Monday, October 18, 2021

Last Days of Leaf Season in Vermont

Leaf - framed view of the sky at Mrs. White's Vermont Home.

 

I have been greatly distracted by the scenery for the past few weeks. Each time I walk outside, or go out on an errand, I want to stop and gaze at the beautiful autumn landscape.  There are certain times of the day when the sun is glistening through the leaves which is most stunning.


The River bordering Mrs. White's property. 


We had the grandchildren over and they enjoyed our playground with all the leaves around them.  When there is a bit of wind, it will rain leaves.  They blow and fall like snow.  It is delightful.


A park bench at the playground on the grounds of Mrs. White's home. 


 

I have been stopping by the roadside to take pictures of lakes, ponds, mountains, and tree-lined streets.  It is a beautiful time of year.  

 

A Lake near Mrs. White's Home.

 

As the days of autumn wind down, the trees are emptying of their colors.  They are getting reading for a long, cold, winter.  It will not be long before the frost and the snow come to Vermont.  

Yet, each season has its beauty.  It is restful just to look at nature around us, each day, to bring peace and a thankfulness to God.


Blessings

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Getting through Financial hardship - Living in Reduced Circumstances.

Some ideas to help - A Home Without Clutter.

Testimony of the Mother of D.L. Moody - Poverty in the 1800's

 

 

 

 



Sunday, October 17, 2021

Aunt Janes Hero by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss


 

We have just published the second edition in our series of books by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss.  I have been transcribing old literature and wanted to bring the writings into a series of books.  I am focusing on the works of Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss right now.  Her stories have greatly encouraged and inspired me.

"Aunt Jane's Hero" was originally published in 1871.  Today, we present to you a new edition from The Legacy of Home Press.

 

It is available in both paperback and hardcover.  Both editions are 185 pages.  The hardcover edition is especially sturdy and beautiful and will make an excellent addition to any home library. 


  Here is a description and information about our edition: 


"Historic religious fiction at its finest, on the making of a Christian home and a godly marriage.  "Aunt Jane's Hero" is both somber, at times, and sad in the telling. Yet it brings triumphant tears and cheer throughout. Follow along with Horace and Maggie Wheeler as they set up a modest home in a poor neighborhood.    They are encouraged and mentored by their dear, elderly Aunt Jane.    This story takes place in war-time during the late 1800's.  We read of domestic life during this period, which inspires and instructs the reader to set up their own humble home regardless of one's surroundings.  The Wheeler's beautiful way of life and Christian growth, amidst poverty and trials, is a joy to read.


  This edition is republished from the 1871 book and was written by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss (1818 - 1878). She was the daughter of a New England clergyman, and the wife of a minister. She was the mother of six children and the author of several inspiring stories, including "Stepping Heavenward," and "The Little Preacher."  Her writings continue to encourage and bless readers all over the world."

 

  - Special features of the current edition, published by The Legacy of Home press, include:


  1.) The text is a standard 12 point font.


   2.) The pages are a traditional cream color rather than the bright white found in modern books of today.  The cream color is more restful for the reader. It is less wearying on the eyes.


   3.) A few words in the original book have completely changed in their definition compared to today.  These words have been replaced to reflect the author's original meaning. 


   4.) A handful of uncommon words have been left unchanged in our new edition. It is suggested that the reader might enjoy looking up the author's form of expression with the use of the 1828 edition of Noah Webster's dictionary.


   5.) Mrs. Prentiss often quotes the Bible in her writings.  The quotes are from the King James Version of the Bible.


   6.) Introductory Notes include reviews (from 1871) of "Aunt Jane's Hero."


   7.) Mrs. Sharon White, from "The Legacy of Home Press," has written a foreword to the book.


   8.) The cover photo is of a room in the Lincoln mansion in Manchester, Vermont and was taken by Mrs. White. The covers in this series of books are intended to show some of the scenery of Vermont. The Prentiss family built a  house in Dorset, Vermont in 1869.  This was where Mrs. Prentiss spent her last 10 summers.


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This book is the second in a series of books we are reprinting by Mrs. Prentiss.  Below you will find a link to each edition of "Aunt Jane's Hero." 



"Aunt Jane's Hero" - The paperback edition.

ISBN:  978-1956616026

185 pages.

6 x 9

 

 

 

 


"Aunt Jane's Hero" - 
The hardcover edition.

ISBN:  978-1956616033

185 pages.

6 x 9 




If you are able to get a copy of this book and like it, it would be a great help if you will write a review on Amazon. Thank you!


Our first book in this series - "Stepping Heavenward."


Our next book in the series will be "The Little Preacher."  We hope to have it ready in the coming months. 

 

I hope you enjoy these books! 


Blessings

Mrs. White

  

From the Archives -

Finding Rest in a Stressful world - Peace Be Upon This House

The joy of taking care of children! I hear their sweet noise as a blessing! - I Hear Angels Crying

Coming Back to Old Fashioned living - A Mass Exodus of Women Coming Home



 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Sunday Driver

A pond near Mrs. White's home, as Autumn unfolds in Vermont.

 

In the old days, we used to see someone driving along slowly around the neighborhood. They were driving peacefully and enjoying the scenery around them.  They were not in a hurry.  There was no rush.  They were enjoying the day.  We used to call them "Sunday Drivers" because it was often a wonderful event to take a leisurely ride in the country, on a Sunday afternoon. 

I have read, in old literature from the 1800's, that drives in the country were greatly enjoyed. They were considered healthy and beneficial.  This was a form of recreation and wholesome entertainment. 

As we are seeing the leaves change, here in rural Vermont, the beauty around us is quieting.  It is soothing.  It is lovely.  We are enjoying little Sunday drives, which bring us a great deal of peace. The fresh mountain air, and the Autumn landscape bring happiness and rest.

I hope you are staying well and safe!

Blessings

Mrs. White

 

From the Archives -

What many of us Crave - An Ordinary Life at Home.

Encouragement - Old Fashioned Duty of a Homemaker.  

Nourishment for the Soul - Beautiful Devotion After the Rain.

 




Mrs. White's special book for homemakers:"Introduction to Home Economics:  Gentle Instruction to Find Joy in Christian Homemaking."

Find stories of home life, with photographs of my home, in this encouraging book. 

 Paperback, 200 pages. 







Thursday, September 30, 2021

Stepping Heavenward by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss



 

I have been transcribing old literature and wanted to bring the writings into a series of books.  I am focusing on the works of Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss right now.  Her stories have greatly encouraged and inspired me.   Years ago, I created a 90 - day Bible Study / Devotional which included readings from "Stepping Heavenward." I am currently in the process of expanding the study and putting it in paperback.  I hope to have that ready in the coming weeks.

Today, I would like to present the first book in our series of reprints:


  "Stepping Heavenward" was written by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss. 

  We have just published a classic edition, from "The Legacy of Home Press." 

It is available in both paperback and hardcover.  Both editions are 295 pages.  The hardcover edition is especially sturdy and beautiful and will make an excellent addition to any home library. 


  Here is a description and information about our edition:


"A beautiful Christian story written as a fictitious journal to inspire readers to holy and joyful living. You will read about a young lady who grows in Christian character through the trials and joys of life. 

The story, centering around domestic life, begins when she is 16 years old and goes on for many years, through marriage and motherhood, up to close to her death. Her story is wholesome, instructive, convicting, and encouraging. 

This edition is republished from the 1900 book and was written by Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss (1818 - 1878). She was the daughter of a New England clergyman, and the wife of a minister. She was the mother of six children and the author of several inspiring stories, including "Aunt Jane's Hero," and "The Little Preacher." Her writings continue to encourage and bless readers all over the world."

 

- "Special features of the current edition, published by The Legacy of Home press, include:


1.) The text is a standard 12 point font.


2.) The pages are a traditional cream color rather than the bright white found in modern books of today. The cream color is more restful for the reader. It is less wearying on the eyes.
 

3.) A few words in the original book have completely changed in their definition compared to today. These words have been replaced to reflect the author's original meaning.
 

4.) A handful of uncommon words have been left unchanged in our new edition. It is suggested that the reader might enjoy looking up the author's form of expression with the use of the 1828 edition of Noah Webster's dictionary.
 

5.) Mrs. Prentiss often quotes the Bible in her writings. The quotes are from the King James Version of the Bible.
 

6.) George Prentiss (the author's husband) wrote the introduction to the book in 1899. This edition includes both his "sketch of the author" and "story of the book," which are a blessing to read.
 

7.) Mrs. Sharon White, from "The Legacy of Home Press," has written a foreword to the book.
 

8.) The cover photo was taken by Mrs. White and shows some of the scenery of Vermont. The Prentiss family built a house in Dorset, Vermont in 1869. This was where Mrs. Prentiss spent her last 10 summers."

 

                                                             ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

This book is the first in a series of books we are reprinting by Mrs. Prentiss.  Below you will find a link to each edition of "Stepping Heavenward." 

 


 

Stepping Heavenward - The paperback edition:


ISBN # 978-1956616002

295 pages.

6 x 9

 

 

 


Stepping Heavenward - The hardcover edition
:

ISBN # 978-1956616019

295 pages

6 x 9 

 

 

 

 Our next book in the series will be "Aunt Jane's Hero."  We hope to have it ready in the coming weeks. 

 

I hope you enjoy these books! 


Blessings

Mrs. White




 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Secretary to the Master

View to the porch at Mrs. White's home in Vermont.


In the old days, it was important to keep a daily account of one's life.   Journals and diaries were written by many, including ministers, missionaries, and farm wives.  Often, when we go about our labor, we may forget the purpose of our lives.  We may live in a way that is easy to forget, thinking that it doesn't matter.

Yet the very shortness of our lives ought to help us realize that each day, each month, each year, is valuable to the Lord.  

As we greet visitors to our homes, do the grocery shopping, care for the children, and keep house, we can do it all for the Lord, with joy, with dignity, and with grace.  We will make a greater effort if we know we are going to write it down in a book.

Some of the old diaries might only mention the weather, the gardening, or the names of the guests who came by.  It may record special events, happy moments, and memorable sayings.  Some days there may be more to say than others. But the habit of writing a journal, in a real notebook, will provide a time of contemplation, devotion, and an appreciation for life.  It may very well bring peace, especially if one does not abuse the journal with words of frustration, negativity, or bitterness.  Write about the beauty of one's days. Think on the best parts of what is happening in your life and put those precious thoughts in the book.  This will give you a beautiful scene of your life, taken from the rubble of the chaos that surrounds all of us.

There is a great deal of peace and joy when driving down the street on the way to do the errands,  when sweeping the kitchen floor, or when rocking a baby in the nursery.  Each little act, done with love and care, may very well remind one that our work on this earth is intended for a greater, eternal purpose.  

As we write our diaries, recording our days, we are doing the work of a secretary. We are keeping an account of our time. One could very well be called a "Secretary to the Master," doing his precious work every day of our lives.

 

Blessings 

Mrs. White

 From the Archives -

Domestic Life - The Secret to a Happy Home.

 Taking Care of the Family - A Comforting Sick Room.

We Must Learn - To Earn and Not to Spend.





Mrs. White's special book for homemakers:"Introduction to Home Economics:  Gentle Instruction to Find Joy in Christian Homemaking."

Find stories of home life, with photographs of my home, in this encouraging book. 

 Paperback, 200 pages. 






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