She Works With Eager Hands

“She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household(and the mess of her daughter’s:) and does not eat the bread of idlesness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: Many women do noble things but you surpass them all.” ~Proverbs 31: 26-29

Today my mom came over to our messy apartment in order to clean. She has offered several times since she knows that with classes all week, it is often difficult for me to keep on top of our little two bedroom abode. Well, I called on her services this week and not only did we have a chance to hang out for a few hours and enjoy some serious brilliant, spiritually knowledgeable mother and philosophical daughter talk, but mom eagerly and energetically dusted every surface, scrubed the fireplace hearth (we never knew it could look so shiny:), vacuumed, did laundry, cleaned the bathrooms…well, you get the picture! She did it all and now, our home just feels fresher, renewed and inviting for the first time in a long time!

To mom: you have never failed to give of your time, love, wisdom, affection, passion for biblical truth and- most importantly- of yourself to us and I know that there is no greater testament to a mother’s love than this.

What I learned from mom today:

1. When cleaning, begin by picking up all the junk lying around (an organized method of cleaning? Who needs that?;)

2. A damp cloth can certainly clean any ashen hearth (one more surface to clean but my, what a difference it makes!)

3. Polish wooden furniture (let it shine for once!)

4. Sometimes it’s helpful for someone else to do a little rearranging (our dresser looks so good! Thanks mom!)

(And then our talks):
5. Abraham Lincoln was indeed a very depressive individual as have many great men been through the centuries

6. I should research the story behind the goddess Europa

7. Ecclesiastes is not the depressing book many believe it to be(it’s easy to only notice the numerous assertions of “meaningless! meaningless!” and miss what is really there…tons of great wisdom and insight for all stages of life. One of my favorite versus from this book? “Do not pay attention to every word people say, or you may hear your servant cursing you–for you know in your heart that many times you yourself have cursed another.” Yikes!!:)

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7 Responses to She Works With Eager Hands

  1. Grace says:

    Susanna,Indeed we have an amazing mother. She is always willing to help and to go out of her way to do things for her children, grandchildren etc. Tuesday she drove 1.5 hours to see me, Wednesday she was with Maryanne, yesterday she drove Andrew all over the place and now she has helped you clean! Thank you mama! You are so loving and so wonderful we would all be lost without you=)

  2. maryanne helms says:

    Amen to Gracie’s comments. Mom, among the mothering clan, you are at the top…working to rid the world of clutter and loneliness, and earning a crown of gold in the process. We all love you…Maryanne

  3. Anonymous says:

    Yep. She’s helped out with a kid or two over here.Pat

  4. bchallies says:

    I do love my children and grandchildren. You are my eternal treasure!

  5. Rick says:

    Mom- You missed a spot

  6. bchallies says:

    Rick, You are my children, too. That’s the wonderful thing that happens when your kids marry. Someone else does all the hard work of bringing up a great young man or woman, then the parents-in-law gets handed a ready-made, fully-formed addition to their family!

  7. Melissa Marini says:

    Susanna,Your Mom is a very wise and genteel woman. I could spend hours talking to her. I look forward to reading her comments as much as I do reading your blogs. She has such good words of wisdom for you kids.Melissa.

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