I will admit . . . I’m kind of an old-fashioned girl. You might have guessed that from the title of my blog, “Vintage Mama’s Cottage.” I’ve been a wife and mom for a very long time, and I’ve seen lots of trends and fads come and go over the years. One that has been especially close to my heart that has rather gone by the wayside is the importance of “home making.” When I was in high school we took a class called “Home Economics.” That was back in the day when, for better or worse, millions of young women found a lifetime of joy and fulfillment investing their time and energy into being creative in their homes. Back then, many of us (perhaps only those of us in rural, small-town, middle America?) found that creating a cozy home for our family was . . . well . . . what we actually WANTED to do.
Of course, there are lots of other ways for a woman to express her creativity, talent, skills, education, and energy other than home making. And for that I am truly grateful. Women now have so many more opportunities than I did when I was just a young a woman. Unfortunately in the last 40 years, it seems as if we have lost the art of home making, and for that I believe are missing out on some of the greatest joys in life. But then that’s just my humble opinion!
As I’ve been contemplating a new year and some adjustments I’m hoping to make in my daily routine, I’ve been thinking about how busy we have all become with so many opportunities to do whatever we want in life. That’s a very good thing, but I’ve noticed that unless we can limit ourselves to those things that REALLY, truly matter to us in life, we become like a wandering stream, or more accurately, like a rushing river. Always in a hurry but not always knowing exactly where we are headed. I have felt that way for several months lately, partly because of having to deal with the after effects of the flooding in our laundry room last autumn.
Everything has been rather at “sixes and sevens” as my grandma used to say – the bed was in the living room, the dressers were in the dining room, all of the clothing was piled on chairs in the family room, and the shoes . . . well, let’s just say it was challenging to get ready for church on Sunday morning when the shoes were . . . somewhere over there. Then, we finally got the damages repaired but before we could put things back where they belonged, it was time to get out the Christmas decorations. More stuff all over the place.
Now that Christmas is over and it is time to begin putting all that stuff away, we have had horrible weather which has made it difficult to accomplish anything because we are freezing! Even with a roaring fire in the fireplace, it is still a bit chilly because of the sub-zero temperatures outside, and the snowy, icy roads make it really miserable to get outside. And in the middle of everything else, it is now that time of year when everyone in the family gets a cold or the flu. Not too bad so far, but Christmas day was rather miserable with coughing, sore throats, and a sinus infection lurking on the edges of my brain.
So as I’ve been pondering the new year, I realized that one thing that I think I’ve been missing is the “permission” to return to a focus on my home and family. Of course, I do that all the time any way, but I’ve decided to be more intentional about eliminating a few things that have kept me distracted. Not that I’m going to stop doing my other work, but I think that it will be much more peaceful in my mind and throughout my days if I stop feeling like taking care of my home is the last item on my To Do list. One way that I’m going to do that is to put together a few blog posts on Home Economics 101 for you, my readers.
If you are feeling the pull towards a gentler time, a little bit slower pace to your days, and a redirection towards making your home a place of joy, beauty, and peacefulness, come on along as I revisit some days gone by. Let’s remember the best things about the “good old days” when little girls wanted to grow up and take care of a home and a family. If that’s you (and I realize it isn’t for everyone!), stop back and let’s see what we can discover.
In the meantime, join us for this week’s Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party – this is one place you’ll find lots of inspiration for making your home a lovely and inspiring refuge for your family. And you’ll make new friends along the way, too! Hope to connect with you soon at the party . . .
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Angelina- Petite Haus
Amber- Follow the Yellow Brick Home