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"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Human Frailty of the Godly Soul
"The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort. His great spirit was often in the seventh heaven of exultation, and as frequently on the borders of despair. His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a greatly wearied child."
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
- Elizabeth Prentiss, 1800's.
A married woman who stays home. This is a lifelong vocation. It is an old-fashioned term, and something to be proud of. Not a "domestic engineer." Not a "home manager." An old fashioned housewife, who keeps the home, and abides there. - Mrs. White
Vermont is beautiful this time of year. Early this evening, after I made supper for the family, I went out on the back grounds of our Estate. We have a rushing river which is beautiful and peaceful to see. There is a waterfall off to the far right. It feels like a retreat to be able to walk the grounds here and enjoy the fresh air. Mister has done the mowing and our flowers are growing nicely. A small garden is in place. Our grandbabies kept me busy today and I have enjoyed doing my housework.
Soon another grandbaby will arrive. The great-grandparents, who live with us, are slowly recovering from this year's traumatic health difficulties. We have been greatly blessed, despite many trials and hardships, here at our humble 1800's Colonial house. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with all of you.
I have been writing here on this blog for 5 years now. I started the blog, against my personal will, because a friend unmercifully nagged me to do it. (gentle smiles) It has been a tremendous amount of work that turned into a ministry of sorts. I have enjoyed writing the personal letters and essays, which have been like visits! I am also very grateful for all of your encouragement and support over the years.
As of the end of this week, I will no longer be blogging. Most likely, this will be a temporary absence. In the meantime, since I won't be online for quite some time, I will be writing letters of sorts to send out by regular mail. These will be just something plain and short, from 1 to 4 pages, depending on how much time I have. They will be similar to the posts I have been writing here on the blog. These will be visits, essays, and encouragement for the old fashioned Christian housewife who seeks a godly home.
The first letter will go out sometime in June or July (2014). Directions for subscribing are as follows:
Since I don't want to publicly post my private address, I need you to send me an email. Just let me know you are interested in receiving the letters. I will then give you my address and simply ask for a business sized, self-addressed, stamped envelope. There is no cost to subscribe.
puritanlight (at) gmail (dot) com
(Note - If you are reading this after May 31, 2014: I will be checking emails now and then at the library. Please bear with me if it takes several weeks for me to respond. I greatly appreciate your patience.)
I also hope you will continue to read the blog. The archives are here and will remain. My books will continue to be offered for sale on Amazon, including my newest title, "Living on His Income."
May God bless your homes. I will see you at the mailbox. . .
I have full charge of 2 of my grandbabies for much of the day. We have set them up on a routine which is good for their health. They get the "air" by going outside to play, and enjoy the sunshine. They have their meal times and nap times.
The other day, I had a fussy newborn and took her out on the front porch. I snuggled her up with her Winnie the Pooh Comforter and rocked her in the chair. It was such a pleasant day. She drifted off to sleep. One of the "Uncles" had the other grandbaby on the front property. The little one was toddling around having a marvelous time. As I sat there with the children, I didn't think about laundry or cooking. I didn't think about the vacuuming. I thought that I had nothing better in the world to do but rock the babies!
Another day, the new baby would not be consoled unless I walked down passageways and staircases here at the old Estate. I am sure that those in some of the rooms often thought a person was coming, but no one appeared! Because we went up and down the stairs, over and over, and they creaked as we went. I can just imagine my daughter looking over her shoulder, towards the doorway, thinking that someone would be there any moment! We do get amused over the littlest things around here. (gentle smiles)
Because it is so busy here, I have trouble getting supper ready. We tried to make it early in the morning to save for later. But that didn't work. Yesterday, I did what little tidying I could around the care of the babies, but most of the work was not done until the little ones had gone to bed. I made supper for the next day. It was beef stroganoff. This went into a casserole pan and was placed in the refrigerator for whoever had a minute to heat it up! I also did the dishes, cleaned the rooms and made the parlour look nice. This is what I will have to do each evening, so I can continue to have nothing to do but rock the babies all day!
Since we are losing our Internet, I have come to appreciate the longing for a quieter life. When I was first notified a few weeks ago, by the great-grandparents who are in charge of such things here at the Estate, I was delighted! "Well, that is fine with me! I will just stop blogging." I was almost relieved! Now, I love to write, and I love writing here, but I am constantly tempted to take on review jobs that are exhausting. I honestly need a little forced break to quiet down for a season. It was almost like the time when we lost our phone service. The company had made some mistake and the account had been compromised. They shut off my phone and it took them weeks to set up my new service. I didn't mind one bit, and I was happy to wait it out. We had no phone for about a month or so? What a delight that was to me! (gentle smiles) Of course, there were difficulties when I couldn't talk to my grown children who live away from home. I also had to retrieve an occasional message elsewhere when a need arose. But overall, I was happy without the phone.
I have come to accept these little "supposed" trials in life. They are a gift! I am also looking forward to writing little letters and sending them out to any readers who want them. I have already talked to many of you about this, and the response has been wonderful. Very soon, perhaps in a day or two, I will explain how you can subscribe to my letters by regular mail. These won't cost you anything but a stamp!
The babies are out with their Mother but will be back very soon. I have bottles to make and a kitchen to clean. I have been watching old BBC programs of a series of Jane Austen movies and I love them. I will find one and set it up. I watch them in the afternoons while feeding the newborn. She loves them too.
PS: I will post at least once more before the end of May, when I lose Internet. Most likely, it is only temporary. Perhaps I will be back in a few months? Be sure to watch for information on subscribing to my letters by regular mail.
Created by - R. Robin Finley (A retired language arts teacher.)
Contributing author - Erin Karl (Robin's daughter. Erin taught middle school language arts.)
It is quite intimidating writing a review for a language arts program. Of course, I will second - guess every thing I write! But this program is exceptional. I have been using it with my teenage son.
Here are the basics:
There are two bound workbooks.
One is the student book -
There are 35 units which cover such lessons as: pronouns, comma rules, helping verbs, active and passive voices, and many more. These are designed to be done in order, each lesson building on the last one.
A lesson consists of:
Notes: Explains the objective, uses definitions and examples, and introduces the lesson.
Exercise #1: Since we used the DVD along with the binder, we watched the lesson on DVD. The Teachers were wonderful. It was like having private tutors who were professional, to the point, and took the time to carefully explain the exercise to viewers.
Exercise #2: The student does this on his own. It is similar to the first exercise.
Exercise #3: Similar to the previous exercise, continuing the practice and work required to thoroughly learn the unit.
Some of the units include a "Skills Support": A lesson for the student to complete.
Each unit ends with a Test.
What I love about this program is that each exercise is only one page long. It is not cluttered up with directions or endless text. It is to the point, clearly written, and helps the student get the job done.
The teacher book is the same as the student book but has all the answers filled in.
This is a set of four DVDs. All 35 units are included here. This is very well done. I found it to be an invaluable teaching resource to go with the workbook.
Overall, the program is just what I have been looking for. We did this program first thing most mornings. If we were at the table, I would set up a laptop for my student to watch the DVD. He could also watch it on television in another room. He worked wherever he found a quiet room. I greatly appreciated the DVD because I felt like my student was in the capable hands of excellent tutors, who could teach this subject better than I could! Why? Because they have dedicated much of their lives to the study and teaching of this one subject. Their teaching method and curriculum is well tested and worked beautifully for us.
Mrs. Finley and her daughter have uncomplicated language arts and made it very easy to learn. I was impressed with the quality of the program and how well everything was explained.
My student has a greater appreciation of sentence structure and the purpose of grammar. He has always been a struggling learner. This program has improved his reading and writing skills, by helping him focus specifically on the study of language arts.
*Disclosure - I received this item for review purposes.*
I wanted to send you a little warning note. Sometime next week, I will stop blogging. We are losing our Internet access. In the past, I have been able to get around computer and Internet troubles, by visiting my local library and writing sporadically. However, at this point, I cannot get up the energy or the time to write while away from home. It would be too difficult.
Most of my writing is done by an open window, here at the Estate, in the spring and summer. This is when little ones are napping or the sun has not yet risen. Those are the quiet moments when I can write. At other times, I might be in the kitchen finishing up some homemade biscuits or making dinner. While the food was cooking, I would sit by the fire in winter and write.
Writing while away from home is not something I can manage.
Over the next few days, I will try to finish up some blog posts that are obligations (a homeschool review comes to mind.) I had also planned to share a tour of the interior of our house. We won't have time to finish up our projects and get a post ready in time. I deeply apologize for this disappointment.
I will also announce my new book that has just been published. It is my last book as far as I can see. I started working on it a few months ago. It is about being an old fashioned Christian housewife. I have received all kinds of questions, through email and comments, about being a housewife in today's financially difficult world and wanted to write this book to meet that need. I hope to announce it early next week. I hope you will be watching for it!
Since I won't be here, I dearly hope those of you who have been reading my blog, and who have enjoyed my books, that you will encourage others to visit here. The archives will remain. I also hope you will recommend my books, which will continue to be available for sale on Amazon.
Some of you have my address and are welcome to write to me via regular mail. I will do my best to write back. I will also try to check my email every other month or so, if I am able to visit the library. [My email address is: puritanlight (at) gmail (dot) com ]
I had hoped to start a little newsletter to share my visits by regular mail, since I cannot write here anymore. I don't know if that will be possible. But it is an idea. (If this does happen, I will place the information on the sidebar of the blog before the end of next week.)
I expect my last post will be the announcement of my book. Thank you so much for your constant encouragement and kindness over the last 5 years. I will miss you!
Mister has spent the last few days working on our 2 acre property. He uses a "push mower" and did some of the gardening. He painted our picnic table, painted the wood posts that are around some of our little flower gardens, and made the yard look pretty.
While he has been outside, I have been indoors caring for the home. I wash dishes, sweep floors, scrub sinks, prepare and serve meals, do laundry, hang clothes to dry, and take care of the family - especially the two grandbabies. Mostly, I sing "Amazing Grace," and "Bringing in the Sheaves" while I work. And I hear the chirping of birds through the open windows.
This past year, I have had to be away from home. He has missed me, and all the things I do here to make this place a home. I have spent much of my time at hospitals and taking care of the great grandparents. My absence has been greatly felt. It looks like I will have to be away from this estate again sometime soon, when another new grandbaby is expected. Hospitals and sick rooms keep calling me away.
This evening Mister said, "You have a beautiful yard, my dear." He tells me he does all the work to make me happy. I respond, "You have a beautiful house." We both smile. We are both weary from the day's chores. We know we both work very hard here, for the family. It makes us both happy.
The other day, Mister said something special that has greatly amused me. I was having difficulty with one of the faucets in this old 1800's house. He keeps having to fix it for me. This time, I asked him to please just go to the hardware store and replace it all. He reached over to the faucet and fixed it in his own Yankee way, and said sweetly, "This is the way I live. . . You will have to learn to live this way too." And I have been smiling ever since. Because do you know what? We live a charming, old fashioned life. And I love it.