Friday, February 15, 2008

Climbing Mt. Laundry

Hello! I'm back from the depths of "Sickville". Yes, 3 of my 4 kids had fevers over the last 2 days and I am ready for a little sunshine and laughter! I had to miss work for 2 days, which I hated to do. I absolutely LOVE my job and I missed my co-workers terribly! But I wouldn't have been anywhere else but home over the past 2 days. My sweet sicklings needed their mommy and I'm so thankful that I could be there. Not only did I take care of my precious ones (who by the way felt totally 100% fine when their fevers went down due to Motrin) but I also took the opportunity to catch up on some MUCH NEEDED house and family duties.

First things first. I had to climb a mountain. Not just any mountain, but one that was almost too big for me to conquer. Maybe you've heard of it. Mt. Laundry is it's name. This week it stood at almost 4 feet tall....I kid you not! We've been joking around Proverbs 31 about how many people think that because we speak, work, or write for Proverbs 31 Ministries that we must have it all together. Seriously, I answer the phones over there and you would not believe the calls I get asking how we keep our homes in order, our children well behaved, our marriages trouble free, and manage our lives so well. It's all I can do to not laugh out loud! Sometimes I do! Wendy Pope is writing about the "Real Proverbs 31 Woman" this week on her blog, http://wendypope.blogspot.com/2008/02/will-real-p31-woman-stand-up.html. Please go over there and check it out. Us Proverbs 31 Women aren't perfect. We are nowhere close. We just strive to be like the Proverbs 31 Woman by loving God, our husbands (those of us who are married), our kids (those of us who have them), and keep our home, work, time, finances, and commitments balanced. Notice I said "strive". The order is the key here. Priorities have to be kept in check. Not easy, but necessary. And we fall short a lot! Who doesn't?So back to Mt. Laundry. I put it off long enough. Those clothes are clean. We've been living out of that clean clothes basket for a few days now. We have a family of 6, so really to keep up I should wash every day.....but I don't. It took me 2 hours to fold all of those clothes. I still haven't put them all up yet. (Now my kids have put their's up...I made them. But mine and Jeff's are folded neatly in stacks on the bedroom floor....still waiting!) Notice Hayley Grace sitting in the basket watching TV once the basket was cleaned out:) I don't think she knew there was a bottom of the basket!

I'm feeling pretty good after Climbing Mt. Laundry...except now it's ready to be loaded with dirty clothes again and start all over. I get to the top of Mt. Laundry, but I never stay there for very long! It's a mountain I'm getting pretty used to climbing regularly! And I don't like it.

I also conquered the downstairs bathroom yesterday:) Wow, 2 big tasks completed in 1 day...I for sure am close to being the "real Proverbs 31 woman" now, huh?

I may not be perfect, but I'm perfectly happy that way!

Keep on Climbing,

Melissa

3 comments:

rachel said...

Melissa,

This is the first time I visted your blog. The laundry story just tickled me, I am like you, do it all at once. A few days won't hurt~~~ My husband on the other hand, puts a load in everyday.
Yes,girls EVERYDAY!!
Sometimes we tease him about always doing the laundry. He will not go to bed until it is in the dryer. Not many women, can say this about thier husband. I guess God gave him to us to help tackle that Mountain. ha ha He is a GREAT one so I will keep him around (celebrating 10 years next week!)
Next time you or the other girls at Prov 31 need help to tackle that mountain of your own load, I will send him your way.

love and blessings,
Rachel

Melissa said...

Rachel,

Send him over! I could use your husband NOW:) What a gift...a man who does the laundry!

thanks for sharing;)
Love,
Melissa

Charlene Kidd said...

Melissa,
I love it that I am not the only one with that much laundry. It is a never ending task with 4 kids. I am blessed that Allan helps; especially if I am traveling. Thank goodness, or they would not have anything to wear. How are you feeling?
Charlene