woensdag 25 mei 2016

How To Cram More Hours In Your Day

In one of I Love Lucy episodes from Season 1 Ricky puts Lucy on a schedule to teach her better time management. She gets attacked by other women for getting along with this idea. "What are you doing to wives of America?" inquires one of them. "We spent years telling our husbands we just don't have time to do it all!"

Nowadays women appear proud to be able to do it all: working, housekeeping, child care, gourmet cooking, yoga classes, you name it. Of course, if you are fully employed, domestic life will necessarily suffer, but a modern woman is supposed to juggle all these responsibilities with ease.

 And what if she doesn't work outside home? Then she still needs to be engaged in all sorts of  activities, just for the sake of it. Homeschooling, home business, volunteering, ministries, numerous Bible classes...Heaven forbid someone will catch her sitting in the garden with her feet up reading a book - after all, she's supposed to be a Proverbs 31 lady and never have a minute of rest.

Mid-20th century wives took their time to do things. They were proud to look well, to cook delicious meals and to keep house but they apparently didn't feel the urge to be superwomen and could always find time for a cup of tea with their neighbour or for some gossiping on the phone with a girlfriend.

They combined creative housekeeping with leisure and didn't try to recreate an assembly line working patterns in their households. The true meaning of Proverbs 31 wasn't discovered yet and the wives of America (and other countries) didn't have to be examples of efficiency.

The manuals for women on how to cram more hours in your day weren't written yet.

UPDATE: For more information, read this:
Homemaking Is Real Work And Real Ministry

vrijdag 20 mei 2016

A Literary Poll

Which Jane Austen's heroine is in your opinion the most irritating?

I vote for Emma:)

woensdag 18 mei 2016

Western Attitudes Towards Children

There is a story circulating on the interwebz of an Indian lady giving birth in her seventies. Apparently she and her husband had been infertile through nearly 50 years of their marriage but finally saved enough for  IVF treatment and the third one was a charm so they became parents of a healthy baby boy.

Giving birth in your seventies is somewhat extreme and obviously many people will consider it unethical on the part of the doctor, yet it's what the couple always wanted, they financed it themselves and they are paying for the child themselves.They are happy because they have a son to carry on the family name and the husband's bloodline. It's hardly anyone's business especially if they live in another country. Yet, internet busybodies are very upset with it.

The comments demonstrate everything which is wrong with modern Western mindset concerning children. Apparently, the child won't grow in ideal circumstances and there is real chance he'll be orphaned soon. Well, this has been true about children born in the Western countries prior to the appearance of the welfare state and yet people kept having them. However now, the birth rates everywhere in the West are falling despite numerous government handouts and the improved quality of life.

Second, it's somehow wrong and selfish for people to desire to pass on their genes when there are so many orphans. It appears we don't have a duty to our ancestors to carry on their bloodlines but we have a duty to perfect strangers to take care of their kids. Adoption can be a very good thing, but there is no duty to adopt. It's what works for an individual couple that counts.

Then the world is overpopulated in general and India in particular. Again, it's partly true. May be, some third world countries would have less poverty if the families stopped having 10+ kids. Yet, for this couple it's their first and last. It's rather strange reasoning that if someone somewhere is having twenty children than it's your duty to have none to save the planet.

The couple praised God for giving them the desire of their hearts and said God will provide and that insulted the resident atheist brigade even more. It was not God, it was science! Why can't it be both? God gives us means,  we use them but it's Him who ultimately decides the outcome.

Now the story above may not even be true, but the comments perfectly well illustrate what's wrong with modern Western mindset concerning children.

(Here is the link. Keep in mind that it's Daily Mail but if you google the couple's names you'll come across other news reports about them).

P.S. I'm not promoting ART.  One could make a perfectly valid argument against ART from tradition, like Catholic Church does, but they are also against abortion, anti-conception and divorce so they are rather consequent. Western liberals, on the other hand, like to talk about tolerance and right to choose, as long as you choose according to the liberal doctrine.

maandag 16 mei 2016

Pentecost Weekend, 2016

I hope you all have had a blessed Pentecost weekend. We visited Keukenhof on Saturday. My husband's company is one of the suppliers. Here are some pictures:

The weather was cold but we still enjoyed ourselves!

vrijdag 13 mei 2016

Bad Friends Can Ruin Your Life


A study by researchers at UCLA found that stressful friendships lead to significantly high levels of a protein that causes inflammation in the body. Over time that can cause serious health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Read the whole story over here.
Also check Lydia Sherman's post on the same topic.