"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."
Yesterday I ate the last chocolate. Holding the Whitman's Box made me almost nostalgic. I didn't want to throw it away. It was a gift from my 18 year old son, Matthew. The memory was precious. I decided to keep it. It would be used to hold my bills and create a lasting legacy.
Along with my bills, it will hold my checkbook, a pen, and a calculator. Every Friday morning, I will get the box from off the shelf and sit at the table. I will do the bills and enjoy the process. I will remember the gift from my dear son.
The box will also hold a little pocket Bible. It will be a comfort. It will be a reminder to "do all things to the glory of God."
On the bottom of the box, I will write an inscription - "A gift from Matthew. Mother's Day, May 2011."
Each moment of my life creates a memory. I will make the daily tasks in life more meaningful with a smile, a nod and a remembrance.
Someday, when the Lord has called me home to heaven, life will go on in my family. They will take on my tasks and continue my work. One of the older children will say, "We will do what Mother has always done." Then they will get the Whitman's box. They will sit at the dining room table on Friday morning, and they will open that box. They will pay the bills. They will see my handwritten budget. They will touch the small Bible. And they will continue on the tradition and legacy of their Mother.
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.