I have always tried to ask for help when I need it. I try to avoid thinking I can be a super woman. I normally can only sustain that level of achievement for a short time and then I start to resent Handsome for not helping out more or reading my mind and just doing what I think needs to be done.
A couple weeks ago I had a talk with Handsome and shared with him that I needed some help. With the long hours he’s been working I was getting very overwhelmed and feeling snowed under. I asked if it was possible to use a bit of the money that he’s earning in overtime to pay for some help for me. He asked what I had in mind and I suggested just one half day a week, someone that could do whatever I needed at the time. He said okay, sounds good.
I talked to a friend that has older kids in school and for the last two weeks she’s come over for four hours and done whatever I needed her to do. The first week she folded about seven loads of laundry, vacuumed every nook and cranny in the master bedroom, cleaned the main bathroom really really well, swept the kitchen, then took the kids to the park for over an hour so I could make a bunch of phone calls. When she left I just breathed a big breath in and could smell the clean! It was wonderful.
She came again today and cleaned my kitchen super well - including the stove top and the microwave - dusted the living room, cleaned the main bathroom again, and took the kids to the park again while I mopped the tile and cleaned the school room.
Now it’s 10pm and I can smell the clean. I love it. I’m having a baby shower here tomorrow at 10 am and I’m not worried. I’ll just tidy up the kitchen, vacuum the living room and make sure the toilet hasn’t been sabotaged by a 3 year old.
It is AMAZING to me how having someone for just three hours a week can make such a big difference in my whole being. All week long I’ve been noticing little things that needed to be done and I just made a note of it and asked my friend to take care of it and she did! With a joyful and serving heart.
I know that this won’t last but I’m going to enjoy it while it does!!