Honeydew Melon with Mint

Guest post by Imperfect Homemaker contributor Andrea.


Honeydew Melon with Mint


I don’t really like the summer.  I’m not all about tans, sunscreen, beaches, or anything hot.  I am definitely more of a winter girl.  I love the snow…except in New York City.  But that’s a different story.  I don’t enjoy going to the beach, or sitting in the hot sun.  But one of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh fruit and vegetables that are easily obtained.  I especially enjoy honeydew melon.  Last year a friend introduced me to honeydew on a whole new level – add some fresh mint!

Honeydew with Mint


I have some windowsill herbs that constitute the entirety of my urban garden.  Peppermint is one of the plants that I haven’t killed off yet, so I just snipped off a few springs.  After chunking up my honeydew, I added the chopped mint.  It adds a whole new dimension to the juicy melon that makes it even more of a treat!  You can add a peppermint garnish, too.  If you want to dress it up even more, add some chopped cucumber for a flavorful salad.  If you don’t grow peppermint at home, you can probably find some at your local farmer’s market, along with other fresh herbs.

This is one thing about summer that I can love!


What I’ve Learned About Homemaking From the Older Generation

What I've Learned About Homemaking From the Older Generation


Perhaps when you saw the title of this post you envisioned all the domestic skills of days gone by.  You imagined an older lady teaching me how to can food from the garden, wash clothes by hand, or knit blankets.

But that’s not where I’m going with this at all.

I’ve been watching the older ladies I know, and I’ve learned a lot about homemaking from them without their ever saying a word to me.

When I go to church, here’s what I see:

I see ladies whose bodies are old and worn out.  When they walk up the steps to the choir loft or go downstairs to teach their Sunday School classes I see them hobbling along and hear the occasional “Mmph” that involuntarily escapes their lips as they wince in pain.

Their tired eyes betray the sleepless night they’ve spent as they tossed and turned in pain.

But still they serve, week after week, without a single word of complaint.

The excitement over the privilege of serving God overrides the weariness and pain that their worn-out bodies feel.

It’s not easy or convenient for them to serve the Lord in these ways, but they do it anyway.  They love the Lord and want to be faithful to serve him until they no longer have any breath in their body.

Then I try to imagine these ladies in their younger days, their lives full of children to love and housework to be done.  Would they be such examples of perseverance now if all along they had been the type to give up when things were hard?  Not a chance.  I have to imagine these ladies as young wives and mothers working their fingers to the bone, powering through even the most exhausting days (and nights) because they wanted to be faithful to fulfill God’s calling in their lives.  I want to be like that!  I don’t want to be a lousy homemaker because I’m tired or sick or because of some other excuse.

Ladies, God has called you to be a homemaker.  Will you follow the example of the older generation and work diligently to build your home?  Will you persevere through the most difficult days?  Will you do all this with a smile on your face, counting it a privilege to serve your King in this noble task to which you have been assigned?

Or will your sunset years find you sitting in the church-pew, your weariness conquering your will to serve?  Will the younger generation of wives and mothers have to wonder whether you gave your all as you served your family? Will they assume that your home was not well cared for; that you must have thrown up your hands and said “It’s too hard!”

Fellow homemakers, let’s work.  Let’s labor diligently, not giving up when the going gets tough.  What a privilege to serve God in the place where he has called us.  Let’s do it faithfully, through pain and weariness, through good days and bad, not stopping until God brings us to the place of eternal rest.



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