When I was growing up, most mama's were keepers at home only then they were called housewives. It was great having a Mom who was always there to take care of us. In elementary school, I don't ever remember coming home to an empty house, latchkey kids were unheard of. We are talking the 60's here folks! And even in highschool, Mom was there a majority of the days. We didn't eat takeout food at night because everyone was too busy to cook. We weren't enrolled in every activity under the sun that took up our homelife. We sure didn't eat dinner sitting in front of the tv at night. I had a great Christian home.
Fast forward to 2010. The housewife is now a "Keeper at Home". To me this means that I am honored to keep my home...in order, in food, in cleanliness, in learning, in exploring, in loving, etc. some folks ask...what do you do all day. In the course of a week, I make the bed, fix breakfast, homeschool with the kids, fix lunch, drive to dance lessons or co-op classes, bake from scratch, plan menu's, grocery shop, vacuum, do laundry, dust the house, blog, answer emails, do leadership work for homeschool group (treasurer), encourage my children, run errands and help my husband, play games, read books, watch tv shows with my kids, cook dinner & encourage girls to help. I also read magazines, cross stitch, sew, quilt, read blogs, talk to older children when I get a chance, pray, attend church service, etc. Most of my "chores" I do at home. I couldn't get all this done if I was running around. Some weeks, I run more than others but I prefer to be home.
Being a Keeper at Home is my job. I don't get a paycheck, a regular review, a bonus, days off, or any other ammenities you would associate with a job. Sometimes I work insane hours and I even feel unappreciated on occasions. But I do get to spend hours with my wonderful children and I get to help and assist the most wonderful husband in the world. This is the best job I have ever had!