WHEN I WEAR MY APRON

I am an apron wearer.  Every morning I get up, get dressed and put on my apron.  I get breakfast and clean up and start my day. Sometimes it is hard – if I am tired, but I feel properly attired if I put on my apron.

I have quite a few now and our No 1 daughter has taken to making and giving me a new one each Christmas and birthday, and I am very grateful for this, because I wear them most of the time, they get ratty and tatty very quickly.  She always takes time to match fabric and make them really cute, it is such a talent that she has.

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I do take my apron off when I do other things but I always tend to put it back on when I step into the kitchen, I can’t cook or wash dishes without it.

My apron makes me feel virtuous and hard working, even when I am not always meeting that goal, I always feel that it is close.

My apron makes me feel like a wife and mother, it makes me feel like a house wife, and this makes me feel happy.  I am happy to be “just” a house wife, I am not upset to say this or to be this. It is my God given role and I am glad.

I have always loved the Proverbs 31 passages.  I can never be all that she was, but I don’t think that is the point.  I strive to be all that I can be in my role of wife and mother.  I know it doesn’t say anything in there about wearing an apron but it says in verse 17 that she girdeth her loins with strength.

Now to gird your loins means to gather up the long robes and pull them out of the way.  Maybe this was her way of keeping her robes clean while she did her work, not an apron to prepare for work but an action that brought strength and perserverence.

Proverbs 31:10-31

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.  She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.  She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.  She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.  She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet. She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple. Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land. She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.

When our No 2 daughter (9 years old), comes out from her room in the morning dressed and with her apron on I know that it is going to be a great day and she is going to be a great help and we will achieve heaps.  Even she is beginning to understand the value and meaning of her apron and I pray that as she grows she will truly take hold of her role in life, her God given role.

So if you are struggling each morning to get going and step into the role you have been given, find a fancy apron, put it on and accept all the joy that this position brings.

Titus 2:3-5 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.  Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

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82 thoughts on “WHEN I WEAR MY APRON”

  1. OOOOh a woman after my own heart! I love aprons, and wear them regularly. In fact, I keep them on 2 large nails by the back door (our “main enterance”) so I can grab one and get going in the house. I’ve made most of mine, and really need to make some more as they’ve gotten worn with *lots* of use.

    Doesn’t it just feel more right with the world when the apron is on and you’re doing what you’re needing to do?? 🙂

    What’s your favorite kind? I like the more flowing Amish types, and the Edwardian style. I have patterns for various ones, just need to sit down and make them. Also love the 40’s and 50’s styles of aprons, the half ones with chiffon and embroidery that were for entertaining. 🙂

    1. Mmmm I think I like the Edwardian style ones, but I don’t have any like that, I just have quite simple ones, some with gathering but my daughter uses lovely fabric and they are always nice and commented upon. I am wearing last birthday one now as I dirtied my new one and it is in the wash. I do like the older style half ones as well but I really need the top part to help keep me clean 🙂 Hope you are having a great day. thanks for your comment and it is great to hear from you. Blessings

      1. Oh I hear you! Mine have bibs on them or else I’d have greasy floured covered clothes! I made 3 of mine, and purchased 2 more. They are definitely worth using, they’ve saved many clothes, and also make good “baskets” and dusting cloths in an emergency lol.

  2. I have an apron but I rarely wear it. But I will admit that when I do, I feel more like a housewife. My grandma used to wear aprons all the time and she was the best example of a godly woman in my life. Maybe I will start wearing my apron more.
    I also am going to be memorizing The passages about the Proverbs 31 woman this year. Do you have it memorized? I’d love for you to follow along. You can find the printable verse cards at http://rahabtoriches.com/printable-bible-verses-january/

    1. I don’t really remember my grandmothers but I don’t think they wore aprons. Thanks for sharing about your grandma what a wonderful example she must have been. I haven’t memorized Proverbs 31 and I will have a look at your printable verse cards, definitely need some help on the old memory. Thanks for your comment, hope all is well with you new little girl. Blessings

  3. Hello,I am visiting from Making Your Home Sing.
    I love wearing aprons also.
    I prefer the full ones with the bib. My shirt is usually where I get messy. lol!
    I have different ones for cleaning, cooking or out-side work. I love them with pockets-those are hard to find.
    I am so glad I found your blog.
    Linda

    1. You are so right Linda, pockets are almost an essential item on an apron, but it is hard to find them, my daughter usually puts pockets on mine. Thanks for you lovely comment, Blessings.

  4. I love aprons too! I have a gorgeous one that I don’t even wear that I got in an apron swap – it is just too pretty. Funny how things change as my mother would never wear an apron as she saw it as a bade of drudgery. I see it as a badge of honour and that I am exactly where God meant me to be.

  5. I don’t wear an apron very often, but I agree that it sends a message to the mind that it is time to get serious. I do get dressed to shoes every day that I want to get work done. Putting shoes on instead of slippers or going barefoot also sends a message to my mind that it is time to work. 🙂 Best wishes!

  6. A lovely post. My mother always wore an apron. I have to confess that I only wear one when I’m cooking, and not very often then, but I love the picture you provided with your words and I think now I’ll have to make myself some pretty aprons to wear each day. Thank you! Nancy

    1. Thanks Nancy for your lovely comment, I must be very messy I think because an apron for me is a necessity when cooking :-). Thanks again and maybe send some photos of the aprons you make. Blessings

  7. Hello, What a sweet way to start a day! I also love to wear aprons and I also enjoy sewing them! We can look like a homemaker by using an apron to remind us of all the wonderful things that can be accomplished in our homes! I hope you have a wonderful and blessed new year!
    Warmly, by Roxy

  8. How wonderful that you wear aprons. I love when other people do; I just can never feel comfortable in one. And what a blessing that your daughter makes them for you special! I love being “just” a housewife too. It’s the most fulfilling job I’ve ever had (and maybe one day I’ll learn to properly wear an apron!). 🙂

  9. I love wearing my apron too! I only have one right now, but it was a souvenir from one of our family trips to Disney World and it makes me smile every time I put it on. I just recently made aprons for 2 of my 3 daughters and am starting work on the next one. They just love putting on their own special apron to help me cook! I love seeing them waiting in the kitchen with their aprons on! I love your mention of the Titus verse. It is one of my favorites as a wife – makes me want to be “busy at home”!

    1. Thanks Stephanie for your lovely comment, and I’m so glad your girls have special aprons to wear it makes them feel so important and grown up. May God bless you all as you are busy at home. Blessings

  10. Hmmm, I remember Elizabeth Taylor saying she puts on her diamonds before cleaning her toilet!! Now I want an apron. I have one, but it’s for painting. I like your picture. I can imagine a happy housewife. A blessed new year to you! patsy

  11. Lovely post. I think aprons are a wonderful reminder and uniform declaring we are homemakers for heaven 🙂

    Thank you for sharing at the Art of Home-Making Mondays each week!

  12. Love this! I wear an apron every day. My grandma always wore an apron. My mom wears one when she cooks. I tend to put mine on in the morning and I forget to take it off. My boys are forever reminding me to take it off when we get in the car to go someplace. I love putting on my apron. It makes me feel more accomplished, even if I’m not! My mom made me some aprons and I have one for every season and a few in between.

    1. Sounds great Holly, I am the same sometimes I forget I am wearing mine too especially when I wear it on Sunday morning over my good clothes. What a wonderful mum you have. Thanks for your comment. Blessings

  13. Oh, I love this! I feel EXACTLY the same way when I put on my apron. I only have one, but am in the process of making another. It’s a beautiful thing, the uniform of a housewife. 🙂

  14. One of the first things Hun ever gave me was an apron. I still have it, though I don’t wear it as often as I probably ‘should’. It hangs in my kitchen.

    Nonetheless, I wear my badge of wife and mother (homemaker) quite proudly. I’m not only those things, but they are the biggest parts of my life and I’m ever grateful to have those parts. 🙂

    Stopping by from Capture Your Journey!

  15. I love knowing this about you. It makes me smile. I have two aprons and I tend to wear them when we are having dinner parties and I need to balance getting myself ready and getting the food ready. But you’ve inspired me to put them on more often and step deeper into that hospitality role. Thank you!

    1. Yes I am the same, they keep my clothes clean. Sometimes I forget to take it off when everyone arrives, it’s just good my daughter makes me nice ones so it’t not so bad. Thanks for your comment. Blessings

  16. To make aprons is at the top if my to do list this year. I plan to make one with bib and extra large pocket for collecting vegetables etc. I also struggle in the kitchen keeping my midrift from getting sopping wet. I want to make one that is absorbent enough to prevent my cloths getting wet but short of using a towel don’t know what material to use. Any suggestions.

    1. Hi Therese, mine are made from drill fabric, but if I am not careful I can get wet. I don’t know what fabric to use but maybe you could put a band of nice towelling on it to soak up liquid, maybe make a feature of it. Let me know how you go. Blessings

  17. I love wearing my apron! My husband, and friends tease me (in a loving, humorous way) when they catch me in my apron. 🙂 I don’t typically wear it everyday, but after reading this I do feel much more productive & ready for the day when I put it on. I think I’m going to be more purposeful in wearing it now. I love that your girls are seeing it (as well as motherhood) as a normal part of life. I often forget so much of what we teach is what we model to our children. Enjoyed reading this, and the tie in to Proverbs 31! Definitely gives me a new perspective of wearing my apron now. 🙂

  18. What a wonderful post! I agree totally with you…my position in life is a stay at home Mom and it is where I am supposed to be. I love that you wear an apron….very nostalgic. I have them, but don’t wear them. I don’t want to get them dirty and worn out! One that matches my kitchen hangs there brand new!

    1. Thanks for your comment Ann Marie, maybe you should by an old second hand apron that is already a bit tatty and them you might be able to wear it :-). I know what you mean about keeping them nice. Blessings

  19. I’m visiting you from the Weekend Brew! Thanks for your testimony and encouragement. I’m an apron wearer too, but mine is getting shabby. (And I wear it hours every day.) I think I will get myself a new spiffy one, so I look the part!) Both for myself and my family. They have to look at me all day!

  20. Hi Teri! I am visiting from Spiritual Sundays and I had to comment on your lovely post….I just loved it. My mom, who went to be with Jesus in 2010 at nearly 98 years old taught me about the important of aprons. I would love to tell you that I am an apron wearer too…if I could go back in time when I was a young wife and mother, I would have worn one everyday too…just like my mom. It seems like the older I get, the more I appreciate things like this…especially after my mom died. She was rarely without hers and I have sweet memories of secretly making her one for Christmas upstairs in my room. I have a few aprons that I keep on a hook in my kitchen to inspire me…I actually did wear one of them on Thanksgiving…yay me! This year for Christmas I made my DIL and grand daughter mother/daughter aprons (they just moved into a wonderful country, rustic home) and they LOVED them! Again, I thank you for this wonderful post! Have a blessed weekend 🙂

  21. Hi, there! I just love this post. You are leaving a legacy. Wow. With an apron in one hand and a pen in the other – you are one powerful woman for the Lord! Coming to you from the Weekend Brew…..~Chris~

  22. I’m not an apron wearer, but I should be I’d probably ruin fewer clothes. 🙂 I love the thoughtfulness you put into wearing an apron. Like putting on the armor of God. It’s your Prov. 31 armor. What a great thought!

  23. Great post! Wearing an apron makes me think of my mom and brings me closer to her memory but I also tend to be messy. I love the thought of being prepared for the day and putting on an apron is one more step in making sure our heart, mind and body are ready for the day. Blessed you linked up with The Weekend Brew.

  24. I love your story of the apron. I have a couple and never seem to remember to wear them. I should take them out and put them on. Thanks of sharing at The Weekend Brew!

  25. Hello there! I just wanted to let you know that this article will be featured on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing with us!

  26. I Enjoy wearing aprons too! I wear mine out of necessity because I am such a sloppy cook/dishwasher. I also wear it because it reminds me of my grandmother and how the women of her day always wore aprons.

  27. Hi Therese,

    Visiting via Home-Making Mondays, and just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this post for its honesty, gratitude, and reflection. I don’t particularly like wearing aprons since it is very hot where I live, here on the island of Crete, but when I do, it’s usually to protect my stomach from getting soaked while washing the dishes, or when I’m working with flour, as I tend to get a little messy. For me, donning an apron means serious business in the kitchen, which in turn, means creative craftiness!

    Have a lovely week!

    Poppy

    1. Hey Poppy, thanks for stopping by and sharing your heart with me. Is it hot all the time on Crete or do you get some winter??? Love that your apron is a sign of serious business, I think that’s great. Blessings to you and yours.

  28. So glad I found your blog. I, too, love aprons. When my oldest son went to college, I cut the strings of my aprons and tucked them under his pillow in his “new” bed. Several months later when he wanted to go to the Everglades on a science study I said, “I’m not sure you should do that with all your allergies” He said, “Mom, the apron strings.” He never let me forget it. He kept them hanging on his bulletin board throughout his four years at college.

    1. Wow Joyce there is another whole post there about cutting the apron strings. What a fantastic idea and reminder to us to let our children go when we need to and a great reminder for your son on how much you actually did and do for him, thanks for sharing your heart at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  29. My previous comment should have read that I cut the strings off one of my aprons. Sorry, didn’t proofread my comment properly, and couldn’t make the correction.

  30. Love this post, and loved “meeting” you! I need to get in the habit of wearing aprons. I have one, but always forget to put it on. It would be so great to put on a fresh, clean, new one every morning .
    Thanks for sharing, and for linking up with Grace&Truth!
    God bless!

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