Everyday for the month of October I am stretching myself with a community of writers. With one word prompts I am writing for five minutes a day. Thank you for taking your five minutes to stop by. Today's Prompt: Work
When I was still working and Zoie was about 15 months we hired a wonderful lady, Kathy, to clean our house. It was getting to be quite a source of tension between me and The Fly. We were both working hard, tired and little bit grumpy. We decided it was totally worth it to put some money toward hiring someone to come clean our house twice a month. Shorty after that the Lord prompted my heart to step down from my position at the church and stay home with The Bug. Shortly after that we found out we were pregnant with Little Man. We decided to keep Kathy through the pregnancy and the first couple months after the baby came. Then Little Man didn't sleep and I am telling you it was Kathy who saved the day every other Monday in that season.
I was always so ashamed to admit that I had a cleaning lady. After all, I was a Stay At Home Mom. I didn't go to work anymore. Why couldn't I keep the place clean? (I can tell you that there are plenty of reasons, more than my five minutes will allow.) But the truth is, hiring Kathy was one of the best decisions we ever made. She doesn't know it but she keeps me accountable. She doesn't know it but she has taught me to work at organizing and taking care of our home. (And, for the record, I am still learning.)
I've actually wanted to write a blog about Kathy for a very long time but my pride always got in the way. These days I am working hard rid myself of pride and usher in more grace.
Kathy came again today. It's been four years now. And I am still so grateful every time she is here. She is a true blessing, one I do not deserve and one I am always learning from...did you know the power of the magic eraser?! They changed my life a few years ago!
Right now my house is clean. My counters are shiny(...until tomorrow morning of course when real life hits and it's breakfast time for three littles and cereal bowls half full with milk are left on the table as we rush out the door...) and I feel like I can take a deep breath. The breath is not because the house is clean but because I admitted out loud that I don't have it all together. I need help. Kathy helps me tremendously.