Friday, November 21, 2014

The Way Home


"As Christian mothers, our goal should be nothing less than to produce wise children who are self-motivated to do good and shun evil. We are not striving for children who are merely educated and skilled, but children whose loving behavior proceeds from a godly heart."

~Mary Pride, The Way Home 
(All words in quotations in this post are from her)

Recently, I have finished reading "The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality" by Mary Pride. What a fantastic book! It is full of truth! There is no sugar-coating of anything in this book. Many would probably read it and find many things offensive because we have gotten to a place so far (much too far) from biblical homemaking. 



"Firmly and lovingly, parents need to take back the care of our little plants. Mother needs to be home so her children can be home. Then, when they are ready to leave the greenhouse, they will be mature. They will be really independent. They will have strong characters formed by saturation in God's Word and the sight of it in your life. You will have given them roots and wings!"


Being at home is not always peaches and cream. Training up children is *not* easy. Managing your household can be a lot of work....cleaning, organizing, meal planning, cooking, baking, running errands, paying bills, doctor appointments, dentist appointments, changing diapers, settling disagreements, mending boo-boos, giving baths and so much more! You are a working part of society...building up, training and preparing your family for Godly behavior as they mature. It is absolutely *the* most important job there is...by far. The influence mothers have on their children is of the utmost importance. 

We are homeworkers (which is what Pride calls it in her book). We are to serve, as Christ served. It's difficult...it's humbling but it is what we were made for. 

"Homeworking is more than a dirty chore. It is a ministry. Humble, yes. But she who humbles herself will be exalted."

"God intended women to spend their whole lives serving other people. Young women serve their children, their mothers, their husbands and the community at large. Older women train and assist the younger women, and in some cases become church helpers. Women are not called to pursue motherhood for five years, get a career, and thereafter live for themselves. We are responsible for keeping society healthy and human. And for this, we get respect.
Charity at home?
What an opportunity!
What a ministry!


"Be a homeworker. Work to build up your husband, and help him attain an elder's qualities. Exercise hospitality. Serve people in your home. Be creative. Worship and praise the Lord, first with your family, then with others the Lord will bring."


"Seek further knowledge and the example of older women who have successfully raised Godly children. Become the kind of woman who is now more rare than diamonds, and who has always been more precious than rubies (Prov. 31:10)."

I highly recommend this book for all women....whether single, married, with children or without. There is absolutely tons of wisdom to be gleaned! You can purchase a copy here: The Way Home: Beyond Feminism, Back to Reality (affiliate link to amazon).

If you have read this book, I would love to hear what you think about it!!!
Thanks so much for coming by and visiting me here today!
I hope your weekend is a good one!

Warmly,
Katy




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Monday, November 17, 2014

Fall Turns to Winter

A little bit from this past week....


Xavier raked leaves while Lee-the-Cat watched...


And then got a belly rub ;)...


I keep hanging clothes on the lines until the air is just too cold to bear...


 Our woodshed is full of hard wood to burn through the winter. We still have a lot more to split and stack, though, if we need it...



My cookbooks needed a home. They were in a basket (which didn't fit them all well). I was wonderfully excited to find this little stand at a local store...


It was *just* what I was looking for!



Jaxson has been into drawing hats, making hats and having a bit of an obsession with the mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland (even though we haven't watched that movie recently). My mom got him a peacock feather (from where, I don't know!) and Madelyn sewed it on his hat for him. He was quite pleased...


Pancakes for supper (using the Homestead Blessings Cookbook)...





We got our first snowfall the other day....



Today, we are having rain, ice and snow (and are under a winter weather advisory). I'm thinking they may cancel our homeschool co-op. So disappointing, but necessary as many people travel pretty significant distances to get to the co-op. We enjoy our day and the fellowship with other Christian, homeschooling families...but it is better to be safe than sorry. If co-op is cancelled today, we will do a normal school day here at home. The children will be really disappointed...but I must admit, there *is* something cozy about staying home and staying warm.

I have finished a great book that I hope to share with you soon. It is absolutely chock full of great wisdom! I am so thankful for how the Lord grows me and teaches me through the wisdom of other Godly men and women.

Until next time, Lord willing, I pray you are staying warm (and safe) wherever you are! Thank-you for dropping in!

Warmly,
Katy

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Nicest and Sweetest Days

"After all," Anne said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."
~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea



A sleepy boy with a headache...dozing on the couch...


Madelyn making banana bread...





In the schoolroom, we worked at doing some more organizing with the furniture we have....it doesn't exactly *look* pretty...but it serves its purpose and keeps that front room tidy...



“What is home? My favorite definition is "a safe place," a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It's a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.”

~Gladys Hunt, Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life




The children had a tea party...





My mom's birthday was yesterday. We celebrated by having supper at my house. Cory, my sister and the girls all came to celebrate with us! It will probably be the last time they come for a visit for a while...since my sister is due to have her baby within the next few weeks!

Chris with our niece Dinah {who is *not* crying! Usually Uncle Chris seems scary to her...but she's warming up to him!!!}....


The weather today is suppose to be 60* and sunny! So...we are going to get *right* to schoolwork so they children can enjoy some outside play later! Have a great start to your week!

Warmly,
Katy

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Handmade Creations...

We don't *do* Halloween...and my sister doesn't really either *but* she loves to create costumes for the girls. She is so good at it too! They came for a visit on Tuesday and when these two walked up to our door, I was blown away!!!

My sister sewed/handmade these fantastic Care Bears costumes for Eloise and Dinah!


I just {still} can't get over how absolutely awesome these costumes are! I ooo'd and ahh'd for so long after they came! Even now, as I look at the photos again I am just amazed at the work Devon put into these! 







Unfortunately, the girls got hot *very* quickly in them so they changed out of them not long after arriving at our house. You can see other photos of them on my sister's blog HERE.

There is something so special about handmade things...isn't there? I know, one day, the girls will look back and just love seeing the time and energy their mama put into these costumes and will reminisce about it all!

I just knew I had to share these photos with you....I hope they made you smile like I did! :)

Kindly,
Katy

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

"I have come to regard November...



...as the older, harder man's October. I appreciate the early darkness and cooler temperatures. It puts my mind in a different place than October. It is a month for a quieter, slightly more subdued celebration of summer's death as winter tightens its grip."

~Henry Rollins


As November comes tip-toeing in...when we hardly blink and realize that the whole month of October has seemed to come and go in an instant...we continue on with the life the Lord has given us to live...striving for His glory in all things.

Our days are filled with our homeschool work, housework, games, movies, reading and playing. I watch a young boy three times a week for most of the day during this school year...so that along with our fall busyness keeps us hoppin'!

I love the photos directly above and below here. Just one of the *many* reasons we love to homeschool: reading in jammies and a top hat, sprawled out on the floor! To be honest, I almost didn't think twice about the fact that Jaxson was wearing a top hat and jammies and reading on the floor...this type of thing is truly commonplace for us! It hit me that others who *don't* homeschool may get a kick out of what it can really look like in action! I know that one day, Lord willing, my children will be grown and I will miss the days of top hats, jammies and reading under the table!


Some more schooling....atop the dining room table (rather than under it!)...



Madelyn likes to keep busy with her knitting, cross stitch and a little baking too!



X finishing up some schoolwork while Jaxson practices his guitar...



After waiting just as long as we could (the house was getting much-too-cold to bear), we finally started the wood stove. Now the inside of our home is warm and delightfully cozy!


My mother had gone north, many hours away to help her elderly aunt for the weekend. The children mucked out her horse stalls on Saturday...






Some of my mom's chickens...


Boone, Cowboy and Jasper...


Since the evening sets in so much sooner, it limits outdoor play. Playing games together is a fun way to spend that time after supper, before bed...




“November comes

And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.



With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.



The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”


~Clyde Watson

Thank-you for dropping by! I hope the start to your month of November is going well. Today will be a busy day of schooling, voting, housework, babysitting, and hopefully, visiting with my sister and her girls (it may be their last visit before the new baby arrives!). What are *you* doing today?

Grace and Peace to each of you!
Warmly,
Katy