Monday, October 27, 2014

Keeping House

We're in the final stretch of 31 Days of Writing. I'm pretty content. I've only missed 2 days so far -- although I did make up Day 9. Yesterday just never happened. I don't usually write on Sundays, so those have been the hardest.

I asked my husband yesterday what I should write about. He said I could compare my life to the Titans football team this season. I should be offended by that, but there are some comparisons. We both just seem to run out of steam before the job is finished.

I thought about writing about the cooking I did this weekend. 
Monkey Bread

Roasted Compari tomatoes and zucchini

Polenta with garlic and olive oil

Grilled barbecue chicken

Not to mention the baked shrimp scampi, baked salmon, succotash, and new potatoes for dinner last night that I forgot to take photos of. Apparently the cooking mojo came back over the weekend.

What I really keep thinking about though is the idea of making homemaking meditation. It's so easy in our current society for the idea of staying at home and making a "home" to be viewed as a waste of time. I fight it everyday in my own head. My kids are grown, but I still want to be at home doing these kind of things. I just need a little more validation and appreciation for it. I'm no Martha Stewart and I don't want to be, but I do like taking care of the home front. 

I read a book years ago, Keeping House: The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson. It really spoke to me about recognizing that making and keeping a home are spiritual endeavors. They provide intrinsic value to our lives. Homemaking cannot truly be valued in our money driven society. 

So I don't really know what I'm trying to say here. Maybe I'm just preaching to the choir. I want to feel proud of the job I have and I want to feel valued; like what I do is enough. The fact is I'm the only one who can make me feel that way. For today I choose to believe that the path I've chosen is a path of value, and that I am making a difference.


linking up with 31 Days of Writing


  1. Oh, your meals look delicious! And the scampi and salmon sound scrumptious! Now I'm hungry, haha

  2. The roasted tomatoes and zucchini look good. This is my first blog challenge and I decided that I will not mentally beat myself up if I miss some days. Being consistent is something that I'm trying to work on with the blog posts. There is so much to do to get ready for the holidays that some things will fall by the wayside.

  3. HEY you were one of the ones I stopped by today from 31 dayers :) .. wow all that food is making me hungry.. lovely post today

  4. Thanks for the book recommendation. As a mom of 6 little ones (ages 7 and under) I'm continually striving to make the mundane into a pleasing worship. Thanks for the book recommendation.

  5. I know what you mean! I tend to over-burden myself with "projects" just so I can feel that I got something done. Even though I love being at home with my kiddos, it can still feel like I'm not doing anything productive. (PS - man, I was already hungry, now I'm starving!)

  6. I'm supposed to be commenting on today's post but I was reading some of your others...I have to say that on the other side of it, sometimes it seems that we make homemaking perfection kind of an idol. Like, if I can't have the super-cute chicken house, why bother? If I can't individually hand-stamp my wrapping paper, is it really good enough? Like we as homemakers have to justify ourselves in our homemaking. may have given me an idea for a blog post today. Thanks!


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