Wednesday, July 7, 2010

For the love of Homemaking & Routines

I love being a homemaker. I honestly see it as such a priviledge to be home, caring for my home and children. So many people believe that they *can't* make it on one income. Let me assure you that you *can*. :) Of course, it may mean being frugal, pinching pennies at times, not having *stuff*. (Chris is a blue collar man. He works hard and we do not roll in money. Please know that as I write, I do so with a knowledge of what it is like to not have a large income. We tithe faithfully and trust that God will make our dollars stretch. He has always taken care of us. :)

When I was young...(alongside my dream of swimming with and caring for orcas) I always wanted to be a wife and mother. I went to college for a year, after high school...but had such a hard time even choosing a major because my single desire was to be a wife and mother. I will admit, I am a Caroline Ingalls wannabe! ;)

If you are a wife and mother...your priority (second only to your relationship with God) is taking care of your husband, your children and your home. Let me lovingly encourage you...

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
~Titus 2:3-5 (emphasis mine)

The very word of God tells us we are to be keepers at home. That is one of the best jobs in the world! Is it difficult at times? Absolutely. Nothing worth doing is ever easy. It honestly saddens me, the amount of people that think they need to *rise above* being a homemaker. I wonder if people understand the value of a good wife and mother? Some women desire to be at home with their children...but feel it is something they couldn't afford. Our society has made it seem as though families can't survive without two incomes. It also seems to discourage mothers from being in the home...as if it is something to be ashamed of.

Before I go on...please know that I absolutely do *not* sit in judgment of you. Your choices are yours. Your relationship with God is between you and Him. Some of you may be single mothers...just trying to make ends meet. Or maybe your husband is layed off and you are the one trying to keep the bills paid until he is able to get work. I don't know your situation. All I *do* know is that our children grow so quickly. I need to share the burden on my heart. My heart hurts when children spend more time without their mothers than with them. :( Oh how those little ones need the mother God gave them. A mother who trains them, loves them, nurtures them, instructs them and guides them! The only way to be the main influence in your child's life is to *be* with them.

How much stuff do we need? What could we do without, in order to be at home, caring for our young ones? Could we get rid of the dish/cable? Could we sell *stuff* to bring some money in to the home? What about shopping carefully for groceries (ie~using coupons, buying generic, growing your own food and canning it etc.). Buying things at thrift stores and yard sales can help save money, as well.

You may say "Yes, Katy, that is all well and good...but we have loans and credit cards to pay off. You don't understand what our financial situation is." ....and you would be right. Even if you have a desire to be home...it may not feel like a possibility. But I am here to tell you: you can do it. Let me encourage you!!! God will see you through this. Seek His truth and plan for your life. He will make a way! Stay faithful to Him!

Chris and I took a course at church by Dave Ramsey (intelligent and wise man). He looks at things, biblically, and truly helps one to come out of the hole of debt. I encourage you to check out the link I posted above. Maybe you don't have the time or opportunity to participate in one of his courses. Although this would never do it justice...let me give you the easiest way to pay off debt. Take your smallest debt and focus on getting it paid off...then, once it is paid off, take the money you were putting into paying that and put it into (on top of what you are already paying) paying off another debt! It's what Dave Ramsey calls snowballing. :) It's a simple and marvelous plan to help you get out of debt! :)

An important thing to note...the less mothers are at home with their children...the worse things around us seem to be. The amount of women in the workforce has gone up a lot according to statistics. Along with that is the rise in divorce, teen pregnancies, abortion, crime etc. If more mothers could stay home with their children...raise them in a loving and nurturing home....while teaching them discipline and skills, just think of how things could improve! :o) My dear friends of faith....may we lead by example. We need to be Godly women who are examples for our children and other women around us!

Click HERE if you want to find a few links I find to be valuable resources in encouraging women to care for their families and home! I pray that when you have a quiet time in your day that you will take the time to read them and ponder them with an open heart.

Some may wonder what stay at home wives/mothers do with all their time. :) I thought, in keeping with Rhonda's post, I would share my basic routines. (I encourage you to check out her post as well....she is very well spoken...or I guess, written, since it is on the computer!) :)

I am so very far from perfect and like Rhonda Jean says, everyone has to do what works for them. My routines may not be something that works for you. But, if you *do* find it helpful...then ~ wonderful! :)

Typically, my days consist of first having breakfast and spending time in God's Word. Followed by sending Chris off to work (making his lunch and coffee), tending to the children, homeschooling (during the schooling months), making bread, washing and hanging out laundry, kitchen clean up (and dishes), general pick up around the house, and sweeping/vacuuming the downstairs.

There are then, of course, meals to be made, baths to give, taxes to receipt, knitting to be done...also daily. (The children are in charge of feeding and watering the animals...although some days, I will help with that as well). ***Spending time with my children, reading with them out of volumes of Little House on the Prairie, playing games, teaching them skills and such are also valuable times of my day!!! :)
Other tasks...like dusting, organizing, scrubbing mirrors, sinks, toilets; grocery shopping, vacuuming upstairs, and other things only need done weekly or as-needed.
Some things are seasonal...like deep cleaning areas, homeschooling, gardening/weeding, canning, making jams and jellies etc.


Let me say, before I close, how truly imperfect I am. I am flawed. I have times where I am cranky or impatient. (I really don't do well in the heat...oh dear!) I don't have all the answers. I am still growing and learning with Christ as my guide. I try to stay in His Word and travel the path He has layed out for me...however, I make mistakes and missteps. He knows my heart, though, and convicts me when I have been wrong. I try to be quick to recognize my sin, confess and repent and jump right back on the Way. Prayer is *key* to being the wife and mother He wants us to be! He gives us the ability to do the right things...we just need to choose that! :) I am just writing to you...from one flawed woman to another! ;)


I am reading A Woman after God's Own Heart by Elizabeth George. I think every woman should read this book. It challenges, encourages and blesses! :) If you go to the link I gave above, you can purchase that book for basically, just the cost of shipping!!! **It is totally worth it!**

If I have in any way hurt you by anything I have posted here, please do accept my sincere apology. My motive is not to hurt...but to encourage and enlighten. I know this has been a long, heartfelt post. If you have made it here, thank you for taking the time to read. Please know my heart expresses love and hope...not condemnation! I would love to hear your thoughts on this...whether you agree or not. I do ask, though, that no matter what your opinion, that you comment respectfully. :) If you would like prayer or to communicate with me privately...please feel free to email me...the link is on my left sidebar.

Lovingly,
Katy :)


The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee,
and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
~Numbers 6:24-26

36 comments:

  1. Katy, as usual, i appreciate how thoughtfully you communicate your thoughts and opinions. Right now i'm in the position of working outside my home, mainly for the purposes of my family being able to have health insurance. i have found it to be a challenge and adjustment in terms of making sure that everything at home is taken care of - but one awesome thing that has happened is that Josh has had more one-on-one time with my husband/his father, and with Brian's schedule that hasn't always been easy to accomplish. do i see this always being our life? no - but at this time, i'm doing something that scripture enjoins me to do - i'm obeying my husband and doing something he's asked of me for the good of our family at this season of life. when i expressed my concerns about the house & Josh, he realized that he would need to step up things on his end, and we've found that it is working well for us. and, like all wives and mothers, i'm still busy at home even though i'm working outside the home during the week.

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  2. Katy, this is one of the *best* posts you've ever done. How I wanted to be a SAHM, too, but it was not meant to be. (my ex liked his best friend's wife more than he liked me) You are biblically correct in everything you've written.

    God has taken care of my son and me inspite of no child support in 7years. I work a LOT of extra days but we make it. I only missed the first 3 weeks of school in 2007 after major colon cancer surgery. I managed to pay off all my non-insurance covered medical bills in about a year. Sometimes I resent how much I have to work, but then I'm reminded that for 6 days we shall work, etc... and I count my blessings. I am blessed to be here.

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  3. Great post! I have always had the desire to be a sahm. It took a very long time to become both. I never thought I would be able to stay home after all the money we spent on our adoption and the amount of monthly debt we had. God knew my heart and took control of this situation. The company I worked at for 10 years shut down the office in my city 4 months before we went to China to bring Megan home. Oh how I worried during this time! It is not easy but we are making sacrifices so that I can stay home. (I am doing some in home childcare to make this happen.) I can not imagine getting up every day and leaving my sweet girl! It is a pleasure (most of the time!) to be here caring for my home and family. I can't tell you how many times I am out and someone will ask what I do. Most of the time I get the response of how lucky I am. I agree I am truly blessed to be here I am.

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  4. Agreed! (And I remembered when you wanted to work with whales.. haha!)

    I would like to mention though... (with the understanding that this post is about mothers)... a lot of the downfall of society also is contributed to by fathers and the role they do/don't play! A guy came to speak at our church a couple of weeks ago. He was the leader of a youth camp last year... and felt that God wanted him to speak on Fathers during that week of camp. Out of all of the people there, including the staff.. only THREE still had their families intact with their birth father. He found out so many heartbreaking things about these kids relationships with their fathers. We were literally in tears during the church service where he was telling us all of this! I know I was shocked! I am so thankful to have grown up in a stable environment with BOTH parents! We were truly blessed!

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  5. Katy,you are hitting the nail on the head!!!!!!!!I was just thinking of a post similar to that of yours.It speaks so much about the truth.IF more mothers were able to stay home I really do believe that children would be better off and they would be heading in the right direction.I don't like to see what is happening to a lot of kids nowadays.My opinion

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  6. I don't have time just now to write a longer comment...but this is an amazing post, thank you!

    Blessings,
    Ellie

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  7. Hi Katy. Thanks for this post. Your comment about going to college and not being able to decide on a major hit home with me because that was my experience. I always got more enjoyment out of tending to my home then any career. I do work now to have health insurance as Krista said. But I long to be home more. I'm reading "Life Management for Busy Women" by Elizabeth George right now and have gotten a lot of wisdom from this book as well.

    Thanks for your encouragement!

    Jackie

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  8. A wonderful, inspirational post:) I was raised by a single mother and spent my days at a babysitters' so when my son was born, I was truly thankful that I was able to stay home with him and I did it for 11 yrs. and was glad I was able to. I believe some families can get by on one income, but in today's world there are not as many good paying jobs around and alot of folks just HAVE to have 2 incomes to get by. I say if you are able,it is a blessing, but for those that can't do it certainly don't feel bad about it, do what you have to do and strive to put aside good quality *home* time with your kids when you are not working:)

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  9. Wonderful post!!!I enjoy reading your blog because I can tell you pour your heart into it.((hugs))
    I have a question...if you don't mind. Can you tell me how to add my signature at the bottom of each post? I've noticed it on several blogs, but I can not figure out how they do that.
    Thanks for your time & for sharing your heart.

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  10. Good morning Katy,

    I was once a working mom with no help from the father. My son had to babysit my daughter when I had an off shift( worked in a hospital for5 years) and he hated me for it. I had no help whatsoever.I have family that could of helped but it seemed like they did not have time for them. I was worried everyday that I had to work...what was going on at home, are they ok, did they get something to eat. I cursed for not having a family that would help. Now, I do not have to work and though they are ages 27 and 20 now they understand that mom had to work to take care of all of us and even though it was hard on us all we made it through. Both kids are educated past high school and know that if I didn't have to work back then that I would of been home with them. There are times though when I see them in a quarry about something, I think back and say it's my fault, and I am hard on myself....but God knows I had no other choice. He was with us all the way. Praise God.

    If do recommend moms out there if they can stay home with their children...do so. I surely would have if I could of.

    Thanks for today's message. You are a wonderful person. I enjoy your message everyday. .

    Have a great day
    Kathy

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  11. Katy, this is an excellent post! I' a Homeschooling SAHM and just wanted to give a very recent example of God providing for our needs. We had gone through many lay offs and just this past weekend rented out our house because we moved for another job. We've paid off a load of debt we had accumulated during those times of unemployment, but we still felt very lost about our financial future. On Monday, my husband and I went to Goodwill. At this store their book section is in the front. I thought to myself, "I wonder if they have a Dave Ramsey Book." I looked and didn't find one. We went to the back of the store and right there I saw it. Not just the Dave Ramsey book, but the whole Financial Peace Kit for a bargain price of $3.99!!! God is good and he DOES provide what we need, right when we need it.
    God Bless,
    Heather

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  12. I have been a stay at home Mom since the end of my pregnancy nearly 7 years ago. Living on one income works for us also. Although, I have worked part time at night while J was home with KD. We have also owned our own businesses so I was able to work from home. I also managed to earn an associates degree. I attended classes in the evening and took online courses! So yes, being a stay at home Mom has such wonderful rewards not only for my 2 children but for my entire household. I truly LOVE seeing my children grow and learn the things *I* have taught them.

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  13. Wonderful post Katy, we all need to be reminded of whats important in life and it is God then family, yes there are situations where the mom has to work but that doesn't mean family can't still come first it just takes a little more effort. As for me I stayed home with my children for almost all of their young years and when they grew and left home everyone including my hubby felt I needed to have a career, well my career is my family and home, I took what hubby said and found a way to make an income and still doing what I love, being a homemaker. I wish people would stop thinking that just because your children are grown doesn't mean you want to not be a homemaker still. That is my heart and always has been even as a child. God Bless Katy!!~hugs~

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  14. I couldn't agree more with your post.
    I am a SAHM and it is very tough to live on one income and make things work but to me it is so worth it. I am home with my kids so that I can see what is going on. They don't have the opportunity to run the streets and get tangled in all the other things kids do.
    I feel that society has made SAHM's a thing of the past and it is sad. It has led to children that don't know right from wrong which leads to drugs, violence and so forth.
    To "get by" on one income we have to know our needs vs. wants and prioritize.
    Somedays it's hard but so worth it!

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  15. Excellent post! I encourage moms to sit down and evaluate the cost of working, many times they're actually paying to go to work.

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  16. Hi Katy,
    I have to say that this is the most enjoyable and inspirational testimony that you have gave. It truly hit home with me. I have been a stay at home mom for many year....raising our 4 kids on hubby's modest 1 income. I have to say that it is the BEST job in the world and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world! Although it is trying at times, it's the most rewarding job there is.

    I feel that it's my job the make my hubby's paycheck stretch as far as it can possibly go and I do alot of gardening, canning, cutting coupons, thrift store shopping and juggling to make the pennies go farther. It's a tedious job at times, but like you say.....with the love of God around and beside you.....we always have "just enough."

    Thank you always for your inspiring words of faith. I know that I can always get a lift in my spirit and faith when I read this blog.

    Thanks,
    Nicki in WV

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  17. Katy...I agree wholeheartedly with EVERYTHING you just said. I'll go one step further, though. I know sometimes situations dictate that the woman work, as in the husband doesn't have a job. My sister-in-law is currently having to work as my brother had lost his job and was having trouble finding work. I think, though, in some cases, its a matter of people not wanting to compromise their lifestyle. I have a friend that once her baby came really wanted to stay home, but couldn't because of the zip code they chose to live in. I also talk as one of a lower income bracket. The year our first child was born, Cory made $23,000. I worked the better part of that year, but still he hasn't always made lots of money and still doesn't, but we make it. It doesn't work on paper, but noone is starving, and I haven't had to get a job. I truly believe that is because it is God's will that I be home raising the children I chose to have.
    Wow, I could go on...
    Hope you have a great day, Katy!!
    Elise

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  18. Katy,

    This is a very good post. I run my business from our home. My husband has been able to stay home for the past 5 years. God blessed us with a business 7 years ago.

    Prayer is the key to everything. You see over 7 years ago both my husband and I worked full time. We had 2 children at the time. That time of my life was the worst time of my life. I had a hard time keeping up with chores, shopping for food, and spending time with the children.

    I just remember really cryig out to the Lord over this one day. I prayed like never before with my face covered in tears. I asked that God would provide a way for me to stay home but still be able to make an income. After I prayed I just knew God would take care of everything.

    Within a few weeks a non-Christian co-worker told me I should start my own business. When this person told me this, my spirit immediately lite up inside. I believe God was directing this person to speak to me. God can use anyone...

    God is so faithful. He gave me what I wanted and more. I sometime think were would my family be if I did not pray that day. I am sure glad I did.

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  19. Hi Katy,

    What a great post. This is one of the reasons I was drawn to your blog. I am a stay at home Mom to my two girls and I love it. But I do feel people look down on me and say I'm just a Mom. When Moms probablly do more in one day then anyone I know LOL. My husband lost his job in Feb and I was layed up. What a scary time and boy what went through my head. I talk about it a bit on my blog. Fortunetately he has a new job. I have 11 years of college and everyone asks why I waste it. But I don't feel that way at all. We were told we would never have kids, and by the grace of many prayers we were blessed with two girls. More of a reason to spend each day cherishing them.
    There are many ways to cut back to be home. But boy I feel I'm writing a book! Sorry. Just want to thank you for being who you are and encouraging others. Have a blessed day.

    Jill

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  20. I think you are my twin!!! I also went to college for a semester and couldn't decide what to do. I then got married and became a mother! I love it! I am constantly getting lectures about how I should be working to contribute to our income and I can't think of leaving my children in the care of someone else for most of the day!! I love my kiddos and my hubby and I especially love the Lord. I don't know how we make it looking at our finances, but the Lord makes a way!! I do seriously think you are my twin. :)

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  21. 17 years and counting on being able to be a sahm. Now, that our oldest is close to leaving our home to go to college--she leaves next fall, I am even more grateful that I have had the priveledge of being home with her and our 3 other daughters every step of the way. We have no toys, no cabin, no condo, no extra anything, but I WOULD NOT trade stuff for the valuable time I have had with my children. We have a home--almost paid for and 3 vehicles--all paid for and NO DEBT, so I know that it can be done. Yes, we have pinched pennies along the way, and some months I have wondered really how much further the paycheck could possibly stretch, but we have done it. Thanks for the thought-provoking post, Katy. You are awesome. Julie

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  22. I am done with raising children but when I did I was home with them. You are right when you say you can't have everything and that choice is for you to make. However, "things" do not bring happiness. "Things" don't last but your children do (even into eternity.) Good thughts.

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  23. Katy, I just wanted to let you know that your square thingy that plays music is somehow always over a portion of your writing. This is perhaps totally my computer, but I wanted to let you know in case I'm not the only one. I just hate to miss anything that you have to say!
    Hope I haven't been too "technical" for you. :)
    Julie B

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  24. Such a thoughtful post Katy! Your blog is such an inspiration to me. I never made it to college because I was not interested in a career. All I have ever wanted was to be a mother and housewife and to homeschool my children. Unfortunately our finances do not afford me the honor. We have alot of debt due to my husband getting laid off in the past. It's amazing how it takes many years to pay off debt incurred in the span of a year. I was unhappy in the job I held for 11 years because all I wanted was to be at home and take care of my family. The best solution I could come up with and still help with the finances was to get a job at our neighborhood school so that I would have the same time off as my kids. I had to take a $500 per month pay cut and cut back on alot of things. But it was worth it! I just wanted to be at home as much as possible. I still dream about and pray to be a SAHM and housewife some day.

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  25. A excellant and well written post..you nailed it.
    Can I say, though...it is rough when the husband does not want his wife to stay home...I know of many many cases and it is heartbreaking.
    ALSO..I have been told "I work because I want my extras"..shameful...I do believe most younger women, at least in my neck of the woods do not want to "hear it"...to this "older woman" it makes it rough...
    I urge you to continue to SWIM UPSTREAM !!!.....stay in the WORD and IN prayer...GOD IS good...thanks again..
    Deby

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  26. I did not get the chance to stay at home with my kids always. I remember finding out things of how babysitters treated & cared for my kids. In some cases I believe God was the only one watching my kids. For years it was a fight with Hubby. Answer was always no. I worked when we met & he believed that I should always work and I should have thought about that before I had our kids. I have found there are some other hubbies out there with the same thoughts. I did not get to be at home until my health did not allow me to work anymore. It hurts so when all you want is to be a wife & mother but your hubbie will not allow it mostly because he feels you owe him and he has missed out in life because he was tied down to a wife and kids. I have not figured out to this day how I managed to get pregnant with his kids all by myself. I have not worked for years now and yes things are hard and I cry a lot while I talk to God.

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  27. Been a SHAM for 40 years. We had little money but lots of love and lots of fun! Our children are grown so now it is just the two of us but I am still at home and still have plenty to do! Love your blog. Came over from Rhonda's. I will surely be back to read lots more you have to say! Thankyou. Beth

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  28. Amen!!! That's all I have to say!

    Beautiful post!!

    Amy <><
    PS.. 8 days till china!!

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  29. Great post Katy! I enjoyed staying at home with my kids for the most part and then working at the school they went to so I wasnt far away and had all the same days off!I did go back to college as they grew older and now I do work full time and have a rewarding job working with the elderly and "differently abled". I love my job and am so happy that I can make a difference in so many lives...and it is good also because my husband is unemployed currently and it sure helps pay the bills! I have been on both sides of the coin and when my "thirty somethings" were young I loved being with them and being involved so much...now I have no problem keeping house for the two of us AND working. Its all good and we are all so blessed as long as we are happy and love the Lord!
    Peace, Barbara

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  30. I've just recently discovered your blog Katy and love reading your posts. I agree so much with this post. My children are all grown up now and I am a grandmother but I had the privilege of staying at home while my children were small and I would encourage any mother who is able to do the same to take the opportunity and I'm sure you will not regret it. Our income was never great as my husband was a pastor but we never went short of the essentials and being able to be at home more than made up for anything we might have missed. My husband had to retire from the ministry on health grounds and I had to go out to work when my youngest was 12 years old but I will always be grateful to God for those early years with my children.

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  31. Thank you thank you for this. I am crying reading your beautiful words. I really needed this right now. Yes I do stay home but I am not a very good housekeeper and am always struggling. But wonderful christian women like yourself give me hope. Thank you again!!

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  32. This is a beautiful post....as all of yours are!!! I'm just reading all of your older posts and I love love love this one!! This is an issue dear to my heart as well! I had big plans to have a career and I graduated from college but the Lord completely changed my heart....18 years ago...and now I am sooo thankful that He did, as my oldest is 18 1/2 now!!! About 3-4 years ago I started struggling with this issue because my best friend (since our oldest were babies and same age) decided (out of total surprise to everyone!) to leave her husband and go to work full time. I struggled with all of her decisions!

    But it also caused me to search my own heart to question why I do what I do. During this time is when gas and grocery prices have gone way up, so it has gotten harder financially....BUT the Lord provides!! Our income is low for family of 6, but I am SO thankful to be able to stay home!!!!! We are kindred spirits!!

    Blessings to you!!,
    Christy

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  33. Hi Katy, wow this is an old post, 4 yrs ago!! I came across it today and I fell in LOVE with it / you. I haven't read much of your blog yet, but I'm addicted already. Im 22 and in college, and trying to build myself towards a career, but in my heart of hearts I'm praying that in the future I do not have to work when it's not needed. Hats off to ALL mothers who work though (including my own), I think they are all amazing, as they have twice the burden of men (bring an income and care for their progeny). My prayer goes out to all mothers who work out of necessity.

    I also believe that the primary responsibilty as a women is to your family and home. Ofcourse I try to keep that to myself, it's not something you hear a girl say, but like yourself I also imagine my future as a mother and wife and keeper of a beautiful home. I have to admit very sadly though that I don't have much of an idea how and that's what brings me here. I'm hoping I can learn a lot from your page and try to fulfill my duties as a woman (as the oldest sister/daughter, not wife or mother) in my own house and get some experience for my own home in the future. Women like you inspire me!

    Lots of love to you and your family!!

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    1. Thank you for your honest, kind and encouraging comment Anon! :)

      I wish all the best for you as you follow what God lays on your heart!!! :)

      Warmly,
      Katy

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  34. Hello Katy, have been reading your blog for a lil while now & always am encouraged & find something new. The other day I noticed your music, had the headphones on reading your words after the children were in bed & piano just beautifully dazed me off into total relaxation, so I now often have your homepage up with the music playing.
    The letter above your wrote, precious, thankyou for those upbuilding encouraging words. I am so blessed God has directed me to read these words today. Have always been a career city girl, 7months ago we changed our familys life and became country people & myself a SAHM. I totally love being a SAHM, learning homemaking & homesteading, of course do still have those days when I feel I am not being as organised as I should be, 50million things to do like today & feel like I cant be a sucessful Homemaker, SAHM (lol). Alot of canning happening the last few days (my 5year old son loved to peel skin off the all the tomatoes for me :) :) ). Night time has come, children in bed, prayer, tears & directed to your precious words. Katy I am feeling so upbuilt, encouraged & supported, can jump in and redo today all over again with peace, gladness & lotsa love. Glory to God. I pray that God continues to shine through you. THANKYOU!! xx

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I am always so grateful to read your comments! I thank you for the time you took to visit and share your thoughts with me. :o)
May you enter as a stranger and leave as a friend!
Warmly, Katy