The 1950’s Wife vs.The Proverbs 31 Wife

 
Pictured Above – my grandmother with 2 of her 3 boys and my mother :)
 
On the Rachael Ray Show I was dubbed a “1950’s Wife“. But my grandmother, a mother of 4, is the REAL 1950’s wife.  She is ALSO a Proverbs 31 woman
 
Were all 1950’s wives Proverbs 31 wives? 
 
No…the two terms are not equal.  I know that nostalgia makes us believe the old days were better but what distinguishes a 50’s wife from a Proverbs 31 one?  Her fear of God.   
 
Grandma’s life was full and busy as she lovingly cared for her family. She served God by serving her family. She worked with eager hands (Prov. 31:13b), she set about her work vigorously (Prov. 31:17), she watched over the affairs of her household and did not eat the bread of idleness (Prov. 31:27). And the most beautiful part was she feared the Lord (Prov. 31:30).
 
My grandma had a weekly schedule which I jotted down in a journal – my mother rattled it off as quickly as my grandmother!! So this must be where I get my scheduling tendencies - it’s in my genes lol!!! One strong similiarity of the 50’s wife and the Proverbs 31 wife are their household duties.
 
Here’s what a woman’s work looked like in the 50’s:

Mondays – Wash Clothes (by hand in sudsy water, ring it, rinse it, ring it, hang it outside to dry. This took all day.)

Tuesdays – Iron ( Iron everything – shirts, pants, and underwear. There was no permanent press – everything was very wrinkly. This took all day.)

Wednesdays – Mend and work on new sewing projects (She sewed patches onto pants and mended socks. My grandmother sewed all of my mother’s clothes until she reached the middle of high school.)

Thursdays – Cleaning of bedrooms and bathrooms (They only had one car which was normal in those days. Grandpa did the grocery shopping and grandma worked the garden.)

Fridays – Cleaning of living room, dining room and kitchen (Grandma baked every day. She made cinnamon rolls, pies, donuts and cakes from scratch.)

Saturdays – Prepare for Sunday by cooking double meals and giving baths etc. (Grandma always made hamburgers for dinner on Saturdays because they were fast. Then she focused on the Sunday Roast and sheet cake that they would eat after church.)

Sundays – Day of Rest

Do I want to be a 1950’s wife? Not really, I certainly do love my modern day conveniences! But if there’s a 1950’s wife I’d like to emulate, it’s not June Cleaver – but a REAL 1950’s wife –  my grandmother. Her God and her family were of prime importance and her daily priorities show this to be true.

As Proverbs 31:31 says “Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

My grandmother’s works are worthy of my praise. I pray that our generation would be remarkable in our care for our families and homes and that we too would be worthy of praise

Do you have a role model who is a Proverbs 31 woman?  Tell us about her in the comments section!

Walk with the King!

Comments

  1. says

    Wow, your grandmother sounds amazing. I think it is very difficult to find examples of Proverbs 31 women today, especially ones who truly love their husbands. I sure didn’t have an example of one growing up but I sure would have loved one. I think it would have made my early years of marriage much easier.

    • says

      Lori, I think you have it spot on – it’s so, so difficult to find an ‘older woman’ to whom we could really look up and desire to emulate. I’m not a young mum (I’m 45), and the more I learn of God’s desire for me as a wife and mother, the more joyous my life has become. But I have to be honest – I have learnt more from the internet than from any life I have seen lived. That’s kind of sad, but… to look at it positively, I see the internet as SUCH a gift from God (yes, Courtney, that means *you* too!). It has been such an incredible blessing in my life…
      Anne (one of a growing number of women in this little country of Scotland reading and learning from y’all :) )

      • Tammy Wagner says

        Anne,

        I don’t have a heritage of fabulous examples & have ached for that “older” or more mature Titus 2 woman to mentor me, for many years. I didn’t realize that I’d finally found several–authors, both published and online! I’m 34, but I’m not nearly as far along on my journey as I wish I were. Maybe I’d be better at this home-management thing, if I had a good example to follow?

        There’s no use complaining sbout what I dkn’t have, though. I’m just glad for how the internet has allowed for the kind of mentorship, community, & accountability that I desire.

      • says

        Anne, I know what you mean about finding more examples on the web than in actual real life!! … I was lucky, in that my grandmother (father’s mother) was a great example of a classic 50’s mum smooshed with the Proverbs 31 woman … she was the wife of a missionary, and they lived on many of the small Aboriginal communities over here in the Northern Territory (Australia) teaching the Indigenous inhabitants about God. My Grandma spent many hours of her day diligently looking after house and home, she had 6 children (5 of whom have gone on to celebrate many years of marriage … only one marriage of which has ended, due only due to his calling back home by God), she spent many moments in her day fellowshipping with the Lord, making sure to pray for each and every member of her family in an extended prayer time with Our Lord … she was God-fearing till the end! Sadly she is no longer with us … she was called home 3 years ago, 3 weeks before my then-10mth old daughter was baptised … but she will forever be known as a God-fearing Proverbs 31 1950s housewife … and proud!!
        After floating around WLW the last couple of days (I’ve only recently found you), I actually want to put you forward Courtney, as someone I admire as living out this Proverbs 31 ‘role’! I watched your RR segment and had to fight SOOO hard to push away the envious thoughts I had!! You are seriously living the life I can only dream of!! My heartstrings were SERIOUSLY pulled when watching that!! Thankyou!

      • says

        I think you’re so right. I didn’t have an example of this growing up. My grandmother was a wonderfully selfless housewife and mother but my own mother is the opposite -i think resentful is unfortunately the word that best describes her house life and mothering style. She loved my father to bits but did not seem to know how to add us kids to that picture.. It was very us and them. But seeing all this online and reading God’s word has taught me how to have joy through it all. How to love the kids and be a strong wife – that both are just as vital and that I am able to be a homemaker and proud of it. My mother is still upset I’ve been “out of the workforce” for fiur years, raising the littlies. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  2. Lisa 3B says

    My mom was a wonderful example of a Proverbs 31 woman. I was born in 1959, and although I didn’t witness the 1950’s version of my mom, I witnessed the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s versions of her faith in God and dedication to our family. She passed away last November at the age of 93 after years of Alzheimer’s. One thing I remember so vividly about her was that when I came down to the kitchen each morning, she was always sitting at the kitchen table having her quiet moments with God before her busy day began. She started each and every way this day, and I know that she prayed for us each and every morning, too. Like your grandma, she was a real and honored woman of God who knew what God wanted of her. Thanks for sharing, Courtney.

  3. Rose Medina Escamilla says

    Thank you for sharing that! I always hear stories from the elders in my life about “The old days” and it has always intrigued me because they just seemed to have it together for their families but were always lacking such an important part of it and it was God. To hear you speak of a woman who had it all makes me feel like it’s absolutely attainable! Praise God!

  4. says

    Even at age 52 I am still striving to live more like the Proverbs 31 wife. Memorized Prov. 31: 10-31 in Christian High School and I still have it memorized. We have a great Home Economics teacher who taught us the whole passage. Every young woman (your children) should be taught this incredible woman! Enjoyed reading about your grandmother! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Duise says

    Wow thats amazing. I spent 4 hours today at the laundrymat because my washer and dryer are too slow (have too much stuff) I now know why I was not a 1950s Mom it would have taken the whole week just to do laundry Lol. But seriously I did not have grandmothers, mine both passed away by the time I was an infant. My examples growing up were 1970s career driven women, who’s motto were they could do pretty much anything but stay at home. Don’t get me wrong I love them, but being driven in life by God’s design and calling was not how they lived. I started my marriage 20 years ago following the same path, I thank God that He got a hold of me, captured my heart, and convicted me, but I still have a long way to go, and have many struggles. I am thankful to God for the women in my life now who mentor me like my Aunt Clara (my husband’s aunt) God truly fills all voids and will supply our needs even in the area of women who desire to follow God and His design for us women, such as the women through this blog and study.

  6. says

    This post is so wonderful. It reminds me of my own grandmother, who, although I am a little younger than you at 31 was a 1920’s and 30’s housewife. She grew up in the bush in Australia and where I grew up in a small town with her I recall her baking bread every saturday, having everything in order in the house, never a dirty item to be seen or a complaint to be heard from her. I’m not sure how religious she was but she had the faith in her role as a mother and a caregiver that is the strongest i’ve seen. She looked after my father and his sister until the day she died, at 83 years of age, even though my father had a family of his own -but you might mot want to mention that to my mother, lol, she could nev understand it. I have that caretaking spirit kike my grandmother though. Thankyou for reminding me of her with this post, .Courtney.

  7. Robin says

    This reminds me of great grandma “big chief” to me she was an amazing example of proverbs 31 woman she had a simliar schuldule to your grandma even w the modern convience later in he life like wabi g machines dryers and dishwashers she still a routine to do her house work throug out the week and run errands grocery shop plus she did the books and help manage my great granDpa plumbing busy and she also had garden she tends too she was a very busy woman at home and at church she always full of wisdom and patiences being married know and having a family of my own I so wish she was here to talk to i pray I’m half the woman she was

  8. says

    Courtney,

    I am one of your subscribers, but I have not been able to download the Proverbs 31 e-book. I did try to e-mail you for the direct link, but it bounced back. I double checked the address and tried again, but it bounced back again.

  9. says

    Courtney;

    Thank the Lord for grandmamas! At the age of 40 I’m so fortunate to have known both of mine – two great examples of Proverbs 31 women. My paternal grandmother is 94 and a retired kindergarten teacher who cared for her family, sewed and knitted and baked for all. My maternal grandmother is 87 and recently “retired” from her religious supply business, which she ran for over 30 years while also participating in many, many community and charity organizations. I am so blessed to have known them both! Thanks for a great post.

  10. says

    I love this post of yours. The legacy of your faith and the stewardship of the family and home by the women in your line is inspiring…maybe I’ll start that for my family’s heritage!

  11. hannah carter says

    Hi, what a great blog! I loved it, short and to the point, i followed up by reading some of the book also, what an amazing blessing! Thanks so much! xxxx

  12. says

    Hi Courtney! This made me think of my grandmother. She passed away in the mid 80’s when I was young, but I was about 10 years old. Even when I knew her, she spent time baking, cooking, and canning in her kitchen. I loved her pancakes and bacon and made-from-scratch iced sugar cookies! She was still teaching Sunday School at church and would make these sugar cookies for the kids there. She had a whole collection of cookie cutters that we loved to use to cut out different shapes. My grandma still took time out for me and would hold me on her lap while she read The Little House on the Prairie books to me. She was always giving herself by serving others. Thanks for jogging my memory!

  13. Amanda Cross says

    Courtney, I love that picture that you shared and the daily schedule of your grandmother. I am thankful for modern day conveniences and convicted of how often I have ignored my housework. I love that she made double food on Saturdays and prepared for Sunday. How often we ignore God by not resting on Sunday. I don’t think it should be legalistic, but we should model the right example to the world and to our family. I have felt bad at times in the past of going out to eat on Sunday while someone had to work and serve me instead of having time off for rest. We rarely eat out because of finances and food tastes better from home. I’m not saying it’s wrong to eat out on Sunday. What fun it would be to take some food to the park or eat with another family in the home instead of going to a restaurant!

  14. says

    Hi Courtney! I just want to say a huge thank you for what you’re doing here with this study on the Proverbs 31 Woman. I shared with my husband last night the clip of you and your husband speaking on the RR show, and your family has truly offered us very timely inspiration. We’re a young married couple with a 19-month-old daughter and hopes for another one on the way, and it can be a challenging stage of life at times. My husband and I realized after hearing you speak that most of our fights ARE over power struggles between us both wanting to control things that aren’t outlined by God as our areas of concern in the home! We are anxious and excited to see God’s hand of blessing upon our family this summer as we both embark to embrace a home that is led by a man and woman of Godly character. :) On this note, my husband is looking for a study of his own to build him up as the spiritual leader of our family, and we were wondering if you have any suggestions. I’ll be passing along to him the passages you mentioned from 1 Timothy, but if you or your husband can recommend any specific book studies or guides that would be helpful then we’d love to hear about them!

    Also, this post was wonderful and reminded me so very much of my grandmother. She was definitely a picture of the Proverbs 31 woman in so many ways, but she was unfortunately forced to take on much of the leadership role that my grandfather left behind as he struggled with drinking and unfaithfulness–the exact things that Hannah warns her son about in this morning’s reading. When I think of a woman who lived with strength, character and virtue, my dear Grammy is certainly my role model and inspiration. :)

    Have a great day!
    Kim

  15. Cathy says

    It was so refreshing to read such a beautiful and inspiring story this morning – this is my goal to become a Proverbs 31 woman – currently single and a very difficult and traveled road to find the peace I live in today – IF God’s plan is for me to remarry, I will be a Proverbs 31 wife/50’s wife (which i’ve said so many times – lol) and if I remain single, then I will be that Proverbs 31 woman. If I remarry, I pray that this choice I make this time around, is the man that is worthy of a Proverbs 31 wife – you women inspire me!

  16. says

    Love your website. It is funny and so cool that you did this entry. I’m a pilots wife and I have recently been asked how can a pilots wife can be a P31 wife. Because we live such a different life of take off and landings. So I took that on as a mission from God to pursue. It has been challenging and rewarding at the same time. Enjoy your website and writing.

  17. says

    I agree with you Courtney- I do feel blessed by the conveniences of a washer/dryer (no ironing- usually!), dishwasher, etc. that we have today. But I’d give it all up if it meant life would become more simple again! So many of what are our “conveniences” are can easily become our distractions! (facebook anyone? haha)
    Our time in a day can get filled so quickly by meaningless things if we allow it to! My desire (and in perfect timing for this study!) is to not give in to those distractions and put my extra time into growing in the Word….wished it came easily every single day, but the little time I do turn away and run to Him- the more fulfilled I become!
    Thanks so much for your ministry :) Oh- and my best example of a Proverbs 31 wife would have to have been my Momma (although single most of my childhood- she always kept Jesus at the center). My grandma was the awesome house wife (raised 6 kids as a widow) but without the Lord- so I use both as my examples! haha
    Blessings!
    Colleen

  18. says

    I have always struggled with keeping to a schedule. I’ve made a homemakers binder with 4 different schedules set up already this year, and I never seem to be able to be “caught up” enough around the house to keep it going consistently. One of the disciplines I hope to carve out through doing this study every day is at least a scheduled start to my day each morning :) My boys are eating breakfast and playing with their trucks, so I have a little time to get it all together! Thanks for working so hard on this and offering it to the rest of us. I know it will be a blessing!

    • says

      I can totally relate! I have two boys, ages 1 1/2 & 3, and it is definitely a challenge! I prefer the term “routine” to “schedule,” but whatever we call it, I’m slowly getting one in place. I think the start is key, and I’ve been getting up before my little guys the past couple mornings, and that’s made a big difference! Just wanted you to know you’re not alone!

  19. Christine says

    My Grandmother was a Pastor’s wife and people from the community were always dropping by…no phone calls first or anything, just dropping by. I remember that she always had enough dinner for anyone and everyone that happened to show up and I have no idea how she accomplished this! She never seemed stressed, I never heard her once say, “I really don’t have enough dinner for these people!” There was just always enough. I don’t think it would go so well for me in that situation. I like to know when people are coming and how many and then I make my “menu”. I would love to be like her but how she did it escapes me! She really was the definition of grace!

  20. Tara McCoy says

    I have a great example of a Proverbs 31 woman ~ my mother in law. Sleeping in, to her was 6 am. She was always so neat and tidy. She was a salt of the earth kind of lady. She didn’t sew, but she made sure her kids and later her grandkids didn’t have need clothes and shoes or coats that fit them well. She was a marvelous cook. She rarely sat down to just sit. She was always doing things for others. Her house always looked tidy, always clean, she took care of her grandbabies, she supported her husband no matter what. When she passed away, all her children praised her. She was a blessed woman.

  21. says

    Beautiful. What a legacy she was (is) for you, and thank you for sharing. It’s easy to get caught up in today’s times and lose focus of who we are called to be.

  22. Mary says

    My grandmother also did all the things you listed as well as give what little she could to the homeless. During the depression her family was struggling to get by, as most everyone was. Sometimes, homeless men would come to the side-door of her kitchen and ask her if she had any food to spare. Eventhough she didn’t have much, she always found a little something to give them. It makes me tear up to think about it. I love and respect my grandmother very much and miss her terribly. What a great role model she was!

  23. Linda B says

    One thing that is appealing to me about the 1950s homemaker is that she knew what to do when. She did not have to constantly make as many decisions as I feel we have to now. Yes, the freedom to make those choices and decisions is good, but it brings its own stress. With a schedule like that, and prescribed ways of dressing, there were fewer choices. What hit me about that schedule is how much she was able to stay home! My child-rearing has involved an awful lot of driving kids around to places.

    My mother had a wringer washer into the early 1970s, so I am privileged to have used one first-hand. It did have a tub that agitated the clothes, though. But, yes, I knew how to put them through the wringer, then fill the tub for rinsing, run it again, and then wring it again. Then we hung everything outside, a habit I follow when I am able today. We did get a clothes dryer to help when my younger brother was in diapers (cloth, of course) and it was hard to get them dry in the winter. We did always hang clothing in the basement, too, in the winter. We raised our own 4 children in the 1990s all in cloth diapers.

    I guess maybe I’d be considered an “older woman” now that I’ve hit 50?, but I sure don’t have all the homemaking answers. I also have to say that I find the younger women/mothers today that I know don’t seem to want mentoring or help from older women. I feel that they look at me (even though I’ve raised 4 children, and the youngest has just hit 18) as though I raised my kids in the Dark Ages, and I don’t have anything to offer. They look to each other, instead.

    I’d really like to know how to get women who want to be mentored, and those who might mentor (in what I’m sure could be a mutually-beneficial relationship) together.

    • says

      Linda B, there are so many young women that DO want to be mentored, I’ve seen some post on this website already. Perhaps start up a Titus Bible study for women in your church, the young ones needing help will show up. Please don’t paint all young women with the same brush!

  24. Lynette Collins says

    My grandmother was also a Proverbs 31 woman. She became a widow at the age of 46 with 6 children, ages 3 to 17. She never remarried or even dated. My grandmother raised her children on her own without any outside help. She took in other peoples laundry, ironing and sewing, babysat, canned jelly from her own grape vines and made rugs and blankets to sell to provide for her family. She made extra rugs and blankets to give as donations for those in need and to auction off for charity events. She always had time to be a help to her neighbors. She once entered a burning house next door to her to try and save a friend. She passed away 11 years ago from a stroke but remained in her home until that time. She was a stong woman who loved and feared the Lord. I am so thankful to have known her and have her as an example.

  25. says

    I did not grow up with this example, either. My home was not a Christian home and my mom very definitely wore the pants in the family. My husband grew up in a very traditional home. I was saved right before we married and God has been working on my heart with His plan for marriage for a long time. I am blessed to be able to stay home, but I feel I have such a long way to go to be a Proverbs 31 woman. You challenge me Courtney! Thanks for your blog and your book and the study!
    Have a blessed day! (I better get off the computer and get to work, huh?)

  26. Kelly C says

    Wow, that was beautiful..
    My grandmother had 6 children of her own and 15 foster kids over the years, I believe that was her calling. Thinking back, I have worked with kids since I am 19yrs old. I was a nanny with several families over 11 years before I got married, had a stepdaughter in which my husband has full custody over and two children of our own.. I have always been surrounded by children,.. So now at 42 yrs old I get to look back and see that connection with my grandmother.. My mother in law calls me ” A mothers Mother” never knew how to take that….

  27. says

    I had two amazing role models, my mother and my grandmother.

    My grandmother really was a housewife in the 1950’s. She took care of her family and left them a godly legacy. Even with all that she had to do raising 3 kids and running a home she still made time to be a child educator and the first woman deacon at her church!

    My mother followed in her mother’s footsteps with daily prayer and devotional time. Feeding her children nutritious food and being an example of Christ daily. Not to mention that my mother has always been the bread winner in our family.

    These women have shown me how to be a Proverbs 31 woman, and I am so blessed by them.

  28. Heather says

    Thank you so much for sharing about your grandma, Courtney! I had a wonderful mother and grandmothers, but I think my passion for my own home was really sparked after I was married, and far away from family and friends…we had a sweet family “adopt” us, and I would watch my “mama” work in the kitchen, in her home, and how she was around her husband and children…her passion and adoration for her home was so contagious, and per my request, she was always sharing nuggest of truth with me, on how to love your husband, how to make and KEEP your home your own, even with grown children, and how it is a reflection of your heart. My favorite tip from her, was that nomatter where you go, as a mother, *you* are the one that makes the home…your children will always feel secure as long as mommy puts her special touches on a house, apartment, hotel room, campsite, etc. She said she used to always bring candles on trips, and that was her way of making her sweet children feel at home, and safe. I just LOVED that! She is my proverbs 31 mentor, but up close, and from afar ♥

  29. Sheila says

    Wow, how beautiful! I’m in the “learned from the internet” club as well. – but God! He is awesome. He never leaves you, never forsakes you. I am so thankful for blogs like yours Courtney. I was a full time working mother. God delivered me from that 7 years ago. I like being a full time wife and mother much better. I have joy like I never knew I could have. We downsized alot but it’s okay. I like that schedule too. I’m going to tweek it to fit my weekly chores. lol

  30. says

    My mother, both of my grandmothers, many of my aunts, my sisters-in-law are all women I emulate in this. Mostly my mother though because she is the one under whose tutelage I learned how to be a wife and mother and homemaker. Most of what I do as a homemaker I do because it’s how my mother did it–scheduling, finding ways to scrimp and save, keeping house, raising kids, being a wife. She was, and still is, a wonderful example to me.

  31. Renee says

    Thank you so much Courtney for sharing this with all of us. I pray that this will inspire and encourage all of us more modern day women to look at our daily routines and things that we do to take care of our families in a different light. I think for some this should really be an eye opener. Finding that Joy in everything we do! Thank you so very much.

  32. says

    Thank you so much for sharing. How lucky you are to have that godly example in your grandmother and mother. I do not have that in my family but I am ever thankful for older, wiser women in my church family who emulate the P31 woman. May we all find someone walking a few years farther down the path to join hands with and find a younger sister in the Lord to encourage. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  33. says

    That’s so cool that you got to be on Rachael Ray! Did she cut anything you said about Proverbs 31 or your faith in general? Just wondering. I’m really enjoying this study and my accountability group so far. Thanks for doing this study and giving me this opportunity to connect with friends near and far!

    As a former English teacher, I just have to let you know that it should be 1950s, not 1950’s. (You’d only use a comma if you were wanting to abbreviate and talk about the ’50s.)

    Thanks again!

  34. says

    My Pastor’s wife is the person I look at. I know most people do, and she’s probably under so much strain under the public eye of the congregation. I hope that we lift her up in a good way. She is a Godly woman, who serves both her family, and her congregation. She’s a person I look to be more like.

  35. says

    Courtney,
    I had to stare at your picture for a very long time! Your grandmother and my grandma could be twins! I seriously was starting to question whether we have the same grandmother, but mine only had one child – my dad!
    Love this post – how great to honor your grandmother!

  36. Bea says

    Grandma was one lucky lady. Mom’s nowadays do all that and work outside the home 40+ hours. Wished we could all get back to that life; does the family (and mom) good.

    • Kayleen says

      I agree Bea! I am so blessed to be a stay at home mom. I never understood how you can “Train your child up in the way they should go” if you’re working a full time job, and sending them to school to be taught by others (who may not be teaching what you want them to be!) I am blesses to say that I can stay home with my daughter, and will eventually home school her and teach her everything she needs to know – about the Lord and school work! :) I’m one blessed momma!

  37. Kayleen says

    This really encourages me, I am newly married. My husband and I united in November of 2010. I have always tried my best at being the Proverbs 31 wife for him, but it nearly seems impossibly sometimes with a new baby and just keeping up on general stuff. Sometimes, I wonder how women in the 50’s did it! Our favorite show is “Leave it to Beaver” and Ward and June actually remind us a lot of – us! :) As I watch June though I am just baffled at how she wakes in the morning looking refreshed, the house always clean and a full dinner – and dessert – on the table. Oh yes, even eating at the table seems odd some nights at our house! I understand that it is just a tv show, but I know that’s how things were back then too. Haha. I do my best to keep up with all that I can, and I look foward to this study of how to become more like the Proverbs 31 women whom I strive to be like.

  38. Sherylann says

    Reading your post and several of the replies made me think of the legacy that my grandmother and stepgrandmother left their family. They both worked hard in and out of the home. They both loved their husbands and their children. However, only one of them loved Jesus. What a difference that one thing makes.

  39. says

    What lovely praise of your grandmother! I love how you make the distinction between women of the past and the Proverbs 31 women. It seems to me that a lot of Christian bloggers think that they are one in the same, and that’s so NOT true. There was ugliness and sin in those times too! People seem to really want to romanticize the past and act like everything was just perfect back then, but it’s far from the truth. People were the same although social norms were a lot different! However, I would take the clothes from the 50’s as long as I could keep the washing machine, sweeper and KitchenAid! :)

  40. says

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  41. says

    Yes, my friend Gael. Althuogh we’re the same age, she has taught me much over the nearly 40 yrs we’ve been friends: to parent, to be a godly wife, to deal with the grief of losing a child (hers was 5, mine was 21), to cook and clean, and to love God with all your heart and soul. My mom was a 50s mom and I learned a lot from her, too, but Gael is the woman who mentored me in the ways of the Prov. 32 woman. I owe her a lot.

  42. Nyarai says

    Hi there.

    I was raised by a 1950’s woman, my grandma, after my parents passed away. We had to be in church every Sunday and dressed well (n0 tight pants|). She has since passed on but every Sunday I dnt go to church i still feel giulty. She was a great role model.

  43. Vivica says

    Great read! I struggled to find good examples of what a mother or even a Godly mother at that should like, in their actions, words, demeanor, etc. My own mother sadly was a drug addict and eventually died from this. I have very few good memories of my mother but what I do I hold on to with all my strength. I thank God for my husbands Grandmother who raised him. She was an amazing example of a mother, a friend, a grandmother. If it wasn’t for jealous family members we probably would have been closer. On her death bed her son my father in law claimed she didn’t know who we were after we had spent nearly 2 hours with her and she said she knew all of us by our names. Sadly, instead of allowing her son to look like he was in the wrong she went along with him and started acting like she didn’t remember us, heartbreaking. Those were my last moments with her but I won’t let that ruin all the many great memories she and I shared.

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