Michelle, one of our married daughters showed me a video she enjoyed today...She tells me:
You'll like this one mom!
She was right, I did!
I hope you too enjoy this short video. The message is so very, very needed in my book. There are many of us who have chosen this simple path and allow me to say, it's a fulfilling one. Yes, despite what society or present culture tries to say, despite what the pride of life tries to say, this is truth.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Enjoy...
I may not garden or can but I know how to make a dollar stretch and making things out of what I already have has always been such a blessing to me, it's fun and a great outlet of creativity. Spying nice items that are good quality but in our budget is a blessing too. If you've read my blog for any amount of time you can see that I am careful on how I spend, we have had to be careful in our married life for my husband works on commission only. It takes perseverance but yes Virginia it can be done. If that meant going without a car or whatever it took...Yes, my children were more important.
As my husband shared once:
Our children are the only thing we can possibly take to Eternity with us.
Here is an excerpt from the little booklet our pediatrician, Dr. Louis Pottkotter wrote, Caring for Your Baby:
3. "Some working mothers soon discover that when they add up the cost of weekly visits to the doctor with a sick child, plus the cost of medicine, plus the cost of daycare, they are actually LOSING more money than they make. If this happens to YOU, I suggest a serious reassessment of how important working is to you."
That always rang true to me.
I also knew my children needed me to care for them if at all possible. There would be no career possibility to ever change that. As Phyllis Schaffley once said, Some one has to rock the cradle! As Napoleon said...Give us good mothers!
Recipe tip: Do you know you can use cooked lentils for a healthy meat substitute? I'm an ethical vegetarian, so I'm very used to cooking this way and I can see how a homemaker can save hugely by this as well. Tonight for supper I am making my Grandma Oddo's pasta gravy. Grandma Oddo was from Naples, Italy and she could cook! I also made lentil patties, very similar to lentil balls, I just couldn't get them into a round sphere with no glutenfree breadcrumbs on hand today. lol. I baked them in the oven to a perfect crisp and my family can place those over their pasta and ladle the gravy over all. Bellissima!
Sewing machines? I have found a good basic Brothers from Walmart works beautifully. You can find them refurbished for around $50 on the Walmart site. I ordered one for Marianna's birthday, our most recently married daughter. It was like brand new, sealed and boxed. Bravissimo!
I definitely taught our daughters the arts of sewing and cooking in our homeschool.
It's one of the nicest blessings ever to see our grown daughters using these gifts and budgeting lessons now in their lives at whatever stage they are in.
If anyone has any questions on being a happy budget friendly homemaker please feel free to leave them here and we can have a friendly forum. : )
I love being an encouragement to others, we've been married for over 37 years, I'm almost 57 years of age and my husband, Jem (64) and I have brought up four daughters on one income.
And I cannot close without pressing that God was and is our source in all things. Many of you know, it's been a very, very challenging year for me to put it lightly. I cannot thank God enough.
All great change in America begins at the dinner table.
Good evening, loves, and don't forget, if you have any questions that maybe I could help with please let me know here. Pretty much the only things I will not share are my Grandma Oddo's heirloom recipes. ; )
*Big smile* Amelia