Friday, May 23, 2008

I'm a Homemaker

I had a doctor's appointment yesterday. It was my first visit, so I went into a little side office at first and got all registered, like you would at a hospital. Ms. Registrar asked me a series of questions, mostly verifying what I had already written on my new patient paperwork. A few minutes in she asked, "what do you do?" I said, "I'm a homemaker." I was instantly convicted and answered the rest of her questions with many thoughts in my mind.

What does it really mean to be a homemaker? Here are some definitions I like:
home: An environment offering security and happiness. A valued place regarded as a refuge or place of origin. The place where something is discovered, founded, developed, or promoted; a source. To the center or heart of something. To be guided to a target automatically. To move or lead toward a goal.
make: To bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc. To produce; cause to exist or happen; bring about. To put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix; prepare.

It's no surprise that a good homemaker shapes a place where things are discovered; that she puts her home into the proper condition for security and happiness. It's not a big revelation that a homemaker produces an environment where her husband and children move toward their goals.

I just needed a reminder.


  1. That is convicting. Especially when my house feels more like a warzone than a refuge. *sigh* Thankfully, we can start again each day. :)

  2. i left a comment in your post below --in case you don't check it:)

  3. I loved this post! Such a great reminder that with the title of "homemaker" comes great responsibility and honor.

  4. Man, no kidding (about what everyone else said)- for it to be a "career" - such a complete honor.

  5. See this is when I hate it when people "housewife." Being a homemaker is so much more Ihan that!!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and for the sweet comments. You're right, maybe I should revisit the topic.

    I appreciate the encouragement!

  6. Great post! I am following your comment on my blog from WFMW, thanks for stopping by, I needed the reminder of this post too :)

  7. what a lovely post. The definition you found is such a wonderful reminder. Thanks for the refreshing perspective!!

  8. being a homemaker is hard work! i bought a shirt from that says "please don't ask my mommy if she's working!" everywhere i go people ask if i work. taking care of my family is work =)