When I am on vacation next week I am hoping to have huge chunks of time to blog about NFP and then the LEMI Training, and then my hair (yes, I love my naturally curly hair. My sis in law Sally gave me this great product for naturally curly hair on my last trip to TJED Land. I can just hear Sally, she’s rather frank, calling it “black chick cream.” It’s for women of color. I use it to let out my inner curl. When trips to the hairdresser get to be stretched out I start going curly to hide my roots more. But I just got my hair done, i.e. more blonde– hooray! and had her do the straight iron thing. My hairdresser can always get it more straight and glamorous than I can. I enjoy it for a while and then it’s back to the ponytails everyday and messy buns on Sunday.)
When I get back I can add a lot more pics to my latest posts, like this one, when I have my camera back. It is so time consuming for me to transfer pictures from my cell phone. In the meantime I have to share what I learned today, it was so cool!
For my online finishing school today (which you all can still join, go here to learn more http://treeoflifemothering.ning.com/pages/an-online-finishing-school-for) we discussed G.K. Chesterton’s essay “What’s Wrong With the World, part 3, Feminism.” Read it here…http://readbookonline.net/read/19314/55233/
Oh my, this is such a magnificent essay! He says that women are the universal element of life. Men are specific, they have to be, in order to succeed in breadwinning. But women are like fire, they have many purposes, because they are homemakers. As Chesterton puts it, “To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to be Whiteley within a certain area, providing toys, boots, sheets, cakes and books, to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; 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 about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe?”
We women get to be “everything to someone” (our baby, or even better, babies) instead of the same thing to someone, which is what you do if you are the breadwinner. As he put it, “it’s a generous, dangerous, and romantic trade.” Amen, brother! Feminism is about discovering our female characteristics, namely our ability to be wives and mothers, and find the power in those roles.
Oooh, there are so many juicy jewels of fruit in this essay. Here’s another, “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 minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.” Wow! When we embrace our roles as mother and homemaker and wife, and truly dig into the science of nurturing our families with food and music and books and activities and a clean home and adventures outside the home, our task is huge, but God is there to help us. Chesterton also says that woman can be the center and pillar of health in her family. I agree. This is the awesome power we have ladies. As the blog that I link to below states, health begins with mom. It all starts with breastfeeding and then it expands to learning about the nourishing traditions Sally Fallon teaches that build healthy guts and happy lives. To quote my friend Jonell of http://myfeelgoodfoods.com, “Sisters we can build Zion from our kitchen counters!”
In my quest to build a happy upcoming vacation for my family I am searching for homemade granola bars to make for our trip. For some reason I always love to take granola bars on road trips. I have never found a good commercial granola bar that is free from all the harmful ingredients I watch out for. I found recipes here http://heavenlyhomemakers.com/homemade-chewy-granola-bars-without-corn-syrup and for a soaked granola bar recipe here http://healthbeginswithmom.blogspot.com/2009/01/so-what-is-health-anyway-part-iii.html. Soaked granola is better for your health. I am going to try the first one and see how it goes since I don’t have time to soak. These blogs are great resources for learning about becoming the center and pillar of health in your family.