What can we do? How can we help? Part 3

Many hands make light work. Here and here are some ideas I previously shared, below are a few more ideas of ways to support those going through any sort of trial.

  •  Laundry “This House has endless Love, Laughter, and Laundry!”20170304_120031
    • While Travis has had chemo a lady in my parent’s LDS ward does my laundry. For her, it’s not a big deal (that’s what she says), but for me, it’s a huge task that I don’t have to worry about every week.
  • Take out the trash to the curb “To leave the world better than you found it, sometimes you have to pick up other people’s trash.” – Bill Nye
    • I used to have a neighbor that would take my trash out to the curb every week. This is a simple thing that takes one more thing off my plate. There used to be weeks I would forget, and then I wouldn’t have a place to put the trash, and it cluttered my house. Ensuring it makes it to the curb weekly was a blessing.
  • Outside work “Kindness is like snow- It beautifies everything it covers” – Kahlil Gibran
    • Summer – I have never needed help with this one. We have mostly lived in rentals where it was taken care of! I would imagine not having to worry about mowing or weeding would be so helpful!
    • Winter – Most of the winter I have not had help shoveling this year20170102_111734. It’s been a challenge to keep up with snow and everything else I have to do. After months of doing it alone Travis couldn’t handle watching me and so he talked to someone to come and help me. I have been so grateful and overwhelmed by this help. I live in a 4-plex, but I’m the only one that goes out and shovels every time because I need to ensure that nurses, those picking up my kids, those dropping off laundry or meals, and medical supplies make it to my door. The others that share the responsibility do not have the same motivation to keep the walks cleared. Never expect that because the family shares the responsibility with others that it is actually being shared by all the tenants and ask if you can help. They might be like me, doing it alone, and so help would be appreciated. It never hurts to ask!
  • Offer to clean house “The house was clean yesterday, sorry you missed it”
    • I really struggle to let others come into my home and clean, I clean my house 20161203_141409before company, so the idea of company coming to clean is a really hard one for me. However, I have really needed help a couple times, and after 7 years I am worn down and less reluctantly accepting help. It was a huge blessing to get everything organized and clean in a fraction of the time it would’ve taken
      me alone and so definitely offer to take this responsibility off their shoulders, just do not be offended if the offer is turned down!
    • When we were moving a friend enlisted some other people and showed up to clean. I had told her no many times, but she did it anyway, and I’m still so grateful to her. It saved me so many hours of deep cleaning for the move.

I’ll post a few more next week, so stay tuned! 🙂

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