Monday, July 24, 2017

Every Home Should Have a Pretty Bell

The harbor in the south shore of Massachusetts at sunset - July 2017
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I visited my Aunt early this month.  I enjoyed seeing the ocean and all the boats.  The above picture was taken by my sister. (She has a much better camera than I do!)  My Aunt is 80 years old and looks amazing. She is still active and has a lovely home.  She does word search puzzles, for fun, which gave me an excellent idea.  Our local dollar store sells these for very little cost.  I bought a few for Mister.  This is something he can do to pass some of the time for entertainment. (He has been disabled for more than 2 years now.)  This helps keep one's mind sharp.

My Aunt has always had a collection of pretty bells.  She used to keep them by the front bay window of her Massachusetts home.  There were pretty decorations on them, and we children loved to pick each one up (ever so carefully) and ring them to hear the different sounds.

This past week I received a "call bell" in the mail.  It is just a plain design, but something you ring when you need to call someone from another room.  I showed it to my grandchildren. They were delighted!  "Will you ring the bell, Me`me?"  One will ask.  I smile and oblige.  Every so often, I will ring it just for fun.  It makes us all smile.

It is also good to have a bell in times of sickness.  If one is on bed-rest, the pretty bell could be on the nightstand to call those for little services such as a cup of tea, some toast, or some water.  Every home should have a pretty bell.

I am very worn out and trying to take things slow.  I have not had much energy to write here, but hope to get back to it next month. I hope you have a wonderful summer!

Blessings
Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Our new Way of Life with Mister's Disability - The Shabby Garden.

Making the Best of things - Poor and Pretty Living.

I'm Happy to Be - Just a Housewife.





Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."





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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Beautiful Devotion after the Rain

This picture was taken down the street from our Vermont Estate, just after the rain, a few days ago.
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I have been reading old books like "The Flower of the Family," by Elizabeth Prentiss (1800's) and "Choice Stories for the Family" (1905).  The second book is full of short fictional stories and beautiful poems for the edification of the family. It has been a time of precious devotion.

I was out on errands with my 19 year old son, John, after several days of rain. As we were nearing home, he noticed a rainbow in the sky.  I pulled the car over and took the picture (above).  It is so peaceful looking, and reminds us of the promises of the Lord.

This morning, I came across a poem by Horatius Bonar in a 1905 book. I thought it would be perfect to put on the photograph.  Horatius Bonar was a minister during the 1800's in Scotland. He also wrote many hymns and poems. His writings are incredible and provide great spiritual nourishment for the soul.

Blessings
Mrs. White

From the Archives -

The true work of Christian Homemaking - "The Mission House."

Wisdom from the old Samplers - "To Earn and Not to Spend."

Contentment and Happiness in Marriage - "When Groceries are the Presents."



Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."





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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pretending To Garden

Mrs.White's Grandbaby picking a bunch of "flowers" at our Vermont Estate.



It is supposed to rain for the next several days. I keep trying to get outside and do some gardening.  I am only an amateur so I don't do very much.  Late this afternoon, I put on my gardening gloves and went up to the back property by the river. This is where our strawberry garden rests, right beside a nice bench for me to sit and take my breaks.

When I finished a few sections, I started to walk the property. I take my time, stopping to look at many of the trees.  Today, I saw some wild daisies growing by the side fence. I was delighted! 

I also saw tiny little blue flowers, yellow ones, and white ones.  I have no idea what kind they are, but they are probably weeds. (gentle smiles).  They grow, here and there, throughout our two acres.

When I am walking the grounds, in late afternoon, I often see three of my grandbabies standing in the front picture window. They are so excited to see me outside!   Soon their Mother brings them out and we all have a lovely time in the front yard.  The children love picking flowers and weeds, just for fun.  They will pick two tiny flowers and give one to Mother and one to Grandmother.  They laugh and run and enjoy the Estate so much!  It is a delight to sit and watch them in their happiness.

Sometimes, the children wonder what I am doing on my walks.  They see me staring at the different leaves on the many trees, looking for changes, and enjoying the beauty of nature.  As I walk along the property, I hear birds singing and hear the beautiful sound of the rushing river at the edge of our Estate.  This, I suppose, is what is called a "nature walk."

I have no idea what I am doing, or what I am seeing. I will often pull up some random weeds, here and there. Or, I will pull off dead leaves from a plant or tree.  I call this, "pretending to garden." (gentle smiles)

This is how I am learning, by just walking around, observing, and trying to garden. It is a peaceful work. It is a cheerful pastime.   This is also how we learn to keep house, be a good wife, and to mother our dear children.  We just play at it, we pretend, we have fun with it, and this gives us the knowledge and experience, over time, to do it well.

Blessings
Mrs. White

From the Archives -

Training Children - Nobody Wants to Clean a Messy House.

You Can Do It! - Housekeeping - With a Will.

A Happy Marriage - Serving Mister.





Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."





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Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Winner of Living on His Income Book





I hosted a give away for a copy of my book, "Living on His Income - Remembrances and Advice for the Christian Housewife."

I loved all the entries which contained so many incredible ideas on frugality. Thank you so much for all you shared!  If you have not had a chance to read all the comments, I hope you will!

There were 71 entries.  The winner was selected at random.  The winner is....


Amelia


The Winner has already been contacted.  Thank you all so much for entering!


Blessings
Mrs.White



From the Archives -

Practical Living - Retirement Planning for the Poor.

Some History - "Just a Housewife."

Simple and Peaceful - An Ordinary Life at Home.







Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."





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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Living on His Income - Giveaway





I am giving away a copy of my book, "Living on His Income - Remembrances and Advice for the Christian Housewife."

The is a small, paperback book with only 64 pages.  It contains two sections:


1. "Remembrances"

Includes the brief stories of some of the women in my family as housewives.

2.  "Advice"

These are nine short chapters giving practical suggestions to live on a small income while trusting the Lord and one's husband to provide.


What readers are saying:


"If you want a very simple to read book on the pleasure of homemaking with the simple things that you have, then this book is for you!" - Jane M.


"In today’s world we are so caught up in keeping up with the Jones’ that we fail to realize what exactly we are supposed to be doing – that isn’t to be buying the newest gadget – but to bring glory to God. . . .  This isn’t a workbook but more of a guidebook, Mrs. White shares short stories of her Grandma, her Great Aunt, her mom, her mother-in-law and herself and how, through the generations these women of faith learned to live on what their husband’s brought home and be happy about it, even when it meant meager living or what we’d see as poverty today." - Sarah B.



To enter for a chance to win a copy of this book, just leave me a comment sharing any advice you have for living frugally.


For additional Entries:


1. Post about this on Facebook.
 
2. Share this on your own blog or other social media.
 
3 - Subscribe to The Legacy of Home and have it delivered directly to your email. 


 
*Please leave a separate comment for each entry.*


One random winner we be selected on Thursday, June 15, 2017. (U.S.  Entries only.) If I am unable to reach the winner within 48 hours, an alternate winner will be selected. Your entry is only valid if you include a way for me to contact you. 

* This contest is now closed. The winner is Amelia. Thank you to everyone who left such wonderful comments on frugality!*


Blessings
Mrs. White


From the Archives -

Old Fashioned Happiness - The Privacy of Home Life.

Real Life - Money Can't Fix Everything.

Taking Care of Grandchildren - I Hear Angels Crying.




Mrs. White's special book for Homemakers - "Mother's Book of Home Economics."




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