What is a family?

Don’t ask me how I find time for this kind of reading this month…it has something to do with snatched moments in the bathroom…:) My appreciation of Edith Schaeffer is growing as I begin another book by her, “What is a Family?”. (This spring I read and shared favorite parts from “Hidden Art”) Here is a lovely paragraph from the second chapter…

“The balanced environment for a human being includes a home of some variety as a shelter from stormy blasts of weather or unbearable heat. But for the four walls of flapping canvas sides, or the jagged rock sides of a cliff home or balconied enclosures of a chalet to really become “home,” there needs to be a homemaker exercising some measure of skill, imaginination, creativity, desire to fulfill needs and give pleasure to others in the family. A home can’t come ready-made from any kind of comercial source, no matter how expensive or cheap. Something must be added to furniture and walls to turn a house into a home.”

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