Tuesday, May 12, 2009

About me - always changing

It's probably a bit uncommon to write an "about me" post when I've been blogging for two years already (where did the time go?!), but I thought it might still be a good idea - both to give an introduction and a welcome to new readers, and as a kind of re-evaluation for me.

When I began writing this blog, I was a daughter living at home and just discovering my passion for anything and everything domestic. I was a new reader of LAF, and reading their articles inspired me to start writing - more articles than could ever be published through their website. When I had a folder bursting with written materials, I started a blog to both release and organize all my thoughts and musings, and perhaps occassionally to write a more personal post and/or upload a few pictures. I've been an enthusiastic diary-writer all my life, so an online journal was a natural extension.

Before I knew it, this blog connected me to an inspiring, encouraging network of like-minded ladies - daughters, sisters, wives, mothers, grandmothers - and time after time, I was amazed to discover just how much in common I have with women who don't share my faith, country, heritage or even language. It turns out that women from all over the world, from all cultural and religious backgrounds can connect in their love of family and home.

A lot has changed in my life since then. I met my dear wonderful husband, Yitzhak, and we were married in spring 2008. Ten months after our wedding, I held a tiny little love bundle in my arms - our firstborn baby daughter, Shira.

Now I'm a blessed wife, mother, and guard and keeper of our home. The love of domestic life, the serenity it brings, and the stability a wife and mother at home gives her family is one of the most wonderful discoveries a woman can make. I'm passionate about womanhood, wifehood, motherhood, and feel it's a privilege to share my passion with others.

I love the domestic arts and the simple daily doings of a home - laundry on the line, dishes waiting in the sink to be washed, sweeping the kitchen floor, the smell of freshly ironed clothes. I'm a novice cook, baker, knitter, crocheter and gardener. I am blessed to have the gift of time to savor and enjoy all this.

Even more important is to note that my husband and I are Orthodox Jews. My faith and heritage is the greatest treasure I could ever own. Building a faithful home in Israel is a priceless gift. I enjoy talking with people who want to know more about Judaism, and don't shy away from answering questions about our life in Israel, but I avoid open religious and/or political debates, because they are too draining and I have no time or energy to spare for that. I know you, my readers and friends, will respect this.

This "about me" post will be placed at my sidebar, and I think it will be updated in the future. My child will grow beyond infancy. Hopefully, more little ones will be added to our family. We might move, develop new hobbies, start a family business and many other things which will re-define our personalities, thoughts and plans. We are still young, still very much in the process of learning. I embrace growth and change which will help me become a better wife, mother and woman.

I welcome you to this blog - consider it as an extension of my home. Take a seat, have a cup of tea and some cookies. Do you like this recipe? This is the first time I tried it. Please feel free to write to me and share your thoughts, it's always a pleasure to hear from you. You can also browse my sidebar for links and hop on to some of the wonderfully inspiring websites and blogs I so love to visit whenever time allows.

Your friend,

Mrs. T


Anonymous said...

thank you for blog it is such a blessing !

Dina said...

I found your blog through another blog I often visit. I loved this post because I have been mulling over some of the ideas you have put forth.

I was just thinking the other day how much more I have in common with you than women of my own country and faith. I am in Queens NY and a Roman Catholic. I have to admit I have long admired the Orthodox Jewish women I see out and about. They always seem to KNOW what they are supposed to be doing!

I look forward to following your blog. I have the feeling I will learn a lot from you, even though I have already been married for 16 years and have 5 children and one on the way!

Thanks for sharing!


Tamsen said...

Anna, I am so glad that you continue to share your thoughts with us. Your journal is one of my daily "visits" online, and I always leave feeling renewed and blessed to be at home with my daughters, even on a mundane or rough day.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for being YOU! I am a new grandmother and my daughter has decided to be a full time Mom. (she also has a degeree in nutrition!) You are such an inspiration to both of us. We admire you and look forward every day to reading your posts. May God richly bless you and keep you.

Persuaded said...

anna dear, it has been a joy and an honor to watch you grow and develop over the last few years. you often amaze me with your maturity, and always charm me with your sweet, tender spirit. know that i pray for you often... and look forward to watching your little family grow in the years to come. may the Lord bless you my dear♥

Coffee Catholic said...

One of the rewarding things that I've enjoyed over the past couple of years is watching your life fall together into something so beautiful!!

I'm VERY happy for you, Anna!! God has blessed you richly!

katherine said...

Your blog, which I just found recently, is a blessing to me. I'm nine months pregnant with my sixth child and the encouragement, inspiration and love of homemaking that comes through these pages is helping me keep things going during this last difficult month.

With much love,

Samara said...

I've been reading your blog since I was first married, back when your blog said that you were living in the Marana Islands and used a different first name. I was confused at first when you "came out" as a Jew and Israeli but have since appreciated your honesty and perspective immensely. Through what you write, and sometimes what you don't write but choose to keep private, I feel a heart and sentiment to which I can relate and which affirms and encourages me in my daily life, which is so similar to your own. Thank you, Anna, for your online hospitality. May I ever offer my own in such a gracious manner :)

Sally said...


I love your blog. We are opposites in so many ways, but your words just exude tranquility and a perspective different from my own. I especially liked the post you wrote recently about shabbat being slow. I would struggle with being bored, but your post reminded me there is another mindset: the slowness is a gift from God - the gift of leisure. You're obviously very intelligent and you bring wisdom and encouragement to many.

I do have a question: have you lived in Israel your whole life?

God bless you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Anna, thank you for creating a quiet, peaceful blog where we can enjoy focusing on what is pure and lovely. Your country, like ours, is in the midst of turmoil and grief and yet you choose not to focus on those things or fret about what will happen next but trust in the Lord like a little sparrow under His watchful eye. Thank-you so much. May the Lord bless you and your dear ones. I think of you every time we sing Psalm 121.
Your friend,
Mrs. L.

Gombojav Tribe said...

The tea and cookies are lovely. We should do this again sometime. :-)

Anonymous said...

Many of my life choices are not yours. I have a full time job, I left my native country to come to the United states for higher education. I am also a wife and mother. I came to your website through the LAF. In my country, most middle class women know how to cook, clean, tend to a baby etc in addition to have a degree. We also emphasize modesty in clothes, but also education and having a job. I do not bake a lot because most of the food I cook is from my native country. But I cook from scratch, I even planted a vegetable garden this year. I do not home school, but you would be surprised how much you and I have in common at least from my point of view even though you are a sahm and I am a 'working' mom and traditionally we are supposed to be on opposite sides of the fence.
I have always wanted to post this, but I have been afraid. I've lurked a lot and I've read your posts. I do not know what feminism exactly is, but I always believe that we women should always respect each other for whatever choices we make even if we do not understand it. Not everyone can stay at home for many reasons even if they want to. And many women do not want to stay at home too and that should be ok too. And sahm moms should be respected for the work they do as much as 'working' women. I hope women can support each other more instead of judging each other so much.
Thank you Anna, for this lovely blog. I love coming here because you put forth your views kindly and do not make me feel guilty for my choices. I appreciate that a lot. And I've learnt a lot, some more delicious like your cookie and no bake pita.
Thank you and God bless you.

Untypically Jia said...

Your blog has been such a blessing to read these past few years. I'm excited to know that I was able to be one of the past readers who watched (from the blogosphere) as you prepared for marriage, found your loving husband and had your sweet little girl.

His Wife and Their Mommy said...

I wanted to let you know that I check your blog daily. I don't comment very often.. There seems to be a TON of people that do and they all say something or another of what I would say anyways..lol..
But I am thankful I found you and my family and my church I grew up in read about you..
Thank you for your insightful ideas and for not being ashamed of staying at home. There needs to be more women like you..
Love very much.
Caressa Garza..

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,

Your blog has been a blessing for me to read everyday, for 2 years. I learn a lot, I've been tremendously inspired by your words and encouragement. I feel like I have grown together with you, my thoughts, and my point of views, it's amazing to think about it. Thank you for sharing your corner of the net world with us, and looking forward for many more years to come!

I'll have some tea and cookies, too, thank you! :)


Tereza said...

you have a very sweet heart! I always wnjoy your posts!

Maria said...

Dear Anna,
Like Dina, I am also Catholic. From the time I was very young I always had a tremendous amount of respect for Jewish people, although there were so few growing up and certainly none that were Orthodox. You are our spiritual ancestors, and the amount of suffering and perseverance that your people have gone through is a testament of God's grace and his love for you.
Through your beautiful, honest, and simple blog I believe I understand more about my own faith. That may seem strange to you, but you must understand that I have always wanted to know more about Mary, the mother of Jesus, but so few words are spoken about her. Through your blog, I have a better idea what her life must have been like as a prayerful, devout, Jewish women (I don't think Orthodox versus non-Orthodox was an issue yet). I look forward to reading your blog every day, as it gives me so much inspiration and motivation to keep going. You are blessed to live in such a community, such a holy land.

Susan B said...

Dear Anna,
I have read your blog for a long time, and have always enjoyed it. (Even though I've been married for many years, and are so much older than you.) I love reading what you write because you say what is on my heart, in such a lovely way, and in a way I could never express myself. I love what you said about women from all over world connecting because of their love of family and home. That is so true. I think it is something found in every woman to make a lovely home for their family, and to love and nurture them. It's so wonderful to discover that no matter where we live, and what we believe, we are not so different after all. Thank you for your lovely, and refreshing blog. Blessings to you and your family.

Briar said...

Thankyou for sharing your insights and lessons learned Anna. I am a young, unmarried woman and have learnt a lot from reading your blog. It is always such a blessing to read your posts.


Harper said...

Your blog (which I found through LAF)is one of the few Jewish blogs I read, even though that is also my faith. I'm a Jewish woman in the US, sahm, wife to my own Isaac, and mother to a 4 month old. I also love the domestic arts. The parallels have made your blog especially meaningful to me.

You write beautifully, too.

Donalacasa said...

I am glad to have found your blog. I look forward to watching you grow as a woman. I have a teenage daughter who will one day be doing the same thing. I need all the help I can get in preparing her for life beyond me.


jAne said...

You are a blessing, Anna.


Jessica said...

Dear Anna,

I started reading your blog when you were newly engaged to Yitzhak. I'm glad you posted this 'About Me' section! It was a good idea! I confess I'm always looking in the archives to find this very thing. If you have the time and if it's not too personal, I'd love to hear more about how you and Yitzhak met and were married. : )

I am a Christian but have always loved Israel and Jewish people, religion, and culture. I recently had the privilege of touring Israel. Our guide provided us with a thorough political, religious, historical, and archeological. I cried for several weeks after I came home because of the weight of all I learned and saw and because I wanted to go back so badly.
Israel felt like the center of the world and I'm convinced that it is that and more importantly that it is the center of God's heart.

Blessings to you and your beautiful family!


Rose said...

It's always a pleasure to visit dear Anna.

Anonymous said...

This was fun to read! I've read many of your posts via my google reader, but time is always short when I'm perusing blogs and I haven't browsed the "start here" section until today. It's so interesting to learn about a life lived so far away from my own. It's rather miraculous, isn't it?

You're still on my reader, and I look forward to more visits soon.


Anonymous said...

G*d bless you, dear Anna.

JCCB said...

Thank you for sharing your joy in womanhood, motherhood, and homemaking. I love these callings in my own life and am so grateful to share these values with women of all faiths and backgrounds. God Bless You!

Anonymous said...

I found Gombojav Tribe through Karen Joy at Only Sometimes Clever and then found you! I'm so glad I did. I'm going to enjoy the journey and the tea and treats! Nice to meet you!
Jessie at Blog Schmog

Anonymous said...

Thank you Anna. I visit your blog all the time, and it encourages me so much.

Wendy said...

Dear Anna,
I found your blog through another which I just found through a comment from the UBP...a long, circuitous route. But I'm glad I did, and will come back to read more! For now, I want to mention some similar items on my blog that I think you'll be interested in: first, an excellent audio sermon by John MacArthur on Feminism (on my sidebar)--it is a must listen to, for anyone who cares about this subject (I have shared it with many women). Then, I just posted this week on Modesty; it could become a series:) I am a SAHM, a homeschooler, always will be, though my children are 24 and 20. I am committed to the home and family, and raised my children to be committed to keeping the wife and mother at home, and loving it. I appreciate the gentleness of your blog-tone. (I wonder what your voice is like--is it mellow like your blog-voice?) Thank you for sharing about yourself; it was indeed the first place I went, upon arriving here! As for me, at the center of my life is my belief that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, and my blog reflects that, but there is much that I think you will like there, and that will encourage you in where your heart is, and that is the purpose of my blog, to encourage, help and mentor young women, wives and moms in their God-given role. It is good to meet you.
Faith's Firm Foundation