Friday, February 28, 2014

In Pursuit of Christian Duty

Tales for Children, 1904

Early in the morning, I am awakened by a little baby being placed in my arms. It is my grandson.  I take care of him in the morning so his mother can get some extra rest.  I have given up on the idea of my early morning tea, as the sun rises, while I sit in the parlour.  Those kinds of mornings are a distant memory.   My hours, days, weeks, months are consumed with the blessing of Christian duty.  It happened gradually, my personal time, and my own way, being taken over with something far more precious.

We spent the last month taking care of Grandfather, and then Nana needed medical care.  I have spent an enormous amount of time in Hospitals this winter.   When I am home, I clean, do laundry and care for the family.  Being busy about the house is a privileged kind of duty that I am grateful for.  We have found ways to make the trials a bit of fun.  Many mornings, I would sit in the kitchen of the Grandparents, taking notes of the day's plan.  Did they need firewood? Dishes washed? Some errands run?  We made a plan for dinners.  It reminded me of Rose Kennedy, and how she would breakfast at home, ordering dinner from the domestic staff who cared for her family and house.

Some would say that we mothers are being run ragged, by all we have to do in a day. Some would be haggard and worn by such trials and hard work.  But as long as there are times of rest, and little homemaking breaks, we can manage beautifully.  This is a sweet spirit of Christian duty. 

All day long, there are silent praises and prayers uttered up to Heaven.  All day long, there is a pleading for strength and courage - and these are gently given. 

Many times we Mothers read our Bible in the twilight hours, or in a spare moment while children are napping, and we delight in a holy communion.   We do not seek Christian duty, we do not wonder what God would have us do; we simply make ourselves available for the Master's use and He will fill our time with His glorious work.  When we walk in His ways and Love His Laws, we will find Him in the humblest of work.  This brings us the greatest joy we will ever experience, this side of Heaven.

Mrs. White

From the Archives:

A Special Time of Day - The Dinner Hour.

Getting Along with Mister - Forgotten Kindness in Marriage.

When we Married, we took one of these - A Vow of Poverty.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Fixing Up The Estate

Cottage Home (Girl w/ Ducks)

As Mister and I sit by the parlour fire, watching the snow falling out the front window, we dream of warm spring days.  We talk about paint colors and types of humble curtains for the large windows in our home.  We are planning to fix up our Estate.

I would like our chambers to have walls of gentle, pale blue, with white lace curtains.  I want a pretty bedspread (not a modern "comforter").   The halls and staircases will get a fresh coat of paint this spring.  We want to paint all the rooms in the house. (Well, Mister will do the painting, while I stand by.  My being there is part of helping.)

There is a chance I will offer a tour of the interior of our home, here on the blog, sometime at the end of spring.  It will be just like the tour of the grounds I did last year.  Would you like to see the inside of our Vermont Estate when the painting work is complete?

Cold February days in New England, sitting by the fire, is the perfect time to dream about the coming year.   I can't wait to see the flowers coming up in the front grounds, and my strawberries growing, back by the river.  I know grandbaby will love his garden walks again with me this summer.

For now, we will enjoy the pretty snow, and stay inside this cozy house.  All is well.

Mrs. White

From the Archives:

Grandfather is slowly recovering - Tea in the Parlour.

Have you Walked the Grounds with Me?  - A Tour of our Estate Property.

It is a Mother's Honor to create This - Cultured Society of Home.

Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."

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