We have been so busy lately with home projects and the daily work involved in running a home. It seems that once your family size hits 7 the workload somehow increases twofold overnight. Has anyone else felt this? It didn’t feel like the workload was much different from 1 to 2 children, 2 to 3 or even 3 to 4 but somehow 4 to 5 has been an adjustment.
Today as I was trying to keep up with the dishes, the laundry and the meals this quote came to mind, and so I dug it up and share it here in case you too are feeling like Sisyphus take heart!
“I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, miners, cars, government etc exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr. Johnson said, “To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour”. (1st to be happy to prepare for being happy in our own real home hereafter: 2nd in the meantime to be happy in our houses.) We wage war in order to have peace, we work in order to have leisure, we produce food in order to eat it. So your job is the one for which all others exist…”
― Letters of C. S. Lewis
The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher – I’m Finally getting around to this one. I constantly hear criticism on it. I’m only on the first chapter . . .
The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge- I am loving this one and so are my girls. It’s descriptive and enchanting. It reminds me of Frances Burnett’s The Secret Garden, A Little Princess and George Macdonald”s The Princess and the Goblin.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith- Not sure what I think.
The Spiritual Combat by Lorenco Scupoli – A Classic spiritual read.
What are you reading?
Wow, I missed this: Former pick up artist, Roosh converted to Eastern Orthodoxy. Deo Gratias!
Chateau Heartiste blog has been shut down.
Youtube is cracking down on “hate speech” and is closing channels. Come’ on it’s not about hate speech it’s about speech that they hate. All in preparation for election season no doubt.
Twitter keeps censoring tweets, which is getting annoying, I joined Gab.
I’m sick of seeing the gay pride flag everywhere, but I try to say a prayer to the Sacred Heart everytime I see one – June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.
We are celebrating 11 years of marriage this week. I’ve been blessed with a good husband and we have been blessed with 5 children. My heart is filled.
We celebrated Sibyl’s baptism and Consecration to Mary as well as the Churching of Women yesterday. It was beautiful.
Someone once told me, “Marry a man who fasts.” It was wise advice.
Fasting gives birth to prophets and strengthens the powerful; fasting makes lawgivers wise. Fasting is a good safeguard for the soul, a steadfast companion for the body, a weapon for the valiant, and a gymnasium for athletes. Fasting repels temptations, anoints unto piety; it is the comrade of watchfulness and the artificer of chastity. In war it fights bravely, in peace it teaches stillness.
– St. Basil the Great
Welcome Sibyl Anastasia, 5-4-19, 7Ib 14 0z.
Our fifth baby girl. Welcoming a new baby into the family never gets old. Her sisters love her and fight over who gets to hold her next.
I’m currently reading Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” and I’m actually enjoying it despite myself. Her envious tone keeps me from taking her seriously but she writes beautifully and I can see why it’s been in print since 1929.
However, Woolf misses the mark; Why is writing poetry and novels more important than motherhood? Can’t a woman’s genius be different than man’s? So what if men are more inventive than women. Women’s talents shine elsewhere. I also find it hard to believe that social construct has successfully “kept down” women for centuries! centuries! Camille Paglia has an interesting take and I agree Genius is not checked by social obstacles: it will overcome:
“In the beautiful hypothesis of ‘Shakespeare’s sister,’ Virginia Woolf imagines a girl with her brother’s gifts whom society would have ‘thwarted and hindered’ to insanity and suicide. Women have been discouraged from genres such as sculpture that require studio training or expensive materials. But in philosophy, mathematics, and poetry, the only materials are pen and paper. Male conspiracy cannot explain all female failures. I am convinced that, even without restrictions, there still would have been no female Pascal, Milton, or Kant. Genius is not checked by social obstacles: it will overcome. Men’s egotism, so disgusting in the talentless, is the source of their greatness as a sex. Women have a more accurate sense of reality; they are physically and spiritually more complete. Culture, I said, was invented by men, because it is by culture that they make themselves whole. Even now, with all vocations open, I marvel at the rarity of the woman driven by artistic or intellectual obsession, that self-mutilating derangement of social relationship which, in its alternative forms of crime and ideation, is the disgrace and glory of the human species.”
Mother knows the sweet babe’s cry
And if he needs a meal or rest.
And Mother knows which fare or song
Will lull and comfort best.
I was saddened to hear that the blogger “Zippy Catholic” his real name, Matt, died last Fall.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.