Tuesday, March 6, 2012


One of my goals in life is to excel be decent in all areas of homemaking. Cooking, cleaning, baking, sewing, etc. We have started slowly, with making our own bread in the bread maker, canning tomatoes with my mom, cloth diapering, and we have started making more changes here and there to live more simply, frugally, and thoughtfully. It seems we are well on our way to a practically Amish lifestyle, and I'm always looking for new ways to bless our family and raise our children to live simply as well.

My goal originates from Proverbs 31:10-31 about the wife of noble character.

The Wife of Noble Character
 10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find? 
   She is worth far more than rubies. 
11 Her husband has full confidence in her 
   and lacks nothing of value. 
12 She brings him good, not harm, 
   all the days of her life. 
13 She selects wool and flax 
   and works with eager hands. 
14 She is like the merchant ships, 
   bringing her food from afar. 
15 She gets up while it is still night; 
   she provides food for her family 
   and portions for her female servants. 
16 She considers a field and buys it; 
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 
17 She sets about her work vigorously; 
   her arms are strong for her tasks. 
18 She sees that her trading is profitable, 
   and her lamp does not go out at night. 
19 In her hand she holds the distaff 
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers. 
20 She opens her arms to the poor 
   and extends her hands to the needy. 
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household; 
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 
22 She makes coverings for her bed; 
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple. 
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate, 
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. 
24 She makes linen garments and sells them, 
   and supplies the merchants with sashes. 
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity; 
   she can laugh at the days to come. 
26 She speaks with wisdom, 
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue. 
27 She watches over the affairs of her household 
   and does not eat the bread of idleness. 
28 Her children arise and call her blessed; 
   her husband also, and he praises her: 
29 “Many women do noble things, 
   but you surpass them all.” 
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; 
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. 
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done, 
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

It is definitely something to strive for and won't be easy, (although I'm sure it would be easier if I had those female servants it mentions!) but that's my inspiration :)

Stay tuned for more posts on homemaking, with recipes and some tips and tricks I've learned, and will learn, along the way!

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