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My sweet friend Lana sent me an email awhile ago ago that got me thinking about how fortunate we are as women to be homemakers. Whether you work outside the home or not, whether you have little ones running around or they're all grown up, and even if you're a single woman without children, I truly believe God created each woman's heart to yearn towards homemaking. (I'm assuming not too many men hang around Passionate Penny Pincher; if you do, bless your heart and please bear with me!)
So I thought I'd share a weekly brief series on homemaking, because that's what ultimately is most important, whether we're pinching a few pennies or cooking up a yummy meal. Hopefully you'll put up with me through this one, and feel just a little as inspired as Lana made me feel.
Here's what Lana (who has recently gone back to work after sixteen years as a full-time homemaker to her three sweet girls) had to say that got me thinking . . .
I am a homemaker at heart. I never liked the term stay at home mom because I think it sounds too indulgent – a stay at home mom could literally be sitting on the couch watching Oprah and eating bon-bons and sending the kids away to watch a movie…but a homemaker, how can they be anything but striving to be a Proverbs 31 Woman?
Isn’t that a beautiful word, homemaker? You can make a home for anyone, the babies, the pre-teens, the teenagers, the husband, the dogs, and cats. It's an art to make a home and even though it is an old-fashioned word it makes me tear up thinking about the job description. It’s all I ever wanted to be…..
- It's cream cheese bagels and coffee in the morning before rushing out the door
- It's Easter bunny cupcakes for the school party
- It's a strategically packed pool bag so every possible calamity that can happen out of doors can be remedied (with a sucker in the pocket for the 2 year old because that can fix anything that the bag of tools can’t . . .I hated it when that trick stopped working. . . .)
- It's Saturday night efforts so that everyone looks really cute (and sometimes coordinated) for Sunday morning worship
- It's one-cent school supplies and pulling them out to pack in a back pack and watching your children react when it looks like $100 worth of goodies
- It's fresh fruit smoothies, and boxed mixed muffins, and all those things that LOOK like they took a long time to prepare and how your children look up at you like you are Betty Crocker. . .
- It's organized doll clothes, and DVDs and board games and hair bows, and littlest Pet Shop Toys (and I am sure all those little boy toys too!)
- It's the reason little girls play “baby” and “kitchen” because they inherently want to do it well someday. (Maybe little girls that are a product of this generation will play “couponing” . . .)
Lana has it just right doesn't she? Homemaking is so much more than simply creating a meal or pinching a few pennies, it's turning your house into a home. And as a couponer, it's why I like to be reminded to take on those five minute challenges or bake up a yummy treat: I simply don't want to spend every moment of my life only penny pinching, instead I want to also take time to be the wife and mother God desires me to be. (And it's often hard to recognize the value of those things when I'm too busy looking for another deal!)
So how does homemaking look to you? Do you love it or fight it? (I think I do a little of both . . . ) Stop back next week for more of the story, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on the value of homemaking in your own home.
Photo courtesy of Cake Girl on Flickr. Isn't that one cute cake?