“Someone must see the family as worth fighting for, worth calling a career, worth the hard work of training a child in godliness, worth the relentless tasks involved in running a home…This ‘someone’ is the wife, the mother, and the homemaker and that, as such, she must embrace a life of being the giver. That’s our role as mothers.” ~Elizabeth George
In our crazy-busy lives we must be careful not to neglect this wonderful privilege. Our children grow up so fast ( Trust me on this! Three of my four children are grown and have left my nest! Who’s idea was that?!!!)
Dishes to wash and clothes to mend,
And always another meal to plan,
Never the tasks of a mother end
And Oh, so early her day began!
Floors to sweep and the pies to bake,
And chairs to dust and the beds to make.
Home, you say when the day is done,
Home to comfort and peace and rest.
Home where the children romp and run-
There is the place that you love the best!
Yet what would the home be like if you
Had all of its endless tasks to do?
Would it be home if she were not there,
Brave and gentle and fond and true?
Could you so fragrant a meal prepare?
Could you the numberless duties do?
What were the home that you love so much,
Lacking her presence and gracious touch?
She is the spirit of all that’s fair
She is the home you think you build:
She is the beauty you dream of there;
She is the laughter with which it’s filled-
She, with her love and her gentle smile,
Is all that maketh the home worth while.
One of the things I love about being a Queen Mother and homemaker, is blessing my family with rooms that say “welcome home!” I love to celebrate the seasons by decorating the nooks and crannies with fresh charm. In fact, when I am running a little behind, my kids will ask when I am going to get to my seasonal decorating. They love it!! It brings delight into the home, and anticipation for each holiday. God had a great idea when He created seasons. It changes the scenery! It gives us a fresh outlook on life. So I think we ought to do the same in our homes. Here is my bedroom with a touch of spring.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to add beauty to your home. I got these brown Transferware plates on ebay for a song, and the flowers and pottery containers I got last week at Michaels Craft store at 50 % off! This mantle arrangement is nothing fancy, it’s simple. I usually make things symetrical because I just like the calm and peaceful feeling of order.
I love the saying “Beauty Inspires”. Because I think that is true. It motivates us to be creative and it also brings joy. The best way to start is to clear the clutter. Try taking your favorite things from one room and moving them to another room for a whole new look. Group similar things together instead of spacing them throughout, like a cluster of white creamers, or candlesticks, or a happy row of colorful bowls on a shelf.
The best kind of beauty in a home is a mothers loving touch. I say Hooray, with a cherry on top, for all the Queen Mothers out there, that are striving to do the hardest and most important job in the world…mothering and grandmothering your precious children.
“And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”