I think I cherish my role as housewife and stay-at-home mom most in the winter. I truly get to live out my title in my house and home. The cold and snow outside is a perfect excuse to not go anywhere. Our yard is a winter wonderland for the kids to play in. I keep the home fires burning quite literally as I stick another log in the woodstove. I assemble grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and boil water for hot chocolate. Because it doesn't matter if they go out for two minutes or two hours, they must have hot chocolate when they come in.
I rarely go stir crazy because I love being at home. I always have plenty of work to do. And it's the perfect season for my favorite past time, cooking! The oven bakes up more homemade bread and casseroles and treats than any other time of year. My creative juices in the kitchen flow with excitement because it's not too hot to run the stove and everyone delights to come inside and smell the scent of what's cooking.
The roads are quieter on my street this time of year. The snow creates a cushion that absorbs the sounds. Everyone drives slower. The loudest interruptions are the snow plow and the general exuberance of three children.
By March I will be calling this same Winter Wonderland "Cabin Fever". But for now, I sigh contentedly as I watch the kids slide down the hill in the back yard and enjoy the sun as it makes the icy trees sparkle.