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 (

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...

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'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...

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...

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...

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Most people wouldn't associate the word "infertility" with a moms site. Infertility - that's when you can't have kids, right? But you're a mom. So... you adopted? But you're still infertile? Is that it? Well,...

5 Things That are True About Homeschooling in February

We are in our sixth year of homeschooling now, and it has been a grand adventure of getting to know my children better, figuring out what works for our family, and of seeing what...

What I am Missing this October

Every October since 2009, I have taken part in activities for Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Month, including lighting a candle on October 15 for my babies in Heaven. That first year, I was...
Your Options For Homeschooling in South Carolina | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Your “Options” for Homeschooling in South Carolina

When our family began making plans to homeschool over five years ago, my first concern was how to do it legally. I had taught in the public school system for more than a decade...
5 Reasons I Love My Mom Suit - Columbia SC Moms Blog

5 Reasons I Love My “Mom Suit”

Although the back-to-school sales might tell us otherwise, we are not even halfway through the summer. There is still plenty of time to enjoy Columbia's "famously hot" weather at a pool or even the...
Summer Bucket List for NE Columbia - 30+ Free & Affordable Activities | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Summer Bucket List for NE Columbia :: 30+ Free & Affordable Activities

So summer has begun, and with all of the camps and VBS weeks coming up, I feel like it will be gone before I know it. But there will be a lot of unscheduled...

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