Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Flowers for the Home, A Cookbook, and a Wedding

Sometimes women who work at the grocery store say they want to be homemakers full time. They envison a more relaxed life. While being home may mean not being in a rush to get out the door to make it to work on time, it is an incredibly busy life.  I have a lot of interests, but find if time is spent in the daily activites of meal preparation, clean-up, care of clothing, and normal housekeeping, it amounts to a very full day.  

I once attended a Christian class for young women, in which the teacher told them not to think they are going to do nothing all day, but not to think they have to be on-the-go all day. Things must be done when they are needed, and it takes wisdom and understanding to know when it is time to sit still and read, write, or rest.

Recently i was given some fresh flowers, which is a real treat this time of year, and have enjoyed putting them in old jars and bottles to place in various spots around the house. It makes me feel like I am staying in a luxurious Inn where fresh bouquets are the usual!

Also, I have been enjoying a new book called Tea and Crumpets, which gives the history of each recipe and the famous towns and restaurants where ithe food was first served. The book includes colored photos on each page of hotels and tea rooms throughout the world.

For homeschooling, I would use this book to enrich the family knowledge and appreciation of the food and it's origin. We would include everyone in the cooking and table setting, and during the meal or tea time, would read aloud the story of each item.

This is just one aspect of home schooling that I promised to share in a homeschooling series here on my web log, but it would also be enjoyable to read aloud to ladies while having tea.  I may do that for my next ladies Bible class after the study when they are taking tea.

We were recently busy at an evening wedding in a gazebo, where my DH officiated. You can see the floor glistening  from the rain, but it had stopped pouring down when we got there. An unusually warm, soft wind was swirling about and everyone was quite comfortable. The town gazebo was already lit up for the season with dozens of small lights. Quite a few men wore hats, and i noticed they automatically removed them for the prayer, an old, old sign of respect still observed.


magnoliasntea said...

Good Morning, Lydia!
I enjoyed your post, as usual, and wanted to take time to wish you and yours a lovely Christmas season. In our busy days we often read your posts and employ them in our daily routines without taking time to tell you how much they meant to us so I wanted to do that today as I especially enjoyed the photos of the flowers, book and wedding. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and snapshots of your daily life with us.
Have a wonderful day!

Lydia said...

Thank you, Toni.

I am inspired and energized by anyone's comment and feedback. I would like to know what people would like to see and read here, so please leave comments or email me!

Laura Jeanne said...

I enjoy all of your posts, Lydia, the ones like this one that share something lovely and feminine, and the ones which are more filled with advice on how to be a good homemaker, etc. Both types of posts are edifying in different ways.

I don't often comment, but I enjoy every post you put up. Thank you so much for taking the time to share beautiful and wise things with us. Beauty and wisdom seem to be in short supply in today's world, and your blog is always refreshing.

I will also say, that reading your blog was one of the reasons that a few months ago, when I was considering going back to school to become more independent, I decided instead to renew my commitment to being a full-time homemaker (I had emailed you for advice at that time, as well). You have so many good posts in the archives that are very encouraging for homemakers in the modern day. :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Lydia,

I read your posts very often but don't comment very often because usually I am holding a little one while eating my breakfast with my computer time. :) I love your posts so much and appreciate the encouragement. I am also relatively new to homeschooling with my oldest being in second and my next being in first. Next year I will have three students! Anyway, I would appreciate any homeschooling advice you have. I also really appreciate the older posts you have on making your home beautiful on a budget.

Christine said...

Dear Lydia,
You are so right when you mention that when you are a Homemaker (along with all it entails,) one stays busy all day. I agree too, that we need times where we allow ourselves the time to sit and rest, read, or pursue a craft.
Sometimes I feel I have to give myself permission to have a "lazy day".

May I take the opportunity to wish you and your family a lovely Christmas and all the best for the year ahead.

Thank you for all you do to build up and encourage us through the year.


Anonymous said...

Laura Jeanne, I could have written your comment word for word. Lydia's blog is such a special place for me, too. Thank you Lady Lydia for your beautiful and inspiring blog.

At this time of year, I often reflect on a post you did (not sure exactly when it was, but it left it's mark on me) about not going overboard with Christmas, and not putting too much unnecessary pressure and stress on ourselves during Christmas.

Sincerely, Mara.

Ping's Nom Fiction Life said...

Beautiful post Lydia. The flowers are so pretty. I too, enjoy the tea book and need to bring it out to read it again. Have a wonderful Thursday!

Rightthinker said...

I love that beautiful wedding! What a special time of year to get married.

I love this post, and I agree about being busy at home! It takes nearly every moment that I don't purpose for a piece of rest!

God Bless you!

Nancy said...

So tickled to see your recommendation to read a book like Tea and Crumpets with children. Truly good reading material is just as enjoyable for a mother as the child, and nurtures in children a delightful interest in a number of aspects in life. Thank you, Lydia!