“It belittles us to think of our daily tasks as small things, and if we continue to do so, it will in time make us small.” Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Doing up cut fingers, kissing hurt places, and singing bedtime songs are small things by themselves; but they will inculcate a love for home and family that will last through life and help to keep America a land of homes.”
“Putting up the school lunch for the children or cooking a good meal for the family may seem very insignificant tasks as compared with giving a lecture, writing a book, or doing other things that have a larger audience; but I doubt very much if, in the ultimate reckoning, they will count for as much.”
“If when cooking you will think of yourselves as the chemist that you are, combining different ingredients into a food that will properly nourish human bodies, then the work takes on a dignity and an interest. And surely a family well nourished with healthful food so that the boys and girls grow up strong and beautiful, while their elders reach a hale old age, is no small thing.”
“It belittles us to think of our daily tasks as small things, and if we continue to do so, it will in time make us small. It will narrow our horizon and make of our work just drudgery.”
“There are so many little things that are really very great, and when we learn to look beyond the insignificant appearing acts themselves to their far-reaching consequences, we will, ‘despise not the day of small things.’ We will feel an added dignity and poise from the fact that our everyday round of duties is as important as any other part of the work of the world.”
“And just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens all the fabric of civilization.”
all quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder, May 1923
For your holiday baking, may I suggest a flour that I recently discovered? I’m really excited about it!
Whole wheat flour and wheat baked goods are so much healthier and filling, but I honestly don’t like the taste of them. Lately, I have noticed that the stores are selling “white whole wheat” bread and I’ve bought it for the family, and it tastes so much better than the dark brown wheat bread. Then, the last time I was at the store, I was buying flour and found this(from King Arthur brand)….”a lighter, milder 100% whole wheat flour.”
I’ve made blueberry muffins and pancakes using just this flour in the recipes and they tasted great, and were much more satisfying to eat.
Last night, I mixed together homemade cinnamon rolls using half regular white flour and half of this new flour. After I had the rolls all put together (but not baked yet), I put the pan in the fridge, and this morning I baked them. It was quite the treat to have fresh and delicious rolls for our breakfast.
“You children don’t know how blessed you are right now!” I said.
“We’re blessed because we have YOU for a mother!” said Grace.
That was all the reward I needed. And then I ate two warm cinnamon rolls and tried not to cry for joy.
Here is an idea for your candles. Lately I have been fascinated and encouraged with the verses in the Bible that have to do with LIGHT….and that Jesus is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. I usually have at least one candle lit during the day and it came to me that it would be a blessing to have a Bible verse propped up by it. So, for my devotional time this morning, I sat with my Bible and picked a couple of verses.
Can I just say, I love my Bible? I bought it at a library book sale for 2 dollars. It’s filled with a woman’s notes and underlining and they are all a blessing to me (I can’t wait to meet her someday, and I wonder HOW her Bible got at the library book sale!?!)…..I don’t even know her name, it’s not written in it.
I love the feel of it in my hands, the smell, the sound of the pages opening and turning.
Most of all, I love that the Words are from God, and are healthy and perfect and nourishing to my soul.
Writing the verses took just a couple of minutes….and at some point I would like to make a stack of thicker, pretty cards made with scrapbook paper, to use every day with my candlelight. Enough to change the verse every few days.
Aren’t you so very thankful that Jesus turned our darkness into LIGHT? And now we are lights, as well, shining for Him each day.
“Once I was blind, but now I can see! The light of the world is JESUS.”
“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and GLORIFY your Father, which is in Heaven.”