During this joyous, yet busy and sometimes even stressful period in my life, I have found comfort in reading one absolutely fantastic book: "In Praise of Slowness", by Carl Honore. Here's a short preview:
"... A former "speedaholic," an award-winning Canadian journalist advocates living a slower, more measured existence, in virtually every area, a philosophy he defines as "balance." Honore's personal wake-up call came when he began reading one-minute bedtime stories to his two-year-old son in order to save time. The absurdity of this practice dramatized how he, like most of the world, was caught up in a speed culture that probably began with the Industrial Revolution, was spurred by urbanization and increased dramatically with 20th-century advances in technology.
... The author explores, in convincing and skillful prose, a quiet revolution known as "the slow movement," which is attempting to integrate the advances of the information age into a lifestyle that is marked by an "inner slowness" that gives more depth to relationships with others and with oneself."
The book is written from a non-religious point of view, and doesn't talk much specifically about the role of women. However, in my eyes everything that has to do with investing time and effort into relationships, family, spending time together, good food, and special things made by hand, strongly relates to the importance of the woman as wife, mother and homemaker. Think of how much we are pressured to do it all and have it all. Think of the simple beauty that results when we are able to slow down and savor every moment.
I feel the importance of it especially strongly right now, when we are so overwhelmingly busy. Between looking for a place to live, making the perfect dress for me and finding the perfect suit for Y.T., making arrangements for the photographer, the DJ, the invitations and a million other things, it's very important to take enough time, still, to breathe deeply, enjoy the moment - and above all, praise the Lord.