Monday, February 7, 2011

Delicate Beauty of Homemaking

Azalea Walk

I have been watching old episodes of Little House on the Prairie today and thinking about a quiet life at home. Ma Ingalls would sit by the fire at night, in her rocking chair, and do the mending. She would look up and smile at her family as they talked or played nearby. During the day, she was busy baking bread, cleaning or tending to her flowers, or garden, around the front property.

Home was quiet. It was a pleasant place to be. We need more Ma Ingalls who are sweet and meek and gentle but who will work hard at home. I know we mothers get very tired at times, but we must do our home duties. We need to work hard to make home a precious place. We need to find pretty things and create and decorate.

Regardless of the trials and tribulations we endure, we can make the meals; We can cook and bake and clean and present security in our routines. Trials and sorrows will pass, but Mother's cheerful labors will inspire us all.  Homemakers are the light of the home. They are the creators of delicate culture. Their gentle, loving influence reaches far and wide.

Mrs. White

One of those days - Housekeeping despite lack of Motivation.

My new sitting area - Reading the Bible in the Parlour.

We need this all year round - Mothers with Christmas Courage.

Homeschooling - Books - Oxford - Reading Lists - and Swagbucks

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Amber said...

Yes, I agree wholeheartedly with your post. We try to keep things simple in our home - we really try to guard what we get involved in in an effort to protect our family. Thanks for your inspiring words.

Michelle said...

I still love Little House. Mrs. Ingalls is still one of my favorites. She inspires me. We have been watching a lot of Little House around here since we got the Hallmark channel. I just said to my daughter the other day,

"You know, I have to be careful that I don't let such a wholesome, godly show end up causing me to be idle and UNgodly!"

It's entirely too tempting on winter afternoons to watch too much Little House! Our kids look forward to watching it all the time and some great discussions have resulted from it!

Anonymous said...

So very true. What a calming spirit we can bring to our homes as mothers.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Jamie said...

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A Joyful Chaos said...

Great thoughts from the Little House movies. Ma Ingalls has been an inspiration to me as well.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. White,

I'm slowly realizinig that wives DO set the tone in their homes. These words were very encouraging for me. Thank you for sharing this bit of inspiration.

-Lady Rose