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"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."
- Elizabeth Prentiss, 1800's.
A married woman who stays home. This is a lifelong vocation. It is an old-fashioned term, and something to be proud of. Not a "domestic engineer." Not a "home manager." An old fashioned housewife, who keeps the home, and abides there. - Mrs. White
I frequently hear from readers who want to stop working and stay home with their families. They wonder how it works? They say it is financially impossible, and want help. (This is for two-income couples.)
Obviously each situation is going to be different. Some mothers might be able to make a few adjustments and quit right away. Others are caught in so many financial obligations that it might take them months (or longer) to get everything in order before going home for good.
I want to recommend a couple of books, make a few suggestions and then ask the readers to share their own testimonies or ideas.
1. Essential Books
The Complete Tightwad Gazette. This is a manual for home economy, which is priceless. There are also sections to help the working mom who wants to stay home. I wish a copy of this book was given to every new bride!
Aunt Jane's Hero. This beautiful story was written in the 1800's. It depicts the life of a humble family who live on very limited means. You will be inspired, encouraged and motivated to have such a life.
- Make a list of all the things you are willing to do to save money. Will you cook foods from scratch? Will you carefully watch over the utilities to keep the bills down? Will you stay home more to save gas money?
- If you are no longer working, you should be able to lower your insurance rate because your car won't be used for "commuting." (Find other little ways to cut expenses. Each one will add up to a large annual savings.)
3. From the Readers
Readers, have you worked outside the home and found a way to quit? Will you share some of your experiences with us in the comments section? We'd love to hear from you! (You are also welcome to write a blog post and link back here.)
I realize this is a very serious subject for those who truly do not want to work outside the home. I know many mothers would love to be home full time with their husband and children. I hope the advice from readers will help!
If you are one of the mothers who wants to quit your job to stay home, please share some of the difficulties. Perhaps the readers can answer some of your specific questions in the comments.