Being a homemaker is a hard job! Despite the spin the world puts on it, we do not lounge on the couch all day watching TV. We are not lazy burdens who do nothing while our husbands go out and work. Building a family involves both husband and wife working at their different and distinct responsibilities yet unified in purpose – that of forging a strong family unit. Our task as homemakers is to create a refuge from the world, a heaven on earth, where our family feels safe, secure and loved.
Homemaking is often described as an art. And it is.
1. the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
Our homes are of more than ordinary significance. They are of eternal significance and value!
“The most important of the Lord’s work
you and I will ever do will be
within the walls of our own homes”
(Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye in Holy Places, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1974, p. 255)
As with any art there are many aspects and areas to think of when creating a home. Yes there is the cleaning, the laundry, the cooking, the budgeting. But there is also the decorating, the music, the spiritual teaching, the nurturing, the doctoring, and so much more.
There is much to do,
much to learn,
much to teach.
It can become overwhelming if we think of everything that needs to be done all at once.
And it can become overwhelming when we think of all the things that must be done more than once, over and over and over again. Just remember:
“There is no career more meaningful, no calling more divine, than being a person who truly makes a home in the sense of creating and maintaining an environment of human warmth, intellectual stimulation, and spiritual strength—someone who sees the wellsprings of personal meaning that lie beyond a first glance at a diaper, a frying pan, and a worn tennis shoe. Motherhood is above all a teaching task.” (Marie K. Hafen, “Celebrating Womanhood,” Ensign, Jun 1992, 50)
I have been taught by my mother. I have also been taught by countless other women in my life – aunts, cousins, friends, widows, old and young, married and single.
March is National Women’s History Month. How appropriate our series starts in March. As I think of the women ancestors who have gone before me, read their biographies, learn of their hardships and struggles as well as their joys and triumphs, I realize their story is my story. They have passed on a legacy of home making, whether they have lived in adobe houses in Mexico or brick houses in Salt Lake City, their every day tasks were very similar in nature with the main priority of taking care of their family. They cooked and cleaned, sewed and swept, dusted and darned, wept in joy and sorrow, and most importantly, fashioned the fabric of faith into the hearts of their children.
As we journey together on this venture, the art of making a home, I hope we will each come to learn on a more personal level than we know now what a truly blessed calling it is to be
- What have you learned from the women around you?
- What have your women ancestors passed down through the generations?
- What do you hope to pass on to your children and grandchildren?
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***Most of this post is a reposting of an article I wrote over two years ago. Another article I recommend reading to begin this series is Why Homemaking?