Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Be it ever so humble...

I recently came across a snippet of paper that perfectly sums up my homemaking philosophy.  I believe it was distributed by General Mills, under the pen name of Betty Crocker.  Although not considered relevant for modern women, it is perfectly relevant for me!  I can only hope to impart these values to my daughters, who in turn, will impart them to theirs....

Homemakers Creed

I believe homemaking is a noble and challenging career.
I believe homemaking is an art, requiring many different skills.
I believe homemaking requires the best of my efforts, my abilities and my thinking.
I believe home reflects the spirit of the homemaker.
I believe home should be a place of peace, joy and contentment.
I believe no task is too humble that contributes to the cleanliness, the order, the health, the wellbeing of the household.
I believe a homemaker must be true to the highest ideals of love, loyalty, service and religion.
I believe home must be an influence for good in the neighborhood, the community, the country.

And so, in keeping with the Homemakers Creed, I strive to make my humble home a place of respite and calm in a world of chaos.  Home truly is where you make it - be it a shop, a tent, a barn or a mansion.  Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.


  1. I love your home! Thanks for this, sometimes we can lose sight of the job we have and how important it really is. Sometimes we get caught up in how humble our homes are and not how comfortable and comforting they are! I appreciate the reminder!

  2. I love it! I am almost never home, yet still the homemaker and sole bread winner.

    Glad to see you back in action. I will share this with others. Natokadn

  3. Love it! So inviting. You have accomplished what you set out to do, making your 'shouse' (I love that word) a home. I can also tell one reason you have been absent for a while. You have been busy 'putting food by' with all the canning you've been doing. Thank you for sharing. You are missed when you are away for awhile. :o)

  4. It made me tear up to be allowed to share your home. I've come to feel so close to you in the couple of years I've been privileged to read your heart. God bless you.

  5. A wonderful piece, Enola. It's both amazing and heartbreaking to see how far away our nation has gotten from valuing the things that really matter. It's encouraging whenever I see family and home is still held in honor.

  6. Your home is beautiful! It is one that I use as my "standard", not only due to your practical and functional decor, but because it is a refuge from the outside world. It is timeless and the pictures say to me, "I love my family".

  7. Again you are such an inspiration. Your home is lovely and also you can sense the peace. Your posts keep me focused. Thank you so very much.

  8. Wow, thank you for sharing the pictures. Throughout I see 'built with love'.

    Sir Knight and I have much in common. I found a real woman too. What a blessing to come home to.
    Montana Guy

  9. Love it! Love it! Love it! Only a true Christian woman can take what you have and turn in into a showpiece of love and comfort and inspiration and LOVE. I am humbled and inspired by your efforts.

    God Bless,
    Janet in MA

  10. Your home is beautiful! I really enjoy reading your posts & seeing your pictures! (:

  11. your shouse is beautiful~ Thank you for sharing.

  12. - find it so sad that most women consider being a housewife beneath them. My mother was a nurse, I had a father who passed when I was 15, so things were hard for her. But she never complained, her house always smelled of lemon and lavender-two scents that I love today. In addition to 60 hour work weeks, she had a wonderful garden with both flowers and veggies, always presented as polished and professional, read, sewed, and made our home a refuge from the world. I strive for that grace constantly. Being a housewife is a blessing.
    Your house looks comfortable, happy, and welcoming.
    -Sandra T.

  13. Enola,
    For those of us that can't share that lovely cup of tea and time to sit and chat, this was a chance to feel welcomed into your life and home. You seem so genuine. May I change the subject and ask about your fencing? Could you maybe update us on how it is working out for you and if you were pleased with the results? How high are they? Thank you

  14. Amen,
    The fact is the homemakers creed and similar publications were actually taught to girls in public schools, no less, until the mid 60s. How far we have fallen since then.

  15. Wow! I love that! I too am a homemaker! It is nice to be reminded though of how important and how valued our jobs as homemakers are! This has also inspired me to want to do an even better job at my calling as a homemaker!
    Blessings, J. L.

  16. I want to come for tea! Thank you for sharing.

    I read somewhere, the other day, that the two words a host should never say are "I'm sorry..." for the dirty dishes, laundry on the couch, dog hair in the corner, whatever it is. For one thing it draws the attention to that thing and away from all the pleasant welcoming things. And I'm guessing it's prideful because it's not as perfect as you normally are? And being a gracious homemaker is about making your guest feel comfortable not about detecting all your short comings.
    Just a thought... I am guilty of this because of an active rural lifestyle, 3 men, and MS leave things undone.

    1. I love this comment - not apologizing for how you have things and how you are; your house is what it is - let others take it or leave it. I was recently told by someone that my house was unacceptably messy; given that it is cleaner and neater than most houses (and the house of the person who said it), it was the straw that broke the camel's back in that friendship.

  17. After working a traditional job of 50 hours a week, I revel in your stories and photos. They are such a respite for me. Being a mother and wife, celebrating caring for your beautiful family, you make me so proud! Keep it up sister.

    Sassy C

  18. Amen......It's satisfying to be the women God called us to be

  19. Enola,
    Your home looks so inviting and peaceful.
    I love my job as a homemaker and try to do my best every day.

    Denise in Northern Ireland