. . .I had spent my life running away from the domesticity that was the core of her life. Hesitant in the outside world, [she] was confident at home. . . .She knew who she was as a woman. She knew that what she did mattered. The knowledge that her role in the family was necessary for its well-being permeated her life. Her work was valued; she was valued. . . .She wasn't sacrificing herself for the sake of her family. Making a commitment to marriage and family were seen as a worthy pursuit. All her duties were an expression of love for her family and for God. . . . [She] seemed content. . . . Maybe when expectation matches achievement, a person is content.
-- Sue Bender, Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish
This quote describes me so perfectly! You should read the beginning of the book when Sue talks about herself and all her lists!!