Godly Homemaking wisdom for a peaceful and joyous home life. . ..
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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."
- 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 Wartime, as sons went off to join the army, Mother's heart would break. She would watch her boys walk down the lane in their uniforms, and she would pray for them.
During some wars, in some countries, terrible things have happened. Family members were taken by enemies, or by soldiers. I have read about wives and mothers weeping as cruel people took away the family.
How do Mothers have enough courage to go on each day?
There are happier leavings. . . . Children grow up and move into their own homes. Another family is established, another home. Mother feels content to see her grown children at peace and being blessed. Yet, she misses that empty spot at the table. She misses those late night talks of all the news as young adults came home from their outings.
Still, there is an emptiness in the heart and soul when family leaves. How do these mothers go on?
Somehow she must keep her routine. She must keep praying at the appointed hour of family worship. She must make the meals, and sweep the floors. Despite her worries and her sadness, she must continue to keep making a home.
Someday, those precious ones will walk back down the lane to see their old Mother. There will be a happy reunion. Someday, that lane may be heaven, or it may be the old homestead, but there will be a time of reunion and all will be well again.
Mothers must have faith and courage that God is in control, no matter how bleak things look, or how many burdens we wallow in. Mother must continue to have a happy peace in her soul, knowing that faith is stronger than anything we see before us.
Mother's Courage will soar, as she focuses on her daily routine in the sweet little home, and in her humble efforts at homemaking.
Her faithful prayers will soothe the lives and hearts of the missing ones. . . For Mother to stay behind at home, keeping it nice, waiting for the return of the family - . . . this is brave and noble courage.
I am the mother of five home-schooled children, ages 16 and up, and a Grandmother of 2. . .
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I have been married for a quarter of a century. . . . .
I am a writer, reviewer, who loves classic fashion, hand-sewing, reading, housekeeping, and cleaning. . . . . . . .
We live in an 1800's house in rural Vermont.