Category Archives: housewifery

Things I found helpful with orphan hosting

There’s no sense or order to this, and others out there probably have better ideas and definitely more experience, but I needed a good place to put things I want to remember for later. Many of these resources are definitely specific to kids from Russia or Ukraine. Some are specific to orphans. Others could be used in […]

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tips for housewives, circa 1900

The following page shots come from a 1903 Good Housekeeping. The home-made baby bassinet strikes me as a bit out of the ordinary, but the others are typical of the sorts of tips and ideas I find in these vintage housekeeping magazines.   The purpose of a woman’s magazine (or any periodical) then and now […]

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Thankful for….

“If you can manage to use electricity in your home, you have the best deputy housekeeper the genius of man has ever contrived to harness for domestic service. Upon my own breakfast table we have, every morning, the perfection of toast not to be achieved by any other process, colored lightly, crisp and hot, turned […]

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Preparing for Motherhood

Preparing for motherhood, fatherhood, or really, preparation for becoming an adult, ideally begins when we are quite young. I think possibly most of us think of the sorts of things we need to prepare for parenthood as a list of skills to learn: diaper changing, holding a baby, what to do with a sick baby, […]

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The Lamp of the Proverbs 31 Woman

I don’t think I’ve really thought much about this one in all my 53 years of living- but my impression (rather than thought) is that she sacrifices her own rest.  But that’s just silly.  That’s now what this is referring to at all. “In those times it was needful to keep a light or a […]

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