"As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common, everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness." Laura Ingalls Wilder
I found the above quote in a book of collected writings that Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote for farm papers in the early 20th century. It was interesting as I was reading to see that many of the issues she addresses are issues that still afflict women today. Issues such as excessive busyness, an over-abundance of things to chose from, balance(although she didn't call it that), gossip et. al.
The above quote particularly resonated with me because for the longest time I felt like I had to apologize for the effort that I put into my home. Not with my family, mind you, but with other women. It was almost as if there is some unwritten rule that says 'no woman shall have a cleaner, better organized house than I and if she does I must immediately give her grief for it'. About a year ago I decided to stop apologizing. For me keeping house is a simple everyday thing. I am grateful to be able to cook for my family. There are, of course, days that I simply wish to be able to order in, but they are honestly quite rare. I am proud of my house and try to keep it organized and as clutter-free as is possible with two school-age children. Mind you, I'm no Marth Stewart (why do we villify her anyway??) and my house is not perfect. But then it is a home meant to have life lived in it! I think every woman should feel blessed if life is lived in her home, no matter what her home looks like.