"Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored." -Titus 2:3-5
God has given me the amazing blessing of being a wife and mother. Although I fall short and have a lot of growing to do, loving my family and being a homemaker are two of the greatest joys that I have. My hope and prayer is that as I grow, I may be able to encourage other wives and mothers to fulfill their responsibilities mentioned in Titus 2:3-5. I have been fortunate to learn from some great examples in the Lord's church and, of course, my own mother and mother-in-law. I would recommend any of Cindy Colley's books or, better yet, listen to her speak in person if you have the opportunity. Her lessons to women are all centered around Titus 2:3-5. You can visit her blog here.
One of the most enjoyable parts of fulfilling my responsibility of being a homemaker, is finding great deals and saving our family money! I love to bargain hunt and use Craigslist, Ebay and the local newspaper to find the best price. With the new baby on the way, I knew that we needed to find Ellie a "big girl" bed but could NOT believe the prices when I started searching stores online. Fortunately, I found this day bed with two mattresses and and a trundle on Craigslist for $100 (well, $150 but we were able to bargain on the price). When I asked Chase to pick it up for me, you can imagine that he was not impressed:
However, spray paint is a wonderful thing! After sanding down the rusted spots and repainting it "Ballet Slipper" pink, we were happy with the final product. I tried to get a picture of just the bed but Ellie was very curious about my picture taking in her room and insisted on being in the picture. So here are the best two I could come up with:
And here she could not resist getting her sweet bunny off the bed. :-)
I already had the quilt from college so we literally only invested a few bucks into sheets, a bed skirt, and pillow shames (which my awesome mother-in-law made).
I am totally new to this blogging thing but I hope that I can inspire other homemakers and that we can learn from each other.