One morning recently, I staggered out to the kitchen for my coffee and saw a note on the counter. It was in my husband’s handwriting and my first thought was “He sneaked off to the grocery store,” because we’ve been self-isolating, and he misses shopping! Then I read the first words: “When I plugged in the mantel lights this morning….”
I immediately thought “Oh no! There’s a problem with the electric outlets!” And then I kept reading, and the note said “…I thought of things you’ve done to make our home warmer and prettier. You’ve done a lot.” I was shocked! My husband has never been a person to hand out compliments and this was a big one.
I was a happy stay-at-home mom and then worked from home when the kids were in school. There was always a home-cooked meal for dinner and everyone was around the table. My decorating skills were nonexistent when we got married, but I learned how to buy or make things I loved and use them in our home. There was never much money, but I made it work. A two-dollar strand of white lights decorating a mantel or a window can mean a lot. I feel sorry for the women today who view “homemaker” as an old-fashioned, derogatory term, because there is much joy in making a home your husband and children want to come home to.
The Joy in Making Your House a Home
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