Monday, July 18, 2016

Serving Mister

It used to be that a wife was greatly needed to make a home a place of rest and refreshment for her family. I remember seeing my Uncle (a preacher in the south) and Aunt in their home.  They lived in a trailer on some acres of land out in the country. It was a wonderful place to visit.

My Uncle had a recliner and he would sit there at the end of the day, watching the news on television while his wife prepared supper.  She made all the meals in the home and kept a clean and lovely home.  She made sure he had a glass of iced tea on hot summer days, and had his coffee ready when he needed it.  They were a happy and lovely couple, each knowing what jobs they were to do to have a happy marriage and a happy home.  My Uncle worked at a regular job and he also worked in the church as the preacher.  He preached the sermons, studied his Bible, prayed, visited the sick, took care of the congregation, provided for his family, and rested in his home. He was able to do all these things because he had a dedicated, loving wife at home.

My mother took care of my father. She served him, out of love and respect. They adored each other, always wanting to do special things for one another to show they were loved.  But Mother did the homekeeping.  She made the coffee, cooked the meals and cleaned the house.  Our home was a place of rest.  There was no bickering, or fights about who was supposed to do the laundry. There were no complaints about all the cooking and cleaning.  Mother would never even think of saying to Dad, "You get your own coffee, you have two feet. Get it yourself."  That was not the kind of home we had.  I think those types of fights are from people who tend to be either over-stressed or selfish.

I realize we are all imperfect people, doing our best in whatever work we are given to do in this life.  We also have to serve imperfect people, and sometimes that means doing nice things for people who are grumpy. (gentle smiles). But there is an angelic way of serving others. It is a way to do kind things, taking care of them, even when there is no reward.   Most all husbands have moments of irritability. This is especially common because they work out in a stressful word.  But a wife who takes care of her "Mister" regardless of his disposition, is a great blessing to her family. Her job is to create a bit of heaven on earth by being a homemaker.  Her job is so important to her husband, whether anyone realizes it or not!

The other day, I noticed my husband was in a tremendous amount of pain. I noticed this only because he was extra grumpy and short tempered. So I brought him a cup of coffee, and made sure he was comfortable in his chair.  I sweetly asked if there was anything else he needed, then I got back to my kitchen to do the dishes while listening to precious old gospel songs on the radio.   There is no way to serve our husbands in a sweet and sacrificial way unless we are full of the joy of the Lord.

There is a way to be an angelic wife.  We need to start fresh each day to do better. Here are some ways of becoming a loving servant in the home:

1.  Take time to read much of the Bible.

2.  Pray at regular times and throughout the day. (Thanksgiving prayers, and for help.)

3. Listen to sermons on CD, or on the computer, or read over your notes from church services.

4. Do your very best to attend a good, old fashioned church each week.

5.  Take extra effort and care each day to go out of your way to do something kind for your husband. (Such as making his favorite dessert, ironing his favorite shirt, serving his dinner before anyone else, telling him you appreciate him, etc.)

The kinder you are to your husband, the softer his heart will be towards you.  Every time we serve our husbands in the home, by cooking the meals, cleaning the house, taking care of the children (in a loving and grateful way) we are serving the Lord.  That is the most important thing.  Being a good wife is serving the Lord.  When we do this cheerfully and happily, we will be rewarded with a grateful and happy husband.

It is the happiest moment in my day, when I bring Mister his coffee and see him smile a loving smile.  I am doing what my mother and aunt and all the wonderful wives before me have done all along.  It is the secret of a happy godly marriage - to serve our husbands in the home.

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

So Precious - A Wife Who Does Not Complain.

Remembering my Childhood - Saturday Morning Chores.

Bring Back Manners - Mrs. or Miss and other Titles of Respect.

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

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Happy Home Keeper

 Maureen O'Hara with her Mother in 1948.

It is so nice to be in charge of a home.  It is like being a hostess to all who enter.  We are responsible for many things. We do our best to keep the home nicely decorated and clean. We keep a watch on the kitchen pantry to ensure there is plenty of nutritious, economical food. We do our best to avoid waste and are inventive with our resources.

How nice it is to take a break from overseeing the many facets of home keeping to sit and visit with guests - family and friends who stop in from time to time!

One of the most important things I've found to do is to get up a little earlier than all the rest to get dressed and ready for the day.  I have more patience and kindness when I have some quiet moments to prepare for the day. Then I am ready to face whatever comes, with a cheerful attitude.

Yesterday I had spent a few hours doing paperwork, paying bills, and sorting the mail.  I also had to make phone calls about different matters of insurance and bills.  A few times, as I worked, I was anxious and upset. But I prayed and was able to quickly regain my composure. Bills and other such stresses are normal parts of our lives and there is nothing whatsoever to panic about.  All is well, while we do the paperwork. And all is well, when it is finished.

I had on a pretty apron and was all dressed up to stay home.  I baked and cooked and cleaned. I was delighted when company stopped by, and an outside project was started.  My boys were busy putting up a screened - in tent back by the river. It is delightful!

It is nice to take down the bedding, get it washed, and put fresh sheets on the beds.  It is also pleasant to wash curtains and freshen up the windows.  These are some of the pleasant jobs of home keeping.

I have hand-sewing projects put aside for those idle moments when I want to keep busy while resting at the same time.   Soon I hope to get an old sewing machine working so I can make little dresses for one of my granddaughters.

I have a wooden tray for lovely hospitality.  When guests are here (even if it is just extended family), I can use the tray to serve iced tea and brownies.  The tray is just a special way to add a touch of class to our lives. 

We dress and act in a classy way regardless of the noise and antics of a busy household. This bring an example of calmness and peace to those around us.  . .  We are the anchors of gentleness and grace in the home.

Whenever we have to go out, it is always nice to put on a pretty dress and a nice necklace.  This helps bring a bit of formality and elegance to our demeanor.  I recently heard of a sweet comment spoken by a butler who was in charge of young children in the home. This was in the 1960's.  They were getting ready to go out.  The Butler said (in his British accent), "One does not venture out into public dressed like a ragamuffin." (gentle smiles). Sometimes we just have to be reminded of good manners.

Of course, our clothing doesn't have to be expensive;  But clean and neat and decent is certainly necessary.  Just like our homes!  We don't need rich furnishings or rich foods. A homemade home is much more charming because it is made with creativity, love, and dedication!  A Home keeper ought to take pride in her home and the work she does there.

 A job worth doing ought to be done with all our might.

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

As Lovely as This - The Cultured Society of Home.

A Simple Life - Living Without Credit Cards.

Passing it on to the Next Generation - Building a Strong Work Ethic in Our Children.

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

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Winner of the DVD Giveaway
Visiting by the back fence at Mrs White's Vermont Estate

Dear Readers,

The Fanny Crosby and Charles Spurgeon DVD giveaway has ended.

The randomly selected winner is:

Kay Walker

Thank you to all who took the time to enter!

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Regular Life as a  - Blue Collar - Working Class Housewife.

Keep Busy - The Duties of Home.

A Blessing to Have - Housewife on Duty.

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

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Fanny Crosby and Charles Spurgeon DVD Giveaway

I recently watched two biographies on DVD. These were like movie clips of actors dramatizing scenes in the lives of these people.  They were fascinating and inspiring.

I wanted to share these with you by doing a giveaway.  One winner will receive both of the following DVDs:

1.  "The Fanny Crosby Story"

Fanny Crosby was a blind hymn writer of more than 10,000 hymns!

We see glimpses of her childhood, her years away at school during her youth, and we see her work writing and publishing hymns.

Some of her best loved hymns are still sung in churches and homes today.

They include:

"Safe in the arms of Jesus"
"Rescue the Perishing"
 "Blessed Assurance"
"To God Be the Glory"
"Near the Cross"

This DVD is 46 minutes long. It is in both color and black and white.

2.  "C.H. Spurgeon - The People's Preacher."

C.H. Spurgeon is one of the most famous preachers of all time. His sermons and writings are still encouraging and inspiring generations of the Lord's people.

The brief biography begins with his youth. We see him being called to preach,going to his first church, the beautiful English countryside where he lived, and some of his "trials and triumphs."

It is very well done. It will inspire viewers to look to their own lives, desiring a closer walk with the Lord and more service in his fields.

This DVD is 70 minutes long. It is in color.

The Giveaway

How would you like a chance to win both of these DVDs?  One randomly selected winner will receive both "The Fanny Crosby Story" and "C.H. Spurgeon - The People's Preacher."

This giveaway has ended.

The Winner is Kay Walker.  

 To enter, all you have to do is leave me a comment, telling me your favorite Fanny Crosby hymns.

For additional Entries:

1. Post about this on Facebook, with a link to this page.

2. Write a post, linking to this giveaway, on your own Blog. (This is worth 3 entries. Please leave 3 separate comments.)

3. Subscribe in an email to The Legacy of Home Blog.

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry.*

One random winner we be selected on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. (U.S.  Entries only.) If I am unable to reach the winner within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected. Your entry is only valid if you include a way for me to contact you. 

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Monday, June 27, 2016

An Amish Bake Sale in Vermont

Warning to Cars: Horse and Buggy on this Vermont Road.

I was out for a ride, this weekend, with my daughter Amy and her children. We had a lovely time enjoying the scenery of our rural countryside.  Nestled in a charming mountain road, there is a new Amish settlement not far from our Estate, here in Vermont.  Each Saturday, they have a bake sale.

Bake Sale Sign at Amish Vermont Residence

The wooden sign looks very sturdy. There are boards on both sides. They are painted white. It looks like the words are painted on, neatly, with black. From what I understand, they have a bake sale all season long, each Saturday, through October.

The sale area is in their front yard. They have a large table set up with all the items for sale.  Above this is a simple canopy tent.  Here you can find a delicious selection of baked goods, including: bread, rolls, peanut butter cookies, and the most delicious, fresh, large donuts you could ever find!   They also have mason jars with apple butter, which tastes like apples and cinnamon and is wonderful for spreading on fresh bread or toast.

On the center of the table was a piece of notebook paper. On this was handwritten (in pen) all the baked goods available with a price beside each listing.  It was humbly done and very sweet.

A small jar of Amish apple butter.

I love how simple and plain the jar of apple butter is. There is a handwritten note, taped over the top of the jar. It says, "Apple butter  $2.50."

On this particular day, as I was standing at the table, I noticed several young children playing nearby. They were so sweet and adorable. Their clothing appeared to be "Old Order Amish."  There was also an 11 - month old baby sitting on the grass, being cared for by an older child.  They all looked so happy and content.

I complimented them on their delicious donuts. I was told they are made by "grandmother."  The landscape of the property and the outside of the home was lovely and pleasant. It was very well loved and cared for.  Vising there made me want to go home, get out my cookbooks and start baking and cleaning!

As we drove away, I was able to get a discreet photograph of the canopy tent (the sale area) from a distance.

Distant View of Amish Bake Sale

We will visit again!

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Happy Days at Home - The Basics of Lovely Housekeeping.

 Real Thrifty Living  - How the Old Time Mothers Survived Poverty

Teaching Children - Nobody Wants to Clean a Messy House.

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

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