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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
I had 30 minutes in the kitchen. Two of my grandbabies were in the nursery with their Uncle. He babysat while I went into my favorite room in the house. I got out the bundt pan and made a chocolate fudge cake. While I worked, I turned a CD sermon on my kitchen radio. It was by the late Dr. Curtis Hutson. It was so precious! At the time the sermon was recorded (I think it was in the 1990's), he had cancer. He was in his last days here in this world. Someone had to help him onto the pulpit, he was so weak and weary. He preached a beautiful, heart-stirring message, and he also broke into humble songs. I sat on my kitchen stool and frosted the cake, as gentle tears came to my eyes. These were tears of sweet happiness.
In old southern churches, congregants are often seen crying with a peaceful and joyous look in their eyes. Onlookers may not understand. But what is happening is that the message being preached (through a heart close to the Lord . . . a humble precious heart), causes a melting of the normal coldness and frost the world seeps onto our hearts. Our tears are ones of holiness. We are being warmed by the fire of godliness and it melts our souls. It makes us well. The tears, with a sweet smile, is a sign of happy joy in the Lord.
I was so grateful to be in the kitchen doing what I love on this special birthday. It is a good day to be revived and reflect upon one's life.
How much more work can I do for the Lord? Each day is an honor and a gift. Each birthday I am drawn closer to my last day here in this world. I am heaven bound. Not because of me, but because of the dear Lord who is longsuffering and merciful.
I am so grateful for the laborers in God's holy fields, who lift us all up and encourage us along the way - no matter how rough and difficult the road can be.
I am reminded of my old Massachusetts home at this time of year. Our family had a membership at Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. I took my children there many times. We wandered around the living museum observing costumed actors going about the historic daily life of the Pilgrims.
The settlement was right beside the ocean. The whipping sea winds made the cold Autumn weather icy and bitter. (Having lived most of my life at the ocean in a nearby town, I know how difficult the winter ocean air can be.) The simple homes the people lived in had fireplaces to keep them warm. Each house had only one room. They were like tiny cottages with a bed and a table. Each family: mother, father and children lived in their own cottage. I saw the hard work each had to do. There were gardens to cultivate, heavy clothing to wash, outdoor kitchens to work in, an abundance of wood to chop, and babies and children to take care of. This was all for survival. This was the beginning of a new life here in America for these foreigners. I often thought how much warmer and nicer life would have been if they had settled out in the mountains rather than by the cold ocean. But it was far too dangerous at the time.
On each of our many visits to the Plantation, we sat in their humble church. I was in awe. I love how the people themselves built the church using the nearby trees for building supplies. There were straight and plain benches for the congregation and a place in the front for the Minister. This was where he encouraged the people and inspired them to holy living so they could face the coming week ahead. This was where he preached and taught against sin and convicted their hearts and minds to stay on that precious heavenly path.
The journey the Pilgrims took to get to this country was treacherous. Have you seen the Mayflower ship? A short drive from the Plantation brings you to Plimouth Rock and the Ships for tourists. We have walked through the boat and have seen the living conditions, which tells me that those people had a strength of character and a moral endurance to accomplish something few of us today could manage.
Many died on that ocean voyage. Many also died before the first year on the Plantation. I am sure the Pilgrims prayed constantly for health and continued courage. The Bible was the most important book to them. They taught it to their children. They comforted one another with it's words. They lived it!
That first Thanksgiving was modeled after the Biblical time of feasting. The Pilgrims, who were deeply religious, most likely were inspired to do this from Leviticus 23: 34, which is the commandment for the Feast of Tabernacles (or "Sukkot"- meaning "booths" or "temporary dwellings"). This was a time to gather up the harvest to worship and thank God for his provision.
This time of year, many of us want to throw a large celebration. We might spend far more money on food than we can afford, and not even consider it's folly. The high cost of food makes many of us poor. For those who have farms and are growing their own apples and fruits, have their own turkeys, and grow their own vegetable - these are the people who can have a plenteous table with food grown for very little cost, with the work of their own hands. But for the rest, who have to buy every apple to make a pie, or have to buy the turkey and the potatoes and all the rest, far too much money can be easily spent. This is not the purpose of the Thanksgiving holiday.
In our home, I have to count the cost. I have to find the sales and "scour out the land" to make our Thanksgiving wonderful, but something we can afford. We will have our own family and guests as well. It will be a precious and delightful time. But I will host this in a manner in which I can afford, and with creativity and the works of our own hands. I will make what I can, and buy what I can afford. We mothers can make these special times because of our labor and prudence.
The Pilgrims were a humble people who sought after holiness. Their first Thanksgiving feast was a joyous time to enjoy the prosperity of an abundance of food the Lord had provided for them.
Let us follow their example despite a consumerist, ungodly culture around us.
I noticed some little pine cones around some of the trees on the front grounds of our Estate. I thought it would be so nice to bring them in, and decorate. I wanted to get back out there with my grandson and have him help me. He is 2 years old now. But things got very busy with the care of the house and the care of two of my grandchildren. My sweet, little grandboy has a sister who is 7 months old. I remember walking around the property with him the first year of his life. I showed him my attempts at gardening and he loved being held while we walked and talked about the Estate. His sister hasn't had that privilege. I have found it difficult, in my old age, to tend to both of them on the grounds without help. I get tired much too easily. So I have to conserve my strength, leaving outdoor playtime with the babies to others in the family.
The other day, I noticed new daisies growing by the front porch. I would walk by the window and see them starting to blossom from a large plant one of the children had given me this past mother's day. I couldn't believe new flowers were coming at this time of year, here in cold New England, in November? It made me smile.
I am making Thanksgiving preparations and want to get back outdoors to gather some pine cones to decorate. I will have to make the effort, this coming weekend, to take my grandbaby girl out with me. I need to show her what the grounds look like this time of year. I want her to see the leaves before they are covered by the coming Vermont snow. I remember, this past summer, walking her by the back river as we listened to the rushing of the water on the rocks. There is a serene peacefulness to being out in this quiet retreat we call HOME.
I was tidying up my dressing room and found a miniature porcelain doll. It is a little pilgrim doll I bought, years ago, while in a gift shop at Plimouth Plantation. I will bring it out to display on the hutch in the parlour. The children will enjoy seeing it when they come home for Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks.
I have limited Internet access, and have enjoyed being completely without it for a few months. I hope to write here when possible, but will continue to send out a monthly newsletter. Old fashioned mail is such fun.
I have taken three months off from blogging here. During this time, we welcomed our fourth grandchild this summer. We are also helping the great - grandparents as they pack up and get ready to move south. Things are changing at our Vermont Estate.
I have had temporary access to Internet this past week. I wanted to let you know that a new book has just been published. I wrote it as I was helping take care of my grandchildren. I have been remembering all the things we did when our own children were little, and what life was like a generation ago.
I put together a small little book, "Old Fashioned Motherhood." It is a short, but peaceful read that will encourage the Christian mother who is taking care of babies and small children. It has little bits of advice on a variety of topics.
This is a 62 page, plain, paperback book with a simple cover. It was written as I sat in a rocking chair by the parlour window, rocking one of my grandbabies. I hope it will encourage you.
I would love your help in getting the word out about my new book. I am very grateful for your support and encouragement!
I don't have much time online, but will be available for a few more days. This will be the last post for quite some time.
For those who are interested, I am writing a small monthly newsletter and sending this out by regular mail. It is free to subscribe. I only ask for a self-addressed-stamped envelope to make it easy for me, both financially and in the saving of time. You would just need to email me to request my personal address. Please find the details on the last post.
Writing this post is making me realize how incredibly time consuming blogging can be. (gentle smiles.) Two of my grandbabies are here and they have just gone to bed. I have some tidying to do and then I will get my rest.
I hope you are well. God bless you and your families!
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 newsletter will go out sometime in June (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. . .