Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Special Kind Of Home

Happy Home

I have visited many homemakers. I have seen a variety of decorations and ways of living. My favorite kind of interior is one that is mostly created with imagination by the mother's efforts.

 I like to see a homemade afghan over a rocker, or couch. I love to see throw pillows that were sewn by mother. I love to see simple curtains on the windows, and wild flowers in a glass bottle on a side table.

If mother has an ongoing knitting project near her special chair, I am inspired to do the same in my own home.

I love the creative efforts that are easily seen by the environment in a home.  These kinds of mothers often have little ones helping with their projects.  In this way, the children develop skills and are occupied and kept out of trouble. 

Yet, the house is often neat because an orderly, pleasant home is the daily focus. This is because it brings peace to the family and security to their lives.  A Mother will clean throughout the day, as she goes along. She will also take breaks and stop at a certain hour, but she is happily occupied with tasks of the home.

My own Mother -in-Law (a classic housewife) spent a portion of the day in discarding junk mail, or carefully storing some treasures, which had come in from the family. Her house was neat, uncluttered, and well-kept. But she worked diligently throughout the day. She made it look very easy, and to her it was!   She also had plenty of time to work in her garden, spend time resting in a beach chair, crochet, cook, and visit with her daily guests.  Her routine was to rise very early and work in the quiet of the day, at a slow pace.   She also went to bed at a late hour, but this was because she was enjoying the day, not because she was overworked.

A pleasant home is one where the Mother does a great many things, with great joy. But it is also one where Mother has learned to wait out the seasons, and the storms of life, with patience and grace. She does not easily give up.  She has learned to keep creating, and making that home a very special place.

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Learning to Crochet - A Homemaking Lesson Learned from Mother White.

Remembering - When Television was Special.

Why is this? - No one Respects Homemaking Anymore.


Cathy said...

The description of your mother in law creating an orderly and pleasant home is fantastic. Imagine how different the world would be if all children were raised in a home like that, and all husbands came home to a wife and home like that every night. May more women learn the art of homemaking. Wonderful post.

Unknown said...

It's hard for me, sometimes, to reconcile what I DESIRE to be with what I currently AM! :) I am not all of these things that you described, but I am some of them. The rest are goals to work toward. I often think back about the kind of wife/mother/homemaker I was 10 years ago at 22 and I see how VERY far I've come in so many ways! Just imagine how great I'll be at 42! Ha! :)

Have a great day! Oh, I also wanted to tell you that I was inspired by reading about your hand-sewn items, (and am LOVING my hand-sewn pink apron--thank you!) so I decided that I'm going to hand-sew an old-fashiony baby gown for this next baby due in December! I'm excited!

Mrs. Sarah Coller

Tracy said...

A lovely post, Mrs. White!

Emily Fay said...

Thank you for this! I love seeing homemade items and inspiration from other homemakers too. I love to make things for our home - I think it adds so much more value when it's homemade :)

Wonderful post!

RebeccaL. said...

I wish I could stay up late and still get up early!! I can do one or the other but not both. Sleep is important and needed. I wish I was one of those that could do it on 5 hours a day, but I do much better on 7-8. I know I would be more beneficial without stopping to jump on the computer at lunch!

Illinois Lori said...

Hi Sharon! I've been way too negligent in commenting here, though I read each post with great joy as it arrives in my email! I love the "routine" that you establish in housekeeping, the orderliness of not only the home, but the art of homemaking itself.

The problem that I see, especially in suburbia today, is that we simply have too much, and we are unable to care for it. In times past, folks who had large homes filled with nick-nacks also had maids and butlers who did nothing but clean and care for said nick-nacks. Such homes were reserved for the rich. I have a spacious home, and have, like most of my contemporaries, filled it with way more stuff I need in the name of "decorating," and am now facing the overwhelmedness that results. With my mil moved into assisted living, we have been cleaning out her house (the estate sale is in June), and I've had to really resist the urge to pull more "stuff," other than a few very precious Victorian-era collectibles (I posted about one of my "restoration" projects on my blog) and family heirlooms and photographs/history items. I'm looking carefully at my own home full of stuff, and know that I will have a TON for the garage sale my friend and I are having!

Thanks for yet another wonderful post :-)

God bless you!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the reminder to work diligently, but slowly. It's my habit to work hastily, and I've made some mistakes along the way because of that. I often get anxious because of all that I feel I have to do, and as I rush from one task to the next, the nervousness only builds. That's no way to keep a home (especially because I really and truly love doing so!).

Also, "yes, yes, and yes" to everything that Illinois Lori said. Especially the bit about oversized houses. Cozy homes are the best!

Debbie said...

I love this post! I love being in my home and caring for all the things that "home" entails. It's the place that God has created me for and I love taking care of it and my family.

Debbie said...

I linked to your blog in my latest post. I hope you can visit there today.