Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Payback Time

Everything comes with a price. My children going to camp cost me several days of this.....




....even spilling into the foyer (not pictured: 7 sleeping bags "airing out" in the carport for our neighbors to enjoy looking at - but hopefully not smelling.)




And pictured below are my constant companions and current Best Friends. From the left; vinegar, fabric softener, Tide HE (shown in a Martha Stewart white metal bin that holds Two Giant Boxes of detergent...which should almost get me through the post-camp clean-up), and then that's Borax in the glass jar on the far right.







Here's an appropriate quote from a book I'm reading right now (when I'm not engrossed in Left for Dead, my current book club assignment - - - That was for you, Becky, in case you didn't catch it :) The book is titled Keeping House; The Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson. It seems to be a call to experience the spiritual side of keeping a home.

"There is a fundamental unity and focus to housework... It is about a certain number of basic needs, and if you are addressing those needs - if, over the course of the day and week and year, the members of your household get dressed and fed and bathed and put to bed - then you can know you have done the things that matter most."

Off to finish up what matters most -

Debbie

10 comments:

lea said...

there is always a price to pay... but as i told m.f. the other day... remember Jesus paid it all, all to Him i owe. i loved how she said back so fast, "that is my greater debt". hmmm, who has been homeschooling that gal?

have fun doing laundry (and reading your book club selection) whilst i am traveling to pick up my children and then going to washington. do you think that if we UPS their trunks home that the UPS service includes washing all their clothes and linens? that should be included in shipping AND handling....

Meg in Tally said...

So...maybe there is something wonderful about only having ONE child?

The only problem is, with everything she takes to camp (all but the kitchen sink!) ...our laundry doesn't look much different!

brite said...

The quote you pulled from the book is my favorite, and it's my new mantra: Dressed, fed, bathed, and put to bed. Everything else is icing.

Anonymous said...

After a day of cleaning up constant kid's mess (potty training in progress) AND cat mess (who knows??!!), I was feeling rather uninspired - this quote was just the pick-me-up I needed - and Brite's comment helped as well!! Thanks! Brielle

Davene said...

I, too, appreciate that quote. I've been turning it over and over in my head for the last few hours, ever since I read it. I even jotted it down in my "Control Journal" (FlyLady concept) on the Inspirational Page. Thanks for sharing it!

jessica said...

so in all things as women who are at home serving our families, replicating the way Jesus was a servant, feeding, bathing,teaching, training, disciplining,playing, listening, putting to bed,,,,, all those moments are ....as unto the Lord

I love that book and i haven't even read it yet

we are so blessed to be moms.

Kaluha Keeping Koala said...

I have a mountain to fold. Wanna have a party? My mountain forms not over a week away at camp for L but over my busy-ness and knowing that whether they are folded or not, they are clean - and not on the couch.

Laura said...

Whew! Camp laundry. It is the ickiest of all laundry. I'll just be happy to be home to my own washer and dryer! I really liked your post on the last night before the kids come home. I hope to experience that next year. My hubby and I would like to use camp week for our own vacation. We could then call camp a marriage strengthening tool that would benefit the whole family.

Debbie said...

Ooohhh, Laura, I like that idea!
Marriage Strengthening, as a reason to send the kids to camp.
Sounds much less selfish than "I need some peace and quiet!"

mamajil said...

Okay the Laundry....looks way too familiar (((shudder)))!!
Why is laundry an "always" just as I think we have conquered the mounds...its bath time and it all begins again...
I love the quote! I am gonna have to read that book it sounds good!