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!
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!