Saturday, June 27, 2015


Dear Mothers: 
As the mother of four small children ranging from eight to one and one-half years, it seems to me that there is nothing I can do for them that will benefit them more, socially, than to teach them good table manners.

Good table manners are not acquired in a moment; children must grow up with them. And the time to begin teaching them is when they start to eat alone. When baby starts throwing his oatmeal on the floor, he should be gently but firmly corrected. If we laugh at him and say, "Oh, he is little," our task soon becomes difficult for he grows older a day at a time. 

I have seen little children come to the breakfast table unwashed and in their night clothes. Nothing encourages a child (or grown-up) to act his best, more than a neat, clean, nicely-arranged table. 

 Children should be taught the use of table napkins so they become a habit of their everyday life. A napkin is a necessary.
We should teach our boys and girls that mealtime is a time not only to satisfy our hunger but should be a time for cheerful, pleasant conversation between parents and their children. Quarreling and "telling on" each other at this time should never be allowed. 

Where there are several small children, accidents are sure to happen but little mishaps should not be enlarged upon too greatly. Some small punishment, as being sent away from the table for a few minutes is far more effective than too much scolding. 

The little ones should be be encouraged to take a moderate and respectful part in the conversation. They can relate what they did in school that day, tell some story they have read or heard or tell something they have observed in Nature. Each child should be taught to listen attentively to the one speaking. We should see that they chew quietly and slowly, impressing upon their minds the value of thorough mastication. 
Thus it seems to me that children properly instructed will grow up and go out into the world with an ease of manner and consideration for others that will do a great deal for them. 

Friday, June 26, 2015


This blog was created not to share my own thoughts and as much as possible, I will try to keep to that same purpose for this post. Today I am disappointed but not surprised. I will try to remember God's promise, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear..."

One of my favorite hymns is "Faith of Our Fathers" by Frederick W. Faber who lived from 1814-1863. Although I have seen at least one modern hymnal change a few words to make it more "cheerful," here is the original:

"Our fathers, chained in prisons dark, were still in heart and conscience free;
 How sweet would be their children's fate, if they, like them, could die for Thee!"

Selections from the Biblical book of Hebrews, Chapter 11

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible...By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised. Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants "as the stars of heaven in number and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore."All these died in faith, without receiving the promises but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own. And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He has prepared a city for them...And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground. And all these having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.

And from the last few verses of the Bible, Revelation 22:17-21

The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book; if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book and if anyone takes away from the words of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

And lastly, just eleven days ago, the Lord took His faithful servant, Elisabeth Elliot, home to be with Him. You can hear her broadcast "Gateway to Joy" at the following link:

May God bless you all...

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Last week I was asked to complete a written interview for an upcoming quilt magazine article. A few of the questions revolved around The Farmer's Wife magazine and it got me to thinking that although I talk about the magazine when I speak at quilt guilds, etc., I rarely mention it on my blog. So for this and a few more blog posts, I will be writing about an issue that is hundred and one years old this month.

Yes, the condition of the magazine is rough, (the cover is detached, too) but I dare say none of us would look much better after 101 years!

Although I will call it a magazine, as you can see the complete title is just, The Farmer's Wife. It is never referred to as a magazine, but rather a paper. That makes sense because not only is it made of newsprint, but it is as large as a folded newspaper measuring 11" wide and 17" from top to bottom. The interior is written in black ink; the only color being on the front cover.

The number of pages in each issue varied greatly throughout the years. In this issue there are only 24  but since the type is so very small (readers must have had excellent eyesight!) it would take several hours to read it thoroughly.

Photographs were frequently used, but I imagine even when the magazine was brand new the images weren't very sharp. More often than photographs they printed pencil or ink drawings of the best quality as illustrations.

The following two pictures were included to illustrate two different fiction stories. The stories must have been extremely popular since they always held prominent positions in the magazine. Although some of the stories were complete in one issue, some continued for six months. An excellent way to sell magazines, I think!

The following two letters were printed in the magazine under a column entitled, "Our Home Club." The Home Club was a catch-all of letters to the editor, recipes, requests for advice and handy hints.

KEEPING HAPPY AT HOME; J. K. from Missouri

I think there is no kind of life more happy in average than the good farm life. When we came to this place eight years ago there was nothing but a house and barn in the middle of a field. We went to work with zeal and worked hard. Now we have the most attractive place in the neighborhood. First we planted fruit and shade trees. Now we have fruit in abundance and our shade trees are the envy of our neighbors. We also have small fruits galore. Our garden is a joy to all. We have many conveniences for making our work lighter. We put up ice every winter, then we can make splendid butter, as well as keep our food-stuffs sweet and fresh during the summer months. For the social side of country life, we have all sorts of affairs,--box socials, spelling bees--attended one last week and spelled down the entire class! I find much enjoyment in such things. Then I have my piano and I like to ride horseback and find entertainment in books. I always find plenty of time to do these things though I make all my own clothes and sometimes sew for others too.


I have always lived on a farm and consider it the best place in the world. I have six boys and one girl. My oldest boy is fifteen and my youngest boy two and I am a widow. My children and I carry on the farming with but little hired help. We live on a ranch of 720 acres, milk cows and take our sweet cream six miles to a separator every day in the summer. We have pigs, calves and chickens and some guinea fowl. My three youngest boys older than my two babies go to school most of the time. I did not see a woman from Thanksgiving till in March. Do not have time to get lonesome. I have made fancy work, pieced three quilts (crazy work on a machine), hooked a rug, besides all the regular work for a family of eight.

More about the June 1914 issue next time.