We once lived in a large, three - story, house in historic Hull Massachusetts. Nearby was property that was owned by the Kennedy family. At the time, I had three little children and was expecting my fourth. I was home almost all the time. I made our food from scratch in the large kitchen with its enormous picture window with an ocean view. Every morning, as the children and I sat at the breakfast table, we would watch the ships going by. This was an incredible home and we were blessed to have lived there, renting the property, for two winters.
These days, we are in Vermont and my children are mostly grown. My youngest (of five) will be 18 this summer. Now there are five grandchildren to watch and to help care for. Three of those babies live here with us, while the other two visit now and then. All five of the babies, and five of the children were here over the Easter holidays and it was a lovely time.
Yet, I am confined to home. I am confined to the nursery, yet again. I am caring full time for 2 little grandchildren (ages 2 and 1), here at our 2 acre Vermont Estate. I am much older now and cannot make all my food from scratch, or keep up with the housework, and take care of everyone without help. I get tired. I experience unbearable back pain (gentle smiles), and I need the naps just as much as the babies do!
Sometimes, when I get overwhelmed with all the work - the loving guidance; the prayers and the lessons; the cheerful playtimes and stories; and the rocking of babies, I sit and write after they are asleep. Or I will look at photographs. This helps me see that we are not just living today, we are creating a history of our lives. We are living and enjoying our days, despite hardships. This makes me smile and brings great peace.
Today, I was given permission to share just one picture of 2 of the grandbabies (from my daughter - their mother). I hope it will make you smile as you know that you are also often confined to home, and to your own nurseries.
|Grandchildren on the front porch of Mrs. White's Estate|
From the Archives -
For baby and child care advice - Old Fashioned Motherhood.
Happy days - Going out with Mister.
Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."
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