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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
In Jane Austen's day, guests would "take a turn about the room." Or they would walk the garden. This was a way of visiting. Two or more would walk together and talk. It was a restful sort of recreation and exercise.
When the weather is nice here at our Vermont Estate, I often ask one of my teenagers if they would walk the grounds with me. We have a 2 acre parcel of land. I walk up the back property, near the rushing river and enjoy the retreat - like setting. We have a tiny garden plot with new blueberry and strawberry plants which have not yet been established enough to bear fruit. But they are fun to look at.
In the early spring and summer mornings, I do the majority of my housework. I do the dishes, the baking, some cooking, and tidying. Then I do laundry and hang it on the clothesline. While I work, I look forward to my walk around the grounds. I love to call out, on my way out the door, "Will someone walk with me?" Often it is one of my teenage boys who goes with me.
I see things that remind me of what it must be like on old homesteads. In the spring, farmers would walk the property and assess the needs. A certain fence might need to be repaired. A barn door might need a hinge tightened. Perhaps the porch steps need a few boards replaced. The farmers worked hard to maintain and repair the grounds so the homestead would function as it should. On my own property, I see some weeds that need to be removed. I see a porch that needs painting and a playground that needs to be cleaned and ready for children to enjoy for the season.
All these chores can be done at our own pace, over many weeks or months. They give us great joy to labor on our own property. We take pride in our land and our homes, when we enjoy our own work.
As I am walking the grounds, I am not thinking about what must be done outside the property. The outside world is shut out. Peace reigns. A soothing happy feeling of walking the garden with my Lord is in my thoughts. . . And for just a little while, I forget about my poverty, realizing I have everything I need, in this old 1800's house, and on this beautiful land.