Whether you are looking for some garden tips, a new recipe or just some homemaking encouragement, I'm glad you stopped by Home Joys.

I am Gina - a wife, a mom, but first, a daughter of God. I hope in all I do and say (and blog) will bring honor to God, the Creator of life, and my Saviour, Jesus Christ. While I love my garden, a pile of good books, and a fresh loaf of bread - life is only worth living when it is lived for God.

I fell into blogging accidentally. In the spring of 2008, I started a little email homemaker's newsletter for the ladies at our church. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed writing about homemaking. A few months later I began the Home Joys blog.

My goal is to share my life but not show a perfect life.

Some days the sink is full of dishes, there is no food on the table but plenty on the floor, and the children's whining match mine.  Serving the Lord by serving my family is hard work some days (make that most days).

I don't blog much about those days. No one wants to read a gripe, especially me! And on those days, I don't want to be on the computer, but rather spending my spare time taking a nap, or, even better, running to my Heavenly Father for an attitude adjustment.

Typically I write about whatever I'm cooking, gardening, or reading. Sometimes I share about family gatherings such as the annual dutch oven gathering and hog butchering.

Sometimes I share links to Amazon products as part of their affiliate program and Amazon asks that I share this. "We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising  program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites." This will not change your Amazon costs, but your purchase through our links will help support this site. Thank you.

In May of 2017, my husband Ed was diagnosed with glioblastom, an aggressive brain cancer. Since then I've been sharing our cancer journey.

Favorite Posts  (Either for me to write or you to read or both!)

Applesauce and the Blame Game (Lessons in a spilled jar of applesauce)

How to Do it ALL (Is it possible?)

A Barn Fire and a Neighbor's Love (A true story of a miracle.)

Doughnut Day and Lost Brain Cells (Does every mom have this kind of day?)

Voices in August (A gardener's dilemma)

How Do You Do It? (Answering your question.)

Out of the Health Maze, Into God's Peace (Finding balance in healthy living)

The Perfectionist Trap (Letting go of the pressure

Preserving Food and Sanity (Can we have both?)

Anticipation (Motherhood, hope, and spring)

The One Needful Thing (Yes, just one - and it is not baking bread.)

Prepare - A Christmas Countdown (Eight week series on preparing our homes and hearts for Christmas)

The Tyranny of Books (It is a disease. But oh such fun.)

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