It seems that the sourdough-baking, homeschooling, homemaking, and homestead lifestyle is increasingly growing in popularity on social media these days. I find this encouraging because, while none of these things are new, their resurgence seems to show that young women desire to share these God-given abilities with their families. This is not only a blessing to their spouses and children, but it is also an encouragement to the younger generations who are watching.

My daughter recently noted that these old-fashioned homemaking practices are not only a way for her to give back to her family, but they also offer a sense of peace and relaxation. And let’s not forget that such cooking practices are often way better for your health, for they lack the government-regulated preservatives required to keep so many of our food shelves stable in local stores!

The art of homemaking is a beautiful timeless act that defies societal expectations. Homemaking allows time to nurture and teach your children things that the outside world would see fit to do away with.

Yes, I understand that we’ll likely never go back to a time like the Walton’s or Little House on the Prairie. And I’m a bit bummed about that, because if you really stop and think about it, were those times so bad?

The pressure to excel in careers and maintain a picture-perfect lifestyle can lead us to overlook the sanctity of home. However, amidst the chaos, the home remains a sanctuary, a place where we can retreat to find peace, recharge our spirits, and connect with loved ones. It is within the walls of our homes that we cultivate our roots and leave a lasting legacy, a legacy of love and togetherness.

Homemaking also serves as a way of sustainable living, enabling us to be mindful of our consumption. It encourages us to embrace a simple life and be resourceful, upcycling old furniture and reducing food waste through meal planning and preservation. In essence, homemaking empowers us to live simply and be good stewards of our resources.

As we face the week ahead and its many challenges, I pray that we not forget the profound joy that awaits within the heart of the home. God bless you all!

Ashley Carter is a wife, mother, and grandmother living in Elmore County, where she and her husband run Farm to Table Living and Carter Farms. She is the author of "Unexplainable: Inspirational Stories of God's Love in the Most Unique Ways." Ashley serves as Controller and Executive Assistant at 1819 News. To connect with the author of this story or to comment, email

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