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Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 18, 2005

Local author tells how to 'raise your own children'

By Heidi Stutelberg

“Would I, should I, could I . . . how?”

When it comes to raising your own children at home, Watertown author Carey Keavy has all the answers in her book “Raising Your Own Children.”

Young parents who are interested in this idea may attend Keavy’s presentation “Raising Your Own Children Workshop” Tuesday, April 26 at the Delano Evangelical Free Church at 730 Elm Avenue East in Delano from 6:30-10 p.m.

At the workshop, Keavy will present plans that allow parents the financial freedom to choose their children over full-time employment, and learn to live on only one income.

She identifies day care downfalls, getting and staying out of credit card debt, and working from home.

Keavy will also teach how to dramatically cut food budgets by using new cooking and shopping techniques.

Her book reflects the same ideas filled with humor, quotes, and Biblical facts.

“The book is practical and insightful,” commented Sam Gustafson of Watertown, mother of five, and founder of the Kindred Spirits Co-Op.

“Remember . . . they are only little for a short time. Why pay someone else to enjoy them when they are so cute?” commented Kim Huber, mother of two.

Keavy and her husband, Jeff, homeschool and raise their four sons Jaelen, 10; Jadrien, 6; Jamison, 4; and Jace, 2.

They have managed to maintain a debt-free lifestyle for many years. Though the family indulges in a variety of gourmet meals, they spend an average of only $75 per week on groceries.

“I do a lot of bulk-buying and making things from scratch,” Keavy said.

Keavy also suggests recipes that get more mileage than the usual meal.

For cheap and easy recipes, varying from homemade sauces to household cleaners, Keavy’s website at offers several recipes including a three-ingredient cookie recipe that the kids could make with a little help from mom or dad.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine 1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter, and 1 cup sugar.

Stir until thoroughly mixed.

Plop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet (walnut-sized dollops).

Bake for about 12 minutes, or until brown. Cookies will still be soft when done (until cooled).

The cookies will be very moist inside.

Variation: For a twist, as cookies come out of the oven, press a Hershey’s Kiss into the center.

Keavy’s website also offers a budget worksheet, five steps to saving $100 a month, and excerpts from her book. You can also find out how to order her book, check out her future workshop schedule, browse through the three-minute monthly newsletter, and much more.

The cost for attending the “Raising Your Own Children Workshop” is $35 per person or $50 per couple.

Those unable to attend the workshop, but who wish to order her book for $12.95 ($9.95 plus $3 shipping), can call (952) 913-3675 or order online at,; www. barnes&, or send a check or money order to Carey Keavy, PO Box 302, Watertown, MN 55388.

Her book will be available for sale at the workshop.

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