My husband isn’t what I would call a handy man. He’s brilliant and funny and kind but not exactly handy. But that’s beginning to change. I think it’s the homeownership. It brings out the handy in people. And the pride of ownership. My husband has been drilling, putting up pictures, installing deadbolts, and changing locks. It’s not electrical wiring or plumbing, but hey, I can’t do lots of these things. It’s really cute.
#46: Being a Housewife March 25, 2011
OK, first of all, I am not a housewife in the usual meaning of the word. I have a full-time job outside the house. But I am indeed a housewife in the sense that I believe in cultivating a home, caring for my house, cooking and cleaning and making it a comfortable place to be.
Home is where the heart is and the heart lives in the home. I truly believe that to create a good home you need to work at it. And lovingly. So often, housekeeping is a bunch of random chores that are boring. But if as you hold each glass as you wash it and put love into the action and think about the person in your family that will use the glass, the experience is uplifted. The Opus Dei folks understand this. It is your service of devotion to God through the works you perform for your family. Here are some books that I recommend on housekeeping:
A Well-kept Home: Household Traditions and Simple Secrets from a French Grandmother – this book is a beautiful coffee table book and althouh there are tips, I see this as more of an inspirational book to get you started in the practice of lovingly keeping a home.
Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home – Leave it to Martha to give you great tips on cleaning and organizing.
I also recommend the Real Simple website. There is an extensive section on Home and Organizing.
We just moved last Saturday and it’s been a rough week. We both work full-time and it’s been hard trying to get the house settled. We really have done a lot but the house is just not done. We are both homebodies and are as happy as clams to stay home. We love having a cozy house ad it’s hard for us when things are chaotic. One thing that’s great about being married is that you have two people to get things done. Also, when one is tired the other works and vice versa. One night I was tired and my husband stayed up working away. Another, I was up late. In the morning it’s so nice to see what the other has done. I rely on my husnand and he relies on me. God’s plan for marriage makes a lot of sense. God is great!
#(-1): Morning Breath March 7, 2011
I wanted to have at least one funny negative thing about being married, so here it is. Morning breath. Have you seen the funny Target commercial about it? It’s a must see!
Yesterday we celebrated my husband’s birthday by seeing a movie and going to dinner at one of his favorite restaurant’s Red Lobster. It was a lot of fun, especially since we don’t get out much. We are basically homebodies. But I’m not complaining because I LOVE being home.
The past few months I have been focusing on gratitude. Feeling it – expressing it. I am grateful that my husband was born and I am thrilled that I get to celebrate that he’s here and he’s mine! Yay! Lucky me!