Mackenzie Chester is a homeschooling mother of seven young children. She and her husband, Randy (formerly 4 and 20 blackbirds and The Josephine Knot), write and record music together from their little home in northeast GA. Between loads of laundry, music lessons, baking bread, reading, writing, and arithmetic, she writes here about finding deep meaning in the everyday rituals of motherhood, the struggles and joys of trying to stay creative while raising a family, and the daily practice of finding contentment in being home. She also shares practical ideas for building a creative family culture and encourages other mothers to embrace the mess and say yes to an inspired life. She is the creator of an six-week online course called Innermost Journaling: Mining the Depths of Your Sacred Everyday Life, where she encourages women to wake up to the miracle of ordinary life through keeping a journal.