Monday, November 28, 2016

Home Life at The Estate

Mrs. White's Parlour in Vermont (This is the same photograph on the cover of one of my books.)

We had a lovely Thanksgiving Holiday.  It was so nice to have all the family home.  I was thinking about Black Friday this year. I have never in my life done Black Friday shopping, though some of my grown children have.  They love the excitement of it all.

I realized that this event was not even heard of during my childhood and early years of marriage.  It made me wonder what started it.  I was told that it did not take root nationwide until possibly the late 1980's?  Honestly, I don't really like how it has crept in to take away some of the Thanksgiving family time, with stores opening on Thanksgiving night. But I know there are many who do like it.  So I will just enjoy being home, and keeping the home, while family and friends venture off into the stores if they want to.  Mother will be here at home!

One thing that is extra special about the holidays is when everyone gets all dressed up in their church clothes. It is the perfect time to take pictures.  I don't share pictures very often, but I have one to share with you today.  This is me with my youngest (grown) child.  He gave me permission to share it!

Mrs. White with one of her Children On Thanksgiving Day 2016

I am wearing my favorite apron. It is my "dress up" apron. I made it several years ago, using a pretty burgundy calico fabric.  It is hand sewn using "See and Sew" pattern number B5125.   There are some adjustments to make when you hand sew rather than using a machine.  But it is nice to take one's time doing hand stitches while sitting and visiting with the family.

The other afternoon, I cut out some fabric to make a toddler dress for one of my grandbabies.  I will do a little sewing as I have time.  It is a nice project to keep me busy while "resting." (gentle smiles)

The last few weeks, my son (in the picture above) has been my chauffer. He has driven me to church. I don't like to drive, so I have been delighted that he has taken me.  He found a modern song that I like, which is "Bless the Lord - 10,000 reasons." by Matt Redman.  We listen to it  as he drives me on these rural roads to the country church.   This is the only modern Christian song that I have liked. I am so used to old gospel, from artists like "The Kingsmen Quartet" and "The Inspirations." I even love the gospel songs of Elvis Presley. So I was shocked to hear a modern one that I actually liked.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Homemaking - Cleaning the Museum.

Craving Simplicity - An Ordinary Life at Home.

What it is Like - Living without Credit Cards.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving Morning in Vermont

Plimoth Plantation, Massachusetts Scene

We had a lot of snow over the last few days. It is so pretty outside on this Thanksgiving morning in rural New England. It is still dark outside.  My turkey is in the oven. I had to get one of my grown sons up to help me with it.  It is too heavy for me to lift.  (gentle smiles)

This is my 4th year making the turkey myself.  Before that my Mother made it each year while she lived here with us for 9 years (along with Dad, in an in-law apartment in our home).  In the early years before that, my mother-in-law made the turkey.  Now it is my turn.

We are not having a lot of company today, but most of my children and grandchildren will be here.  The rest will call in their visit.

I want to share with you Thanksgivings past, here on the blog.  It will give me a reminder of how we celebrate the day and how things have changed over the years since my children are all grown now.

(2009) My 1st Thanksgiving here on the blog was a rough one, as some of the children were not well.  Here it is:

"A Catered Thanksgiving"   My parents made the dinner and sent it up to my family. 

(2010) The 2nd Thanksgiving shared here on the blog was a tough one financially:

"Preparing for Thanksgiving in Tough Times"

(2011) The 3rd Thanksgiving here finds us waiting for a part to repair our wood pellet stove. But all the children were to come home this year:

"A Cold House on a Winter Day"

(2012) The 4th Thanksgiving shared here I was looking forward to all the children coming home.

"A Full and Busy House"  (Even though I don't mention it in this post, I had just become a grandmother!  Two grandchildren had been born a month apart. They were both just tiny babies!  Those two are now 4 years old and such a joy!)

(2013)  I cannot find a specific post for the 5th Thanksgiving. I know I was very busy taking care of a grandbaby.  The closest thing I can find, based on the dates, was just a regular post to encourage in difficult times:

"Keeping House While Staying Sane"

(2014) The 6th Thanksgiving on the blog I shared many things about the early Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving:

"Preparing for a New England Thanksgiving"  (I don't mention it in the post, but this was our first Thanksgiving since my parents, who had lived with us for 9 years,  moved south.)

(2015) On the 7th Thanksgiving here, I was preparing to be away for a few months, so I posted something quick:

"A Break from Blogging"

(2016) This is the 8th Thanksgiving I've been blogging here.  I now have eight grandchildren and feel very blessed.

 Dinner will be for 12.   There will be leftovers to send home with some of the grown children.

We will have the usual feast. Here is the menu:

Mashed Potatoes
Peas and Corn
Dinner Rolls

Pumpkin Pies
Apple Pies
Lemon Meringue Pie

Tea or Coffee
Apple Juice (for grandbabies)

(We usually have apple cider, but this year I forgot to buy some. - Gentle smiles)

I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with your families!

Mrs. White

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

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Friday, November 18, 2016

At Mother's House

I fondly remember my childhood home.  I felt secure and happy there. My mother was an excellent homemaker.  She and my father provided us with a happy home.  It was an older house near the ocean in a suburban town in Massachusetts. We had a large throw rug over linoleum in our living room. Our television set was built into a pretty piece of furniture.  There was a cozy fireplace which kept us warm.

My parents were married for 50 years before they both went home to Heaven.  They set an excellent example of family, marriage and Christian living.   It is lovely to think about our childhood home at Mother's house.

Today, I am the mother of five grown children and a grandmother of eight.  My house has become the place for the children to come home to.  I want to be that same example of being a good wife, mother and grandmother to my own children. With this in mind, I put together a new book called, "At Mother's House."

The front cover of the book has a picture of our front porch here at our Vermont home.  It looks like a "shabby" old home with wildflowers growing by the stairs.  We live humbly on a small income.  In these pages I share essays from my own life and articles to encourage the Christian housewife.

There are 40 small chapters. The book is paperback with 122 pages.  About half of the book contains posts from right here on the blog over the last year. The other half is taken from a private newsletter I write, "Letters from the Estate."

Some of the chapters are:

"Poor and Pretty Living" (Homemaking on a Small Income)

"The Money Packets" (Teaching young adults to mange money)

"Serving Mister"  (Being a good wife)

"The Children's Prayers"  (Teaching little ones to pray)

"A Special Kitchen"  (Traditional work in the kitchen)

"Fresh Housekeeping"  (Being a good housekeeper)

"A Church Diet for the Family"  (The way it was, and what we continue to need)

"An Afternoon walk at the Estate" (Daily life at our house)

. . .and much more.

If you are seeking the old paths and need advice on being a peaceful mother and housewife, with the Lord as the foundation of your home, this book will be an encouragement.

"At Mother's House" was just released and is available for sale at Amazon. If you feel led, I hope you will help me spread the word.  Also, If you are able to buy the book, I would appreciate it very much if you would write a review on Amazon. 

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

Mrs. White

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

An Evening Visit
View of our Parlour from 2011

For the last month, I have been busy taking care of three of my grandchildren a great deal of the time.  They are very precious, and I don't mind how tiring the work can be.  But, I have not had much time to visit here.  Things are slowing down and I am getting more help around the house so I have been able to rest more.

I have a new book that has just been published. It will be ready for sale in a day or two. It is designed to encourage the Christian housewife.  I will announce it on the blog very soon.

Our wood stove is going, making our home nice and warm this evening in our rural Vermont village.  It is so pretty to look outside at the landscape, while staying warm indoors.

I am getting ready for Thanksgiving.  We are not sure who is coming to dinner, but I hope there will be a few extra guests.  A lot of people around the table makes it so much more festive.

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Marriage - When Groceries are the Presents.

The Comfort of Home - The Light in the Window.

A blessing to have - Mother's Rose - Colored Glasses.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Finding Lovely Things in a Busy Home

Beautiful flowers on our Parlour Table

Lately I have not had much energy to make things look pretty around here.  I have been busy taking care of little grandbabies and trying to keep house.  It is a whirlwind of activity but it all is happening at my very favorite place - my home.

Each day, to help brighten my day and keep things cheerful, I take a few minutes to look at something lovely.  This is often just the landscape out the window. It was raining so much the last few days, that the grandbabies and I have been enjoying the prettiness of nature out the front window.

I also love to notice the simple paintings on the walls of our staircase.  As I hold a toddler's hand, walking slowly down the stairs, baby holds the banister while I look at the pictures of birds and snowy winter scenes on wooden paintings.

A Staircase Wall at our Vermont Estate

My kitchen reminds me of elegant poverty with it's homemade touches.  I love to make my tea in the morning while looking at a French lace curtain (given to me by a very dear reader) at the edge of my kitchen.  My CD player is by the dish drainer. I love to turn on old gospel music and listen while we serve dinner at the table in the evenings.

A French Lace Curtain in the doorway of Mrs. White's Kitchen

These little touches of simple elegance throughout our rural old house bring cheer and happiness.  No matter how tired we are from the work we do each day; no matter how noisy the grandbabies are; having beauty in our home and among the grounds of our Estate are so important.

Yet, the loveliest thing that brings me the most peace and joy, is the sight of my old, worn Bible. It quiets and calms me.  It is the most cherished possession I own. 

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Part of a Happy Marriage - Cooking for Mister.

Have you Seen Our Property? - Tour of the Estate Grounds

Thrifty wisdom from the old days -  To Earn and Not To Spend.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

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