Saturday, August 17, 2013
Very early in the morning, I cleaned the main rooms in this large old house. I swept the floor, scrubbed the sink, counters, and stove. I washed dishes, cleaned canisters, and made the parlour look nice. This is the heavy sort of cleaning one does as the foundation of other cleaning. It is the deep down work that makes the rest of the day's work easier.
I will often rearrange the interior of the refrigerator to keep some order. Things should be in their place - the milk goes here; the ketchup goes there. This makes everything easy to find and not strewn about. An orderly fridge makes one pleasant.
The sun is just rising on the front grounds. The windows are open. I will soon sweep the porch and tidy up the outdoors! (gentle smiles) Cleaning is pleasant work when it is done with skill, purpose, and a little quiet. (No one is under foot at this hour.)
Soon the family will waken. I will hear the baby's morning cry in just a few hours. He will want his breakfast and lots of attention. He will want to walk the gardens with grandmother. The children will make most of the meals, and I will enjoy some leisure in the afternoon.
For right now, I will rest content, with a cup of tea, because I have already accomplished a delightful mission in the home - I have done the day's foundation of cleaning.
From the Archives:
Very Precious - Sweet Hours at Home.
She Seeks not Fame - The Behind-the-Scenes Mother.
When Mister and I had children, we took one of these - A Vow of Poverty.
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For Home-keeping Inspiration, - For The Love of Christian Homemaking.
A 90 Day Bible Study, inspired by John Wesley, - "Early Morning Revival Challenge"
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