Saturday, February 5, 2011

Back Home

{A short update}
For the past 3 weeks, I've stayed with a dear family (from our church) to help out, as the Mother just had a newborn! So having the opportunity to run a home, take care of their 4 little ones, plus attend to the Mother and her baby, has been quite an experience! I've had so much fun & I've learned alot :)
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These past few weeks have been excellent in sharpening my homemaking skills, and I so enjoyed the children. Getting tasks done & making sure there was always a meal on the stove for the family was a large part of my day's routine :) Friends were always stopping by to see the baby, and so we had some amazing fellowship--a blend of laughter & stories-- and some of my favorite moments were when we all gathered around & listened to radio shows or audio books at the end of the day :)

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The children were eager to 'help' with many of the tasks I did, especially when it came to meals. So I let them make Granola Bars, and they were fascinated! I explained the different ingredients, but let them do alot themselves. It ended up turning out great, and they had a fun time as well :)

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It's good to be Home, and the slower pace of everyday is quite welcome. However, I greatly desired to move forward in my homemaking endeavors this year, and what an opportunity this has been! Being able to take what I've learned at home and use it as a ministry has been a wonderful experience, indeed.

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So much has happened in the past month alone, & I find myself dreadfully behind on blogging, emails, letters...yet you've faithfully stopped by during these quiet weeks & encouraged me w/ your comments! Thank you for your patience. I do hope to catch up soon!

I'd love for you to leave a comment on what you'd like to see more of in future posts...Is there a specific subject etc. I haven't posted about in a while, or even a question you have? let me know, as I enjoy hearing from you ;)

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41 comments:

Simply Be... said...

What a blessing you are, Mia!
I'm sure the family was very grateful for your gentle help :-)
I always enjoy your posts.
Just seeing your day's adventures and entering to the quiet joys they hold is a blessing to me.
Love in Jesus..Trish

Anonymous said...

Mia your writing is wonderful. Thank you for sharing and encouraging me with your knowledge and joy.If you wold like to sometimes share you family studies or daily devotions that would be a blessing I`m sure. I am a grandmother of 14 and live in Australia.May the peace of the Lord be with you Marie

JennyMay said...

Welcome Home Mia,
I missed you! I am so glad to hear you were able to help this mother...what a blessing you are to your community and to US!

I would love to see you blog about sewing...I have recently resolved to learning the womenly art of sewing..with the Proverbs 31 woman as my role model. Check out my blog and sewing "room"

I could use some tips on making a quilt.

Sincerely,
JennyMay
www.the21stcenturyhousewife.com

Anonymous said...

You were missed, so nice to see your back. It sounds like you were a true blessing to this Mother and her family. With spring not too terribly far off how are you planning your garden? Will you start seeds indoors? What will you grow? I always love to see your recipes as well.
Victoria

Shelley said...

So good to hear from you Sweetie....you did a wonderful good thing helping the family with their new wee one....you are going to make a great mother and wife someday...blessings

Pamela Gordon said...

It is wonderful to see you post again as I miss reading your blog. I am interested in all the old photos on your side bar and wonder where you found them and if any of they are relatives. They are such beautiful pictures of a byegone day! I also love your posts about your garden and yard. Hope to see you more often. Have a blessed week. Pamela

My Primitive Creations by Tonya said...

Sounds like you had the best of both worlds caring for a mother with a new born and her family while filling your heart with warm memories. They were lucky to have you with them...

I too love all of your side bar pictures they are awesome!

Take care and have a Wonderful time being home!

Blessings
Tonya

Tiff said...

Thank you for sharing your life with us. It is such a pleasure to read about.
If I have another baby, would you like to come up to Maine and help me out? I didn't know people still did that, but I think it is absolutely wonderful!!
I know it is wrong to be envious, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't a tad bit envious of the fellowship and friendship you are surrounded with. To have found such a warm and loving place with people who hold your same values is truly a gift, you are very blessed.

As for your blog, I would just love to see more of your daily life. Maybe your wardrobe, I love the dresses and aprons. What ever you share with us, I'm sure it will be lovely.

Tiff

kpaints said...

Glad you are back and had such a giving and lovely time. You were a true blessing, I am sure!
Where do you find all the lovely old pictures?

Mrs. V. said...

As always, your blog is uplifting and an encouragement for my day. Blessings to you my dear. ~~

Lisa said...

Hi Mia I so have missed reading your stories. ;) There are so many subjects I think you need to write! When and if you have the time, you should make out a book list for those of us who have girls. As list of encouraging books for their femininity, girlhood, homemaking etc... Maybe even group them for ages : girls/tweens/teenagers. I know I am asking a lot. Sorry I just feel you have it all together and I thank God and your parents for doing such an amazing job with you!

Blessings, Lisa

Cathe said...

So glad to have you back. I kept checking . I was worried about you. Please tell your sister I am going to a workshop next month called Sheep to Shawl. If they have handouts, I will get them for her.

Gillie@LivingSimpleFrugalityBlog said...

Hi Mia, I missed your posts!

I love hearing about your day to day life at the cottage, what your up to, the ways in which you embrace simplicity and self sufficiency and where you get your inspiration from.

Glad you had a good time away.

Hugs :)

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

OH, wow, you were a blessing to that young family, I'm sure!!! What a blessing for them and for you too, because it really gave the chance to enhance those skills you already posses and love :) :) Anything you write about is fine with me ;) :) I'm interested in anything regarding homemaking/homekeepin, frugal, homemade crafts etc. On a completely randome note, two things...1) I LOVE the vintage look to your photos. I'd like to have something similar with my photos. Did you use a special program? 2) I read this magazine called The Girlhood Home Companion. I'm thinking you'd like it, too...since it highlights a lot of things that you seem to talk about on your blog, too. Anyways, have a lovely week !!! Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Anonymous said...

Good to see you are back. I have missed reading about your daily life and homeschooling. I am a mom who homeschools too. I realize your brother is the one in school. It is great that you could help out the family with the newborn. Looking forward to more of your adventures that you share with us:)

gail said...

Hello Mia,
I just enjoy reading about your life. What a blessing you must have been to this family,I'm sure the mother was so grateful to have your help.
Like JennyMay, I would love some simple sewing tips for beginners, if you could share with us.

Blessings Gail

Anonymous said...

Could you make a post on the patterns you use for your dresses, skirts etc?

TessaDiane said...

What a wonderful gift to give. I have two children and I think one of the hardest things is putting the baby down to attend to all the other things you need to do.

Mia, you are truly an inspiration. I'm am older than you and already settled into my life as a mother and homemaker. That being said, I feel I have much to gain from reading your blog.

fredericaknits said...

I just love your blog. Your life is so very different from mine, and truthfully I guess I'm an aspiring homemaker myself. I'd love to see things about your sewing and I really enjoy just seeing pictures of your beautiful home. Thanks for the inspiration!

Leslie said...

Welcome back. It is so nice to hear from you again!

Heather said...

I love your blog SO much!!! Thanks for all the time you put into it!!! It truly has been a blessing to me.
I'd love to see step by step gardening tips and how you started and what you have learned along wth canning, and flower gardening and the ways you and your family have learned to save money etc...
Heather

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,
I, like Lisa above, would love it if you told of the books that inspire your Mom, Your Sister and You. Books that Encourage being and keeping home. It is not easy raising girls to be homemakers and stay at home daughters! We so love your family and are thankful for you all. tp

Inez said...

Welcome back, Mia! I'm so glad to see the pics and read your post. How wonderful to be able to learn housekeeping in a family with a newborn baby. You must have learned so much. And it will greatly increase your confidence in your homemaking skills!

As for what I'd like to see you write in your blog, I always enjoy your sewing projects very much. I make all my own clothes so I 'm very interested in seeing your projects. I love old-fashioned clothes as well as you do. Your sister has crocheted some beautiful jumpers. Would she mind sharing the details of how she made them?

Thanks again for your lovely blog. I hope to enjoy it many more years!

Inez

Stacy said...

In an active world its so great to see a quiet and actively purposeful life..it is terribly encouraging and it is what I am striving for..love to see your recipes and garden...hope your having a good day.

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Mia!

We've surely missed you and your wonderful family life.

I would like you to show more old fashioned domestic things you and your family do at home.

dlogan said...

Dearest Mia,

Welcome home! I have greatly missed your postings. What a blessing you are to a mother and her newborn, and I know you learned a lot. I would love for you to share more sewing projects and perhaps host a reading challenge via the blog. I am in one right now, and we are reading Elizabeth Gaskell's Moorland cottage. It has been very fun!!

God Bless,

Darby Logan

Amy said...

I am so glad that you are back. I am looking forward to getting to know you.

I am sure that you were a blessing to that family. What a wonderful time for you too!!

Have a blessed day.

debbieo said...

Mia,
Its good to see you again. I am glad you were able to bless that family.
I would like to see and read about wash day at your house.
Take care and blessings to you.
Debbieo

elizabeyta said...

Mia,

I enjoy your writing, pictures, and life. I miss your posts when you have not blogged in a while. I feel like cheering when you have accomplished something new.

Blessings,

elizabeyta

Your Sister in Christ said...

I missed you so much Mia!
Its so good to have you back!
I am happy that you had that wonderful experience, and I will be asking for advice.
I am probably going to spend a week or two with friend of ours close to the end of the year; she is expecting their fifth. I love helping people, and I adore her children, so this will be a wonderful learning experience.

Please update us about your garden, sewing projects, and chickens.
I will be emailing you soon with some questions.
Love and God's Blessings,
Kennesa

dicienan said...

I have to admit to visiting many blogs but yours is one that I even think of during the day, its a soft and dreamy and relaxing escape with the photos and your lovely way of writing and the music. One of my very favorite places to go to in order to get to that "quiet" world. Thank you so much for sharing yourself with us!

Paige said...

Mia,

Your blog is such an inspiration to me. As a fellow young lady learning my role in the world I enjoy hearing of your own goals and experiences. Just keep doing what you do best. :)

-Paige

Kimberly said...

As the mother of a newborn, I know how much of a blessing you must have been to this family. What an amazing gift of your time and talents. Well done.

Toyin O. said...

Welcome back, so nice of you to help that family:)

Mia said...

Thank you all for your sweet comments!
I read and appreciate each one, and look forward to incorporating your ideas into my upcoming posts ;)

Your friend,
Mia

Rachel P. said...

I would love to know more about your re-enacting experiences. On the west coast we don't have such things. It sounds like culture immersion. How did you get involved?

Rhonda said...

Welcome back Mia!
I was worried about you! What a blessing you are! So wonderful of you to help the family from your church with the children and newborn!
Whatever you blog about I enjoy reading it! I sure would like more of your families recipe posted. I love to try new things!

Do you have the recipe to make "Laundry soap" ?
If you don't have it and would like it...e-mail me at mckenzy_girl@yahoo.com
I would be happy to share it with you and your family...it last us up to 4-5 months!
Blessings to you and your family!
Rhonda

Blodgett said...

In all honesty, it is your simple lifestyle that intrigues me. I love to see pictures of the cottage and the gardens. You, young lady, are an inspiration to this relatively old lady! ;-) You are beautiful!

Anne said...

Hi Mia,
I haven't visited in a while...but I sure enjoy your blog when I do. I feel so relaxed and peaceful when I read your notes and view your lovely pictures. You are going to make a wonderful mother and wife one day. I hope my boys will be able to find a Godly young woman like you when they are ready to marry. Blessings, Anne

Rose @---} said...

hey, what you could post about is your relationship with the Lord, how and why you believe. You could post how your family came to dress and live the way they do. You could post on your thoughts about marriage, mothering and how you are preparing for that. There are so many things I wished I learned before I got married but I grew up with a different mindset about marriage and mothering than I am setting out to do now. My parents didn't raise me the way I want to raise my children - so any thoughts on what you'll need and how you are learning it.

Kendra Thaler said...

I love your blog :) So vintage!