Thursday, September 30, 2010

Old Fashioned Home

Library of Congress: New Bedford, Massachusetts family, 1942.

In the old days, Mothers were always at home. The children felt safe and well taken care of. Mothers worked hard with cooking and baking and housekeeping. They were skilled and capable. Yet, there was an amazing amount of love in an old fashioned home.

Mother would guide her children throughout the day - in manners, kindness, chores, and the Bible. She would pray with her babies and she would read them stories in an unhurried way.

She baked cookies and made hearty meals to nourish and comfort her loved ones. She could be seen in an apron and a house dress. When it was time for Church or to head into town, Mother would get all dressed up, looking her best. The children were in awe of her.

Her entire life revolved around her family and creating a home-culture of godliness. Worldly thoughts or materialism were the furthest things from her mind. She lived on the strictest economy and was a good steward of the money and things she was provided with.

Mother was wise in heavenly matters.  She labored each day with eternity in mind. Not only for herself, but with the decisions she made for her children and household. Some of the children would balk at her. They were young and wanted to have some worldly fun. But later on, as they looked back, they realized Mother was steadfast and strong in her beliefs and would not bend with the whims of society. They were drawn to the peace and faith of their dear mother. . .

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Family Time in the Old Days - When Television Was Special.

Wisdom from Long ago - Quote from 1882 on Home Economics.

Faith for the Family - Chalkboard Prayers.

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Michelle said...

The other day I was thinking about the times in history where being a stay home mother and wife wasn't even a question.

It was the norm and anything else was considered odd or perhaps even a bit un-virtuous, depending on the woman herself.

Today, people might find it overbearing for us online wives and moms to be making it such a focus, but really, it simply wouldn't be necessary to do so, if we were in a different time period!

While it is true that there will always be moms and wives who have to work, (we must encourage, rather than condemn them) the overwhelming evidence that America's families, and America itself, was a stronger nation when women stayed home and focused on building up their families instead of their careers is simply irrefutable!

Clint said...

To Mrs White and Michelle---Amen, Amen, and Amen........

Far Above Rubies said...

Excellent post, Mrs. White. I was reading about Tasha Tudor recently - a famous author and illustrator who lived in our time. However, she loved the 19th Cent. so much that her whole lifestyle revolved around such times. She exemplified womanhood with so much grace and femininity.

Her aprons are beautiful and I hope to purchase one soon.

As always thank you for an excellent post.


Mrs. White said...

Michelle, that is beautifully said! Thank you!

Jasmine, I love Tasha Tudor!

Thank you Clint!

Mrs. White

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Sandi said...

This blessed me. Thank you!