Monday, March 31, 2014
In the quiet of the morning, I am busy with home duties. I tidy the parlour, and start the tea. I make Grandbaby's playpen look inviting. His blanket is neatly folded over the side. I take a little box and fill it with small toys. This is placed in the corner of the pen, along with a few carefully displayed books. When he is brought upstairs by his Mother, he is excited to go in there while we prepare the morning meal.
I visit with the great-grandparents (who live with us) for a few minutes to see how they are doing. I hear the plans for the day and then get back to my own home duties.
My teenage son sits at the table with me, over tea, and we study. I have a stack of large books and have taught him how to use them. We have The Strong's Concordance, The 1828 Webster's Dictionary, Matthew Henry's Commentary, along with our Bibles. We study in the parlour and then he goes off to do his own studies.
Soon I am busy with Grandbaby and his Mother. We cook and clean and smile and laugh. We talk as we work and we watch all the wonderful antics of baby. Another little cherub will be here very soon and we are excited!
I take a little rest in the parlour chair and try to read. I have an afghan and sit near the fire. It is not long before someone calls me away to another part of the house. I am needed for this or that. But I am ready. My book reading is put down at any moment, because I am on-call for the needs of this house.
Afternoon arrives and grandbaby needs his nap. Portions of this house suddenly become quiet as we get the little one settled to sleep.
The dinner hour is here and we start cooking. There are dishes to do, and laundry to check on. Often someone comes in - whether it is one of my grown children, or Mister, and wants to talk and have a little parlour visit. We take a break from our work to sit for a while.
It is getting late. Grandbaby needs his bath and his bedtime. I visit the great-grandparents again and make sure they are settled for the evening. Then I do the evening chores while listening to old time gospel music on my kitchen radio.
We have evening prayers and a little Bible reading.
When most of the family has gone off to bed, I am back in the kitchen, doing those last minute chores which bring joy to the family - making it all look neat and pleasant.
This is gracious homemaking. It is cheerful work in the home and a kindness in caring for the family.
From the Archives -
Please don't be one of these! - Bossy Wives.
The Way it Should Be - The Mother Who Isn't Busy.
Marriage - When Groceries are the Presents.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
An Invitation - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email.