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The Beautiful Purpose of Homemaking

Dishes.

Laundry.

Floors.

Beds.

Meals.

Menu planning.

Groceries.

Bills.

    ....the list goes on.

Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday....

I'm pretty sure the reason that I have become a protective weirdo with my routine/schedule is because it helps me to know which day is which. Without them, the days run together and I start to feel like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day. 

 I love being a stay-at-home, work-at-home, homeschooling mama. As you know, I have waited years for this. But even still, I can sometimes loose the joy in homemaking. 


**tire squeals**

Joy? In homemaking??

Oh, sister...you bet! There is great joy in knowing that what may seem {and sometimes feels} mundane, there is a wonderful, beautiful, eternal purpose. And even though it feels gross while cleaning toilets and washing dirty underwear, the big picture is a master piece. 

If you look at the top of my blog you will see the following verse in the header:


"She looketh well to the ways of her household, 
and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27 

 That verse is there for no one else but me. It's a reminder that I have been charged with a task, by God, to look well..not partially...not halfheartedly... but well to the ways of my household. To me "household" encompasses everything and everyone that enters my home. It's not a mechanical work. It's a heart work. 

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Homemaking is not solely housekeeping. However, housekeeping IS a part of homemaking. There is a difference. 

In Merriam-Webster's dictionary, a housekeeper is: a person whose job is to manage the cooking, cleaning, etc., in a house

A homemaker is defined as: a wife who does work (such as sewing, cleaning, or cooking) at home and usually does not have another job outside the home

I don't particularly care for this definition because it doesn't articulate the breadth of the "home" part of homemaking. So, let's break it down a little more...what's a home? 

Home, in the sentimental sense, can be described as a safe haven.
  
What we envision as a safe haven for our family might be a little different, but I think that there are a lot of similarities in our ideas. 

Home is a place where we can relax. We feel safe and secure; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  At home, we are nurtured and sustained. We have respite.We can shed the stress of the day and be with the people we love, do the things that bring us enjoyment, and be our true selves. We are loved. We are corrected. We are free.

My family loves the smell {and taste!} of my homemade oatmeal cream pies.

When we can define what nurtures and sustains us, helps us to relax, brings us joy, makes us feel loved, chastened, and free, then we have found the building blocks of Home.  

The art of homemaking encompasses knowing what those blocks are for each of our family members and placing them where they fit. 

My husband feels at home when he comes in from a long day at work, dinner is ready, the house is decent, his children are calm, and his wife doesn't look like a train wreck. He enjoys seeing things in the house that remind him of his passion for caving and photography. He can relax when things are orderly. He appreciates having his clothes clean when he needs them and his things where they belong. He wants to feel appreciated and successful.

Our tidy living room is perfect place for unwinding in.
My daughter loves being surrounded by things that remind her of the beach. It's her happy place: the colors, sounds, wildlife, and smells. She likes her makeup on her dresser where she can see it because she likes being feminine. She feels loved when we spend time together as a family, talking, laughing, and sharing.

My son is a hunter at heart. He feels relaxed in his room with his camo bedspread, deer antlers on the wall, and his pictures of deer on his dresser. His legos are really the only thing he keeps organized and his current book that he's reading is on his nightstand. The boy, like his sister, feels loved when we spend time with him playing games, reading, or watching a movie we all can agree on.

For me? Home is clean. Clutter free. No chaos. Good food. Pleasant smells. Pretty colors. Laughter. Singing. Dancing. Learning, growing, and rejoicing in the Lord. 
     
So, as you can see, making a home is so much more than keeping a home. 


  
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