Hello, lovely! I'm Katie :)

katie of my joy in chaos - faith, family, and homemaking blog

I'm often obnoxiously loud and extremely enthusiastic. I'm a lover of cheesecake and tacos. I live for a good bargain and spend lots of time browsing clearance racks in store and online. 

I'm the wife of super-husband Micah and the mom to five equally loud and enthusiastic kids. We all contribute to the chaos around here. Dirty clothes don't create themselves... or do they? 

I've got a passion for encouraging women to really love the life they have - crazy schedules, messy floors, toddler tantrums, and sloppy kisses. I want to inspire you to choose joy during the highs and during the lows. I want you to love the chaos but also find a way to manage it so you don't lose your beautiful mind in the process. 

I'm not a natural homemaker and often choose reading or Netflix over cleaning. But I'm learning and right there in the trenches with you. Join me as we figure out the best ways to create homes and lives that we are excited about. 

The chaos causers themselves:

(from L to R) Cade (2014), Parker (2008), Jamison (2010), Mercedes (2013), and Anders (2014)

Five kids, four boys, one girl, one set of twins, spaced over six years. 

five kids
 

About My Joy in Chaos

Life is chaotic. Life is messy. Life is amazing.

Photo credit: Emily Zaun Photography

Photo credit: Emily Zaun Photography

There is no getting around it. Food needs to be made, laundry needs to be folded (and apparently put away?), and little tooshies need to be wiped. And in between all that we are supposed to have time to take care of ourselves and enjoy the little moments. Phew. 

If we don't find a way to manage the chaos, the chaos is going to manage us. I will never claim to have it all together and I'll never claim to have a perfect solution, but I am finding a way to manage the chaos, embrace the chaos, and even find the joy in the chaos. 

I keep it unfiltered since we all know life is messy. I open my heart because I want to be real and connect with you. I share my highs and lows because we all have them. 

Most of all, I try to choose joy each and every day. I don't choose joy because it's easy or fun or natural. I choose joy because we serve an incredible God and I am grateful to Him whether things are going well or things are falling apart. Because of His great love I can choose joy in the sun or in the storm, in the calm or in the chaos.  

What will you find on My Joy in Chaos?

My Joy in Chaos is aimed at moms in the trenches. We are still in the daily grind of raising kids, keeping our homes running, and sometimes, just getting through the day. We know that we should love the life we have, but sometimes it’s hard to remember when the dishes are overflowing, the toilet is overflowing, and the attitudes are overflowing.

My goal is to offer practical and realistic homemaking help. No “pinterest perfect” rooms in this house! Just simple, affordable, and down to earth solutions for your family. This includes easy to make recipes, diy cleaning tips, and parenting ideas. I also love finding a good bargain, so I try and share a few of my favorite deals on the Sales & Deals page!

I also want to encourage you to embrace the chaos of this stage of life. You can’t make the kids grow up faster and you can’t change who God created them to be. The bank account looks a little sad but we can’t change it overnight. We long for deeper relationships but we have to invest the time to grow those friendships. Instead we are going to accept where we are and work on moving to where we want to be.

And finally, I want to inspire you to love your life. Your real, messy, chaotic, silly, overwhelming life. We will spend time with Jesus, practice gratitude, discover ideas for family fun, try out crafts, and see how wonderful life truly is, each and every day. This is where you will find the joy in your chaos.


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All content is written by Katie McGowen unless otherwise stated.

Photos are taken by Katie McGowen unless otherwise stated.