Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pay It Forward

Have you ever had days where you are just unsure of how things are going?  What is your boss really thinking?  What do they think of how you are doing?

Well, these last twenty-four hours my husband and I are counting our blessings and running out of fingers of how many blessings we have just from this wonderful family that I get to nanny for their two-year old here in Ames.

You see, I went 9 months, (did you hear that NINE months!) without a job while living here in Ames and Jon was doing twelve credits and working part-time.  The gift Jon gave me on Valentine's Day was mentioning his wife to his substitiute professor at ISU.  And that little conversation brings me to where we are today! :)

Since the end of March I have been blessed with a sweet little two-year old girl who teaches me more than I could ever thought possible.  She is a gift from God--her whole family is!  Her mom is about to have a baby in early September.  I get to nanny for her through at least the summer.  Her parents told me I get to take her swimming lessons, to the library, to Reiman Gardens, etc.  After the swimming lessons I can take her swimming, and her dad told Jon he could come with! 

Blessing One:  Jon is always invited to be a part of this nanny-job.  He is always welcome.
It's been a blessing to have Jon around from time to time.  He loves it too! :)  He mentions how much fun it is to work along side each other (note Blessing Five)! :)

Blessing Two: I was originally going to work through May 15th, with a possible later date.  The prayers have been answered.  I have it (for atleast) through the summer!

Yesterday her parents were delighted to see that I helped her make an umbrella during the rainy afternoon.  It was nice to hear how much they enjoy what I come up with to do with their daughter.

Blessing Three: They let me know what they appreciate.

Yesterday I needed to do a load of laundry and they had something in the dryer so I did those as well.  This morning her mom made it sound like I just did hours of work for them!  She was so thankful!

Blessing Four:  Even the small things they appreciate.  They notice the "cleaning" I do for them.  At the beginning of this job they made it clear it was expected, but I had no worries.  I like to organize and tidy up things! :)

Jon's part-time job seems to slow down in the summer.  He makes home theater screens and there's not as much as a need for them when the weather warms up!  The family has asked Jon to mow their lawn a couple times, do some yard work, clean their windows, and redo the finish on their windows.

Blessing Five: They have given Jon some hours to work which has really helped boost his esteem during the summer.

They gave me an entire week off when I said my friend was getting married and I was in the wedding.  They also didn't expect Jon to come and work on their house while we were out of town.  They figure we stay together. :)

Blessing Six:  They understand family and friend time.

Jon has accidently done a couple things at their house while cleaning/working.  When he brings it up they say no big deal and thank him for all he's been doing for them.

Blessing Seven:  They are open-minded and very understanding.  They have glass half-full responses.

They trust us in their house, eating their food, spending time with their daughter, and so on.

Blessing Eight: They are thankful for us and allow us to ask them for anything we need.

They lend me one of their cars to take their daughter places.

Blessing Nine: They trust me with their daughter while I'm driving. :)

They really make it clear when they are thankful for what I do something (or Jon) and how it was done.  I always try and make their house look better than the way it looked when I get there in the morning.  I'm also working on training their daughter life lessons.  They are Christians, which gives me a great opportunity to teach Truth to their child.  It also is encouraging because we have similar beliefs, and it opens the door for great communication.
Which brings me to blessing ten....

Blessing Ten:  They are Christians.  They also have great communication with me which allows me to do my job better and be more efficient.

I could go on and on and on about more specific blessings, but I will stop there.  I just wanted to update my blog today about the many blessings from this family that I get to nanny for.  They have encouraged me to also PAY IT FORWARD by letting people know when I appreciate them.  A few sentences can go a long way when it comes to blessing others.

Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend everyone!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

And the winner is.....

Julie Young!

Julie, if you would like to message or email me and let me know what I can do for you that would be great! :)

For everyone else thank you for being a part of my birthday give away!  Let me know if or when you would like me to do it again! :)

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

BIRTHDAY GIVE AWAY!!! :)

I will be doing a drawing for my birthday.  If you want to be a part of the drawing please comment here on my blog or comment on my link on Facebook.  Please share this with anyone you feel led to share it.

What is this drawing you say?

Well....

I want to find out what kind of service you need from me.
Is it company?  Do you just want to get together with me and chat?
Do you need a babysitter?
What about someone to clean out that annoying closet?
Or maybe that kid's room/toy room?
What about a planned day where I come over and dust and pick up your house?

Comment and I will put your name in the drawing! :)
The name drawn will get the service for free.  If I get a lot of feedback I may try this again. 
Or if you are in deep need of one of the things listed above I will do it for a small fee.

Let's see what happens.
Spread the word! 
This is Mary's BIRTHDAY GIVE AWAY!! :)
I would like the deadline to be Thursday night, but I will lengthen it if I need to.

Give me your thoughts. :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

BIRTHDAY GIVE AWAY!!!

I will be doing a drawing for my birthday.  If you want to be a part of the drawing please comment here on my blog or comment on my link on Facebook.  Please share this with anyone you feel led to share it.

What is this drawing you say?

Well....

I want to find out what kind of service you need from me.
Is it company?  Do you just want to get together with me and chat?
Do you need a babysitter?
What about someone to clean out that annoying closet?
Or maybe that kid's room/toy room?
What about a planned day where I come over and dust and pick up your house?

Comment and I will put your name in the drawing! :)
The name drawn will get the service for free.  If I get a lot of feedback I may try this again.
Or if you are in deep need of one of the things listed above I will do it for a small fee.

Let's see what happens.
Spread the word!
This is Mary's BIRTHDAY GIVE AWAY!! :)
I would like the deadline to be Thursday night, but I will lengthen it if I need to.

Give me your thoughts. :)

May I say something?

Already May!   Hallelujah! :)  I've been waiting for this month forever!  Not necessarily because of my birthday, but also because of the weather.  I might be crazy, but I think May has the best weather!  It's usually not too hot or too chilly.  No snow and not as many crazy cold mornings.  Plus it's not as wet.  We had a pretty wet April! It was gloomy and hard to get motivated to do anything!  I get pretty down in the dumps when the weather is not so good.  But I'm thankful I have a wonderful job that gives me a sweet, wonderful little girl who brightens my day!  I love it when she runs up to me with the biggest smile and gives me a big hug and sweet kiss on the cheek! :)

Another thing I want to mention today.  May I say it?

I love my husband!  I love it how he likes to spend some nights just cuddling on the couch and watching a movie.  I love it how he likes to run to Walmart randomly and pick up snacks!  He's always good about making sure we communicate, and never go to sleep with anger or something not resolved or discussed.  He got all dressed up for me for Easter and I'll have to post the picture soon!  (I'm not on our computer.) 

He's really focused this week for finals, but he doesn't have one on my birthday, but he does have one the next day.  However, he is willing to spend the day with me at work! :)  I'm so thankful for a wonderful husband who loves me through words and actions!

Happy May! :)
I love May!