I’m a full time wife whose blessed to have a husband that encourages me to take homemaking creatively. Its a joy to have the time to really pursue homemaking instead of always feeling like its something I’m running to catch up with. For me that means learning all kinds of useful skills that women of the past used to be proficient in – I’m discovering the satisfaction of growing food in the garden, sewing and mending clothes myself, and working on projects to beautify our home and bless others.
This is my record of what I’m learning. Hopefully it will encourage other women to enlarge their view of what it means to be a homemaker.
Here’s a few words that have been an encouragement to me, from author Dorothy Patterson.
“Women have been liberated right out of the genuine freedom they enjoyed for centuries to oversee the home, rear the children, and pursue personal creativity; they have been brainwashed to believe that the absence of a titled, payroll occupation enslaves a woman to failure, boredom, and imprisonment within the confines of home.”
“…Homemaking—being a full–time wife and mother—is not a destructive drought of usefulness but an overflowing oasis of opportunity; it is not a dreary cell to contain one’s talents and skills but a brilliant catalyst to channel creativity and energies into meaningful work; it is not a rope for binding one’s productivity in the marketplace, but reins for guiding one’s posterity in the home; it is not repressive restraint of intellectual prowess for the community, but a release of wise instruction to your own household; it is not the bitter assignment of inferiority to your person, but the bright assurance of the ingenuity of God’s plan for complementarity of the sexes, especially as worked out in God’s plan for marriage; it is neither limitation of gifts available nor stinginess in distributing the benefits of those gifts, but rather the multiplication of a mother’s legacy to the generations to come and the generous bestowal of all God meant a mother to give to those entrusted to her care.” (emphasis added)
excerpted from the book Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood