Friday, May 01, 2009

Extraordinary Days

As homemakers, we work from dawn to dusk. And at times we get discouraged with our homemaking. We get overwhelmed, are sometimes unmotivated, and we forget how important our role as keeper of the home is. Perhaps a shift in perspective is needed?

Being homemakers, we have free reign over how we order our days. Instead of looking at our work as drudgery, let's begin to look at it as a labor of love. Let's build little pockets of time into our days for our own well-being. Things that nurture your soul and offer you a reprieve.

Perhaps you like a cup of tea as you sit by the window overlooking your favorite spot in the garden? Or might it be sitting down to write a letter to a friend, stitchery, reading, working on your craft, or a short nap?

You have the power to turn ordinary days into extraordinary ones!

Today, begin to look at your home with eyes of love. Go about your home-keeping with tender-loving-care and thankfulness. Bless your home for its shelter and protection from the storms of life. Your home, like mine, may not be designer decorated - but clean, fresh, and tidy never goes out of style.

'ID pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble there's no place like home!
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere.
Home! Home! Sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home!
There's no place like home!

An exile from home splendor dazzles in vain;
Oh, give me my lowly thatch'd cottage again!
The birds singing gaily that came at my call;
Give me them with the peace of mind clearer than all.
Home! Home! Sweet, sweet home!
There's no place like home!
There's no place like home!
~John Howard Payne


The Raggedy Girl said...

I love this poem and I love the sentiment of finding time in homemaking for the joy of taking time for ourselves.

The Raggedy Girls

Sandcastle Momma said...

Truer words have never been spoken! There really is no place like home.

cathleen said...

Lovely thoughts to ponder, Tracy. I really, really, really love how you write!!!

amy said...

always good to be reminded of this!

Lady Laurie said...

I like that Tracy, "clean, fresh and tidy never goes out of style."
Happy Homemaking !

A Stitch In Thyme said...

Perfection! It's all in the attitude. If you view your home as your haven it's never drudgery is it? This is perfect for this May Day!!