When Family Business and Homeschooling Come Together

It was really all because of Matt. He’s the brilliant one. 

After breakfast, Bible, history, and math on Wednesday, Matt picked up several boxes of our Oh, For Real books from the printer and got everyone started on putting them into envelopes as we filled orders. Thanks to my friend Jenny, we had many of the envelopes already addressed and ready to go. By the time I made it out into the living room to help, here is what I found: 


If that isn’t the picture of a family business, I don’t know what is. I was thrilled and grateful. But Matt hadn’t just put the kids to work on preparing orders. He had a geography lesson going on at the same time. Impressive, huh?!

You see, one of the many fun parts of printing off invoices as your orders have come in has been seeing where they are coming from. So, Matt had the younger boys get out our big U.S. puzzle to fill in the states as they showed up on each package. 

Here’s Malachi, looking to see if the state on his envelope has been put into place yet. In the meantime, I was burning lunch. Yep, I had hastily put a frozen casserole into the oven that morning while we worked, but had the oven turned up too high. Good grief. It seems as if I should get out my Oh, For Real book and read it! I’m pretty sure the instructions in the book tell me to heat the casserole slowly at a low temp. Duh. Be glad you can’t smell our burning noodles as you look at our book packaging process.


By the time we were almost finished with “round one” of book packaging – our map looked like this:


 I believe by now, it is completely full. How fun!

I want to say thank you to all of you who have ordered so far. We continue to pray that you will be blessed by Oh, For Real: Real Food, Real Family, Real Easy. For those of you who live outside the U.S., if you are interested in a copy of this book, please email me for details! Then maybe we can get out our World Map Puzzle to see where our book is headed… :)


  1. Tara H says

    Awesome! How cool to know that people from all over the US are getting your book! Congratulations! I know you must be thrilled! :) I can’t wait for my copy to get here!


  2. says

    I love the map addition to packing the books! I remember when I first starting blogging we would have fun looking at the statistics concerning where the readers where from and then marking that on a map.


  3. says

    I don’t even remember if I ordered one now. Ugh! Let me know if you have extra. :) This sounds like a typical homeschool learning experience. Fun, fun, fun.


    Laura Reply:

    We have extra – and if we run out, we can order more! Send me your paypal email address and I can look it up to see if you ordered. (laura at heavenlyhomemakers.com)


  4. Lisa C. says

    Hi, Laura! I have a quick, TOTALLY off-topic (sorry!)question…what is your method/recipe for just good ol’ breakfast oatmeal? I see it listed in your meal plans, but haven’t found your yummy way of cooking it — and my son has requested some this morning. Could you help this mama out and type it out here?

    Thanks ahead of time! :0)


    Jen Reply:

    Lisa C., obviously I’m not Laura. :) But I thought I’d share our yummy real food oatmeal recipe that my children love.

    2 cups organic rolled or steel cut oats
    2 T. organic whole wheat flour, preferably freshly ground (to provide phytase to break down phytates)
    2 T. organic lemon juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
    2 cups filtered water

    The afternoon or evening before serving, combine all ingredients and let soak overnight. The following morning, put mixture into large pan, and add 2 additional cups of water or milk and a pinch of sea salt. Cook, while occasionally stirring, until thick and creamy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup, a pat (or 2) of butter stirred in.

    Hope that helps.


    Lisa C. Reply:

    Thanks SO very much, Jen!! :0)


  5. Beth says

    I got my book in the mail yesterday. I enjoyed looking through it last evening even though it made me hungry. I plan to share the book with my daughter.


  6. Lori says

    I see North Dakota is represented! I can’t help but wonder how many from North Dakota ordered one (besides me). Awesome project!!


  7. Mandy says

    Such a fun idea with the map! I’m so excited to read the herb book! Thanks for hosting the giveaway too! :)


  8. Rhetta says

    Ordering a copy is on my ‘to-do’ list as budget permits! Can’t wait. Love the geography lesson/help! I have a totally OFF TOPIC question. I don’t grind my own wheat, so which store-bought version of wheat flour should I put in to your wonderful baking mix recipe? I bought whole wheat but have some King Arthur white wheat as well, and when I look at its label, it sounds more like the flour you grind and use. Thanks SO much!


  9. Sarah L. says

    What fun Laura– not the burning, but the map and geography–life in action!!! What type of map is that, where did you get that? it’s nice and big and big pieces…we have little teeny u.s. maps…. would love to order one of those if you remember where…thanks!


  10. April LaFramboise says

    I was excited to see GA filled in on your puzzle! Hope that means I’ll get my copy soon! Can’t wait to read it and share it with my daughters! :)
    Thanks for all you do…I have been following your blog for years…still one of my favorites!


  11. Birdie says

    It’s wonderful to see all the places you are sending a package to. Just think Laura, your touching not only your family but others all over North America. Thank you for the refreshing emails you send each of us. I’m having a “not so good wife and mother day” and your pictures cheered me up. Thanks :-)


  12. says

    What a great idea! I publish a quarterly magazine and my younger siblings always help me to label the copies when we are doing mailing. I’ll have to see about pulling out the puzzle map with the next issue – they would probably have a blast!


  13. Molly says

    I received my book on Friday, March 22, and I’m thrilled with all the great information it contained! Thanks for being so prompt sending the books out, and I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your “shipping department”.


  14. Sarah says

    I got my copy today! I’m so super excited!! It’s beautiful! And it has all the best stuff from your website all in one easy to use place. Thanks so much for all you share with us!!


  15. Miki Ingram says

    Got my book today and have read it front to back. I LOVE it and will be using it regularly!!! Thank you Laura for providing such a great resource to go to.


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