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Thanks for reading my last post and for all the kind e-mails and comments.
Due to the smell emanating from my neighbors' home, I have become, involuntarily, a homemaker in somewhat challenging circumstances. The family members who were sleeping in the room that shares a wall with the neighboring home are sleeping in my room on air mattresses donated by a friend. To sleep in my room is a treat for them; after prayers and bedtime routine, we tell stories and sing until I am the only one left awake. The situation is not ideal. They could sleep in the living room, but that room tends to be quite drafty and cold from October through February. Their clothing and bedding has been given a sanitizing wash at the local laundromat and is now being stored in my room, too. I don't know what I am going to do with the furniture in that room: time and more research will tell.
The hallway bathroom that shares a wall with the neighbors' home has been decontaminated as much as I am able to do, and except for my going in there to run the plumbing and wipe down the counters a couple of times a week, the bathroom will remain unused until the situation is positively resolved. I am grateful (even more than usual) for the blessing of two bathrooms.
To encourage all of us who are homemaking in challenging circumstances, here follows a lady's homemaking in extreme circumstances experience, as excerpted from my book A Fascinating Companion:
"Let me give you an example of a woman who was a Domestic Goddess in extreme circumstances. I knew a woman whose family was without a permanent address for several months. They were homeless because of a mistake that the husband had innocently made. The family home became their car and three small tents at a campground, and yet, this woman made sure that the tents were clean and as comfortable and attractive as possible and that the family's meals were nutritious and tasty although they were prepared on a small cook stove and the barbecues that the campground had set up. The family ate at a picnic table, but that table was clean and rendered attractive through the use of a tablecloth and a centerpiece.
"She shopped for food each day because they lacked reliable refrigeration. She laundered their clothing at a laundromat once a week. She did everything in her power to bolster her family's spirits during this trying time, and...her husband and children remembered their time of homelessness as being a time that she held the family together. This lady was truly a Domestic Goddess.
"To truly enjoy being a homemaker, we need to give our domestic duties a place of importance in our lives. Homemaking duties are not more important than the people in the home, their health and happiness. At the same time, to serve the people in the home and to help them to be healthy and happy, we need to do our work will joy and vigor, going the extra mile to do our jobs well."
Hugs and love! Please keep the prayers going.