Small and trivial it is not!

The GirlTalkers have been focusing lately on the glorious role and responsibility of homemaking, and how I have been encouraged by these incredible quotes.

In a culture that demeans the honorable tasks of loving and serving one’s husband, raising and training children and making the home a haven and place of ministry, I am so thankful to be reminded of the significance of my role as homemaker!

“[W]hen people begin to talk about this domestic duty as not merely
difficult but trivial and dreary, I simply give up the question. For I
cannot with the utmost energy of imagination conceive what they mean.
When domesticity, for instance, is called drudgery, all the difficulty
arises from a double meaning in the word. If drudgery only means
dreadfully hard work, I admit the woman drudges in the home, as a man
might drudge [at his work]. But if it means that the hard work is more
heavy because it is trifling, colorless and of small import to the
soul, then as I say, I give it up; I do not know what the words mean….
I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine
how it could narrow it. How can it be a large career to tell other
people’s children [arithmetic], and a small career to tell one’s own
children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing
to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s
function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is
I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will
never pity her for its smallness.” (bold mine)
 G.K. Chesterton

Homemaking—being a full-time wife and mother—is not a destructive
drought of usefulness but an overflowing oasis of opportunity
; it is
not a dreary cell to contain one’s talents and skills but a brilliant
catalyst to channel creativity and energies into meaningful work; it is
not a rope for binding one’s productivity in the marketplace, but reins
for guiding one’s posterity in the home; it is not oppressive restraint
of intellectual prowess for the community, but a release of wise
instruction to your own household; it is not the bitter assignment of
inferiority to your person, but the bright assurance of of the
ingenuity of God’s plan for the complementarity of the sexes,
especially as worked out in God’s plan for marriage; it is neither
limitation of gifts available nor stinginess in distributing the
benefits of those gifts, but rather the multiplication of a mother’s
legacy to the generations to come and the generous bestowal of all God
meant a mother to give to those He entrusted to her care
.” (bold mine)
Dorothy Patterson

About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. This is such an encouraging post. I am about to give a 20-minute (!) presentation on my career path. There is SO much pressure not to say “I want to be a stay-at-home mom” that I just almost made a fake presentation. Then I decided to be honest, and I’ve included the Chesterton quote. Of course, I’m also interested in freelance writing and nonprofit work, so I’m including that too. But still. I’m quite nervous to stand in front of my senior seminar class and be honest. Considering that I attend a Christian university, this anti-mommy pressure is especially sad. I appreciate posts like these when I start feeling like maybe the whole world is right about motherhood being nothing but unrewarding, soul-numbing, intelligence-crushing drudgery.

  2. I love the quote! G.K. Chesterton is one of my absolute favorite writers. Great blog, btw!

  3. Great post! I loved GK Chesterton before, but now I love the guy even more!


  4. I enjoy your blog; every time I read something here I can feel your passion for your family, what a blessing in today’s world! When Susan tagged me and I started filling my meme out I instantly wondered what your answers would be so I tagged you for a meme, if you care to play along!