Meet a Young Keeper of the Home!


Meet a Young Keeper of the Home!

Do you ever feel like you’re the only girl out there who still wants to “keep house?” I know I do! I often feel like I’m the only girl within a hundred miles that doesn’t want to have a traditional career. But that’s not the truth! All over America there are women living out their dreams of creating a beautiful home, and all for God’s glory! I’ve been blessed to personally know Michaela, who shares the dream of being a homemaker. She agreed to answer some questions for us. =)

Young Keepers of the Home asks:

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am fifteen years old, and I live in Akron OH. I enjoy taking walks on cold days and taking care of my home, family, and animals. Reading and writing are important to me in life (but on a lower scale), and I’d like to publish a book someday.

Why have you decided to be a keeper of the home instead of having a traditional career?

My mother and father have greatly influenced me and inspired me to live the life of a full-time mother and wife. My mom is the biggest role model in my life, and I couldn’t ask for a better one. She has had eight kids and has never voiced regret or discontentment. My dad also told me, “This nation was built on the shoulders of women who stayed at home and raised men of valor, respect, and God.” How inspiring is that?! I was enlightened when he told me this and even more driven to learn the ways of a feminine and home-keeping woman. One who would raise her children in truth, love, and strength in the Lord. I also have my older sisters, and many friends inspired me to make this decision. 

Do you have any sort of “job” that you work for?

 I work at home and with my family. Last summer we had a landscaping business that I very much enjoyed, and my mother and father have put out ads offering services in landscaping, house-cleaning, pet-sitting, etc. Pretty much a Jack of All Trades situation. I’ve learned many skills over the past few years just because of the odd-jobs I’ve done with my family – and that’s good enough for me!1375156_10151888696482128_125330651_n

Did/will you choose to get a college degree? Why or why not?

No, I will not get a college degree. I don’t intend on trying to get a job that requires one, either! I don’t find it necessary, and I say this without any intention of offending anyone who thinks otherwise. College is not seen in my future right now. 

What does your typical day look like?

Typical day? In the summer: I have my devotions in the morning (morning or evening, sometimes both.:)), and work a lot during the day, but in the winter I must start on my schoolwork before any personal enjoyment time or work is completed in a day. When you live in a house with lots people living there it gets pretty messy! I bake and cook a lot, I experiment in the kitchen quite often with my sisters. So, a lot of work. We often have company over so I am preparing for that quite often, as well. It may sound dull and a little lifeless, but I focus on the little things a lot more than the big – and I have little adventures every day! 

What are some of your favorite things to do?

I love to take walks, read, especially write, and spend lots of time with my family. It may sound silly, but I love movies! I think I got it from my Dad! He loves movies as well. I very much enjoy just sitting down and watching a BBC miniseries or movie with my family. :] I also enjoy photography. My elder sister has a camera and anytime I can get a hold of it I’m snapping photos all over the place! I like working in the kitchen, too. Canning goods, making food, and cleaning in there is always so satisfying! 🙂

What do you consider to be the most important aspect of a good home atmosphere? 

The presence of the Lord in the home and the union between the family – nothing, in my eyes, could be more important. The house could be a complete mess, with pots and pans to be washed, floors to be swept, bathtubs to be cleaned, and laundry to be folded – but if Jehovah is not in the center despite all that chaos and the family is broken, an immaculate home is nothing important. 

Thank you so much, Michaela! I hope you all were encouraged by Michaela’s testimony!

God bless!

Sarah




  • Kyra

    Thanks Michaela for sharing your story it was a blessing to read!
    ~Kyra B.

  • This is so similar to my life it feels almost like mine!! People keep asking me what I want to do when I graduate in a couple years (I’m also 15) and all I’d like to do is get married and start a family! 🙂 Our house is always in disarray but I’m learning to be more of a sister than just an older person in the house and I consider that more important. Side note: I didn’t get any sisters until I was ten. I got 4 sisters in 4 years 1 by adoption and 3 naturally. I love them all but I’m still getting used to being a big sister.

  • Mikayla

    I’m so encouargaed reading this! Thanks Michaela! I have eight sibilings as well and I love to know there’s others who know how crazy–and awesome–life can be with SOO many in the house:)

    🙂

  • I would just like to point out that the purpose of getting a college degree is not to have a career. Getting a college education is just that–getting an education, and understanding more about the world around you. It also is wise to plan ahead for emergency or big life changes. What if your husband dies, and you are suddenly left financially responsible? Believe me when I say that another husband does not just appear magically to take away all of your problems.

    I too dreamed of being a stay-at-home mother to a large family, just as my mother before me was. I married when I was 20, and quickly had my first child. Unfortunately, life changes things, and at 23 years old I lost my husband, and found myself to be a young single mother with no ability to provide for my family. I went back to school and finally finished my college degree, and am now working full time while my daughter attends a Christian pre-school. Is this ideal? No. Is this what I wanted? No. Am I still a Young Keeper of The Home, using every spare moment to teach my daughter how to be a woman of God, and to provide stability and support while I am at home? Vehemently, yes. I choose to be a Proverbs 31 woman, who works hard (yes, I now have a career), in order to support my family, and be an example of integrity in AND out of the home. Life does not go the way we plan–how I wish that I had taken the time to finish college BEFORE I got married and had children. It would have been the wisest use of my time in order to prepare for the life God has given me now, and spared both myself and my daughter an enormous amount of pain and hardship.

    I absolutely love this website, and the beautiful standard it sets for young Christian women. But PLEASE, remember that we live in the 21st century, and that God does call us to prepare and make wise use of our time. While Michaela’s dream is romantic and commendable, I would caution her not exclude other possibilities from her future.

    • SarahGeorgePeterson

      Thank you for the comment, Charlotte. My heart aches for your loss. Please know that I’m praying for you.

      I am so sorry that you felt this post was condemning college! While at A Lovely Calling we DO want girls to be re-thinking the mindset that a traditional career is the most desirable option, we are NOT saying that college is a bad thing. Before her children were all grown, my grandmother decided to go to nursing school. Only a few short years after her three sons married, my grandfather was killed in a car accident leaving my grandmother without the support she was accustomed to. Her nursing degree was invaluable to her.

      My personal belief is that no woman should be sitting around “waiting for prince charming.” Nor should a woman let herself fall into the deluded belief that she will never have to provide for herself. I would encourage every woman to have a plan for supporting herself, her husband, and her whole family if that need arises. Of course, some careers require college and some don’t. For myself, I have thought about this, and I have a plan. But I am still not pursuing a college degree.

      In addition, I would also hope that women (and men) are part of a church body that loves them and would help them to find support for themselves in the event of a tragedy.

      This post was intended to be part of series that never came to fruition. The plan was to interview different women, in different demographics and stages of life so that we could show what being a homemaker means to different people. I was hoping in one of the next posts to interview a career-woman who was carrying out the vision of being a keeper of the home while in the workplace, but unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet.