I've read this entire
thread through from the beginning over the past few weeks and it has been so inspiring
hope you don't mind if I join in on all the fun. I'm Rebecca, homekeeper and mama to Aurora (2) and wife to Pete.
I've been at home, most of the time at least, since I had my DD and it has definitely been a journey. I have always loved the time with my little one, but I'm just now starting to get a handle on and enjoy the homemaking part. I struggle with organization and motivation and can easily feel overwhelmed. But its getting better each day!!
As a child, or house was total chaos. there were never any clean clothes, and if you wanted to use an actual dish (usually we used paper) you had to wash it yourself first. We pretty much only cleaned up our room etc if we were in trouble or Grandma was coming. I don't want to make it sound like I had this horrible mother, she is wonderful, it's just that she was dealing with way, way to much to effectively take care of our home.
So, as you can imagine, I've had some hurdles in my path to being a happy homemaker. And there are still times when doing the dishes can bring up underlying feelings of resentment. But I truly have found joy in keeping our home and creating a happy, warm, relaxing space for myself, my daughter and my husband,who is working on his PhD and very, very busy and often pretty stressed- it's important to me that our home be a haven for him.
Right now, I working on trying to get more rhythm into our days-- i.e. laundry on mondays, baking on tuesdays etc.. And it's not going super great, although things are getting done. DH and I did a lot of decluttering over the holiday break and that has helped tremendously. I had my fourth miscarriage, though, just after Christmas and that has sidetracked some of the plans and goals I had had for the beginning of the year... like making and actually using a HMB. I'm working through it each day though.
I blogged today about some of my recent homemaking endeavors, including the new apron I bought as a Christmas gift to myself after reading all the discussion here. I love it! Am wearing it now, hehe.http://ittybittymiracle.blogspot.com...omemaking.html
Well, I'm so happy to have found this discussion!! and look forward to sharing tips and inspiration with all of you!