Monday, October 15, 2007

What did you do today?

This is what you can do when you have at 10 year old niece staying with you to entertain the kids. Today I

steam cleaned the carpets for 2 hours
scrubbed the mineral deposits out of both toilets
stained and polished all my scratched up furniture
had a friend over for two hours (with few interruptions)
did laundry
made dinner
cleaned the kitchen
ran several errands
and had time and energy to lesson plan for home school tomorrow.

She is such a helper and such a sweetheart. I don't think I will want to let her go home on Saturday! (And if you are reading this Mom, yes, she's staying up on her home school too.)

It's amazing how a little help goes a long way. There are times when I think I'm too busy reach out to help other people but Stephanie's example of helpfulness was a good reminder to me how amazingly wonderful it is to receive that help and how easy it is to provide it. My favorite quote of all time is

"The smallest deed is greater than the grandest intention"

3 comments:

Kate said...

thats pretty impressive

Jeannett Gibson said...

Your story reminds me of what Tammy Arlen meant when she said that she actually felt the most frazzled as a mom when she only had 2 kids (she has 6). She said that the older ones help out and play and keep each other entertained, so she actually is more surprised at others who only have 2 kids than those who think she's crazy with 6!

Joy said...

are you going to loan her out? she has such a cute smile--i met her at the fire station on saturday.

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