Kristi Bothur

Kristi is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer, and former public school teacher for English for Speakers of Other Languages. She grew up all over the United States as an Air Force brat, but moved to Columbia in the 1990s to attend Columbia International University, and has called the Midlands “home” ever since. Her days are kept full with the antics and activities of her children - homeschooling, church activities, American Heritage Girls, and Trail Life - as well as writing and leading her Columbia-based pregnancy loss ministry, Naomi’s Circle. Kristi is a contributing editor for “Rainbows and Redemption: Encouragement for the Journey of Pregnancy After Loss” ( and a co-author of “Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother“ ( She shares her thoughts about faith, family, and femininity on her blog, This Side of Heaven (

How My Children Learned to Read

We've been homeschooling for eight years now, and as I've talked with new homeschool parents over the years, I'm discovering that there are two points where the fear of failure threatens to derail the...

Moms to see in the 803 :: Michele Shearin

Michele Shearin is an Army wife and homeschooling mom of three, and the director of the newly established Trinity Homeschool Academy, a ministry of International Praise Church. I met Michele at the beginning of...

Infertility :: What It Really Is

We had been trying to have a baby for a year before my husband and I encountered the medical diagnosis "infertility." The first time I saw that scribbled on the bottom of a fee...

Trading New Years Resolutions in for Just One Word

'Tis the season for making a new start. If you follow any publication or friends on social media, you know that right now they are all about how to make this year better than...

5 Things Your Bereaved Friend Wants for Christmas

"Bereaved" is an odd word, isn't it? It has an old-fashioned feel to it, hearkening back to a time when there were certain rituals that accompanied a time of mourning. Maybe it was how...

27 Days of Thankfulness {A Thanksgiving Craft for Kids}

I love Thanksgiving. LOVE it. Of all the holidays it is still the most sincere, least commercialized ... at least, it can be if you set the focus from the beginning. One thing our family...

What I Learned From the SC Drive Through State Fair

There is no argument that 2020 has been, above all things, just weird. Virtual everything, from school to VBS to camps to church. New phrases like “social distancing” “unprecedented”, and new accessories like masks...

5 Reasons Why I Love Homeschooling My Middle Schooler

We are in our eighth year of homeschooling (yes, we were homeschooling before it was cool). And since we started when my daughter was in kindergarten, that means that (gulp!) we have a seventh...

Thinking About Homeschooling? What You Need to Know

There are a lot of people talking all of a sudden about the possibility of homeschooling their children in the fall. For some, this is a response to the fact that so much is...

School Is Closed :: How to Survive and Thrive as a Family

It's official - schools in South Carolina are closed until the end of the month, and it's happening all over the country, as states make plans to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by practicing...

2019 Guide to Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Activities around Columbia

Once again, Fall has snuck up on me, probably at least in part because of the warmer-than-normal weather we've been having. With our neighborhood pool still open and ninety-degree days this past week, if...
6 Ways to Prep Your Child for a Hurricane - Columbia SC Moms Blog

6 Ways to Prep Your Child for a Hurricane

This time last year, we were already up to the "F" names for hurricanes as we all watched and waited for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, so I've been pretty relaxed up about the...
Your Options For Homeschooling in South Carolina | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Your Homeschool “Options” in South Carolina

Our family began homeschooling six years ago, and although a lot of energy went into making plans and considering curriculum, my first concern was how to do it legally. I had taught in the...

Changing Course in Your Homeschool

We have been homeschooling for six years, since my daughter was in kindergarten, but in many ways I feel like we are doing it for the first time this year. That is because ever...