"I value this delicious home feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow."
Art credit: A Family in a Drawing Room, Artist Unknown
Chesterton on the importance of mothers:
"How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. "
Art credit: Carlton Alfred Smith
I've had a phrase running through my mind the last few days from a story Zig Ziglar used to tell. He said his grandma made the lightest, fluffiest biscuits around. But one day he went and they were flat and hard. He asked what happened. She said she had accidently left out the baking powder and the biscuits had been 'baked in a squat'.
As I read many of your comments and concerns as you try and implement this philosophy in your home, I sense that you are 'careful and troubled about many things." I caution you to not let yourself get 'baked in a squat'. How would that happen? For one thing, by allowing planning and managing everything to become so tedious that you never actually enjoy the things that are going to make all of this 'rise'. Less planning is going to work in your favor.
For you perfectionists who need to make sure you are doing it just right, I challenge you to make a perfect mistake. Set out to pick the most wrong book or story you can find from the list I've provided. And create the most imperfect notebooking page you possibly can. Try and be perfectly successful in that! You'll soon find there are no mistakes, because you will learn from whatever you do, and that makes for a success.
Remember what our friend Marva Collins taught us: If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.
Don't allow your fear of doing this wrong make you get 'baked in a squat'!
Art credit: Ruckkehr vom Backhaus by Hermann Sonderman
"I will not follow where the path may lead, but I will go where there is no path, and I will leave a trail."
Art credit: A Path at Les Sablone by Alfred Sisley
These are thoughts from an old 1840 text written to show how the Mothers of England influenced the great writers.
"Accomplishments and worldly attainments may be derived from others, but holiness, self-control, forbearance, love of truth, integrity, and all the other virtues of the heart, are only the Mother's gift....
"...so that that genius which some would produce in a preconceived system, or implant by stratagem, or enforce by application, with her may be only the watchful labour of love."
Art credit: Children in the Pasture by Luigi Chialiva
"It is easy to live in the world to live after the world's opinion. It is easy in solitude to live after one's own, but the great man is he, who in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art credit: An Idle Moment by Daniel Ridgway Knight
The Well-Educated Mother's Heart