Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The 10 Most Inspiring Work at Home Moms

How working at home moms are helping me appreciate my family more

I’ve pondered the idea of how at home moms are able to influence our society for quite some time, and how it is done in a way that helps me invest in my shareholders.

10 inspiring work at home moms

It probably started from a conversation I had with a former classmate of mine from college that I bumped into while walking through Target a few years ago. I hadn’t seen her in well over five years, and we managed to catch up on life as we wrangled our little ones as they ran around our feet.

We shifted our conversation over to how we are handling the role of being an at home mom and wife, something that we’d never seen each other do in action.

She was a virtual teacher, and I full time at home mom making an “untaxable income”. She explained what her job entailed, and with me having a degree in education, her whole setup sounded very enticing

Then out of the blue she said, “You know they tell us women we can do anything, but what they forget to say is you really can’t unless you aren’t married or don’t have children, and it for sure can’t be done for us stay at home moms.”

I didn’t respond as I tried to hide my raised eyebrows. But I can tell you that I’ve chewed on what she said for quite a while, and the taste makes me a little nauseous.

When I went to an amazing blog conference, and I talked to a savvy mom blogger for about an hour concerning what she does to help her family when it comes to being an at home mom. And every point she made did nothing but affirm that my husband and children are not the deflator of dreams, but the life giver and motivator to take my dreams to the next level.

Here are 10 ladies who are inspiring me in my life stage at this moment, and they are embracing their line of work, not because their family is a hindrance, but because their family helps their dreams take flight. 

Jenn Perry at Daze of Adventure

Jimmie Lanley of Jimmie’s Collage and IHomeschool Network, and she’s The Notebooking Fairy

Jolanthe Erb from Homeschool Creations

Leigh Bortins creator of Classical Conversations

Rachael Martin from Finding Joy

Ashley Pichea from Homeschool Blogging and Life by Ashley Pichea

Kim Kautzer the founder of Write Shop

Tricia Hodges from Hodgepodge Mom

Barbara McCoy from Harmony Fine Arts

Amanda Padgett the owner of Everyday Elements

All these women are helping me see that having a family, raising children in an inspiring way, and fulfilling their roll as a wife not only cultivates creativity, it has launched them in their roll as an entrepreneur

Who are some of the most inspiring work at home moms you know?


  1. Fabulous list, LaDonna! I see a lot of ladies I dearly love in that list. :)

    1. Thanks Penny! Writing about my BEECH peeps makes me feel like I'm still there. BEECH 2014 here we come!!

  2. Amen, sister! It was awe inspiring to be at BEECH with a room full of resourceful, hardworking women who place their families first and *also* have big goals. The ladies on your list are reaching their final destination with their families alongside them.

  3. and what a pleasure it was to spend time with YOU there!

  4. LaDonna - you hit on an important point and articulated it well: "raising children in an inspiring way, and fulfilling their role as a wife cultivates creativity" What an honor to be listed amongst talented women I admire and love! Thank you.

    1. Thank you Tricia! We are blessed by our families, not trapped. Thankful that our children see us embracing ALL that God's given us.

  5. I love all those ladies!

    This whole idea has been a big learning curve for me and I am just now getting to the point that I might actually call myself a work at home mom. I never expected to do that, but I think that's what I am :)

    One thing that's really fun is that my oldest daughter wants to publish books one day, she thinks that I'm really cool because I have an eBook and a few chapters in other books (the newest one is going to be in an actual book, so she thinks that is awesome). I didn't just make this up, she actually said, "You are so cool." Ha!

    1. Love it Stacy! Crazy love it! I walked away with a whole new view as what a Proverbs 31 woman looks like when it comes to being an entrepreneur.

      How awesome for your daughter to see how you, her mom, have found out what what you love, you're doing it, and you're making an income from it. That is something every child should see in their home.

      So glad that we were able to talk in "real" time at BEECH. It was so wonderful. BEECH 2014!!! Woo HOOO!

  6. Ladonna, thank you SO much for the honor of listing me among such great women. Having a family, homeschooling and running a business is certainly challenging, but it is doable.

    If you ever want to talk, please let me know! I so enjoyed our conversations at Beech!

  7. Wow, girl - just stumbled across this post. Thank you so much for including me on the list and I ditto was Trish said. It is an honor to be included. :)


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