Our Workers At Home Christmas Tree
My heart was full this morning as we headed out on a homeschool field trip to The Festival of Trees. It is a fundraiser for our local hospice organization. Sponsors buy and decorate the trees. Then the fully-decorated trees are sold, and all the proceeds are given to Friends of Caroline Hospice.
For the past 5 years or so, my church has sponsored a tree, while several of us have chosen the theme, and made ornaments with the children’s classes taught during our Woman’s Life Program.
Around two times per month, for the past 21 years, I’ve attended Woman’s Life. It is the place where I have gone to receive teaching, encouragement, and practical advice on being a biblical woman in the home. Now that my children are older, I choose to teach the children of the younger women, so they can be taught and encouraged while I care for their children. I still try to listen to the lessons on cd later, because biblical womanhood has no age limit, and it does me good to be reminded of the things I’m to teach the younger women.
Teaching the Younger Women
This year at Woman’s Life was special, because our curriculum was based on Titus 2:5. It states that the older women are to teach the younger women to:
…be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored. Titus 2:5 NASB
We chose to focus on the “workers at home,” part of the verse, and teach some valuable skills needed in the home. Along with teaching my own four daughters, I’d been praying for opportunities to connect with, and teach younger women.
I didn’t realize until several weeks into the class that those 4th-8th grade girls were “the younger women” I’d been praying for. What a blessing! They are so willing to learn. We’ve had a blast teaching them how to make laundry soap, chocolate candy, cake decorations, hand-sewn items, gift jars, pumpkin pie, and wreaths.
Decorating Our Workers at Home Christmas Tree
For most skills we learned, we made a coordinating ornament. Our tree was themed Workers at Home/Keepers of the Home. We put a gingerbread house on top to represent the home, and listed all the skills we learned on letter board signs underneath the tree (these two ideas came from my co-decorator).
Some viewers didn’t exactly understand our theme. That’s okay. We still won 3rd Place in the secondary school category, and rejoiced as 64 homeschoolers and parents came and viewed the trees.
If you have a story or positive comment about being a worker at home, I’d love to hear from you!
You can read my post, Becoming a Stay-At-Home Mom, the Hard Way here
You can read my post Worrying About My Adult Children here
Linked to: Our Unschooling Journey Through Life