Monday, November 28, 2022

Gracious House Keeping - My New Book


~ Our newest book, brought to you by "The Legacy of Home Press." ~



Here is a description from the back cover:

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 ~ A little book of cheer to inspire you in cleaning and house keeping. ~


Children are growing up in families where, it seems, there isn't anyone at home. Yet keeping house is a greatly needed occupation and I believe we just need a little encouragement and inspiration.

In this small book I will describe a basic routine for cleaning the house. Once our cleaning foundation is settled, I will share the most important part of keeping house. This is what the house keeper does with her time. It includes her cheerfulness, the peace she creates, the work she does, her gentle frugality, and the culture she is providing for her loved ones. 

Special Features include:

- KJV Bible Verses to bring comfort and peace.

- Beautiful paintings of home and family life, from the 1800's, by Currier and Ives.

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The chapters include:

Part 1 - Encouragement


1. Introduction  

2. The Lived - in House Dilemma

3. The Daily Work

4. The Five Day Homemaking Plan

5. Restful Weekends

6. Manners in the Home

7. Make Home Life Pretty

8. The Work Basket

9. Hand Sewing Projects

10. Charitable Service

11. A Real Old Fashioned Home

 Part 2 - The Work Charts. (This includes both daily and weekly work.)

 

Throughout the book you will find encouraging Bible verses, and beautiful old paintings (in black and white) to inspire you in your homemaking.

 There is also some encouragement for those who are chronically ill or do not have much energy to do a lot of work. 

I hope this book cheers you along in your work as house keeper.

 

The book is now available for sale at Amazon, in both paperback and hardcover editions.


"Gracious House Keeping: Advice, Encouragement, and Cleaning Help for the Christian Housewife."


ISBN: 978-1956616187   ( 6 x 9, Paperback, 115 pages.)


ISBN: 978-1956616200    (6 x 9, Hardcover, 115 pages.)



Any help in spreading the word would be very much appreciated.  Also, if you are able to write a review on Amazon, it would be so helpful! Thank you so much! 

Blessings, 

Mrs. White

 

From the Archives

What Many of Us Crave - An Ordinary Life at Home.

Help for when you feel like - Neglecting the Housework.

Something We All Need  - Peace Be Upon This House.



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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

Library of Congress: "Setting the table" on Thanksgiving, Crouch Family 1940, CT.


I love the old fashioned dinner. It was common to get together after church, on Sundays, for a big family meal. Since this does not seem to be as prevalent today, a time of gathering is especially meaningful on Thanksgiving.  It reminds one of the old days and how wonderful it is to join together for a big family dinner. I have often heard comments such as, "Why don't we do this more often?"


Library of Congress: "Mrs. Crouch in the kitchen," Thanksgiving, 1940, CT.

 

It is a blessing for the family to all be together, enjoying a bountiful feast in the old family home. We would have Mother and Father, of course. There may also be Grandparents there, to the delight of all.  There would be children - young and old. There may be cousins, aunts, and uncles.  It is a wonderful time to fellowship and enjoy delicious home cooking.

 

Library of Congress: "Reading the paper, waiting for Thanksgiving Dinner," 1940 CT.

 

Someone is in the kitchen peeling potatoes. Another is helping set the table. Perhaps Grandmother is setting out the dessert table with pies and cakes. And while all the work is going on, there are times of rest to wait for the food to be ready.

 

Library of Congress: "The Children's Table at Thanksgiving." Crouch Family, 1940, CT.

 

Extra chairs are brought in from the bedrooms and living room.  A Children's table is set up for extra seating.  There is plenty of room for all the family.  We often use our best dishes and dress in our nicest clothing. We look our best to present a message of the importance of our time together on such an occasion.

 

Library of Congress: "A View into the Kitchen on Thanksgiving." Crouch Family, 1940, CT.

 

How wonderful to talk and laugh and visit while everyone is leisurely eating.  Generous platters of food are passed around.  Dessert is served to grateful relatives. All are welcome. All are loved.

 Thanksgiving is a time of old fashioned homemaking, sharing a love of home and family. It is an opportunity for the most humble prayers, for blessings received and appreciated, despite all the hard days we have endured. 

We thank Thee, Oh Lord, for your merciful kindness and goodness this Thanksgiving and always. Amen.


Blessings

Mrs. White

From the Archives


Encouraging children to clean -  Nobody wants to Clean a Messy House.

Beautiful efforts that bring joy - The Company Ready Home

Wise Homemaking Advice from 1744 - To Earn and Not to Spend



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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

The Comfort of Daily Chores

Library of Congress: Almoney Family in 1942 at dinner time.


It is so nice when everyone is home and helping with the daily work.  Someone might be doing the laundry, or sweeping the floors.  Mom is in the kitchen preparing dinner. One of the children is setting an inviting table. All are looking forward to sitting together and enjoying the homemade food.  All is done in love.

When my grandchildren are visiting, our house is very full. There is much to do.  The children are happy to help with the sweeping, folding clothes, clearing the table, and picking up toys. In the midst of all the playing, this is part of the visiting.  We work while we talk. We do the daily chores, making the home look nice and pleasant, while we laugh and smile. We are together while we labor in the home.

Some days I will say to one of the older grandchildren, "Will you keep the baby happy while I go in the kitchen and bake cookies?"  They are willing and happy to do the extra work for the wonderful reward of a homemade treat. Our parlour is adjacent to the kitchen, so I can still see and talk to all of the family while I do the baking.  Often, one of the children will set up a chair, at the entrance of the kitchen, to watch the work, at a safe distance from the oven and stove.  They enjoy watching and seeing the progress.

I could not imagine a life without chores.  The daily work is what helps us enjoy the rest.  As we make beds, vacuum carpets, dust furniture, organize papers, and make things look lovely, there is a comfort in doing the chores.  There is a peacefulness, a simplicity in keeping house for those we love. To have a home and family to take care of is the greatest joy in life.

As I walk about the house, I appreciate the old familiar rooms and the way they are decorated. I think about how it is all kept neat by our consistent efforts.  The routine of the day brings comfort and stability.  Often, in the evening, at the end of the day, I will straighten up the couch cushions, tuck in the chairs, and take one last look around the rooms to enjoy the prettiness of everything. All is back in order and ready for the next morning. All is well at home. 

Blessings

Mrs. White

From the Archives

One of the greatest joys - Mother's Benevolent Society

An Old Time Frugal and Happy Kitchen - Basic Cookery.  

Encouragement - I will do my duty - No Matter What it Cost Me

 

 


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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Missionary Work - Temperance Pledge Cards from the 1800s

Library of Congress: Signing the Pledge in 1846.

 

It is a common sight, in our culture, for alcohol consumption to seem normal.  We see it in the movies, on television, and in beautiful restaurants. We see all kinds of alcohol in attractive packaging for sale in our grocery stores. There are wine managers and experts presenting events that are popular in society. Many make a living in the production and sale of this form of beverage. Alcohol is frequently offered as gifts during the Christmas season. Many bring a bottle of wine as a gift to the hostess at a gathering. One would assume that it is a normal thing to drink. One would wonder why anyone would think it might cause a problem or possibly be the wrong thing to do.

In 1842 Abraham Lincoln gave a speech to a Washington Temperance Society, in a Presbyterian church. I was surprised that he described how normal it was, even then, to make, buy, sell, and consume alcohol. It was part of everyday life. He says, "Universal public opinion not only tolerated, but recognized and adopted its use." He goes on to say that it was well known that many were injured by it. He says, "But none seemed to think the injury arose from the use of a bad thing, but from the abuse of a very good thing. The victims to it were pitied, and compassioned, just as now are, the heirs of consumptions, and other hereditary diseases." He goes into great detail of how important was the work of the Temperance Society. He praised their methods. He explains how those who have suffered from a life of intemperance and have reformed, present a most powerful testimony to help others come out of this way of life. He says, "Whether or not the world would be vastly benefited by a total and final banishment from it of all intoxicating drinks, seems to me not now to be an open question. Three-fourths of mankind confess the affirmative with their tongues, and, I believe all the rest acknowledge it in their hearts."

Around this time period, temperance pledge cards were being used by the masses.  These papers, or cards, contained a promise, "with the help of God," to abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages. In those days, when someone made a pledge, it meant they gave their word; and their word meant their reputation as a person of integrity. It meant honor. It meant something to trust.  A pledge was more than a resolution, it was an act of self-discipline and determination.  

These cards not only included a promise to abstain, it also stated a firm mission to help others to avoid alcohol as well. Below is a picture of one of these pledges from the Railway Mission in the 1800's.

 

Railway Mission pledge, 1800's.

 The fine print at the bottom of this paper says, "For Jesus' sake. . . For my brother's sake. . . For my own sake."  

Another pledge card calls intemperance, "the great disease of the age." It also included a resolve to abstain "from all profanity." It stated that one would not only avoid drinking, one would not furnish drink to anyone else. This was from 1850.  It is below.

 

Click on the image to make it larger. (1850 temperance certificate.)

Some of these cards show the difference in one's way of life.  One can be brought to poverty and ruin with intemperance. Some of the writings say that intemperance leads to a drunkard's grave while widows and orphans are brought to the poor house. In old literature, such as the 1894 book by Isabella Alden, "Only Ten Cents," we see in clear detail how poverty and misery often happens when one of the family is a slave to the drink. It is devastating to read about. 

In contrast, those who pledge to abstain from alcohol work to lead a steady, stable, and comfortable life of temperance. This is a blessing to society. This is peaceful living, which we all would benefit from.

Consider, for example, the vast sum of money which is spent, and has been spent all these years on alcohol. Imagine if that money were used for savings, to pay bills, give to charity, etc.  It would be an astounding amount, and make a great difference in society. 

I will show you some of these images from a pledge card in 1877.

Illustration from a pledge card in 1877, showing the value of temperance.

 

 

Illustration from a pledge card, in 1877 showing the sad results of intemperance.

There is a beautiful "Family Pledge" certificate found in the pages of a Bible in 1883. The illustration is lovely. It also included 18 compelling reasons why one should abstain. It is excellent!  (I would love to get a quality copy of this one and frame it for our home.)

Family temperance pledge from a Bible in 1883.


There were temperance pledge cards from the military:


And there were others with a place for the signature of a chaplain in military service:

Temperance pledge card from World War I

This trouble with drinking affected both men and women.  I found a beautiful Victorian styled card that would greatly appeal to women, and have included it below:

Temperance pledge card from the 1800's.

 

I also greatly appreciated seeing one from the Woman's Christian Temperance Union:

Temperance pledge card from 1910.

There are so many different vintage cards which can be found at historic places, as well as at auction sites. There was one in particular that made me want to cry because it clearly shows how very sad it is when intemperance in one's life seeks to destroy a family. (I don't think there is any single one of us who is not hurt by an extended family member or friend who struggles with this.) The pledge card is below:

Band of Hope, Moody Division, pledge card, 1858.

We see the illustration on the right, where the family looks destitute and homeless as a result of intemperance.  The illustration on the left shows a comfortable home and family as a result of temperance. 

These pledge cards really shocked me.  I did not realize there was a mission and a teaching of the dangers and sadness of alcohol consumption. I had certainly read about such things in old books from the 1800's, but I did not know that such an important work of setting up these temperance pledge cards, all over the place, had happened. 

What relief the families must have felt when the struggling father, mother, or other family member stood up to sign the pledge, and change their entire life! What an answer to prayer, and what a change that must have occurred in their homes!

 If someone would come up with a beautiful new set of these convicting cards, I would sign the pledge, frame it, and post it, for all to see, on the walls of my home.

Blessings

Mrs. White

From the Archives

Old Time Humble Family Life - Standard of Living.

Encouragement and Advice - A New England Winter on a Small Income.

What many of us crave - An Ordinary Life at Home

 

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Monday, October 10, 2022

Setting out Bibles for the House

An open Bible near a lamp at Mrs. White's house.

 

Everyone in our family has their own personal Bible, for their own personal use.  But we found a need for more public Bibles that could be freely shared.  Over time, I have acquired a few Bibles that anyone, at any time, can use at our house. I call them House Bibles.  We have some on a bookcase in the parlour.  One of us may be talking about some trouble, or offering comfort, when we remember something in Scripture.  We quickly get a House Bible and find the passage to share. It is a blessing.

Yesterday we were trying not to worry about some difficulty in our extended family.  We were reflecting on grace and mercy and kindness.  We mentioned how we all fail, we all make mistakes, and we all need the Lord each and every day.   I remembered something my husband and I had just read during devotions the previous night.  It was from Psalm 130 verse 3. We are grateful for the mercies of God.

To somehow counteract all the chaos and stress that is going on, both in the culture, and the common trials in our own lives, I decided to set up a little place to keep one of my House Bibles, for frequent readings.  I have a piece of furniture called a "dry sink."  On top of this, I placed a precious Bible.  On a shelf above, there is an open hymn book.  I also included my "Daily Food for Christians" book and a "Cheque Book" of daily readings by Charles Spurgeon.  I read from all of these each day. 

Each morning, when I get up, I turn on the lamp and open the Bible.  I find some special passages of comfort and instruction.  If these are not already highlighted, I get a yellow highlighter and mark the verses. Then I read them. I keep this book open all day long. Whenever I walk by the way, I stop and read the passages again.  If I need to be cheered up, I will go back over to this Bible and read the day's verses again. Sometime, throughout the day, I read from the Daily Food book. Then I pick up the hymn book and read or sing whatever special song I have picked for the day.  In afternoons, I read the day's selection from Charles Spurgeon.  When I am sitting in my house, or rising up, or walking by the way, I read something from this table, where I keep the House Bible and other books, to bring nourishment and comfort to my soul.

At the end of each day, I go over and read the highlighted verses once more. Then I close the Bible, turn off the lamp and go to sleep.

In the last couple of years we have had to make frequent trips out of state for urgent medical care. In our hotel room, I always open the drawer by the bed and found great comfort in seeing a Bible there.  It is like having a House Bible. 

May all of our homes have Bibles that are frequently read and cherished.

Blessings

Mrs. White

 

From the Archives -

My devotional book - Daily Food for Christians

 A Faithful, Virtuous Mother - Amazing Dedication.

The Reality - Retirement Planning for the Poor.



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