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By Ann Arbor Miller, Published March 23 2009

In View: "Future Homemaker"

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

-- 1 Peter 4:9-10

A group of eight moms and their daughters are working to preserve domestic arts while also celebrating a shared Christian faith.

The Keepers at Home gatherings provide lessons in the practical (bread baking) and the creative (home decorating). Participant moms take turns selecting and coordinating each month’s topic.

The club, which is comprised of Fargo-Moorhead area homeschool families, encourages individuals to share skills, talents and interests. When mom Carmen McIntyre facilitated a gathering a few months back, she selected knitting because “I wish I had had that skill when I was young.”

These Keepers at Home initially came together last summer for a series of service projects. The group’s purpose evolved and presently seeks to prepare the daughters, who range in age from 12 to 16, for their future role of homemaker. It’s also a fun, social outing for both moms and daughters.

The 1982 book “Keepers at Home: A Handbook for Young Ladies” by Susan D. Zakula serves as a resource for the local club and others like it elsewhere.

On a recent Wednesday, the Keepers, including 14-year-old Abby Diekman, picture above, gathered at the Moorhead Public Library.

Mom Chanyce Dahl’s program about hospitality included relevant Bible verses, a conversation and craft project (using 20-gauge wire and beads to decorate serving spoons and other flatware).

“Bless other people through what’s in your heart,” Dahl reminded the girls. “Your guests will remember your conversation and fellowship long after the plates and furniture are forgotten.”

For more information: Fargo mom Renee Diekman is one of eight local moms whose daughters participate in a local Keepers at Home club. She can be reached at (701) 239-4349. An online community and related resources are also available at: www.keepersofthefaith.com.

In View: "Future Homemaker

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“In View” is a photo column by Fargo-based photojournalist Ann Arbor Miller focusing on everyday people and places in our community. Look for it Mondays in The Forum.

To suggest future column ideas, e-mail annarbormiller [at] gmail [dot] com.