Do you think it's kind of a lost art? The ability to make do with what we've got and find ways to manage our homes with a mindset of abundance and contentment with less stuff?
Although we women who stay home may not personally generate income, we can play a significant role in contributing to our family's finances by being careful with what we've got to work with. Through conserving and managing our resources thoughtfully, intentionally, as a good and faithful steward, we can be life givers to our husbands - the bread winners - by expressing thankfulness for his diligent effort to provide for our family's needs, and being satisfied when those needs are met.
Our family just completed our 4th $100 week for groceries to help pay off medical bills for M & F. During the course of the month we were able to save $400-$500 by being extremely vigilant with the grocery funds, watching closely what was being purchased at the store, buying essentials only, and thinking creatively of ways to eat hearty, healthy, and frugal meals. This savings went a long way toward those Children's Hospital expenses! And all 9 of us were all well fed.
We have such enormous excess literally at our fingertips every single day. It's woven into every aspect of our current American culture. We're just so filthy rich, and quite frankly, pretty blind to it. Excessive consumerism is normal to us it can be challenging to even really see. We want what we want when we want it, fast. And it's ALWAYS available. Day or night we can buy just about anything. One click shopping! Doing without a non-essential can be seen as unnecessary and even deprivation. Not so! Doing without a non-essential can be one of the most rewarding, liberating experiences we can encounter as we realize just how much we have and how little of it we actually need.
As our family grows, I for one am learning much about this valuable tool called resourcefulness. I am beginning to recognize that I can bless my husband and help alleviate some of the pressure he feels to provide by thoughtfully utilizing what we've got to work with and not constantly yearning for more. Of anything. It's very exciting to me! That's why I've used so many (!) as I've written this! (I even had to take a few out due to excessive over-punctuating which may be perceived as shouting!)
If I allow my gratitude to grow along with our family, being truly thankful for the things we do have, my contentment is a gift to him, to myself, and to our children. Because we all know, if momma can't be grateful for what she has, aint nobody going to learn to be grateful for what they have.