Godly Homemaking wisdom for a peaceful and joyous home life. . ..
"Faint not; the miles to heaven are but few and short." -Samuel Rutherford
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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."
Ideally, a marriage will last "until death do us part," as the vow is stated at the altar. This is a sacred promise we must strive to keep until the very end. However, we are aware of difficult circumstances in today's culture. There is rampant adultery, financial strain, easy divorce, and wives are being abandoned by husbands who want out. It is not easy to stand committed to a "forever" marriage.
Marriage and Home are like a romance. We wives cultivate and bring beauty on a daily basis. We are like the angels of light and warmth and holy love. We do this daily and we don't give up. We do this regardless of any reward or appreciation.
A Wife and Homemaker, has a duty to keep home and marriage a happy place, despite trials, sadness, anger and troubles. It takes courage and a tremendous amount of behind-the-scenes work.
The life-long marriages happen because of labor and effort. One of the secrets is daily, moment-by-moment forgiveness. Be merciful, be slow to anger. . . and forgive.
It is about working to make home and marriage lovely; making it a sanctuary and a haven.
The following is a list of articles, stories, and ideas to help in this journey. (These are gathered from this blog, and were written by Mrs. White.) The advice is designed for the Old Fashioned, Christian Housewife:
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.