Month: January 2019

Homemaking 2019 Reading List

Here are some books that have been recommended to me and I hope to read this year. What are some of your favorite homemaking books?

         A Mother’s Rule of Life by Holly Pierlot 

This book has been recommended to me twice this month. It looks sweet and has a good rating on goodreads the only complaint from the reviews, “too Catholic” – sounds promising.

The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer 

This book has been on my reading list for several years. I keep hoping I’ll find it at a thrift store but haven’t had much luck, it’s also not available at our local library so I decided to just order it this year.

  Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman 

I still don’t feel like our family is “large” but people keep telling me I’d like this book.

 

 

The Greatest Liberation

When making a speech to women of the liberation movement, Blessed Mother Teresa frankly said, “Every woman is the heart of the family, since no man can never really love in the same way as a woman So that by trying t become somebody else, women lose something, and because of that loss, the world is what it is today. My advice to women is simple :stay home. A woman’s first responsibility is to be the mother, the heart, the only one who can keep the family together. We are liberated only when we live our life to the fullest as a woman. And that is the greatest liberation of all.”

Motherhood

Brian Kershisnik Young Astronomer 66 by 84

An acquaintance of mine recently told me that staying at home with her children wasn’t for her anymore and she was looking for work. I replied with an, “oh, really” and wasn’t sure what else to say. I didn’t know if she wanted encouragement to keep up the good fight, to defend my own decisions or simply soothe her  conscience, “yes, motherhood is hard, it’s not for everyone.”  After this conversation, I fortuitously  stumbled across this thoughtful article, A Fallacy of Motherhood by Laura Wood, which is worth a read.  Here’s an excerpt:

” No other form of daily work is burdened with such unrealistic expectations and exalted assumptions as the work of motherhood, which is so sentimentalized in our feminist culture. The woman who does not enjoy the company of young children or finds the home lonely and unstructured compared to the workplace may be left thinking she is not meant to be a mother.”

 

 

Vigil

We went to Vigil Mass last night
To avoid the storm.
I sat with you in the back.
(It’s easier that way.)
You sat on the kneeler
put your Teddy beside
and looked up
Such Perfection.
Peerless and innocent, ready
To be loved without question,
And I was caught off guard
By the sheer beauty of it.
You sitting on the kneeler,
Smiling up at me, your Teddy right beside.

A photo taken by Blessed Charles de Foucauld (1858-1916) of the Eucharistic Jesus while it was exposed on the altar. What came out was this picture of the child Jesus.