilson
    July 7, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    We only have two children so far, but our biggest hurdle is organization, particularly in the kitchen and with the kid’s toys.

  123. Sarah Wilson
    July 7, 2011 | 2:08 pm

    I shared on Facebook.

  124. Sarah Wilson
    July 7, 2011 | 2:09 pm

    I tweeted this giveaway.

  125. Sarah Wilson
    July 7, 2011 | 2:10 pm

    I “liked” Raising Olives on Facebook.

  126. Kathryn
    July 7, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    I need help with the laundry!

  127. Sarah Wilson
    July 7, 2011 | 2:23 pm
  128. Mackenzie
    July 7, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    Biggest challenge is the non-immediete cleaning needs. I can keep up with laundry and dishes because I have to but dusting, windows, etc never get done. I know I can’t be fanatical about keeping a clean house with a little one but it would be nice to know I’ve cleaned the fridge or changed the sheets once this month!

  129. Heather
    July 7, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    I need tips on kids and household chores.

  130. Heather
    July 7, 2011 | 2:28 pm

    I like you on FB.

  131. Heather
    July 7, 2011 | 2:30 pm
  132. Heather
    July 7, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    I shared on FB.

  133. Hilary Snodgrass
    July 7, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    My biggest family management challenge is getting time for myself to read my Bible and exercise. I and my family are showing signing of stress b/c I need to get in better spiritual and physical shape.

  134. Jennifer Franklin
    July 7, 2011 | 2:37 pm

    Sorry… here is another question. How to get kids 7 and under to help clean. They whine, cry, disappear and nothing gets done.

  135. Sarah Wilson
    July 7, 2011 | 2:47 pm
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    July 7, 2011 | 2:47 pm
  137. Mandi
    July 7, 2011 | 2:51 pm

    My biggest challenge here is meal times. A few months back I read something about this book and I’ve been saving up for it since. I did find her “fast lunches” listed on the LFL website/blog. That has been tremendously helpful and I thank the Lord that He is helping me slowly but surely start to get a handle on “the home.”

  138. Mandi
    July 7, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    I liked RO on fb.

  139. Amy Mac
    July 7, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    Soo many challenges to choose from :). I think my biggest is keeping the house picked up, especially the kitchen & family rooms. They are where we spend the most time.

  140. Amanda
    July 7, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    My biggest family issue is time management with daily schedules.

  141. Sarah Bailey
    July 7, 2011 | 3:03 pm

    Cleaning the bathroom and getting the laundry folded and put away.

    SeekingHim at gmail dot com

  142. Sarah Bailey
    July 7, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    shared on FB\

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  143. Sarah Bailey
    July 7, 2011 | 3:06 pm

    liking you under my real FB page and my blog FB page (Growing For Christ)

    SeekingHim at gmail dot com

  144. Sarah Bailey
    July 7, 2011 | 3:07 pm

    tweeted here!/SarahJoBailey/status/89047945860759552

    SeekingHim at gmail dot com

  145. Megan t
    July 7, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    My biggest challenge is laundry.

  146. Rachel R.
    July 7, 2011 | 3:26 pm

    I struggle with motivation and keeping up. Especially since Dh is unemployed (working on our 4th year now) – I’m not particularly creative in the making something into something else creative – our trailer is old and needs lots of repair work – I’m also taking care of my Dad’s house next door (twice as big as our house – our oldest sleeps in the guest room at night) – and a car accident 18 months ago left me with damage to my right arm – on top of Dh recently having a major heart attack from the stress …. anyway, I know we should be more on top of clutter and chores, but while we manage to mostly keep my Dad’s house looking good, our little trailer often looks really bad. There are a lot of things I really can’t do anything about (worn out carpet and linoleum or repairs sticking out like a sore thumb) but many days I’m even unmotivated to tackle what I can do to make a difference.

  147. Beth @SewAnyhow
    July 7, 2011 | 3:31 pm

    It’s a toss up between keeping all the school stuff put up and neat, or keeping up with the laundry of 10 people. Help!

  148. Wendy
    July 7, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    I am a mom of six, three are three and younger. One of my biggest struggles is keeping up with the laundry. Another big struggle is finding quiet time to spend in The Word and in prayer! Would love the book, I almost bought it at our last homeschool convention. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing! Wendy

  149. Stacey B
    July 7, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    One of biggest challenges lies in the kitchen. Meal planning and preparation is not my favorite thing to do…

  150. Stacey B
    July 7, 2011 | 3:40 pm

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook.

  151. Stacey B
    July 7, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  152. Stacey B
    July 7, 2011 | 3:41 pm

    I “liked” you on Facebook. 🙂

  153. Gena
    July 7, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    The kitchen–cooking and cleaning.

  154. Gena
    July 7, 2011 | 3:51 pm

    Liked you on FB.

  155. Hannah S.
    July 7, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  156. Kristina
    July 7, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    I too would love to win this book. There are so many things that need to get done that don’t and I definitely need some advice and direction on how to do it…and to do so joyfully! 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win this book..
    🙂 Kristina

  157. Paula K
    July 7, 2011 | 4:13 pm

    Clutter. Clutter is by far my biggest challenge. I’m a big procrastinator when it comes to putting things away or dealing with things and my kids aren’t doing much better so there’s always stuff everywhere…

  158. Paula K
    July 7, 2011 | 4:18 pm
  159. Rachel R.
    July 7, 2011 | 4:26 pm


  160. Anne
    July 7, 2011 | 4:29 pm

    Definitely meal planning!

  161. Sandpiper
    July 7, 2011 | 4:36 pm

    My biggest challenge as a mom of 7, is probably time management. I’ve had my eye on this book for a while and would love to win it!

    Sandpiper Reply:

    Ooops, I just saw that it’s only open to US residents. You can delete my entry.

  162. Kristy
    July 7, 2011 | 4:38 pm

    my biggest challenge right now is the big old brace on my left / dominant hand from aggravating and old injury, and we are on week 3 of this. While it has shown me some areas I am doing really great in such as keeping the freezer stocked, keeping up with laundry and kitchen planning, it is showing me where my cleaning routines and teaching my children in this area needs work.

    And let’s face it – I am a big believer in continual improvement! I am always looking for a better way, a more efficient way to do things!

  163. Elizabeth
    July 7, 2011 | 4:39 pm

    I love to cook and bake. I would rather not clean up.. So, my biggest challenge is instilling a desire for clean counters in my children. 🙂

  164. Alanna N.
    July 7, 2011 | 4:46 pm

    Organization and motivation!!!

  165. Creative2smom
    July 7, 2011 | 4:54 pm

    My biggest challenge is just the clutter and a little bit of the cleaning. I have a laundry day, and keeping up with the kitchen is no problem. But the bathroom and kids’ rooms get me every time.

  166. Creative2smom
    July 7, 2011 | 4:55 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook

  167. Creative2smom
    July 7, 2011 | 4:56 pm

    I shared on facebook!

  168. Creative2smom
    July 7, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    I tweeted!

  169. Betsy
    July 7, 2011 | 5:10 pm

    My biggest challenge is keeping the house clean. With 5 children under 7 our house gets really dirty, especially since 4 of the 5 kids are boys!

  170. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    I would love to enter. Deep cleaning is where I need help. I have trouble keeping up w/ daily chores let alone deep cleaning. :s

  171. Creative2smom
    July 7, 2011 | 5:23 pm
  172. crystal m
    July 7, 2011 | 5:28 pm

    My largest challenge is coming up with new things to do and play while trying to get dishes cleaned, carpets vaccumed and children fed. I want them to be included but so many so young they can’t!

  173. Belinda
    July 7, 2011 | 5:29 pm

    The Storage Room…

  174. crystal m
    July 7, 2011 | 5:29 pm

    I “Liked” raising olives. I’m glad there’s a facebook page!

  175. crystal m
    July 7, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    facebook shared this contest

  176. chris
    July 7, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    The room that I need the most help with is my laundry room.

  177. Elaine Miller
    July 7, 2011 | 5:40 pm

    It’s a toss up for me. I need help with taking small children to, well, anywhere! Also, I’m not sure of the best way to store school materials for different levels when we don’t have a “school room.”

  178. ShellySinWI
    July 7, 2011 | 5:46 pm

    My trouble areas: laundry and meal planning.

  179. abba12
    July 7, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    Mine would be the kitchen, with no kids old enough to help, and the washing up being both my and my husbands most despised chore, it’s always a problem.

  180. Babychaser
    July 7, 2011 | 6:25 pm

    Which logistic do I not need help with. With three littles in this tiny house… not sure how I’d do more at this point. I’d love this book! Thanks!

  181. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 6:33 pm
  182. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 6:33 pm
  183. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 6:34 pm
  184. Gwen
    July 7, 2011 | 7:01 pm

    Today? 🙂 Being pregnant with #8 while potty training #7 and still giving plenty of time to everyone else. It’s constantly a matter of giving of my own rights and perceived “needs” to serve others. What a great opportunity to serve Christ selflessly!

  185. LadySnow
    July 7, 2011 | 7:28 pm

    My biggest challenge is LAUNDRY! I just can’t seem to get it put away after it’s been washed. 🙁

  186. Christin @ Joyful Mothering
    July 7, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    Biggest challenge? I can only pick ONE? 😉

    Following my schedule. and Being consistent in housework.

  187. Christin @ Joyful Mothering
    July 7, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    I Facebooked about the giveaway 🙂

  188. Christin @ Joyful Mothering
    July 7, 2011 | 7:31 pm

    I Tweeted, also! 🙂

  189. Michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 7:32 pm

    My biggest challenge is scheduling all my children’s home schooling AND fitting in cleaning.

    Hope I win!

  190. Michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 7:33 pm

    I liked on Facebook!

  191. Gretchen
    July 7, 2011 | 7:46 pm

    My biggest challenge is keeping on top of everything at once–the dishes, the housework, the laundry, the cooking, and the tasks for our family business.

  192. Gretchen
    July 7, 2011 | 7:47 pm

    I like Raising Olives on Facebook. 🙂

  193. Gretchen
    July 7, 2011 | 7:48 pm
  194. Gretchen
    July 7, 2011 | 7:51 pm

    Shared on Facebook.

  195. Melanie
    July 7, 2011 | 8:03 pm

    Quite honestly, it’s not necessarily any of the household chores that I find challenging, but finding the time and energy to do them is. I’m a busy mom of 5 children, including triplets whomare 7 years old and each have Cerebral Palsy of varying degrees. My oldest triplet (by 3 and 2 mins respectively, lol!) daughter has a feeding tube, breathing and vest treatments, amongst a number of other things that must be done every 3 hours around-the-clock. I think, more than anything, it’s the mental exhaustion from it all that wears me down, but I just keep clinging to the cross and her pretty smile keeps me going through each day! 🙂

  196. Jennifer
    July 7, 2011 | 8:17 pm

    my biggest home challenge? moving from a 3300 sq. ft. home to a 720 sq ft mobile home, at the time we had 6 children 🙂

  197. Genie Shaw
    July 7, 2011 | 8:17 pm

    Our biggest logistics issue is clutter/disorganization.

  198. Genie Shaw
    July 7, 2011 | 8:18 pm

    I shared this on facebook! 🙂

  199. Genie Shaw
    July 7, 2011 | 8:18 pm

    And tweeted it too! 🙂

  200. Jennifer
    July 7, 2011 | 8:18 pm

    I “liked” raising olives on fb

  201. Jennifer
    July 7, 2011 | 8:19 pm

    just shared it on my fb page

  202. Jennifer
    July 7, 2011 | 8:21 pm


  203. Laura
    July 7, 2011 | 8:48 pm

    My biggest challenge so far is deciding when an discipline issue is really an issue or when the kids are just being kids.

  204. Amy
    July 7, 2011 | 8:50 pm
  205. Amy
    July 7, 2011 | 8:51 pm
  206. Amy
    July 7, 2011 | 8:51 pm
  207. Amy
    July 7, 2011 | 8:51 pm

    My biggest struggle is keeping up with the mess that the little ones (ok, and us big ones) make. I feel like the house is always cluttered to the point I would be embarrassed if someone randomly stopped by.

  208. Amy
    July 7, 2011 | 8:57 pm

    Just liked you on facebook =)

  209. michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 8:58 pm

    I like you on facebook

  210. michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 8:59 pm

    I shared it on facebook

  211. michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 9:04 pm

    I twitted this…my name on Twitter is SRKB95

  212. Lindsey W.
    July 7, 2011 | 9:04 pm

    My kitchen needs the most helps for sure. I always seem to have dirty dishes.

  213. Lindsey W.
    July 7, 2011 | 9:05 pm

    I shared about the giveaway on FB.

  214. Lindsey W.
    July 7, 2011 | 9:05 pm

    I liked Raising Olives on FB.

  215. michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 9:18 pm
  216. michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 9:18 pm
  217. michelle
    July 7, 2011 | 9:19 pm
  218. Abbie
    July 7, 2011 | 9:21 pm

    I am still working on getting a weekly (daily, or whatever) schedule on cleaning the house. It’s just not coming together. This book might just hit the spot!

  219. Gini Walker
    July 7, 2011 | 9:25 pm

    I shared on Facebook 😀

  220. Jeree
    July 7, 2011 | 9:27 pm

    I just quit my job to stay home with my 7 month old (my only child, so far). I think my biggest challenge will be to stay on task with all my “free” time.

  221. Jeree
    July 7, 2011 | 9:28 pm

    I already “like” Raising olives FB

  222. Gini Walker
    July 7, 2011 | 9:30 pm

    I liked you on Facebook

  223. Gini Walker
    July 7, 2011 | 9:32 pm

    I tweeted about it.

  224. Gini Walker
    July 7, 2011 | 9:36 pm

    One of my biggest issues is laundry, if I get behind it is a nightmare, at times. Sometimes I just get so tired. My hubby is in the military and is gone often. Just managing my time. My children help alot, I just wish I could deligate better.

  225. Mrs. H
    July 7, 2011 | 9:38 pm

    I need the most help organizing homeschooling supplies and books!

    Mrs. H

  226. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 9:44 pm

    Keeping the kids toys under control and keeping up with the paper piles are my biggest challenges.

  227. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 9:53 pm

    I shared it on facebook.

  228. Emily
    July 7, 2011 | 9:53 pm

    I liked you on facebook.

  229. Wendy
    July 7, 2011 | 10:02 pm

    My biggest challenge is keeping up with the clutter during the homeschool year.

  230. Susan
    July 7, 2011 | 10:09 pm

    Organization! My apartment always seem to be a mess, I can never keep up with it. I have 2 small children, and a husband who works nights. I try, but nothing seems to work.

  231. Christine
    July 7, 2011 | 10:32 pm

    Our bedrooms could use some serious organizational help. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

  232. suzanne
    July 7, 2011 | 11:09 pm

    I have a 4 month old and a nearly 3 yr old (with autism) in cloth nappies, plus a 6 year old daughter who loves frequent clothes changes and a hubby who works long hours. So I am drowning under mt washmore lol and my laundry really needs help.

  233. Donna
    July 7, 2011 | 11:13 pm

    My biggest problem area is well the house. Okay a little more detail? The inside? I am just not a housekeeper never have been and now the house is on the market I cringe at the thought someone will give me less than a days notice to clean before they come.

  234. Sarah H
    July 7, 2011 | 11:22 pm

    I need help with organization. Thanks!

  235. Andrea
    July 7, 2011 | 11:52 pm

    I would have to say organizing my kids bedroom.

  236. Courtney
    July 7, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    I follow your blog. Are biggest struggle with 4 (5 and under) is keeping Mom on task, I get distracted and have a hard time sticking to a detailed schedule like the M.O.T.H.

  237. Lindsey W.
    July 8, 2011 | 12:15 am

    I posted on my blog.

  238. Lindsey W.
    July 8, 2011 | 12:15 am

    I posted on my blog. – 2

  239. Lindsey W.
    July 8, 2011 | 12:16 am

    I posted on my blog. – 3

  240. Sarah
    July 8, 2011 | 12:31 am

    All the closets and cabinets are very hard to keep organized.

  241. Joede
    July 8, 2011 | 12:49 am

    I think our biggest struggle is time management but if we were better organized, time management may not be an issue.

  242. Jen5253
    July 8, 2011 | 12:54 am

    My biggest challenge is figuring out how to balance housework with homeschool and also throw gardening, baking bread, and church commitments, oh and homeschool co-op all in there. I can do one or two really well, but then the other areas suffer. I know I need to sacrifice computer time and some other things that are taking up too much of my time, but it’s hard to take the leap. But it’s time to let go and really focus on my family.

  243. Jen5253
    July 8, 2011 | 12:55 am

    I am a fan on Facebook!

  244. Jen5253
    July 8, 2011 | 12:55 am

    I tweeted about the giveaway!

  245. Lori Lusk
    July 8, 2011 | 12:59 am

    My greatest area in need of improvement is meal planning and preparation.

  246. Bonnie
    July 8, 2011 | 1:30 am

    My biggest challenge is homeschooling with all the different stages teenagers to newborns!

  247. rachelle
    July 8, 2011 | 2:00 am

    Being new to homeschool and large family living (we just had our 5th blessing) I need training 😉

  248. rachelle
    July 8, 2011 | 2:04 am

    liked on fb

  249. Jessica
    July 8, 2011 | 2:21 am

    My biggest challenge at present is getting together a chore schedule for the children…so I can get them into the habit of a daily chore time that is mostly independent for them.

  250. Jessica
    July 8, 2011 | 2:24 am

    I’m a fan on facebook!

  251. Jessica
    July 8, 2011 | 2:26 am

    Shared the give-away on facebook!

  252. Courtney
    July 8, 2011 | 2:58 am

    I’d say time management would be something I would love to get better at!

  253. Dacia
    July 8, 2011 | 8:10 am

    Scheduled cleaning – or in our house – NOT scheduled!

  254. jacqui hodges
    July 8, 2011 | 8:11 am

    Laundry/clothes managment

  255. jacqui hodges
    July 8, 2011 | 8:18 am

    I shared the offer on fb.

  256. Jill
    July 8, 2011 | 8:54 am

    I liked you on facebook.

  257. Jill
    July 8, 2011 | 8:55 am

    I shared on facebook!

  258. Jill
    July 8, 2011 | 9:01 am

    I tweeted this giveaway with a link to your giveaway!

  259. Jill
    July 8, 2011 | 9:02 am

    My biggest home management challenge is my girls’ bedroom! How to keep a bedroom organized with 4 girls sharing is a battle for me!

  260. katie w
    July 8, 2011 | 9:22 am

    Time management has been a problem for me this year as we ventured into homeschooling. My new challenge will be how to fit all the kids in the car. We just found out yesterday that we are pregnant with our 5th (a suprise since I didn’t think we would have anymore since I have not been able to get pregnant and we adopted our last three). So, I don’t know how to fit 5 carseats in our van and buying a bigger car is not in our future. If any mommies of five have suggetstions I would love to hear it! Currently my toddlers carseats take up the entire third row, so I need to find smaller carseats for them I just don’t know what.

    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:


    We had 3 children in car seats (they were 2 and under) in our car. We had to push the car seats over as we put each one in and had to strap the children in in a specific order for everything to fit, but it did work. We also had 5 car seats in our mini-van, so it is possible. You may just have to experiment with what works and choose car seats that have a small footprint (no cup holders, etc.) 🙂

    What a wonderful ‘problem’ to have. Congrats!!

  261. Elizabeth
    July 8, 2011 | 10:37 am

    I’d love to win! RIght now I need help w/everything after a cross country move and anxiously awaiting our new baby!

  262. Cynthia
    July 8, 2011 | 10:42 am

    Time management.

  263. Bia
    July 8, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Looking forward to reading LFL!
    Thanks for the contest!

  264. Molly B
    July 8, 2011 | 11:39 am

    My biggest problem area is our basement storage. It’s low priority as far as spending time on it so it gets junky.

  265. Constance
    July 8, 2011 | 12:23 pm

    My kitchen could use some assistance! I’m constantly trying to figure out a better quick meals/low budget/healthy variety combination!

  266. Rachel~At The Butterfly Ball
    July 8, 2011 | 1:46 pm

    Clutter!!! There simply isn’t a place for everything and it seems that nothing ever is put in it’s place! We are packed into a small house, 8 of us with another on the was in 2 months… I don’t even know where to start! I just get so frustrated! Thanks for the chance!

  267. Lisa @ Me & My House
    July 8, 2011 | 1:52 pm

    My clothing storage area – organized but children trash it often.

  268. Lisa @ Me & My House
    July 8, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    shared on FB

  269. Lisa @ Me & My House
    July 8, 2011 | 1:56 pm

    “Liked” you on FB.

  270. Tiffany
    July 8, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    so excited about this! laundry system needs major help!

  271. Trooppetrie
    July 8, 2011 | 2:25 pm

    getting started, we went from 4-6 kids in 48 hours. glad they are in our lives but it is taking some time to get use to them

  272. Rebecca Barry
    July 8, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    Would love to win this… we have 5 children (7 and under) and I struggle with trying to divide chores and getting frustrated when things don’t get done and trying to do everything on my own!

  273. Ashley
    July 8, 2011 | 2:53 pm

    My biggest struggle is getting everyone to be responsible for their chores! I am always running after everyone trying to get them on the ball! I hate nagging…

  274. Ashley
    July 8, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    i like yall on fb

  275. Ashley
    July 8, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    shared on fb

  276. Ashley
    July 8, 2011 | 3:01 pm

    i also tweeted: @bedfordnomics

  277. Amy Mason
    July 8, 2011 | 3:04 pm

    I guess I struggle most with organizing all of the jobs that need to be done for everyone to help out. That and getting the clutter of excess clothes cleared out of here as bedrooms and storage rooms seem to be overrun. It all takes time which is hard to find.

  278. Tara
    July 8, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    Toys, Clothes, and Clutter!!

  279. Jenny
    July 8, 2011 | 4:33 pm

    I need help staying on top of the general cleaning.

  280. jami
    July 8, 2011 | 5:42 pm

    blog entry #1

  281. jami
    July 8, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    blog entry #2

  282. jami
    July 8, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    blog entry #3!

  283. miriam
    July 8, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I want one!! I never feel like I’ve caught up with anything! Need some tips!!

  284. JoyFilledMom
    July 8, 2011 | 7:13 pm

    If I could manage my time better then I think ecerything else may fall into place …till #5 comes! Shhh…not many know! 😉

  285. Penny
    July 8, 2011 | 7:51 pm

    Just getting it all done is always a challenge for me!

  286. Penny
    July 8, 2011 | 7:52 pm

    I like you & shared on Facebook!

  287. Jennifer Eastand
    July 8, 2011 | 8:10 pm

    I struggle with house cleaning!

  288. Jennifer Eastand
    July 8, 2011 | 8:10 pm

    I shared your link on facebook!

  289. Jennifer Eastand
    July 8, 2011 | 8:15 pm

    I liked you on facebook!

  290. Janelle Knutson
    July 8, 2011 | 8:29 pm

    Oh, I am so excited! I love Large Family Logistics and the tip in the book that made the biggest difference for us was moving chore time to the afternoon like you did! Such a simple thing but it made a world of difference. No need to enter me into the drawing since I already have the book and would rather someone else benefit from it but I had to comment about my love for the book and my excitement that you are going to blog about it!!!!!!

  291. Anna
    July 8, 2011 | 11:44 pm

    I have 6 kids ages 9, 8, 6, 5, 4, 1 and #7 on the way! Laundry is my biggest challenge. I like doing it, washing, hanging to dry, folding… it’s the collecting it from everywhere and getting it back to where it goes that challenge me! I’d love to win this priceless book!

  292. kelly
    July 9, 2011 | 1:43 am

    Right now we take it one day at a time. My oldest is currently five with 3 younger siblings. As I listen to them laugh (at 10:30pm) from the other room, it would be nice to have them in bed and asleep quickly. I am always looking for ways to help me with my ever growing family. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

  293. Tiana
    July 9, 2011 | 1:45 am

    I really need help with time management

  294. Karen
    July 9, 2011 | 2:09 am

    Keeping my kids rooms clean, laundry done, and kitchen clean!

  295. April
    July 9, 2011 | 6:27 am

    My biggest area of difficulty is how to organize everything in my home! I wish I did it better.

  296. April
    July 9, 2011 | 6:27 am

    I posted about this giveaway on Facebook!

  297. Julie
    July 9, 2011 | 9:02 am

    I forgot to mention that I liked and shared you on facebook.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

  298. Stephanie Shelor
    July 9, 2011 | 11:34 am

    I would say getting a working schedule for my little ones is my biggest challenge right now!

  299. brooke
    July 9, 2011 | 11:52 am

    I have felt so frozen by the last years’ life we have led and feel like a failure in a lot of ways. I would love to gain some perspective.

  300. Alicia
    July 9, 2011 | 1:05 pm

    My biggest challenge for my family of ten is planning. I need to think ahead more instead of just reacting!

  301. melanie
    July 9, 2011 | 2:23 pm

    my biggest challenge is finishing our lessons each day, while still keeping the ship running smoothly. would love any and all tips for managing a large family. thank you!

  302. Jo
    July 9, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    I can usually keep the house in order but my office becomes the dumping ground when I just don’t know what to do with it and it is important….now I am just buried.

  303. melanie
    July 9, 2011 | 2:58 pm

    i shared on facebook

  304. melanie
    July 9, 2011 | 2:59 pm

    i liked raising olives on fb 🙂

  305. Jo
    July 9, 2011 | 4:24 pm

    I liked you on fb!

  306. Brandi
    July 9, 2011 | 8:04 pm

    Keeping the main thing the main thng! Being fruitful in my home according to God’s priorities for my life.

  307. Denice
    July 9, 2011 | 8:11 pm

    We are expecting our sixth child on earth (2 in Heaven)the last 3 are triplets! My husband just got transferred to first shift after 10 years on 2nd and 3rd. I would love to read the ideas in this book to help our family move to first shift life!

  308. Lori
    July 10, 2011 | 10:49 am

    Keeping everything done at once is so hard for me…just as I’m catching up on one thing, I realize that something else is starting to slide. 🙁

  309. Lori
    July 10, 2011 | 11:03 am

    Blogged about it at

  310. Lori
    July 10, 2011 | 11:04 am

    I blogged about it at

  311. Lori
    July 10, 2011 | 11:04 am

    Just Blogged about it at

  312. Jen
    July 10, 2011 | 3:00 pm

    My biggest challenge is getting the kids to have a cheerful attitude while doing their chores. I know that no one will ever be happy every single day while doing chores, but my goal is to instill a servant-like attitude in them the majority of the time!

  313. Esther
    July 10, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    I don’t enter every giveaway, but this is one I’d love to win! Reading the Large Family Logistics blog indirectly led me to your blog.
    Right now, my bedroom is the room that could use the most attention. But the bathroom and the kitchen wouldn’t mind some time either…

  314. Esther
    July 10, 2011 | 9:49 pm

    I like your blog on facebook.

  315. Amy W.
    July 10, 2011 | 10:15 pm

    With 3 children under 3 years old, discipline and child training is our main challenge. We know that later we will reap what we are sowing now and we SO want to be going about this the right way (and get a good handle on things before God gives us more children, if that is in His plan for us). Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  316. Amy W.
    July 10, 2011 | 10:16 pm

    I like Raising Olives on facebook- of course!!

  317. Corrie
    July 10, 2011 | 11:45 pm

    Time and book management!

  318. Julie
    July 11, 2011 | 12:25 am

    Managing priorities is the biggest challenge for me.

  319. leah bush
    July 11, 2011 | 1:49 am

    I like raising olives on facebook

  320. leah bush
    July 11, 2011 | 1:50 am

    I shared the contest. So excited because i have had this book on my reading list for a while

  321. Valerie
    July 11, 2011 | 8:16 am

    My biggest problem area is piling paperwork!

  322. Kelli W
    July 11, 2011 | 8:30 am

    My entire house seems to be my challenge and no. 7 is on the way! Thanks!

  323. Theresa Ewing
    July 11, 2011 | 8:33 am

    Organizing/storing hand me down clothes

  324. Tyra
    July 11, 2011 | 9:11 am

    We have a teenager and 3 children ages 5 and under in our home. The most difficult thing for me is during the school year. Finding balance. We homeschool, so we have a child doing highschool work, a child learning to read, a child who is not ready for formal instruction, and an infant. That plus regular home maintenance and meal preparation. I usually feel like I’m so task oriented. And I want to enjoy this time with my girls, and I want them to enjoy the time with me!!

  325. Jessalyn
    July 11, 2011 | 9:16 am

    I need to work on teaching my kids to keep their rooms clean!

  326. Stephanie
    July 11, 2011 | 10:30 am

    We have five children (15,13,11,and 8 y/o twins) and #6 is due in November. We need help in more then one area but organization is probably the biggest area. Our house is on the smaller side and there just seems to be too much no matter how much we get rid of. Laundry would be number 2 on the list. The never ending laundry pile…

  327. Stephanie
    July 11, 2011 | 10:31 am

    I already like you on facebook and am sharing 🙂

  328. JC
    July 11, 2011 | 11:05 am

    I need help keeping the clutter picked up!

  329. Julie
    July 11, 2011 | 12:17 pm


    I would love to have this book. My life is craziness with 6 boys. I feel like such a failure most days. I want to be an organized mom that has time to spend with each child everyday and gets school done and the housework done.

    I would be so thankful to win this giveaway.

  330. Julie
    July 11, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    I’m already a fan on FB and have shared the giveaway AGAIN!!!

    This is my 2nd time entering. Thank you!

  331. Julia
    July 11, 2011 | 12:53 pm

    LAUNDRY!!! The laundry monster is never appeased no matter how many socks I sacrifice to it.

  332. Rochelle
    July 11, 2011 | 2:46 pm

    My biggest challenge is probably keeping/getting the house *clean*…esp. up to darling husband standards…mine are on survival level, but his are higher and mightier and much better. 😀 Getting there with little ones and training them at the same time.

  333. Rochelle
    July 11, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    I also liked your facebook page and shared the link on facebook. 🙂 Thanks for such an awesome blog. You’re an amazing inspiration!

  334. Ashlie Miller
    July 11, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    My greatest overall challenge is consistency. Laying out my plan and sticking to it daily! Definitely have to bring it before God each day.

  335. Ashlie Miller
    July 11, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    I like you on Facebook

  336. Ashlie Miller
    July 11, 2011 | 2:55 pm

    I shared this giveaway on Facebook

  337. Corrie W
    July 11, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    I have a 2 year old, a 1 year old, and another on the way. My biggest struggle is knowing how much to expect from kids in terms of responsibility and chores and how best to go about it at their ages.

  338. Corrie W
    July 11, 2011 | 3:13 pm

    I liked you on Facebook!

  339. Ruth Cox
    July 11, 2011 | 3:50 pm

    My biggest challenge is continually denying self–so hard when the exhaustion of constant discipling sets in. We also live in a household with extended family, so boundaries and maintaing family standards is challenging. And supper making–serving real, prepared from scratch food with toddlers underfoot is noisy and often the hardest time of day. Regaining momentum after naptime is difficult. Prioritizing work vs attention to people. And not dichotomizing life!

  340. Sarah
    July 11, 2011 | 4:53 pm

    One of the hardest things for me is maintaining my stamina through the day with my three busy little ones. Perhaps the struggle is really rearranging my expectations?

  341. Melissa
    July 11, 2011 | 6:41 pm

    Keeping the bedrooms picked up! Also laundry.

  342. RG
    July 11, 2011 | 7:14 pm

    Expectations. Are they high enough, too high? And routine. As in, finding a rhythm.

  343. Robin
    July 11, 2011 | 9:56 pm

    Laundry, laundry, laundry!!! My inconsistency in staying with it…

  344. Carrie Clough
    July 11, 2011 | 10:33 pm

    It’s hard to get my children to obey. It takes time to get things done – more than I would like.

  345. Lexi
    July 11, 2011 | 11:19 pm

    Training all my littles to actually be helpful and keeping them on task for their simple chores. I feel like they undo everything I’m trying to do. No progress!

  346. Lexi
    July 11, 2011 | 11:23 pm

    I posted about the giveaway on my blog:

  347. Lexi
    July 11, 2011 | 11:23 pm

    I posted about the giveaway on my blog

  348. Lexi
    July 11, 2011 | 11:24 pm

    I blogged about the giveaway

  349. Nicole
    July 12, 2011 | 7:51 am

    My challenge is stuff! It is everywhere. I am trying to dig out.

  350. Jenni
    July 12, 2011 | 9:51 am

    Clutter and keeping things put up.

  351. Melissa
    July 12, 2011 | 11:45 am

    Motivating myself to go do something I know will be undone in 5 min.

  352. Rebekah B.
    July 12, 2011 | 12:58 pm

    Clothes- even though I am always getting rid of them and rarely buying them. Also, attitudes- we’re working on being cheerful, whatever we’re doing- an ongoing thing around here.

  353. Amy
    July 12, 2011 | 1:43 pm

    Staying on top of everything when I am not feeling well, emotionally or physically (pregnant).

  354. Karen
    July 12, 2011 | 1:48 pm

    We don’t live in our living room because of the clutter. Need help cleaning this room (and the whole house).

  355. Tami D
    July 12, 2011 | 5:04 pm

    Keeping the floors mopped is my biggest challenge. When they are cleaned, it seems that it is such a short time before they are dirty again.

  356. Julie
    July 12, 2011 | 9:36 pm

    Hello again,

    (3RD ENTRY)
    Tears. They come quite often lately. I feel that no matter how hard I try to accomplish school, cleaning, cooking and nurturing children that many things go undone . I can’t remember the last time I went to bed feeling it’s been a GREAT day and we’ve accomplished so much! How do I get to that point? How do I manage these 6 energetic boys and a home too without feeling like a failure? I need some insight desperately.

  357. JennyB
    July 12, 2011 | 11:05 pm

    My biggest challenge is getting the kids involved in chores!

  358. JennyB
    July 12, 2011 | 11:08 pm

    I liked you on Facebook!

  359. JennyB
    July 12, 2011 | 11:09 pm

    I shared this post on Facebook using the share button!

  360. JennyB
    July 12, 2011 | 11:15 pm

    Just blogged about it, too!

  361. JennyB
    July 12, 2011 | 11:17 pm

    Hmm, I posted about how I blogged about the giveaway, but it didn’t go through. There should be a total of 4 entries for me. 🙂

  362. GinnyP
    July 12, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    I’m an ADHD Homeschool Mom of Seven ages 2 -14 (one with Dyslexia and one with Aspergers)……hmmmm biggest challenge….keeping a good routine/schedule, oh and laundry too (we wash our clothes the night before to have clean ones the next day, so hard to keep up!! Once in a rare while I’ll get a week worth done (hiding face, lol)
    Sorry this is probably more then you bargained for ; )

  363. GinnyP
    July 12, 2011 | 11:58 pm

    Liked you on Facebook (months back!) Your site is great!!

  364. GinnyP
    July 12, 2011 | 11:58 pm

    Shared your link on Facebook!

  365. Rebecca R.
    July 13, 2011 | 8:45 am

    How about … Everything? LOL OK, I will narrow it down …laundry, decluttering, making dinner at a decent hour.

  366. Julie
    July 13, 2011 | 11:55 am

    (4th post)

    I would love this book.I’m not sure how to schedule all 6 of my boys to have all their school in and get it done at a decent hour. For instance, We just saw my hubby off to work at 11:30 and had to go grocery shopping in the middle of the week. So, in turn, school has barely been started for the day at NOON!!! So, this will now take us into the evening. I just can’t stand being this unorganized anymore. I’ve sat down many times trying to organize a schedule but always get stumped.:(

  367. Cathy
    July 13, 2011 | 6:40 pm

    My biggest challenge is scheduling our schooling and sticking to it. One of our children was born with a tethered spinal chord and has some physical needs
    (though one would never know just looking at her)Because she has many dr appointments, all a good distants things get so shifted around. With her last surgery we were all off a few weeks.I need to ty to find a balance in scheduling her planned appointments and continue to be flexible with her unplanned appointments so that we may have some consistency with school.

  368. Michelle
    July 13, 2011 | 8:45 pm

    I liked on facebook.

  369. Rachel
    July 13, 2011 | 8:47 pm

    My biggest chore is keepping up with the housework, it seems the dishes and laundry is never done!

  370. Rachel
    July 13, 2011 | 8:48 pm

    I like you on facebook

  371. Rachel
    July 13, 2011 | 8:49 pm

    Tweeted 🙂

  372. Lana @ ilovemy5kids
    July 13, 2011 | 8:52 pm

    My biggest challenge is answering ALL the questions and remembering who asked what. As a rule – no hard questions until I’ve had my java. 🙂

  373. Shanna
    July 13, 2011 | 9:12 pm

    Our household struggles with keeping things in order…dishes, laundry, rooms picked up. 4 little ones make quite a mess!

  374. Shanna
    July 13, 2011 | 9:23 pm

    Liked you on Facebook! 🙂

  375. Shanna
    July 13, 2011 | 9:23 pm

    And shared your link on Facebook. Thanks for doing the give-away!

  376. Julie
    July 13, 2011 | 9:35 pm

    (5th entry)

    It’s been a long and frustrating day, like many others. I don’t have anything under schedule. I try, I just don’t know how to manage it. But the very one thing I’ve been trying really hard with is to get the kids in bed by 9pm. It didn’t happen tonight until 9:30. It’s not too far off, but when you strive so hard to be a good home manager and nothing pans out right it’s becomes very frustrating.
    There are no words to describe how much I’d love to have this book. Then, to follow your discussions in August about it. I know I’d glean some very new and helpful information and FINALLY get this home under control!

  377. Naomi
    July 13, 2011 | 11:04 pm

    My biggest issue is with laundry. I tend to save clothing for the next child and always have some random clothes floating around that don’t fit anyone. I end up donating it or putting it in a garbage sack in the garage with all different sizes. uh

  378. Allie
    July 14, 2011 | 4:15 am

    My biggest challenge is getting my kids invloved in household tasks. Granted they are only 3 years old & 18 months old, but I still want to include them & train them. I just can’t seem to slow down & pull them along side me as I work. :/