Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Happy Homemaker

A tribute to all the women
past and present
who love to keep
the home fires burning...

Too often, those who
love to take care of their husband
and family
and make housekeeping
their profession,
are ridiculed in today's world,
called lazy and stupid,
and even selfish!???... 

the bane of feminists and
other worldly-minded females...

I believe that housekeeping
and being a stay at home mother
is not only a wise and noble
choice for women and
our precious children,
but one of the greatest
ministries for the 
kingdom of God 
here on earth.

"Those who think
 that a woman detained at home
 by her little family
 is doing nothing, 
 think the reverse of what is true.
 Scarcely can the godly mother
 quit her home for a place of worship;
 but dream not that she is lost
 to the work of the church;
far from it,
 she is doing 
the best possible service
 for her Lord."
-Charles Spurgeon 

Bless my little kitchen, Lord
I love it's every nook
And bless me as I do my work
wash pots and pans and cook.

May the meals that I prepare
Be seasoned from above
With Thy blessings and Thy grace
But most of all with Thy love.

As we partake of earthly food
The table Thou hast spread
We'll not forget to thank thee Lord
For all our daily bread.

So bless my little kitchen, Lord
And those who enter in
May they find naught but joy and peace
And happiness therein.
Author Unknown

Let's return to the tradition
 of family dinners
and not just
on Sundays...

1964 US Commemorative Stamp

Beautiful Donna Reed proved
you can be a classy lady and
a good homemaker at
the same time.

"Train up a child in the way
he should go and in keeping with his
individual gift or bent,
and when he is old
he will not depart from it."
Proverbs 22:6

Apple Crumb Pie
1 (9-inch) unbaked pie shell
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. flour
6 cups sliced tart apples
1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Crumb topping:
1/3 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour

Preheat oven to 450. 
 Mix crumb topping until crumbly.
 Place 1/3 cup sugar, cinnamon,
and flour in shell. Top with apples.
 Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over apples 
and liberally sprinkle with remaining cinnamon. 
 Sprinkle crumb topping over prepared filling. 
Bake at 450 for 10 minutes.
 Reduce temperature to 375 for approximately 1 hour
 or until juice bubbles up and apples are tender.

I had a mother who read to me
Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea...

...Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth,
"Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath.

I had a Mother who read me lays
Of ancient and gallant and golden days;
Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe,
Which every boy has a right to know.

I had a Mother who read me tales
Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales,
True to his trust till his tragic death,
Faithfulness blent with his final breath.

I had a Mother who read me the things
That wholesome life to the boy heart brings--
Stories that stir with an upward touch,
Oh, that each mother of boys were such!

You may have tangible wealth untold;
Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you can never be--
I had a Mother who read to me.

 "The Reading Mother"
By  Strickland Gillilan

Listening to prayers...
Raising strong warriors
for Christ...

"Now I lay me
down to sleep
I pray to the Lord
my soul to keep
If I should die
before I wake
I pray to the Lord
my soul to take;
If I shall live
for other days
I pray to the Lord
to guide my ways..."
-An old bedtime prayer 

"Her children rise up
and call her blessed,
and her husband boasts
of her and praises her
saying, "Many daughters
have done virtuously, nobly,
and well with the strength of
character that is steadfast in
goodness, but you excel them all."
Proverbs 31:28-29

Godly womanhood….
the very phrase sounds strange in our ears. 
We never hear it now. 
We hear about every other type of women:
 beautiful women, smart women,
 sophisticated women, career women, 
talented women, divorced women.
 But so seldom do we hear
 of a godly woman–
or of a godly man
 either for that matter.
We believe women come nearer
 to fulfilling their God-given function
 in the home than anywhere else.
 It is a much nobler thing to be a good wife,
 than to be Miss America. 
It is a greater achievement 
to establish a Christian home 
than it is to produce a second-rate novel 
filled with filth. 
It is a far, far better thing 
in the realms of morals
 to be old-fashioned,
 than to be ultra modern.

The world has enough women
 who know how to be smart.
 It needs women who are willing to be simple. 
The world has enough women
 who know how to be brilliant
 It needs some who will be brave.
 The world has enough women
 who are popular.
 It needs more who are pure.

We need woman,
 and men, too,
who would rather be
 morally right than socially correct.”
~ Reverend Peter Marshall Sr.
Twice-elected Chaplain of
the United States Senate

Madonna and Child
II Sassoferrato 

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