I just finished listening to this CD yesterday.
It’s called “Home is Where the Heart Is” and was very challenging. Even if you’re a woman who isn’t a Homemaker, you don’t have daughters, you’re a single young woman, or a new wife, I think you’ll still find this CD encouraging and challenging as it addresses attitudes quite a lot and even has sections which speak to the single ladies out there, too.
The mother who is speaking on the CD has 9 children and I believe her daughter said has spent 21 months (I’m sure it’s more, but I’ll check later) of her life with morning sickness. Her daughter noted that not once did they hear her mumble or complain. WOW! I’ve had morning sickness a total of 16 months of my life and I certainly cannot say that I haven’t complained about it (and just a side note, it’s still not over, although I’m able to get to about 7:30pm now before it sets in, so that’s a great sign!)
The complete title of the CD is Home is Where the Heart Is: Teaching Your Daughters to Cherish Being Keepers At Home.
Since I call myself a Homemaker, I listened to this CD intently and wondered, how am I doing teaching my daughters? Am I teaching them to love their husbands and to love their children? Or am I teaching them that being a wife, mother, and homemaker are things that I just do out of duty and can’t wait for the day that they’re out of the house and I can finally be “free.” I used to be a member of a mother’s group which frequently touted this attitude. We were often told things along the lines of the preschool years are the hardest, just do what you have to to get through it because once they’re school aged, you’ll finally be free and can start living your own life. I must say, while I found the meetings encouraging, it wasn’t until I attended an Above Rubies conference, that I realized I may have bought into a lie–I really wasn’t cherishing my time with my little ones. Yes they’re preschoolers but my words, actions, attitudes, etc. are being absorbed by their little minds and the last thing I want them to remember is a mother who complains, whines, and mopes around the house because “it’s another day at home with the children and I have no life.”
I have finally become confident in and able to enjoy my role as a Homemaker–I used to feel as though I had to defend the term, as many have spoken out against it saying it’s too “Old-fasioned.” Just yesterday, an insurance rep asked me, “So, do you work or are you just a mom?” Thankfully I was on the phone at the time, otherwise, I’m sure my look would’ve been far from “Meek and Humble.” Am I *just* a mom? Wow! What a question! I make my home, that’s what I do and it involves a lot more than “just” being a mom (which is very important, indeed) and allows me to use my own talents and abilities way more than I ever thought possible!
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