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Hi there, I'm Kristy... (more-than) slightly introverted pastor's wife; homeschooling mom and life-long learner; dreamer and writer by heart.

My friends typically think of me as a "quiet" type, but my mind is always busy.

I'm an INTJ female, over-thinker, and a natural problem-solver.  I love finding practical solutions to just about everything, from curriculum and time management to dressing well and self-care.

I believe that God put me on this earth to live and love well.  At the end of the day, I hope something I've written has inspired someone else to do that too.  

I've been sharing my thoughts and solutions on this blog since 2007.  If you love to read, I hope you'll pull up a chair and stay a while!

Kristy Howard | writer and editor at Kristys Cottage blog

Notes from Sweet Friends... 

Emma, 15-year old reader

I really love your blog and your emails on Friday mornings.


You are a good writer, easy to read and with great messages.


Back in 2008 I found myself searching the internet for low cost meals I could cook from scratch. I stumbled upon your blog, and felt God answer so many prayers. At the time I had people tell me that it would be hard, if not impossible for me to be a stay-at-home mom when my … Read More about Jessica


I love your blog. Glad that I stumbled through my blogger reader list to find it again!


Needed to read this. Thanks for sharing your heart so openly!


Let me just say thank you, Kristy, for the mentoring you graciously extend via this blog.


Just wanted you to know your blog is amazing and I find so much encouragement in so many areas.


THANK YOU for your honesty. Your article was reprinted in our local homeschool paper (MassHOPE) and it was just what I needed to day.

Lisa W. 

Thank you for your vulnerability and openness. It is so refreshing.


Thanks for the permission to breathe. I’m a mother to six kids, six years old and younger! I’ve felt like a failure again and again. This was a breath of fresh air!


I’ve been following your blog since 2008 and LOVE how you talk about God and being a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mom. So many of us were not homeschooled and can use practical and encouraging advice. Although I am not a pastor’s wife, I like knowing how to best support those serving in the ministry.

Lisa C. 

Thank you so much for your inspiring and real posts!


I’m just starting my journey as a pastor’s wife and your write up has really encouraged me. Keep it up.


I love using your recipes!  They always turn out so great and the amount made is exactly perfect for our family of seven.

Jamerril Stewart

Homeschooling Day by Day is an outpouring of Godly encouragement that will sustain you on the dry and weary days. A blessing to any homeschooling mama.

Weekend Reads | Mentoring Emails from Kristy Howard @ Kristy's Cottage blog
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