On loving home

If you’ve ever thought about starting a multigenerational home-base business, then I highly recommend Family Friendly Farming. Don’t be put off by the title if you’re thinking along the lines of rehabbing houses, providing catering services, or bookkeeping help for small businesses. Joel Salatin communicates his tried by fire wisdom through the avenue of farming, but it was an inspiring read for this suburban dweller.

While this post isn’t a book review, I thought I should mention that its entire contents are worthwhile before pulling a quote that further enthused my longing for hearth and home. Speaking of the daily media barrage, Joel Salatin says this:

We’ve had this inordinate burden to heal all the wounds, solve all the problems heaped upon us, and its ancillary notion that we must involve ourselves in everything. So we live these hurried, harried lives, going from one function to the other, and never putting down roots. If that really solved problems, we’d see divorce, dysfunction and drugs dropping in our culture. But for all our activity, they are going up.

Clearly, “busyness” doesn’t establish roots. Flitting from this activity to that one creates children who will be just the same. They won’t develop an appetite for home and hearth because Mom and Dad taught them, subliminally to be sure, that to really live you need to go somewhere. Who wants to be stuck at home? I do. (Family Friendly Farming, page 277, emphasis mine)

It is fall and the weather here isn’t probably what you’re experiences there, but it is out of the 90’s. We are enjoying it. The mums are by the front door, the apples sit in a bowl on the table, russet potatoes sit in a basket on the stove, and the house smells of cinnamon. It is fall, my favorite time of year. While the TV continues protesting its neglect and I sit on my front porch rocking chair, I can’t help but think to myself, “There’s no place I’d rather be.”

And to think this is only a foretaste.

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  1. 1

    …the TV continues protesting its neglect…

    Beautiful, Amy. Conjured up so many thoughts in my mind’s eye! I love it!

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    Beautiful post. We read, “You Can Farm” and are just waiting for the money to buy the Family Friendly Farming Book.

    He is so right. Too often today even Christian mothers don’t want to stay home for whatever reason. It is sad that as houses become larger and larger no one wants to be in them.

    How wonderful would it be to have a home business on a bit of land with multiple generations helping out? This is something I see in the ministries of people like the Nancy Cambpell, RC Sproul, and the Pearls. (whever or not you agree with what them….)

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    That is great. But I have to say I got stuck on the quote about how you’re out of the 90′s. How is it we’re hotter than Florida?! It’s 95 here today and I can only glare at all the pumpkins and scarecrows mocking me and my sweaty back as I drive by them with my a/c on full blast. I’m gonna write my own letter now – to the weatherman!

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    Molly

    They won’t develop an appetite for home and hearth because Mom and Dad taught them, subliminally to be sure, that to really live you need to go somewhere.

    I love the quote, Amy. It is so true…

    We are working to make our home the “center” for activity, instead of always needing to go OUT for fun or interest. Of course, living waaaaaay out in the woods (and gas prices being what they are) has only further aided that goal… HA!

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    martha

    amy–
    as much as i admire your desire to be biblical in your approach to life and theology, i’m not certain you can totally back this “home and hearth” viewpoint biblically. if you can, i’d love to hear it. i truly mean that. there is nothing i’d love more than to move back to where i was and avoid the difficulty of settling into a new community and church.
    as far as the rushing around and finding joy only outside of your home, absolutely, i agree to that as a biblical stance. as far as having generations living locally and in a family business…there is nothing i would love more as a mother. however, the NT is loaded with commands and challenges to look around us and be aware of the needs around us and in our local church bodies as well as the world. our prime example was Christ who didn’t stay comfortably at home “with family” (trinity i would guess) but got very dirty and uncomfortable and came to earth by putting on human flesh. (cf. Phil. 2) in no sense does He even need our friendship or fellowship to be complete, but He did it anyway. as i read so many of these blogs, it concerns me that many people who are christians and are trying to live godly lives and raise their children well are ignoring whole books of the Bible like James and I John and of course, the Gospels and many of the prophets as well as some of the epistles (if they aren’t even involved in a local church). i love the emphasis on family up to a point. unfortunately, i see many areas where the emphasis has gone beyond balance b/c people don’t have time for church involvement (due to family demands) or involvement with people in their churches (due to family demands) nor do their children even consider the thought of missions in the US or oversees b/c the family is so focused on family that that is not even a consideration ESPECIALLY for their gifted children!
    my husband and i have been in vocational ministry for 35 yrs. in and out of the US. that doesn’t make us any different in how we raise our family than anyone else except that we can’t consider a multi-generational family farm as a career option. we have served in cities, large and small and are now in a very small rural town in IL. it is clearly God’s will for us at this time. our children live in TX, WA and ukraine (missionary with MTW). if the home and hearth concept is biblical and universal, than we have done something wrong. if it is an option for some–great. i would challenge those who choose that option to be sure what is motivating you to choose it. (just as i have to do re the choices i make.) are you choosing it to get away from people with whom you disagree? do you hate good-byes and never want to say good-bye to your kids? (believe me, i hate good-byes more than you can imagine.)
    our longing for “hearth and home” will never be fulfilled here on earth. to some degree, it is supposed to be filled in community in our churches…but it takes a lot of work and time getting to know each other. we are pilgrims here on earth, the fulfillment of “hearth and home” will be in heaven.
    amy, i know you don’t fit many of the above categories. i’m sorry to generalize, but i read a variety of blogs and get general impressions. there are a lot of things i really love about both the homeschool and classical school movements as well as the pro-family movements. i’ve been watching them a very long time and have seen them evolve into something that i’m becoming uncomfortable with b/c i’m seeing trends that i don’t believe are truly biblical. sorry to rain on the parade. martha

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    Jennifer K

    I’ll definately have to pick up that book and give it a read. I understand the Agrarian Christian philosophy but I get a little frustrated when I read this all or nothing approach to it. This might be something to look into.

    My family owns a restaurant. A sushi bar to be exact. We live on the opposite coast of you and we try to use mostly area grown produce/organic and we use as much of the local fisherman fare as we can.

    My mother in law handles the cash register, I wait tables, and my husband and Father in law are chefs behind the bar. I love the family atmosphere and the fact that I get to spend my time with the ones I love as I’m earning my wage. I also work a day job in an office but it’s my dream that someday I can just work there and be with my family.

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    Man. I whine when it gets over 80.

    I love being home with my family. I love when we can all get together over a good book. I love looking at spiders with my little guys, or when one of my daughters bakes cookies, or even to cozy up to a good movie together. I can’t imagine why women CHOSE to go out, fight traffic, be a slave to someone else all day, come home tired to face laundry.. No thanks!

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    Mrs. DMG

    I was just thinking this morning, wondering if I am making my children miss out on things because we insist on staying home a lot. Our extended families run around doing this and doing that like chicken with thier heads cut off, always complaining about not having enough time for cleaning thier home or staying in contact. I always think that if we stay home more, the cleaning, correspodence and the closenss of our family does get done. But to tell it to people who don’t WANT to stay does no good. I am glad that I am a homemaker, from the very beginning of my being I live to make home what it is supposed to be – about God and family.


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