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Tuesday, August 29

"just a housewife..."


I stumbled upon this photo one day while wandering through Pinterest...
ah, yes...how addictive! How inspiring! 

I love looking at photos from days past...lovely shadows, vintage dishes, a thoughtful expression. What is she gazing at through the window?

But what stopped me cold, was the comment posted underneath the photo...


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"I would have liked to be 'just' a housewife."


It made me sad...made me stop...made me be grateful. I remember reading once that someone else is dreaming of what you already have.

Oh yes, I've done the 9-5. In a past life, I was the Sr. Book Editor for a cookbook publishing company.


Several years ago, many of us arrived to find that the company, in an effort to restructure, had made cuts in the staff. I was one of those, along with a great group of creative folks, who found themselves looking for a fresh start. Alas, cookbook editor jobs are few and far between, even more so in our little part of the Midwest. And one where I could work from home...that was impossible to find. 

But, as we say, "Life is Good." I began chasing a writing dream with my "free" time, I substitute teach at a terrific elementary school, and I bake for our local farmers' market grocery.

I'm here for the kids whenever they need me (as well as the chickens and goats) and hubby is supportive of my farmgirl wannabe dreams (except for the milk cow...he won't budge on that!) 

Someday soon I'll share my feelings on what I've learned along the way...no, you can't have it all, at least not at the same time, anyway. And oh, yes, what to say to those ladies who ask,
"What DO you do all day? Are you ever going back to work?"


I often think of this quote by Jeffrey R. Holland


 "Nature has its rhythms and its harmonies.
We would do well to fit ourselves as best we can 
with those cycles
rather than frantically throwing ourselves against them.
Be calm, be patient, be happy with the season you are in."


Each day I try to remember that motherhood never ends, but childhood does...be happy with the season I am in. Wise words indeed.


3 comments:

  1. Oh my but that makes me take stock! Childhood does end and though motherhood doesn't, I find myself in a season of change so I must remember these wise words!
    Enjoy your season too!

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    1. Hi Christine...always appreciate it when you stop by! Thanks...doing the best to "enjoy my season" and wishing I could stop time, or even turn back the clock just a bit! Enjoy yours as well...it's the everyday moments that count.

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  2. Oh my dear - and AMAZING cookbook editor you were. What a blessing to see that your sweet words and true talent for writing live on in this blog. You have a gift, and I'm delighted to read that you're living the farmgirl life that you are meant to. Happy holidays to you!

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