are they a necessary evil or a delight? Maybe that is not the best way to put it, as there are some jobs to be done here at home that are not necessarily "evil" :) but are not a delight either!
As I was looking for art to put at the top of this post I came across a few "vintage" style posters that had modern sensibilities on them like "I child proofed my home, but they keep getting in" and "A clean house is a sign of a wasted life." Sad.
I was reading at Ladies Against Feminism today and there were several articles linked that mentioned that women are less happy now, inspite of feminism bringing them "freedom", than their quote "apron wearing counterparts of yesteryear."
Now any woman who keeps her home has things they like about it and things they don't like. But I know for me there is a satisfaction in making my home a warm, welcoming place for my family and for others.
Today, I am doing laundry and making chocolate chip cookies, and have done dishes and will do many more. I have planned my dinner, worked side by side with my little ones. I am planning in my head for family time after the older girls get home from work, and Tim awakens.
I love being in charge of my schedule and organizing all our activities. I love setting the table for dinner, even a simple one with real dishes, flowers from the garden, and cloth napkins.
With 7 people living in our home on a regular basis our 2 bathrooms get a real work out. I clean the main bathroom daily...sometimes several times a day! I just can't stand wet counter tops and toothpaste in the sink. It is not a huge and overwhelming thing to do, because I just do it as I come across it...
I guess this post is just to rejoice in the gift of my home and family and the duties that accompany them, and maybe just encourage you to think about your own home duties as a privilege.