Thrust into the space called home near twenty-four-seven? Budget realities setting in that while buying take out daily helps local restaurants survive, it's expensive without the same income coming in? Getting tired of the poor quality of entertainment, riff with promotion of sin? Seeing the clutter of your home pile up? It's time to create hearth, the way hearth was created by so many of our grandmothers or great-great grandmothers.
- Homemaking is the black sheep of vocations in today's carrier focused feminist society, yet it is the foundation of life that we miss without realizing it, that used to hold society together in ways we are just beginning to fathom, except for the love of “grandma's special recipe” that only cousin Betsy ever learned.
- It's time to reclaim it, and make your home livable and stretch your budget as far as possible to weather this storm!
- Yes, day one you'll burn stuff, day two you'll serve raw stuff, day three you'll somehow both burn stuff and serve it raw, but by day four you'll discover that low and slow generally fits the bill (and the exceptions will make more sense later anyway), and come day five you'll start to wonder what happens if you add this spice or that garlic to your scrambled eggs, and the craft of culinary creativity will be ignited.
- Creating hearth is humble work. It repeats. Dishes keep getting eaten upon because some fool keep preparing food, and those dishes then need washing, and the floor where the eggs fell doesn't clean itself, even with a dog helping out. Clothes get dirty and need washing. Kids need disciplining to pick up said dirty clothes and once old enough to do the laundry and earn their keep while you burn dinner and serve it raw. Grin.
- Hearth: the space created at home that embraces family in the warm, healing balm of Christ, fueling them to face whatever life throws at them, loved into being by the sacrificial love of the woman who makes hearth (and let's face it, all gender freedoms aside, women are the best as this wondrous, essential gift to humanity, the hearth).
- You're home, may as well make the best of it!
- Holy Mama Mary is the Queen of Heaven and her vocation was to create hearth for her son and husband. Hearthmaking is a noble vocation and call.
May God startle you with joy!
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