Hello out there! Is my audience still around from my forgotten Hope Chest series? I surely hope so! As well as I hope you'll come out from hiding and join in again! Today is the sharing of my current cookbook collection, but you see, it has been months since my first addition and I will tell you why...
With great happiness I photographed my chest for my first post and then called Bek up to take these pictures for me you see here (or at least the ones of me in them.) Yes, this post has basically been saved in drafts since! (Now you understand the extra blankets on our beds and my Spring like attire!) Why? Well I'm getting to that...
I received a comment in my first Hope Chest posting by a follower, that was though well founded left me slightly downcast. Each time I went to put the second posting up, the words of the question packed comment hung over my head. I knew I needed to sort them out in the next issue, but I kept them at arms length; so the post sat.
Shall I begin? Here is the comment:
Hi! Reading this - and some other blogs who have also shared their hope chests - gives me quite a lot of questions ... I was wondering if it might be some inspiration for your next Why I post, Bekah?
I have the feeling that hope chests all point towards marriage - children - a husband, right? You then obviously believe you will get married? What if God has some other plan for you - don't you think that creating a hope chest focuses too much on what-might-happen (because not everyone does get married, even if they want to!) even if you don't know whether marrying is God's plan for you? I just don't 'get' the whole hope-chest idea, to be honest! It's like everything in your life is centred [centered] about finding 'him' and starting a family(?)
I'm seriously not saying y'all are doing it wrong or something - I'm just curious!
~ Miss Molly Gibson
Especially after pouring out my own misgivings about this old tradition in said first post, I decided to just let things lay low. But now I've taken the next step forward, leaving my debacle behind to sort this out! :)
Firstly yes, these would have been a good Why I post indeed, but since Rebekah has mainly been head author of that ongoing series, and has not even started a hope chest as of now, I'll be dealing with them myself and right here. :)
Okay, first question (I have the feeling that hope chests all point towards marriage - children - a husband, right?), while this is indeed a mainly true fact, I don't believe it has to do with it entirely. While getting married one day is a large dream of mine (and starting a family) I strive to be content in all my situations. That does not mean I'm one to always succeed, but rather add merit for trying edges me on to the Father's will for my life. If God does indeed have another thought in mind for me, then so be it! But quite honestly what is to stop me from dreaming a little? The Bible clearly states that when we delight our selves in Him (His ways) He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37v4). Without getting into all the technicalities of His will vs our ways and them lining up, lets take it black and white this time and move on.
Don't I think that creating a hope chest focuses too much on what-might-happen.... This is precisely what I'd spoken of in my first post. When I'd first gotten my hope chest, I adored it, but it sat with skeins of yarn and old childhood things in it rather than beginning to get filled with useful items for the future. While yes it may, just like one may stow away for college one day, so I stow away things that I hope to one day put to use in my own future. No matter if we're talking hope chests or college funds, anything could change in a blink of an eye. :)
I'm an old fashioned kind of girl, the ways of the past intrigue me so I take them to heart and some of the ones that have not since proven ill, I use them in my day to day life. So well hope chest-ing may not be for everyone, I enjoy being able to not pass up a deal on a this or that home item that I love, just because. :)
While from the outside I see why one would think that things are focused too much around finding "the him" and having babies, really this is just a sidewalk to the rest of we girls lives who keep a few things stowed away. We simply love when someone gifts us something old, new, borrowed, or blue, ;) but I've not come across a metal hope chest keeper yet! Haha! ;)
I hope that if you come across this posting Molly that you will understand what I've stated and take to heart my words. I can honestly say that I've thought the same things you do at one point, but I decided I could handle the "frivolous" to embrace a tradition and ambition I hold dear. :)
Phew! With that behind me, do let me gab a bit about my humble cookbooks! :)
Mostly you see your good old traditional keepings, like Better Homes and Gardens, Betty Crocker, the Moosewood Cookbook, and this Dutch family's fave- Et Smakelijk. (All shown below.) While these copies were all specially found and given to me over the last couple years by Mom, I've also grabbed a few such cook book like things and through them in today. The Betty Crocker's Good and Easy mini and Woman's everyday (shown above) and the other small hand books are just things I've found here and there in a bundle of this and a box of that. But oh yes! Mom's also been sure to have me include a Bake it Easy Yeast Book which has proven quite handy in learning the art of baking.
Hopefully as these heavier books are kept away for most of the time now, in the mean time I hope to further my skill at cooking. I'm not horrendous at the task, I just don't enjoy it a whole lot. (Though I truly am beginning to.) Baking is much more my forte in this line of housekeeping. And even that is not my first love. So while Molly may be worried about me being too distressed about not finding a husband yet, I'm just thinking that if "to a man's heart is through his stomach" is true, perhaps I should reconsider the whole thing! Haha! :P
What do you think about keeping a Hope Chest?
Do you have anything to add or say about my answers?
Do we have any of the same cook books in our collections?
Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
the elder sister and writer