Daughter at home.
The phrase means different things to different people. At Shining Stars, we believe in encouraging young ladies to practice being Titus 2 women … keepers of their homes … even while still unmarried. We are thankful for the many young ladies around the globe who desire to encourage each other in this calling.
Kelly-Anne is one of these beautiful young ladies. Even though we have only “met” online, I have been blessed by her sweet spirit and inspired by her desire to touch the lives of other young ladies. I hope that you will be blessed by her words below …
Tell us a little about yourself …
My name is Kelly-Anne and I am a nineteen year old daughter of the King. I am the eldest of seven children (six girls and a little boy who joined our family in April). We live in South Africa, on a farm along the beautiful Garden Route. My ultimate desire is to bring glory to God and I have a heart for encouraging young girls to a closer walk with the Lord through their girlhood years and beyond.
I would describe myself as a somewhat old-fashioned young lady with a love for the country, handwritten letters, teacups, all things beautiful and vintage and walks in surrounding fields and forests. Sewing, gardening, cooking and writing are just a handful of hobbies that that fill my leisure time. I also love music and am currently learning to play violin.
What is your testimony?
I am so thankful to have grown up in a Bible-believing family where Christ has always been at the centre of our lives, although more so in last few years as we have come away from the world and allowed Him to reveal a different path to us. He has taught us as family what it means to live fully surrendered to Him and to place our trust in Him in every situation. We continue to walk close beside Him and pray for wisdom and grace for the road we are on.
I think I was about ten years old when I decided I wanted to ask the Lord into my life and have a personal relationship with Him, but I do remember a time when I was about six or seven when I accepted the Lord as my Saviour. Growing up I always loved praising Jesus and reading Bible stories, so I have been blessed to have pretty much walked with the Lord throughout my life.
What led you to stay at home?
Choosing to stay at home after my home education came to an end was never really a conscious decision I made. Throughout my girlhood years the Lord was shaping my life and moving me towards remaining at home without me even realising it. I have a great peace about where I am right now. Whenever I think that I should perhaps be doing something else, the Lord clearly shows me that this is where I am meant to be for however long He deems fit.
I actually didn’t hear of the term ‘stay-at-home-daughter’ up until about two years ago. I found it wonderfully encouraging, after reading more about it on blogs and in Shining Stars magazine, that I wasn’t the only young woman to be pursuing a different course to the norm.
Despite the challenges that arise, as they will in any situation, I wouldn’t trade this life for any other. I am incredibly blessed to have a place in my family, to contribute to the running of the household and to be able to grow in love and grace surrounded by the people I love and respect most in the world. I am cherishing each moment as a daughter at home. It is a blessed occupation and something I would encourage my sisters to pursue as well.
What are some ways that you help and serve your family?
Being the eldest of seven children, there is always plenty to do. I count it a great privilege to be part of the smooth running of our household. I manage our family vegetable garden and grow a lot of our own fresh produce. I am also researching keeping chickens for eggs and meat. Apart from outdoor work (I am the one who loves it the most), I contribute my time by being available should my mother need someone to help with the younger girls’ schoolwork. I share the cooking for our family, which is a passion of mine, with my younger sister. I also help to keep on top of the endless cleaning which happens in a large household!
Are there any resources that have encouraged you in your daily life?
I am so thankful for the beautiful God-honouring blogs I have come across and they have blessed and inspired me greatly. But I have also enjoyed the Above Rubies magazine and, more recently, the Shining Stars magazine. One of the most wonderful books for girls is Beautiful Girlhood and is actually the name of my blog. I remember how convicting this book by Karen Andreola was to read as a young girl! However, I have come across wonderful resources lately and wish I had had them when I was just entering my teens, namely the Bright Lights ministry and Keepers of the Faith.
Do you have a ministry?
At the moment I see my place in the home as my ministry, but this is simply because our family is still a very young one and there are many little hearts to be nurtured. Obviously this role primarily belongs to my parents but being older than the other girls, they do seem to gravitate towards me and share their hearts with me which is both humbling and a grave responsibility.
I have a great burden for younger girls who are being daily tempted by the world and all it has to offer, which led me to begin praying about resources for a girls group which I hope to form sometime this year. I am hoping to start leader’s training with Bright Lights very soon to prepare me for running a group. I have always been drawn to girls younger than myself and I am excited to see where the Lord takes this! I am open to Him leading me into ministry work and want to be an open vessel for Him to use.
Do you have a home business?
I feel so blessed to be able to run a little business from home. Heartmade was born after years of making handmade/homemade gifts for special friends and family members – from sewing to crochet, paper craft to knitting, baking to preserving, we do a little of everything (always together) and market our items online through Etsy and at our local crafter’s market. This has given us opportunity to meet other crafters and learn from them, as well as grow in our business and social skills. In July we will celebrate our 2nd anniversary.
At the moment I have the most time available to invest in the business. I spend about two to three hours sewing each day as well as answering enquires and filling orders. I currently work in my bedroom but I am available, as I mentioned earlier, should anyone need a hand with something or if the baby needs to be held. I think this is a wonderful set up as it means I can do what I love where time allows, make a small income on the side and still enjoy the blessings that come from being at home. Granted, there are many challenges and obstacles that go along with a home business but working through these together has grown all of us. I hope to add more outlets for our handmade products in the next year or so. We do eventually see ourselves running our own gift shop/tea room in the future.
What encouragement/advice/exhortation do you have to share?
Be humble and have a teachable spirit. I closed off my heart to correction and advice when I was a bit younger and this caused frequent trouble in my stay-at-home-daughterhood journey!
I would encourage all my sisters in Christ to embrace the difficulties that come their way and allow the Father to grow and stretch them. He is preparing each of us for our futures and His plans are wonderful!
Possibly sharing at: The Modest Mom, Mama Moments, The Art of Home-Making Monday, Titus 2 Tuesday, Titus 2sdays, Roses Of Inspiration, So Much At Home, A Wise Woman, Raising Homemakers, A Little R&R, Coffee and Conversation, Hearts for Home, Growing in Grace, Imparting Grace, SHINE Blog Hop, Grace and Truth, Fellowship Fridays, The Homemaking Party.