A year ago our second daughter was married, and I spent the months leading up to her engagement and wedding with a bit of anxiety, wondering if I had done all I could to prepare her in keeping a home. She grew up with a mother full of faults, one who was not the best role model when it came to keeping house. With children who are now grown up and keeping homes of their own, I am motivated more than ever to step back and take a long hard look at who I am, and who I want to be.
I am living my dream life – a wife, a mother, a family and home to care for. But I am not l living out the dream well. I am lazy about it and I take short cuts. I put my own interests ahead of others. I am taking on new projects and learning new things, but letting the important things slip. So, I am going back to school and work through some of the lessons I’ve tried to teach my daughters. During their teen years, and as they prepare for marriage, our daughters read through a stack of books for inspiration, how-to’s and motivation. I’m going to work through a few of these books, one at a time, and apply the lessons I find there for keeping my home and caring for my family.
Last year, I posted weekly as I read through the Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. It was a wonderful exercise in discipline. Having to read each chapter and prepare a post for my readers kept me accountable. It was fun, I met some new friends, and I learned some things! I think I’ll do it again. Over the next several weeks I will be reading through Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman. This book is not so much about taking care of a large family as it is about becoming a good manager of your home. I first read through it a few years ago, and have referred to it from time to time since then.
Sadly, this book is now out of print, though I did see some copies available on amazon. You can read more about Kim at her blog where she has shared bits and pieces from her book. Do you have this book already? I invite you to join me as I read through and share here each week what I am learning and how I am applying what I learn. Let’s get the conversation started! Have you read Large Family Logistics? Where you have or have not, which area do you struggle with most when it comes to homemaking? Share in the comment section below!
The posts in this Homemaker Series are:
- Proverbs 31 part 1
- Proverbs 31 part 2
- Goals, Attitude, Time, Discipline
- Creating and Using a Home Management Binder
- Assigning My Days
- Establishing Routines