But it should be understood that for every wife the first duty is the
making and keeping of her own home. Her first and best work should be done
there, and till it is well done she has no right to go outside to take up other
duties. She is to be a “worker at home.” She must look upon her home as the one
spot on earth for which she alone is responsible, and which she must cultivate
well for God if she never does anything outside. For her the Father’s business
is not attending Dorcas societies, and missionary meetings, and mother’s
meetings, and temperance conventions, or even teaching a Sunday school class,
until she has made her own home all that her wisest thought and best skill can
make it. There have been wives who in their zeal for Christ’ work outside have
neglected Christ’s work inside their own doors. They have had eyes and hearts
for human need and human sorrow in the broad fields lying far out, but neither
eye nor heart for the work of live close about their own feet. The result has
been that while they were doing angelic work in the lanes and streets, the
angels were mourning over their neglected duties within the hallowed walls of
their own homes. While they were winning a place in the hearts of the poor or
the sick or the orphan, they were losing their rightful place in the hearts of
their own household. Let it be remembered that Christ’s work in the home is the
first that he gives to every wife, and that no amount of consecrated activities
in other spheres will atone in this world or the next for neglect or failure
there ~ Homemaking by J.R. Miller
Me in my work dress. I like working in this dress because it has pockets, easy to move around in, stain/wrinkle resistant, and if I have to run out to the store or the library I look presentable.
We lived for about 3 months without a washing machine (3 years ago). During that time I was toting the children and the laundry to the laundromat in the rain or the night (we only had one car-so had to be when the Mr. came home). What a blessing and a convenience we often take for granted.
And of course, everything is more fun with three happy munchkins around to pitch-in.