Tuesday, September 02, 2008

A Different Way of Thinking About Grown Children

"For a girl who had a home and dear family to leave them to get along without her as best they could, and go away for a fuller freedom, and a selfish life of her own, seemed to Jane nothing short of contemptible."

--Grace Livingston Hill, Happiness Hill


Laura said...

No room for 60's feminism in that!

From the father's umbrella of covering ~
~to the husband's
...should there be a husband.

In one's own home, the growth, accomplishment, and preparation for life
can be invaluable.
no matter the age of a woman.

Yes, this is a different,
yet profitable thought...
for as a man thinketh,
so is he.

Polly said...

Yes, it is *such* a different way. And not altogether bad. I'm reaping the surprise benefits of a 'child' (aka younger sister) returning home for now: someone to play with the baby, wash dishes and help around the house. She's reaping benefits, too: learning how to run a household. (When she's not working, that is!)

HopewellMomSchool said...

What an original way of looking at it--definitely not in line with "the world." Thanks for posting that!

lady jane said...

My daughter remains home, taking most classes online and just one at the local college. She's content under our protection and care. We're blessed. :o)

Cathy said...

Vision Forum sells a very good DVD entitled "Return of the Daughters". Since my husband and I are now raising our two daughters and truly desire godly womanhood for them, this movie was a gold nugget.

Amy said...

I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your thoughts, quotes and lovely photos. Your Daisy is a gem. Your entire family is lovely and I appreciate the peacefulness that oozes from your blog. Delightful every visit!

fourkid said...

What a wonderful quotation - and what a responsibility to have such a home that the children love to be there and are content to learn from their parents - I am sorry to say that this is not always the case. It is a huge committment (on the part of the parents)of dying to self in order to acheive that goal.

When people ask me what is the
hardest part about homeschooling - I know they expect me to say something like algebra or chemistry - but those things are easy. It is the giving up (by the mom) of one's own desires and pleasures that is the really hard part. (**which, btw, I don't begrudge and most of my desires are for my family - but it can be hard at times.)

Bethgem said...

I love Happiness Hill; it's so dear. It's one of the few GLH books I have found in my library, and I would never have picked them up if you hadn't mentioned them!

Lately I read Little Men by Louisa May Alcott, surprisingly encouraging to mothers, especially mothers with spunky children.

Margaret in VA said...

My son is marrying a wonderful girl who has dedicated her life to serving her family and church.

I finally understand the bride price. Her father is making a big sacrifice giving her up, she has benefited him hugely. I'm not thinking about the emotional loss (which is substantial), but she serves him and her family and helps him hugely in his role as deacon in the church!

And believe me, the families that she serves without pay, cleaning, being mother's helper, even helping to homeschool some of the children are really going to miss her! I'm praying for the younger ladies who will fill her shoes.
Meanwhile, I feel immensley blessed to be gaining such a daughter and wife for my son.

Greta said...

I live at home while attending college, and if things go according to the way my beau and I have talked about, I will still live at home until we get married so as to be able to save as much money for our future family as I can.

Martha A. said...

That was such a fun one! A little different than some of her others!
I found a quote in a Beany Malone book recently about children and how they wanted to wait to be married so being pregnant would not be a tragedy. How times change so fast!

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