Monday, January 08, 2007

The mistress of the house...

I was recently reading part of Martha Stewart's new book Homekeeping Handbook. I do not own the book yet, I was just perusing through it at the bookstore the other day.

She mentions a book by a lady named Mrs. Beeton. Well, my curiousity was piqued, so I had to find out more about her. I found a web site about her which is very interesting. But this paragraph is what really got my attention.

AS WITH THE COMMANDER OF AN ARMY, or the leader of any enterprise, so is it with the mistress of a house. Her spirit will be seen through the whole establishment; and just in proportion as she performs her duties intelligently and thoroughly, so will her domestics follow in her path. Of all those acquirements, which more particularly belong to the feminine character, there are none which take a higher rank, in our estimation, than such as enter into a knowledge of household duties; for on these are perpetually dependent the happiness, comfort, and well-being of a family. In this opinion we are borne out by the author of “The Vicar of Wakefield,” who says: “The modest virgin, the prudent wife, and the careful matron, are much more serviceable in life than petticoated philosophers, blustering heroines, or virago queens. She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than ladies described in romances, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver, or their eyes.”

Ladies, do you SEE how important your role in life is? Feminists will tell us that we are wasting our life away "just sitting at home". The world screams at us that we are nobody unless we have a career. But do you see what is written here? And this is just a small part of the importance you play in the lives of your husband and children. Your role as a wife and mother is crucial to society. You provide the safety, the warmth, the comfort that your family needs in this crazy, mixed up world we live in. You are training a future generation of warriors for Christ and you are cleaning the wounds of your knight in shining armor that is protecting his beloved family from the attacks of the enemy. Your career as a wife and mother is needed and very much welcomed.

Thank you for serving your families as the mistress of the house.


Brenda said...

Wonderful post and so true!

Susan P. said...

Loved this post, thanks so much for sharing!

Trixie said...

oh, Mrs U. Thank YOU! so much for this bit of encouragement. A while back (not sure what site) I found a link to a scanned copy of a book written by Mrs. Beton. It was very informational, a little outdated (but, hey, I really enjoy history) and just made a woman want to step up to the plate and run her household properly.


Mrs. C said...

Great post, Mrs. U!

Keith and Judy said...

Mrs. U,
I am a fellow RQ fan, and linked to your blog from there. I wish more women realized the value of staying at home. I couldn't agree with your post more.
God's blessings as you get your daughter, Elizabeth. I am encouraged by a fellow Christian bringing home a new daughter.

Mrs.B said...

Wow Mrs. U, this is a great post!

Julieann said...

Excellent post Mrs.U!!!!


Kelly said...

Wow, what a great post! Thanks for sharing. I needed this!

Coffee Wife said...

What a lovely blog!! I am a newly-wed housewife (Domestic Engineer!) and in whenever it happens I'll be a mom too! I live on an island in Scotland on a farm. But I'm American! I married a Scott and moved here. It's so nice to see a blog like this. I am also blogging about being a farm wife (and in the future I'll blog about being a mother!) who stays home and keeps house and cooks all of the meals and raises sheep and gardens etc etc etc!
God bless!!


Marmee said...

Great post! We need this reminder DAILY! Thanks.

Rona's Home Page said...

Your post tells me that I should definitely looking into that book.


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