Monday, January 25, 2016

When Home is Where You Want to Be

When I was a little girl, I had big dreams.

I was going to be an archaeologist, an author, a teacher, and more. But all of this had to be around what I really wanted--to get married and have babies.

My mom never really promoted being a homemaker verbally. She never really said, "June, it's okay to be a wife and mom." But she did live it in her every day life and that spoke volumes to me.

Every day after school she was there.

There with a small snack, a cold drink, and a listening ear to hear about my day at school. She loved, guided, and helped. She encouraged me to do my homework. (This was huge because my mother is Japanese and her first language is not English.) 

She sat by while I spent hours typing away writing my "novels" and she would busy herself in the kitchen and cleaning around me.

I always knew she was there.

So I think it is natural that now I am grown up that I have this love for home. I love being in my home, I love busying myself in the home. I love resting in my home. I don't feel the need to constantly be out and about on a daily basis because I feel true contentment in my home.

I sometimes joke and say I could be a borderline hermit if I wasn't careful. ;)

I want my children to know that home is where I want to be and I am in no hurry to be any where else.

I am here for them to hear their ups and downs.

To mend a sock.

To make a warm meal when they come home tired.

I am the one who will pray for them as they grow older and tackle all the new. I will keep the fires burning in the home when everyone else is gone.

I want them to know that they can return and it will all still be here.

And that home is where they can come home and just be.

It is here for them--and so am I.

Because home is where I want to be.


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Dolly @ Young Homemakers said...

Reading this brought tears to my eyes! Since I was a girl, I had big aspirations, but I always knew that my final career would be as homemaker, wife and mother. I was raised by my Aunt and she lived, day in and day out, the idea of a woman who was joyful to be at home.

Bless you and your ministry that encourages women who feel called to such a role.

SusanJim Follis said...

Home is where I always wanted to be, too. Thank you for your sweet article with such true and encouraging words. I have been married almost 40 years and I have always been a homemaker since my children were born, and I love it! I only have one of my six blessings left at home, but I still just want to be home whenever I can. Sure, I run around with errands, visits, shopping and worship, but I am very content at home. My three grown daughters are enjoying being homemakers, too. Being a homemaker is such a wonderful blessing!!

Carmen Estrada said...

This was such a heart warming article that I could really relate with. I had the same type of upbringing and one of my fondest memories growing up was to have my mom being at home when I would come back from school. She always had the table set with the most delicious lunch and we all sat together to eat. She loved to cook and was so good at it. She always had time to talk and teach us all kind of homemaking skills and she was never rushed. I grew up in Brazil where it was very common for women to stay home and take care of the family and children full-time. To me, that was the best gift she could have given us, the time to share her live with us.

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

What a blessing to have an aunt like that--you are very blessed. What brings tears to my eyes is the image above of the mom and child. It reminds me of me and my mom, especially since she was Asian. :) Thank you for stopping by and sharing. :)

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

I agree--and what a blessing to have three daughters. I have four daughters and five sons and I am very aware of how fast they grow. I want to savor it and enjoy them while I can. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

My mom would listen to my stories from school like they were the highlight of her day. I am so grateful she took the time to do that and so many other things as well. It is truly a gift!

Betty Minawaley said...

Honestly, this brought tears to my eyes. I wish I had a daughter to teach them this.

Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I am so encouraged by these words. I never wantedto to be a homemaker; I didn't connect well with my mom who was one, so growing up I was enamored with having a big city career. God has forcefully (I'm not a great listener) shown me that I am to be a keeper at home. It is not easy for me to stay the course, especially when faced with pressure from lack of finance, opinions of others and downright frustration with the challenges of being a good mom. Thank you for the post, and thanks to all the encouraging comments. I needed them today!

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