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From "On The Banks of Plum Creek"
"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Human Frailty of the Godly Soul
"The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort. His great spirit was often in the seventh heaven of exultation, and as frequently on the borders of despair. His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a greatly wearied child."
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
My husband comes home from work with a hurting back and is exhausted. He slowly walks to his room, looking almost hunched over and defeated. Despite his physical suffering, this man will still help the children fix things, or talk with them. He will still fix the car or carry in 40 pound bags of wood pellets. He does not sit in a chair and boss our children around, even though he has every right to ask them for help. When they see him working so hard without complaint, their admiration for him, their love and respect soars!
He patiently deals with their moods and they listen to him, when he asks for quiet. I have never seen him argue with them when they are being rude. He does not try to tell them to "respect him," or say "You will not talk to me like that." He simply says "enough," and goes about his day. The children's normal murmurings fade out and they are calm again.
I have seen him work harder than I could ever imagine myself working. Yet, he does it in a sacrificial way. He wants nothing in return. He works for our food, our home and little presents here and there to cheer us all up. I have seen this man go without new shoes or clothes just so we could have something we need or want.
When I look into the eyes of this weary man, I am inspired to work harder at home. I want to have that same sacrificial love for my family and home. I want to give up more and more of my little selfishness. While he never says much to teach us how to do this - his work ethic, his tremendous love for us, his never complaining, the children and I are constantly learning from him.
I am the mother of five home-schooled children, ages 15 and up, and a Grandmother of 2. I have been married for almost a quarter of a century.
I am a writer, reviewer, who loves fashion, sewing,
reading, fitness and cleaning.
We live in an 1800's house in rural Vermont.