Sunday, September 13, 2015

All These Accomplishments

Pretty pink flowers in our Parlour

We have all heard of supermoms who have perfect homes and perfect families.  They are "accomplished," which means they have many skills. In the old days, this would include the ability to play the piano, paint, and sing.  Today, it is more common for an "accomplished" person to be crafty, a designer, a gourmet cook and other such modern skills.

Yet, there is something very basic and simple about just accomplishing beautiful things at home. These simple things include doing the laundry, keeping the kitchen clean, making pleasant meals, and being hospitable.

I prefer the simple accomplishments. 

These days, it is an amazing feat just to do the basics of homemaking.  It is also very difficult when one has a large family, or when one is feeling ill.  Sometimes, I do a little baking in the morning, and then I dust and vacuum.  I might get some of the laundry started before making lunch.  When my grandbabies are here, I am very busy reading to them, playing with them, and making their snacks and meals. I am delighted with these types of accomplishments!

Still, I have to take many breaks.  Accomplishing things is tiring.  The breaks are necessary.  We need to pace ourselves. Even still, there is a special secret to doing great things in the home.

 I once read about this little girl who said that when she was holding her grandfather's hand, she could run much faster than she could alone.  She was able to do so much more when her grandfather was with her.   There was an analogy that this also applies to our Heavenly father.  We can only do so much alone.  But when we walk close to the Lord, leaning on Him, working with (and for) Him, we can accomplish great and mighty things.

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

When I could Not See enough to Keep House - I Cannot Do it All.

Remembering my Childhood - Mother's Dinner Bell.

Is Your House Clean Enough? - Beware of Random Kitchen Inspections.


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Unknown said...

Good morning from Tennessee, Hope you and Mister are feeling well. I also in enjoy simple accomplishments. I love looking around my home and see what I have done for the day . God is so good to me. Always a blessing to read your post. God bless

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. I too enjoy the small accomplishments! I am so happy you are able to post more frequently.

living from glory to glory said...

Hello I agree with you I would rather do the small everyday things as they bring me comfort and joy. But as you stated I do need to pace myself and take a rest most often in the afternoons. I do also enjoy your posts Blessings. Roxy

Unknown said...

What a beautifully said post. Love it, and if we all used your analogy how much further ahead would our lives be and cleaner our homes be. I love reading to my grandchildren too when they are here or making houses and letting them jump on the bed. Thanks for this simplistic way of doing the small, important, everyday things. Debbie

Deanna said...

It's comforting to me to be able to do the every day chores and be content.
Taking a deep breath and being satisfied.
Home life is for me,

Lana said...

I am in a season of not being able to do all that I would desire to do around my home. I am learning to rest and be happy with the small accomplishments that I can do every

April said...

I recently discovered your blog and I'm really enjoying your posts.

Suanna said...

Yes, it's the small things that add up throughout the day, which if left undone would greatly diminish the enjoyment of the evening. Thank you for the reminder to continue working on the small accomplishments. One day I'll have time for a bigger accomplishment.

Trisha @ Home Sweet Homemade said...

I agree!

Great blog, I found you on Foodie Friday Blog Hop!

Stephanie said...

Dearest Mrs. White, how my heart was encouraged by this beautiful post. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the "big" things such as making the home perfect and spotless, putting on the best meal, etc, that we miss what's truly important in a home... Thank you for sharing this with Roses of Inspiration. I hope you're able to join us again this week. Hugs and blessings!

D said...

You encourage me to stick with the basics. Some days that's all that we can do, yet it is always all that He asks of us. Oh, how we complicate our lives! D.

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

I find that when I focus on these things, I'm happier.