My Mother Culture {Chair} & a Giveaway

Miss Mason says, “if mothers could learn to do for themselves, what they do for their children . . .
we would have happier households. She recommends that mothers go out to play “. . .
take a day, or a half a day, out in the fields, or with a favorite book, or in a picture gallery …”
A little recreation could mean nothing more than sitting at a favorite window with a cup of tea, cloud-watching. Then a mother is not too hectic or exhausted to enjoy her husband’s company. 

-Karen Andreola



“Honey, if I had prayed for something and it showed up without too much trouble, would you be okay with it?” I asked my husband one morning this week, while I stood in front of the cookstove. I scrambled up the 12 eggs and slid the hot cast iron frying pan over the stovetop. Pouring the eggs into the sizzling pan, I waited to see what he would say.


If any of you have read Created to be a Help Meet, you can understand when I say I am married to a Mr. Steady. He is my faithful, loving, quiet, unexcitable husband. He doesn’t take risks, he never rushes, he shuns stress and he would rather sit and stare at a fire at night instead of socializing at the latest church gathering.

My confused husband, but not surprised, placed his coffee mug down on the island in our kitchen and looked at me.

Now what did you find,” he asked, only slightly amused, perhaps more concerned about what I was about to ask of him. [I have had him go on many trips to find certain “treasures” … iceboxes, rocking chairs, cookstoves, goats … he’s a good husband … I must admit.]

“Well, I prayed to God a silly prayer … if I could find a pink chair for the living room and have it delivered to your work and purchase it at a low price, then I’d accept it as a gift from God,” I declared, while stirring the eggs with my wooden spoon.

My husband of 16 years just sipped his coffee loudly and kept a straight face.


“Um, well, I found one. A pink wing back chair. Just like your blue one. And they said they would bring it to your work so you could bring it home. And it’s only $20!” I emphasized this last part, as I felt it was rather important. I know I should not be spending large sums of money on a [pink] chair.

Smiling, I added, “We can have matching chairs by the fire!”

Later that night, after working a long shift into the dark hours of the night, my husband graciously carried in my new-to-me pink wingback chair.

When I saw it, I squealed with delight. It’s perfect … just right for the parlour (as I like to call our “living room”) and fits just snuggly into a little reading corner. It matches his blue Daddy Man-of-the-House chair, but it only slightly smaller in size.

The chair, as simple as it may sound, is a beautiful blessing. I am so grateful for the last owners who volunteered to drive it into town to deliver it to my husband. And I am grateful for my husband bringing it home and paying for it. And I am thankful to God for allowing it to be so affordable!


I’m calling it my Mother Culture chair.

Indeed, it will be where I may sit for my afternoon tea and reading or quiet time, crocheting, thinking, sitting still or writing. Right now, for example, I’m sitting in my lovely new pink velvet chair  … listening to the timeless ticking of my husband’s antique mantle clock (the one with no hands on it, because little fingers keep opening up the glass face and removing them), the soft  glow of a candle lit on the table beside me, a warm cozy fire in the woodstove and a fresh pot of rosehip tea awaits … there is a book for reading and a few minutes to enjoy such bliss. It makes a for a peaceful setting.

From my new view, I see the parlour in a different light, as well. Yes, I see windows that need cleaning (I will get to that as soon as it is not freezing outside) , but I also see the snowy fields outside from a southern direction and the possibility of a wooden bird feeder hanging by the nearest window (a new view I have not taken time to notice in the past). From my little pink velvet chair, I would be able to watch the birds flutter to the bird feeder in the winter time. Perhaps it would be high enough that our cats would not be attracted, as well.


{I am also grateful for my sister’s gift of this new thrift-find teapot!
It is fun to have a variety. Thank you, Angela!}

Does it seem silly? Well, I am grateful for this little cozy respite, a spot to rest my tired feet after a long day … a tiny corner where I can gather my thoughts and energy for the last run of the day as the supper hour quickly approaches …


Now, in honor of my Mother Culture chair, I would like to offer up a lovely little giveaway. While I cannot send you a blessed velvet pink chair for you to rest in, I can send you a wonderful book that will refresh your soul.

I was pleased to read through this fantastic, old fashioned book, Introduction to Home Economics.  I have been a long time reader of Mrs. White’s old-fashioned-blog and was delighted to read through one of her newest books.

Mrs. White, the authoress and blog writer, has kindly offered to donate one of her books to one reader. In her darling book, you will find down to earth encouragement on homemaking, old fashioned advice on parenting and tidbits on finding beauty in your every day chores. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through this book, Introduction to Home Economics, and I know you will, as well.

If your heart is in your home – or if you are longing to be content in your surroundings of life– this delightful book will encourage you. Each entry in her book is just short enough to sip some tea and sit and read through the words in one sitting.

Please, just enter a comment in the comment form below and I will announce the winner on an upcoming blog post.




February 7, 2019 - 6:55 am

Gigi Lori-Anne, please email me at to receive your book. 🙂

November 28, 2018 - 7:35 am

Heather I always love reading your posts! So refreshing and encouraging! Would also love to win this book!
Happy Holidays to your sweet family

November 27, 2018 - 3:07 am

Rebecca What a fun giveaway and chair! I laughed out loud at the description of telling your husband about your new find—you sound a lot like me and my poor husband, haha! And I love your new Mother Culture corner!

November 26, 2018 - 1:49 pm

Angie I absolutely adored this post. It’s so nice to get things we’re hoping for! I found your hot via Mrs Whites blog. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

November 26, 2018 - 1:41 pm

Donna Smith Delight yourself in the Lord , and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalms 37:4 ESV

What a wonderful Father we have!

November 26, 2018 - 12:33 pm

Shirley So lovely…. your home is just so cozy and sweet.

The pink chair is an amazing find for twenty dollars.

I like your husband…..he reminds me of my dear one, always calm, steady and kind and….as he says… waiting to see me smile.

Have a blessed day. Thank you for sharing another post full of goodness and peace


November 25, 2018 - 8:56 pm

Lauren What a snug spot for reading! I, too, recently acquired a new-to-me velvet wing chair but in a rosy red rather than pink. Thank you for offering this giveaway.

November 25, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Lori-Anne I found you today after being directed from Mrs. White to your blog. I look forward to reading your posts and would enjoy the opportunity to receive the book give away. Blessings!

November 25, 2018 - 9:56 am

Alice I enjoy your blog so much ! You inspire me often to try the things you share. Just this past week I made the homemade BBQ sauce and we love it ! Since noticing Mrs. Sharon Whites book on your tray when you were writing about Madeline cookies, I order two of her books. I have been enjoying them so much ! I would love to win this book as well.
Your blog is a blessing to me !

November 24, 2018 - 1:16 pm

Lisa I just found your blog. I’m a long time fan of Mrs Whites but haven’t seen her newest book. I’m sure it’s a gem as the others are. Beautiful chair and good thoughts on a quiet place of respite. Blessings.

November 24, 2018 - 9:42 am

Candis I just discovered your blog through Mrs. White, and I am looking forward to reading more.
I would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.
Blessings ~

November 24, 2018 - 12:52 am

Jo What a lovely chair!
And you have a lovely blog, as well. : )

November 23, 2018 - 9:30 pm

Kay I have never been to your site until tonight and I am just delighted to find you! So in hopes that I can win this book…tried to on her site but now there’s still hope(smiles) Either way, at least I have found your beautiful & interesting blog. God Bless you & yours,
Kay W.

November 23, 2018 - 9:17 pm

Marianne Gum God is so good! Your chair is such a sweet blessing and I know you will enjoy it so much through the years.

November 23, 2018 - 8:27 pm

Tina Your reading corner is very lovely and inviting. I would love to win the book.

November 23, 2018 - 7:25 pm

Ashley P. Your chair looks so inviting. Thank you for the giveaway!

November 23, 2018 - 5:51 pm

Christal zerr I to win a copy of Mrs.
Where’s new book!

November 23, 2018 - 3:41 pm

Patsy Hello! I would love to win the book, please! 🙂 Thank you!!
Happy Holidays to you and your family.

November 23, 2018 - 3:24 pm

Stacey I’m resting after a busy Thanksgiving and was glad to find your blog. It’s beautiful, as is your family. The harp players are impressive!

Please add me to the contest for Mrs. White’s book. We would make great use of it in our home.

November 23, 2018 - 1:24 pm

Debby in Kansas, USA I am so happy you got your lovely chair! And it’s in such great shape! I predict it will be your favorite spot all winter. Enjoy!

November 23, 2018 - 12:26 pm

Regina Your chair is so lovely and so is your teapot. Aren’t thrift finds wonderful? I got a sweet Christmas tea set at a yard sale last week a couple from our church was having. Since they were moving and wanted to get rid of as much stuff as possible, they gave it to me for free! I was so blessed!
I really enjoyed Created to Be His Helpmeet and I think my husband is a cross between Mr. Steady and Mr.Visionary. Anyway, how sweet of you to offer Mrs. White homemaking book as a giveaway. Mrs. White is such a treasure.

November 23, 2018 - 11:50 am

Paula I have been adding in the color pink to my house. Your new chair is lovely especially the price. Happy holiday season…in your pink chair of course.

November 23, 2018 - 11:15 am

Joan Crowell I am new to your lovely blog. What a wonderful writer you are! I very much enjoy Mrs. White’s writing, too. I would be delighted to be entered in this giveaway drawing. Thank you!

November 23, 2018 - 6:44 am

Gigi Jan, thank you. That is so sweet of you.

November 22, 2018 - 2:24 pm

Priscilla I adore that chair! So old fashioned! At ikea they have ones like it… we were admiring the royal green ones… and how it wouldn’t fit in our decor but it was nice to look at anyway! 😀 bless you and yours!!

November 22, 2018 - 10:04 am

Christina That is a lovely chair. I have a blue one in my bedroom that I love so I know you’ll love yours! Pictures are lovely too. Karen Andreolas has shaped my thoughts so much over the years. She’s a great author. I’m sure Mrs. Whites book is wonderful too.

November 22, 2018 - 9:37 am

Jan Bonsink I absolutely love reading your blog … your devotion to God and your family are truly inspiring. Your lifestyle is a testament to simpler times and all that is important in today’s hectic world. I would love a copy of Introduction to Home Economics.

November 22, 2018 - 9:31 am

Our Home of Many Blessings I have every Mrs.White book except this one and read her blog along with yours constantly!The transformed wife and greater joy are the only other sites I read.I read the Pearl’s material again and again, and have quite the collection. Mrs. Whites books are lovely little reads and was so excited when she announced her latest.So I do not have this one yet and thank you for having a giveaway on a sweet little homemaking book!!Your chair is so lovely!Have a good day!

November 22, 2018 - 6:01 am

Gigi Thank you, Julie. Sometimes it is very challenging to be counter-cultural, so thank *you* for the encouragement. Yes, I am self taught with the photography. (It’s a love of mine, I turned it into a business when I was a young mom and then slowed down and stepped back after our 5th child was born. It was time to get my priorities straight.)

November 22, 2018 - 4:11 am

Julie The new chair is lovely! I am inspired by the positive and traditional way you honor your husband and are raising your children. It’s a rare thing now days. I look forward to you sharing new recipes and ideas for simplifying life. Its nice to hear an encouraging word from a fellow homemaker who home schools and loves the old ways. Thank you! Julie from Tennessee P.S. Your photography is amazing! Are you self taught?

November 22, 2018 - 1:43 am

Beth B Your chair is lovely! I love have cozy and refreshing your spot is. Thanks for the encouraging pictures.

November 21, 2018 - 11:04 pm

Monica Gillian, of COURSE you need a pink chair! So excited for you. No doubt you will spend many moments of peace and “mother culturing” in this chair. It’s perfect! Thanks for sharing with us—so fun to read about your find!

November 21, 2018 - 9:29 pm

Kristal What a fun giveaway! Can I just say your chair is just gorgeous. Mother culture is so important for us Mamas. Thank you for sharing.

November 21, 2018 - 9:27 pm

Gigi P.S. A pretty teapot would be so nice for you, I am sure! Check your local thrift stores. Sometimes you will find one, as my sister did!

November 21, 2018 - 9:27 pm

Gigi Crystal, thank you. With 10 people living here, not to mention all our animals (!), there are MANY non-peaceful moments. I’m learning and learning and re-learning how to find peace in the noise and find quiet in the bustle of the every day life of running a family…

November 21, 2018 - 9:06 pm

Kristi I enjoy reading your blog – it is a great example of traditional beauty in a modern world.

November 21, 2018 - 8:58 pm

Annedore Alley I check quickly every day to see if you have posted. I truly enjoy reading about your life and reading about your endeavors. The glimpses into your home is comforting and soothing when things around here become overwhelming and chaotic, Thank you!

November 21, 2018 - 8:21 pm

Crystal I so look forward to reading your posts! Your new chair is so lovely! Your life seems so peaceful. I enjoy looking at your pictures. I think I’m going to try to find a pretty teapot soon.

November 21, 2018 - 8:17 pm

Teresa What a lovely chair and for a great price. Thank you for the wonderful book give away, it is so kind of you.. Please enter me!
Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2018 - 7:27 pm

Nicole Your chair is lovely. I would love to receive that book. Blessings.