Please visit my website to learn more about my books as well as my children's programs (science and pioneer topics) and adult presentations. I also provide resources for teachers and writers. 

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About Annette Whipple

Curious about the writer behind This Simple Home?  My name is Annette, and I have been a blogger since early in 2009, though I began "This Simple Home" in early 2012.  I am content in my home, though we certainly have our challenges.  (Sometimes those challenges go by the blogging names of Big Sister, Brother, and Little Sister.)

We are a family of five living in southeastern Pennsylvania, not too far from Lancaster. We also spend a good amount of time in Maryland and Delaware.

I'm a former teacher and in recent years have learned I love to write. My blogging style is casual, however, I also write more formally and am now published by Rourke Educational Media! (See my book here.) I also enjoy baking and crafting. I'm a bit of an introvert, but appreciate getting together with my friends.

If you want to know a bit more about me, read these 37 things about me!

This Simple Home focuses upon a few things that make a home: family, food, and faith.  As you know, there is a lot more to a home than just those three items.  I share about things that are relevant to myself and other women I know including crafts (for adults and children), good books, cleaning tips, recipes, and homemaking in general.

Quite honestly, I am learning as I go.  I still make plenty of mistakes in the kitchen.  My husband doesn't even flinch when I say ouch now.  And he knows that somehow I nearly always manage to cook our grilled cheese sandwiches very well done, but not because we prefer them that way.

On any given day, at any given hour, my home is a mess.  Not only are the toys not put away even during nap time, but there are dishes in the sink, and a stack or two of "stuff" on the counter.  That's on a good day.  Most days one entire side of the island counter is covered in stuff, though I reserve the other half as my work space.  I may keep up with the washing of our laundry, but I struggle to put it away.  There is typically a load to fold in a basket  all three baskets and another waiting in the dryer.  But we try to have fun and enjoy one another...and just because there are dishes in the sink doesn't mean that we can't have a friend visit.

But I can't stop trying!  My family needs my daily effort.  Perfection will never happen, but if I make sure my family knows they are loved and I am working to love them, then that is a successful day despite the tantrums and piles of dishes.

On the best days, I remember to stay focused upon Jesus Christ...It's never good to take my eyes off my goal!

Some of my favorite posts...

Favorite Recipes: Main Dish, Side, Dessert, Snack
Favorite Cleaning Tip
Favorite Organizing Project
A Confession
Favorite Adult Craft
Favorite Kid Craft
Favorite Books of 2013
Favorite Faith Post

Please feel free to explore our recipescrafts, homemaking, and favorite books, too!  (See more topics in the sidebar like organizing and faith.)  Occasionally I talk about special needs.  (Our son has epilepsy.  Our oldest has overcome verbal apraxia and outgrew a life-threatening heart issue called SVT.)

This blog keeps me mindful of housekeeping, something that does not come naturally to me.  I enjoy sharing recipes and homemaking tips that work for me here and in person.  

Why This Simple Home?
I love to be home, and I like to keep family and home matters simplified.  This blog keeps me mindful of housekeeping, something that does not come naturally to me.  I enjoy sharing recipes and homemaking tips that work for me, and I do it here at This Simple Home while learning from others in real life and the blogging world!

Meet my family and me, see our home, and read more about why I created This Simple Home. 

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1 comment

  1. With reference to the stained dishwasher.
    I found that the plastic pins at the end of the sliding rails on top will slip out if you push the top part on the inside, back. That pin has a tip to keep it in place but will allow you to remove the whole rack and rails. Just did it.


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