But housekeeping is fun, and I think
the women who hate it lack
imagination. It is one job where you enjoy the
results right along
as you work. You may work all day washing and
ironing, but at night
you have the delicious feeling of sunny clean sheets
pillows to lie on. If you clean, you sit down at
nightfall with the
house shining and faintly smelling of wax, all yours
to enjoy right
then and there.
And if you cook---ah, if you cook---that creation
you lift from the
oven goes right to the table.
~~Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Seasons~~
I don't know what kind of house keeper I really am.
Some people know right
off ...precisely what kind of home keeper describes
them but not me.
Sometimes my house is so clean and so organized that
people make jokes about
what a perfectionist I've always been. Other times
my house is in such
disarray that I am humiliated if someone arrives on
our doorstep! There are
many times I find myself in the middle... times like
now, when it isn't
horrible and still not comfortably clean all at
When I jumped (ok, more like dove head first) back
into scrap booking... I
found something not nearly as available years ago
when I played with this
art before. What is that something? Pages by the
thousands done by other
scrap bookers! Pages that said something about the
one making it and pages
that revealed more and more about what that person
loved, disliked, was
strong/weak in, and so much more!
It made me want to share more about who I am and
what Christ has made of me
in a variety of areas and my role as a homemaker is
a favorite:) This isn't
a show off or prideful quest by any means even
though it may sound so at
first. It is sharing all of the good only possible
by the Light that Christ
Jesus shines through me to give HIM all the glory
for and it allows glimpses
into the not so good parts of me that show just how
weak I am without Him.
Jam 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect
gift is from above, coming
down from the Father of lights, with whom there is
no variation or shifting
I don't know how I'll start my homemaking scrapbook
but with the grace of
God... I'll start it. The book may end up something
I love or a thing to be
hidden but I will hope to keep it either way. I need
to not only pour out
feelings, hopes, questions, confusing thoughts,
hospitality stories, and much more but I need to see
who Christ says I am.
With this book, and I'm writing in the hopes that
you, God's blessed reader,
will contemplate making a homemaking book for you,
...anyway, with this
book: I hope to be able to see through more clear
eyes for who and what I
am. When I get down on myself, I tend to see only my
horrendous failures and
anything else is darkness to me. When I am shining
and feel a continual glow
of accomplishment... I tend to neglect the humility
I need to govern my
Looking at what is recorded down that I have or
haven't done, felt, said,
and in some way served... well, it will be the
"proof in the pudding" as so
If I accomplish 101 things one day but start feeling
lazy that night a few
days later... I can look back and see a hard work
load tackled and taken
care of. If I'm feeling a bit critical of another
dear sister or brother...
I can look back and read where I've jotted down
sinful thoughts, feelings,
or actions on another day.
My book and your book can be and should be...
simple. Our lives follow
enough complicated lines that we don't need extra
projects to just add to
the pile of debris in front of us. All we shall need
is a place to pack the
information and whatever we want to journal,
decorate, and record with!
For me, I am thinking of lots of hand written or
journaling, little lists of what I served from my
pantry when Christ called
me to quick hospitality, what I like, what I don't,
and anything else placed
upon my heart.
I can add photos, receipts, cards and other
correspondence from others,
swatches of fabric, dried flowers the kids bring in,
routines, calendars, and just anything that calls to
I'm going to use a three ring notebook and can just
graduated to bigger
sizes if I need to. I'm looking forward to filling
"Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret - it leads only to evil."
Sandy Willoughby, © 2005