"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."
Have you ever started your spring cleaning with a happy attitude? Even getting all dressed up and putting on a pretty apron to help set some ambiance in the home? We can listen to classical music or old time gospel and enjoy the task of heavy cleaning. One feels like "a good little housewife" as one takes pride in one's efforts and delights in the work of making and keeping a lovely home. The housewife can sense the gratefulness and happiness as her husband trusts her with all pertaining to home and family.
In today's society, housewifery is still being scoffed at by those who choose another path. I cannot imagine why. It is a precious way of life and something to aspire to. Years ago, there was a club for girls called, "Future Homemakers of America." I wonder if they are still in operation?
To be called a "housewife" is an honor. It is more long term than "a stay-at-home-mom," because a housewife is considered a married woman who keeps the home. She keeps the home fires burning. She is the hostess of the domestic arts. She stays at home whether or not she has children, and she does a marvelous job of setting a happy tone for those who dwell there.
The lady of the house is the pride of her husband and the comfort of her children. Home for her is a life-long career, hobby and occupation. These dear women seek no applause. They seek not fame. The godly housewives of today are the quiet heroes of their communities.
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.