Monday, April 19, 2010


When I was in middle school, my mom gave me some pointers to help make me the best babysitter I could be. So, I began washing the dishes in the sink whenever I went to someone's house to babysit. I'd either wash, dry, and leave them on the counter, or load them in the dishwasher so they were out of the way and ready to be cleaned. No big deal, right? I mean, it's such a boring job and it's not a huge thing.

UNTIL.... I became a mom. And someone did it for me. Oh. My. Gosh. What a gift!!!! Our precious friend Abby offered to stay with Kate so Jon and I could get in one more date before little brother arrives (next week!!). So, we scooted out the door on Friday night to dinner and a movie and left Kate to play with her buddy Abby. When we came home, there was not a dirty dish to be found! Abby had washed all the dishes in the sink and on the counter, dried them and left them stacked neatly to be put away, had EMPTIED the dishwasher and added those dishes to the "put away" pile, and then RELOADED the dishwasher with the new stuff. Be still, my heart!

Did I (and do I still) rejoice over that?! Oh yes. Oh yes. Thanks for being such a great and completely selfless friend to us, Abby... And for loving our sweet girl so much, too!!


  1. Our (teenage) babysitter in the States did that and we appreciated it so much! Now our house helper does it when she washes the kids-- it is a little thing, but such a blessing to a mom!

  2. Agreed! It is easy. Besides, my other option was usually COPS or Trig homework. Dishes always seemed like more fun, especially since they weren't mine!