"Homemaking is seen as a mere detail that can be amply covered as secondary to a job or career, which is "real life."
People and their everyday lives matter more than things or status. Serving others is the highest calling of all (apart from prayer) - serving them in ordinary ways, giving people what they need.
Homes absorb immense amounts of time and energy. This effort is satisfying if one has a balanced schedule and can cover the essentials without too much stress. Essentials include the extras to the everyday round that is part of human life - the celebrations, reunions, disappointments, depression, sicknesses, disasters.
Homes work best when someone is the contented keeper of the home life.
Homemaker is a good description. It really is worth giving full attention to this vital task."
It's been a long several weeks of unpacking but I am so happy to have my old books back. We took a good amount with us on our European adventure but many were stored. It is like being reunited with old friends.
I am rereading Susan Schaeffer Macauley right now, one of my first inspirations. I am newly inspired and refocused in this vocation going over these words. 30 years into this journey they ring truer than ever and now feel more pregnant with meaning than ever before.
Now, as life presents so many possibilities and distractions, I am reminded again and again that keeping the home life is really worth giving my full attention to.