Sunday, September 21, 2008

Inspiration from Mrs. Dunwoody

"She lived life as sort of a celebration, every day. She was very practical, yet took great delight in the smallest detail that others would easily and often pass by."

"Even the common articles made for daily use become endowed with beauty when they are loved. We must strive to see the goodness or usefulness in all things, taking nothing for granted. And we must approach each task as a blessing to be received, never as a chore."

"Taking care of our home enables us all to feel nurtured and safe; it brings comfort and solace both in the fruits of our labor and in the freedom it affords to experience life to its fullest. It is important work, and others will suffer if you do not attend to it properly."

"She taught that women were not just doing chores, they were creating -- creating a home, a place of security, warmth, contentment, and affection. A place where even the everyday things in our lives were held sacred and should therefore be cared for and treated in a special and orderly way.""Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. Home is a sacred place for you and your family. Home interprets heaven. It is heaven for beginners. Take the time to come home to yourself every day."

~Mrs. Dunwoody's Excellant Instructions for Homekeeping
by Miriam Lukken


Sacred Suzie said...

I totally agree with her, how wonderful to read words that so cherish and honour the life of a home creator. It is a creative act!

Lady Laurie said...

I love that book!
That first photo of the kitchen is to die for!!

Heather said...

What a lovely post!! Inspiring isn't it?