There are many types of angels: guardian angels, messenger angels, archangels . . . and angels who swoop in from Oregon to rescue tired mamas from piles of dishes and laundry, watch over sweet babies while their parents have a few hours alone together for the first time in months, and smite ancient, peeling vinyl from bathrooms as well as molding dry wall from laundry rooms. I call that angel my Mamatu (AKA Carl’s mom). : )
For the past week, my Mamatu and my niece have been staying with us for a visit. I was embarrassed before they arrived because our house is so far from being even remotely guest-worthy and with all the appliance/electrical craziness, I had no dishwasher or working dryer until this past Monday. And even doing what dishes I could during baby nap-times and hanging clothes on the line to dry, I simply could not get ahead. On the first day of her visit, she just got up, went into the kitchen and cleaned it. Completely. Dishes and all. Over the next few days she breezed through the laundry, removed the nasty vinyl from the master bath, cut the molding drywall out of the laundry room, sanded and caulked the walls, and continued to do the dishes every day of her visit.
It certainly cannot be considered a vacation!!!!!! But I am eternally grateful for the desperately needed help. Now that the basics are caught up, I’ve already done the few dishes in the sink this morning and done meal prep for dinner tonight and the baby has only been sleeping for thirty minutes! She gave me just the boost I needed to (mostly ; ) stay on top of things. Along with that, she delighted and entertained her granddaughters every day with walks and silly fun, allowing Carl and I a much-needed date and freeing me up to reorganize our bathroom and clothes, removing the things we aren’t using so that we only have a few boxes to contend with each day instead of the fifteen or so we had been living out of for the past month.
In summary, God bless and keep my amazing Mamatu, who came and vanquished the worst of the chaos.
We all love you so very much and promise that the next visit will be more play and less work! And thank you for the beautiful angel you made for us, every time I look at her, I think of how gracious you are and how much you’ve done to help us kick start a good, new life. : )