Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thinking Outside Of The Mop

When my girlfriend called to force me into submission blackmail me offer her family's services in our preparations for some friends visiting, I caved willingly accepted their help. I know her family, and have seen them in action before... they work really hard. So when she and her four teen daughters showed up this morning to help us get not only caught up, but ahead of the game, I was quite relieved.

Because I admire how skillfully and happily her children work, I am also all ears when she dispenses any advice on this subject. I want to learn all I can from folks who have good fruit in the areas in which our family is hoping to produce the same. She apparently has a much better grasp than myself on the concept of making a job fun, for I can tell you I never considered her method for getting help with mopping floors before.

Perhaps I should have been concerned when the first thing she told the kids to do was to go put on some play socks. Or even when my friend told me, "Just don't look, Julie," as one of her girls had all my children laughing hysterically in the mudroom. But after they left, the children asked me if they could, "Do what we did to the mudroom floor... to the kitchen floor?" Not 100% sure what I was getting myself into, but being really impressed with the look of the mudroom, I consented.

I now have a long list of children who have volunteered to clean the kitchen floor for me... any time I want.


  1. Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. May have to try this myself....

  2. This is a hoot. My boys and baby girl would not object to this kind of cleaning.

    I am praying for you. I am not sure how you do what you do.
    When I am pregnant I am literally no good to any one until about the 4th or 5th month.
    I vomit nonstop.
    I am hoping I can get my body to heal before we have another one.


  3. SOOO cute! Great pics of the children! I'll have to keep that idea tucked away in my brain for these cold winter days stuck inside the house :)...thanks for sharing...pray you are feeling well today :)

  4. Uh huh....that's how we do it too at times. I usually use this method when they've already been working hard and need a little "enjoyable" employment. Gets the job done, but they have fun.


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