Tuesday, June 12, 2012

why we are raising homemakers

We are prayerfully raising our daughters to be homemakers. I'm making sure to teach them how to manage their homes and families. The Art of Homemaking.

Does this mean they won't go to college? We don't know. But, we won't be paying for it (nor for the boys). If our girls do go to college, we hope they will attend one near home, more preferably attend at home like their Dad does now. And if they do go to college, we hope that it will be for a skill that will be useful to them as Homemakers. Like Teaching or Nursing.

Does this mean they will never work outside the home? We hope so. Their Dad will provide for them until their husband does. I've been on both sides of this fence friends. I know plenty of working mothers, and I've heard MOST of them say, "I wish I could be home with my kids."

Does this mean we think they are "door mats"? No, absolutely not. It means Brian and I believe what the Bible says,

"Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. " - Titus 2:3-5
*I have found freedom in this verse. But only recently. We hope and pray our daughters never have to fight for the freedom to be homemakers. It is right here in the Bible, and we are training them in it's ways.

I have also learned, from my own experience, that maternal instinct is strong. Leaving our little ones in the care of others while we go to work, can make you ill. I am much happier and healthier here at home.

But by far, the biggest lesson I have learned in gaining the freedom to be a homemaker, is that it takes skills and knowledge (that I didn't even know existed) to run a home. It is constant, strenuous, heartbreaking work. I've had to research and try and work and cry my way through it. And it's hard. But a million times more rewarding than any job I've ever had outside our home.