Making It Home: How to Run Your Household Like a Business . . . and Find Your Heart Along the Way by Susan R. Blaske Williams is a clearly written book that covers the basics of running a home from the perspective of an older mom. (Susan’s a mother of four and grandma of three).
Covering topics from disciplining kids to minding your finances, she wrote the book at the request of her daughters-in-law, who wanted her to put down on paper the homemaking principles that have worked for her.
Susan includes the compelling story of her own journey, starting as an overwhelmed young mom who ran from her role as wife and mom by immersing herself in the work world.
“Somewhere,” she says, “I had gotten the notion that if you just take a house and add all the necessary ingredients, you would have an instant family. I didn’t realize the sacrifices I would need to make. I didn’t realize that children don’t just raise themselves and that daycare is not a substitute for my involvement, time and interest . . . I think somewhere deep down inside, I assumed all those loads of laundry were going to mysteriously wash and fold themselves and jump into the dresser drawers and that food was going to magically appear in the cupboard every time I opened the door . . . No one told me that having a family included all this extra ‘stuff’ – you know, stuff like responsibility, accountability, sacrifice, teamwork, planning, organizing, parenting. . . I felt like someone had played a practical joke – only I wasn’t laughing.”
What young mom can’t identify with Susan’s struggle? Running a home and raising a family is hard work, and few of us have any idea of what it takes until we find ourselves dazed and confused, doing a job we can’t remember ever applying for.
Susan admits that she learned many of the lessons about being a wife and mother “the hard way” and wished she’d had an older woman or two who’d been willing to talk with her about these topics when she was younger. . . “so I’m trying to be that woman to others in the form of this book.”
I’m giving away a copy of Making It Home, kindly provided by Susan herself. If you’d like to win, leave a comment. (If you really, really want to win, leave two.) I’ll randomly pick a name next Friday, August 28, by 7 p.m. Pacific time. Good luck!
To visit Susan at Making It Home Magazine: Encouragement for Women with a Heart for Home, go here.