Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Homekeeper Journal 6/8/10

This is my definition of “Homekeeping” ……… a necessary evil of trying to keep up with the laundry, cooking, cleaning, and repairing for the family, all the while trying to teach the children to do these things so that I may someday work myself out of a job. It’s a dream I have. Don’t wake me.

My favorite place to practice the profession of homekeeping is ….. the kitchen, or the living room, or the bathroom, wherever the biggest mess is where I feel like I can make the most headway. Oh, and I like to fold laundry in the bedroom since it means I can watch TV for ten minutes or so on a channel that has never heard of SpongeBob.

I do/do not find joy in keeping my home and I think the reason is ….. I don’t really enjoy it. I always find there is something better I could be doing, like taking a nap. Plus, the children and I are the greatest enemies of a clean house. I’m fighting a losing battle. I do however, like to clean the carpets occasionally just to see how gross we really are. I always feel liberated once all that dirt is down the drain.

At this point in my life, this is what I believe my children, husband and/or other family members think about our home…. It is just good enough and it fits us. Our house may be messy most of the time, but a lot of fun is had by all.

The things I wish someone had told me about homekeeping when I was young.… I didn’t have a great housekeeping example growing up, so I wish someone had told me that the condition of my childhood home was not a reflection of me! That said, no visitor is ever turned away just because I haven’t cleaned the house. I have a little sign on the mantel that says, “I cleaned the house last week. Sorry you missed it.” Most times it is true, but the window of cleanliness is very small. I also have another sign that says “When I get the urge to clean house, I lay down until it passes.”  Sometimes it is true too. 

The messages that I received about homemaking and being a wife/mother when growing up were ….. negative. I truly enjoy being a wife and mother and wouldn’t know what to do otherwise, but not everyone feels the same way.

6 blessings that God has given me this week are …. a/c, a swimming pool, ornery children, an understanding husband, plenty of food, and lots of sunscreen!


  1. Love this! You have a great writing style...I get the impression that you are very down-to-earth and a hoot to be around. I can also relate to everything you said! Walking with God...watching out for manure...that is great! Gave me a nice chuckle...thanks!

  2. Your journal brought a smile to my face. I needed that! Isn't it interesting how God brings us together across the web.

  3. You seriously crack me up. Would love to be able to sit out on a porch with you and laugh. You have a great sense of humor and I love reading your posts!


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