Hello! My name is Mary. I am the writer behind The Encouraging Home.

The Encouraging Home is my little corner of the world where I hope to help brighten your day. I want to inspire hope, health and happiness in my home and in yours.

I would love to be able to chat with you over tea and homemade chocolate chip cookies. I would love to show you around our farm. I would love to see the excitement in your eyes as you share your dreams and offer an encouraging word when you confide about disappointments and struggles.

But since we can’t do that, I hope that you will feel like your visit is almost like a visit at the kitchen table. I hope to speak hope and life to you and that you will leave renewed and encouraged. And I hope to surprise you with little gifts along the way.

Here is a taste of what you will find during your visits:


Reminders that It’s the Little Things that Matter to Your Family

Encouragement for When the Days are Hard and you don’t think you matter

Knowing that you will make it even when your Best Laid Plans Fall Apart


I want to help you know the importance of Taking Care of You

Essential Oils ~ I love them!! I love educating others on how to use them for their families.

Practical DIY like my favorite Glowing Skin Moisturizer

Get easy and practical fitness tips 


Please don’t spend your days wishing life away but celebrating!




Preparing for Mom to Go on a Trip

I have been married to my sweetheart for 16 years. 

I began writing as a way to seek healing from some trauma our family has suffered in the last few years. I have talked a little about it along the way. Blogging became a way of healing for me. Writing is something I never knew that I loved. We have struggled with infertility, financial problems, deep wounds and heartaches. We know that God has a plan and is the healer. We have seen His love and know His mercy and grace. I know that we go through heartaches so that we can help others through their pain. I don’t want to miss being used to help others and get stuck in my own stuff.

This is a journey that takes a new turn each day. We never know where the bend in the road will take us or the mountains and valleys we will face.

I am thankful to have friends walking along the journey.  Thankful for all the new friends all over the world that I have made through this blog.

I hope to encourage you in Biblical living, marriage, parenting, homemaking, homeschooling, healthy living, and fitness as a new T-Tapp Trainer. I also like to educate about the amazing health benefits of essential oilsI have a passion for all of these things. It is my desire that women will rise up and take back the challenge of raising their children for the Lord, so we can change future generations and our nation.

You may get our latest updates via email.

I would love to connect with you everyday on Facebook and Twitter @encouraginghome where you will get updates or conversations that are not on the blog.  Thank you so much for visiting and I pray that you will be blessed!

If you have a blog or product that would benefit my readers, please visit my advertising page or email me at mary@theencouraginghome.com.

Come back soon!!



  1. Mary, thank you so much for sharing this. We too have struggled with infertility and many other struggles in our family. We were never able to have children and at 47 now, I have had to come to accept God’s direction in my life. Sometimes it still stings to think about it…but I know God has given me other responsibilities and blessings. I’m a writer as well and just found t-tapp again (I had found it years ago and incorporated some of the moves at the time into my gym workouts, but forgot all about it until I saw your blog post link on Facebook. Thank you! I’m really glad I found your blog :)


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