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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 the rush of daily activities, sometimes we forget how calm and gentle home life can be. There are certain things we can do to help us remember. . .
- We can have special touches in our favorite rooms. This may be a living room, entryway, or dining room. Little touches of soothing artwork (like pretty flowers, landscapes, English gardens, or elegant families from the "Victorian" or "Romantic" eras.) Nice, quiet background music of classical or gospel would be lovely and soothing.
- What we wear, and how we look. There is something I call "Casual Elegance." This is whatever makes you feel dressed up, yet comfortable. For me, that is my blue cotton skirt (knee-length), a pretty top and a nice sweater. (All from either J.C. Penny or Macy's - purchased at their annual winter clearance sale, for very little money.) We can also have a classically, elegant hairstyle. This may be a loose updo, or whatever brings out an aura of old fashioned sweetness to the look.
- Setting a neat table for evening refreshments, and turning on a dim lamp will calm one's nerves, if one remembers to forget the outside world for a time. (This means not to talk about it, or worry about it, for a little while!)
- Being quiet. . . (smiles). . . We often talk too much, worry too much, think too much, and want to multitask every minute away! Being quiet and content takes effort, but it will bring peace and gentleness to the family.
Every day, we can take little steps of progress to cultivate a gentle society in the home. We must use our creativity and be the light of our homes. This may mean it is always our own ideas, and our own labor that makes this happen. But this is a beautiful, noble work. . . to bring gentleness to a home.