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Well, friends, it’s been a good run, but after five years of blogging – exactly five years ago today – I think enough is enough, don’t you?


I can’t even believe where God has taken me over the past five years with blogging. Home with the Boys started as a tiny little personal blog to keep family and friends updated about all the new changes in our life – a second baby, me staying home, and the start of medical school. Now it is a creative outlet, a place to share the words God places in my heart and the things our family loves, a wonderfully fun place to connect with all of you!

I am humbled by the way He grown me in this journey and by the incredible friends I have made because of the blogging world. Some of my very favorite people in the world I met because of blogging. Now if only we lived closer…

I want to celebrate YOU today. If you weren’t reading and commenting, I’m not sure this would have kept going for so long. God has used all of you to encourage me, inspire me, grow me. I am so thankful for all of you and I pray for you often.

Any good celebration has gifts, and I’m going with a “My Favorite Things” theme for some pretty awesome giveaways to celebrate five years! These giveaways are a collection of some of my favorite things I’ve discovered through blogging! Check out these FIVE fabulous prize packages for FIVE fabulous years:

Five Years Giveaway

Giveaway #1:

Lisa Leonard - Well with My Soul Necklace

Giveaway #2:

Rusted Chain GC 520

Giveaway #3:

Redeemed - Found & Treasured - Large Purse

Giveaway #4:


Giveaway #5:

  • “Guard Your Heart” 20×20 cafe mount from the Just for Boys collection by Red Letter Words
  • A signed paperback copy of Hope for the Weary Mom by my sweet, mom-inspiring friends Brooke McGlothlin & Stacey Thacker
  • The Character Collection {Seeds of Character & The Character of God} from Seeds Family Worship, my favorite music to have on in our home and a VERY important organization for me through these five years of blogging
  • Winner’s choice of U-NEEKS plush, notepad, & puffy stickers set from DaySpring


HOLY COW, right?! I am so thankful for all of these friends who are celebrating with us! They are all such a blessing and so are you!

I love you guys. Seriously.

Now before I get all weepy, go get yourself entered to win!

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The Ultimate Guide to Brain Breaks eBook


  1. I have been following your blog for a long time and I am a Momma to 4 little boys. I feel so encouraged by your blog and and I love all the topics and fun things that you discuss!!

  2. happy birthday! ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’ve been a GREAT read!!

  3. I’ve been here for three or more years! I wish I could remember how I ended up here, but I have stayed because the company is good! I love your sweet heart, and your desire to imprint as much scripture into your boys’ heart, and into the heart of your family.

  4. Happy birthday! I’m a new reader.

  5. Great Blog!

  6. I’ve been reading your blog for at least a couple of years and while I don’t get to see you on a weekly basis at church anymore, it helps me feel like I can still get a glimpse into the life of your amazing family! Blessings, KF

  7. I only started reading a few weeks ago but am so glad that I did! And thanks for the amazing giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I’m a homeschooling momma and I love reading your blog. I have been a reader for several months!! Happy Blogversary!

  9. Heather M. says:


  10. Happy 5 years! I am glad you found something you love to do!

  11. I am a first timer to your blog, but I will be back often! I am a homeschool mom, blogger and Christian and I love what I see here!

  12. I don’t know how I have not come across you blog until now! I’m SO HAPPY that I have! My sweet friend Tricia pointed me in your direction!! Yay! Happy Blogversary!

    Smiles & Blessings,

  13. Happy Birthday! New reader of your blog! Its awesome!

  14. I only recently started reading your blog. But as a mom of four boys I love reading about other boy moms and their journeys.

  15. Happy 5 years! New reader of your blog! Its awesome!

  16. Linda Ortiz says:

    This is my first time reading your blog, I look forward to joining in on your little community and learning more about your blog. As a mom of three boys ranging from 20 yrs old to 6 years old. I have a lot to say, well, a lot to share! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations, on your 5 year anniversary on your blog.

  17. Susan Johnson says:

    Congratulations! I am new to y our blog, but I think I will enjoy it.

  18. Wow, five years! Congratulations! I’m fairly new to the site but I enjoy it because:
    1) It is written with a Christian worldview.
    2) I’m a homeschooling mom (graduated two and now we’re focusing on our 8 yr. old son)
    3) Your website is encouraging and helpful!

    I’ll be sure to mention it to my other “Mama-Friends!”

  19. I am a new reader sent via the rusty chain.

  20. Congratulations on 5 years!

  21. Martha J. Sturm says:

    Just found your blog. I have a husband, a son, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and a grandson who will be born in Nov. I also grew up with four brothers!
    Interesting to read about your experiences. I enjoy finding new ideas, tips, and recipes.

  22. This is my first time on your blog, but it looks great! I love finding new and awesome blogs ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for doing a fun giveaway!

  23. Bridget K says:

    I’m a new reader via Tricia G. I’ve just got one precious boy and 2 girls. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy birthday to your blog!

  24. Congratulations! I just discovered you from The Rusted Chain. Looking forward to reading more.

  25. congrats on 5 great years… that is awesome!! hmm… i think i came to find you through our nebraska connection, maybe? ๐Ÿ™‚ so happy i did!

  26. Janalynn Menter says:

    Congrats Erin on 5 years! Wow! SO glad that you have been able to stay “home with your boys” for the last several years. It is hard to believe our babies are in 2nd grade already! I started reading your blog from the beginning of time and glad that although we live a bit farther apart now that we have our yearly girls fest! Miss you so much!

  27. I am so glad you took those first steps and started the blog for your family! I love reading your blog, your FB page, and following you and your kiddos on Instagram! thanks for all you do and God bless!!!!

  28. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been following your blog for about a year now and enjoy reading! I have 3 young boys (plus a girl) that I also homeschool, so it’s nice to hear from like-minded folks!

  29. Glad I get to know you in person and through your blog!!!:)

  30. Congratulations! Wish I had the guts to start my own blog! Thanks for sharing so much of yourself!

  31. Connie R. says:

    Happy five years! It would be a blessing to win any of these.

  32. Hi! I have been reading your blog for about 5 months now; I guess you could call me a “secret reader” because I don’t typically leave comments ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your blog has been an encouragement to me! Keep up the great work!

  33. I’m a nanny for a family with 3 young boys and a baby girl. Heard about your blog from Rachel at A Steady Rain — a teaching buddy. Only started reading a few months ago, but I appreciate your emphasis on teaching your children about God rather than Christian morals as well as your transparency. I love to read, so I’m always interested in hearing about what books others have found helpful and why.

  34. I just found your blog today. The Rusted Chain sent me over. Thanks for chance to win.

  35. I met you at MOPS. I read to stay in touch and bc you’re pretty awesome. I love hearing about your boys, your walk, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. I’m a new reader, but so far, I love you blog! Happy blogaversary!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. I have recently started reading your blog. As a mommy of three boys, I have found it encouraging and uplifting. Thank you!

  38. Beki at the rusted chain sent me your way. Great blog!

  39. Congratulation, Ms. Erin! I love reading your blog.

  40. jackie morris says:

    just joined up !! how generous!! would love to win!! thanks

  41. I’m a new reader, but this seems to be a great blog!

  42. Katrina S says:

    I actually just found you because of a post on FB (Tricia Goyer) ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Can’t wait for some free time so I can kick back and read here a while!

  43. This would be really neat stuff to win.

  44. Congrats on 5 years. I’ve been blogging for just 2 years, mostly reviewing Christian and inspirational books. Can’t imagine sticking with blogging when you have a young family. A link from Tricia Groyer brought me to your post. Would love a chance to win a book or other goody.

  45. 5 years! Woo Hoo!!!! I can’t tell you what a blessing your blog has been to me for almost 4 of those years!! I count you as one of my favorite bloggers and online buddies!! I can’t wait to see what God has for you for 5 more years! Love ya, girl!!

  46. What a milestone! ๐Ÿ™‚ Found your blog when I started blogging to process my own journey as a busy momma of boys!

  47. I’ve been reading for several months – I was referred to your blog by another blog I read and for the life of me I can’t remember which one. I started reading because I have a little boy and I stuck around because I love your heart for God and missions.

  48. I’ve been reading for several months – I was referred to your blog by another blog I read and for the life of me I can’t remember which one. I started reading because I have a little boy and I stuck around because I love your heart for God and missions. Happy Anniversary!

  49. I don’t remember when or how I started following you. I’m a fellow boy mom and originally from Nebraska, so I love the connections.

  50. I recently started reading your blog, but it’s definitely already been informational! I love that you cover so many of the areas I love (being a mommy, exercise, nutrition and of course, but certainly not least, God.)

  51. so glad i found this blog!

  52. LeAnn Mooneyham says:

    Wow I am glad that Trica Goyer’s post about your blog. I love it. Can”t wait to start recieving them. Hav a great day the Lord have made.

  53. Tricia Goyer posted about your blog on her facebook page. So glad she did. I would love to win a Christian book in this giveaway.

  54. Angie Carroll says:

    This is the first time I read the blog but I would love to read more in the future!

  55. I’m brand new to your blog and only very recently started looking around. I think I’m glad I found you, though!

  56. Congrats!!

  57. Linda Petteys says:

    This is the first time checking out your blog but I’m sure it won’t be the last. I love The Rusted Chain and when I read their suggestion to come and check out Home with the Boys – I did. Thank you

  58. I’m a new reader and really enjoy your blog. congrats on years. I’m also a runner and fitness fanatic so I like reading those posts and also your recipes.

  59. just found you on facebook….not sure how…just starting to read you

  60. I’ve found you through Tricia Goyer. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats on 5 years!

  61. These all look exciting! I found your page from ohamanda! Also I follow Lisa T. Bergren. I joined Mops group last year after having a baby boy and found your page and emails perfect for me and staying home with him:)

  62. Awesome blog!

  63. I would love to win a prize especially one of the books! Thanks so much!

  64. I’ve only been reading 4 days – someone linked to your Body Image post! I’ve really enjoyed your space so far!

  65. What great fun–love finding a new blogger worth following!

  66. I think I originally found you from Oh Amanda. Thanks for all you do to encourage moms– Happy 5 years.

  67. Hmm well let’s see…I first heard of you/your blog at dotMOM last fall. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay for new friends and getting to hold adorable babies!

  68. Congrats on the 5-year anniversary! I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and am so glad I had a chance to meet you in person at Jumping Tandem. I pray God continues to bless this awesome blog of yours.

  69. Hooray! 5 years, congrats!! I am so glad God has brought us together and here’s to many, many more years of friendship!

  70. Awesome giveaway for an awesome blog. HUGE fan of your site and YOU!


  71. Nicole M. says:

    I have been reading for about two years. I love learning more about my energetic little boy through your site.

  72. Nikki Shoemaker says:

    Wow! What great giveaways! Congrats on your big anniversary ๐Ÿ™‚

  73. Ola Norman says:

    I’ve just discovered your blog!

  74. So thankful to have found your blog through Jennifer at Studio JRU!! What a wonderful collection of writing and learning! Just wonderful to ‘meet’ you and looking forward to reading more! Thanks for having this wonderful giveaway!!

  75. Hello Erin.
    Happy 5th anniversary to you. It has been so wonderful to watch you grow in your love of the Lord and of your family. Thank you for the privilege and thank you for the fun, inspiration and great ideas along the way.
    “May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17
    Love Meredith from Australia xx

  76. I found your blog from Tricia Goyers facebook page – I love it so far!

  77. I am new here from OhAmanada ๐Ÿ™‚

  78. Wahoo! So excited about your blogging milestone! Thankful for all the lives you’ve touched through this space!

  79. Charlotte says:

    So happy to have found your blog through Jennifer at Studio JRU! Wonder words of encouragement!!

  80. Congrats on 5 years! Keep it up!

  81. I just learned about your blog through Tricia Goyer’s facebook page. I really enjoyed your blog and am excited about your give away!!!

  82. Jen Mendes says:

    Lots of great stuff!!

  83. Jen Mendes says:

    Lots of great stuff!!I saw this blog through FB. I will check things out. I have been married to a great guy for 17 years. I am a mom of 5 kids. 2 in college, a 10th grader, and I will be homeschooling my two youngest for the first time this year. 6th and 2nd grade.

  84. So glad that I found you through a friend. You have been very inspiring, and you give me great ideas to do with my own kiddo (soon to be kiddos!). Thanks for all you do! Here’s to another 5+ years! ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. I do believe I found you from my first hello mornings group last Fall. You have been a real encourager to me through your posts. I’m never good at answering the what would I like to see more of question but I do always appreciate your book recommendations.

  86. Wow, Erin! That’s amazing! Congrats! And what a ton of fun giveaway things! ๐Ÿ™‚

  87. I started reading for the fashion.

  88. Sarah Marie says:

    Great blog! Your giveaways are amazing!

  89. I’ve been following you Eryn for years. You wonderful encouragement and you great tips about boys keep me coming back.

  90. Grace aspinwall says:

    I am newer to the blog but I love the posts and reading about “real” parenting!

  91. Congrats! I’ve been reading your blog for 2 years now. I don’t remember how I found your blog. I enjoy your writing and I appreciate that you keep it real.

  92. Christina says:

    Thanks, Erin, for your great insight on books and encouragement.I have 3 boys and 2 girls. I have been reading for about 3 years now.

  93. kristen gauck says:

    Thanks for a great blog! Love reading your posts and getting encouragement!

  94. I’ve been reading for about a year. I just appreciate your positive attitude and your love of God. I appreciate your perspective. And I really enjoy your 5 min Fridays.

  95. I’ve been reading for over a year now. I think I found you on Facebook. I enjoy reading about how you raise your boys in Christ. I also like how real you are when you share your struggles as well.

  96. Miriam Prantner says:

    I actually just found you through The Rusted Chain, but I like what I see on your blog and signed up for your emails. Love the mix of topics you are covering here.

  97. I just found your blog through pinterest and I am so excited to read all your posts!

  98. Reading for 3 years – cause I just think you’re a very sweet person.