Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Need a Professional Organizer?

Bennett informed me this afternoon that his official job in our house is "organizer." He went on to tell me how he likes so much to organize things and likes things to all be put away and neat. This was after this morning when he went through every room in the house, including the bathroom, and picked up and put away anything on the floors and counters, organized the shoes in the closets, made the beds etc. He didn't just throw things on shelves and under beds either. He put them away neatly and organized the other things already there as well. I didn't realize he was doing this until I looked around and thought that maybe I should vacuum because the floors looked pretty clear. They were ALL clear! Way to get your mom in gear, Bennett.

When I was pregnant with Bennett, I had thought I wanted to have a girl first. In a large family, I imagined how nice it would be to have a daughter who could be my little helper with the cooking and household chores. I didn't realize that the Lord was answering my prayers in a different form. He gave me Bennett who is 50 times more helpful than Rachel on her best day. From the age of two, Bennett has helped with the laundry, dusted, put his own toys away, cleaned floors. No we aren't running a little sweatshop, he has always wanted to help. He is still that way and looks forward to the day that he can start cooking for me too. He loves that he is big enough now to carry in groceries and unload the bags. It is quite remarkable, and I am very thankful for this special little boy. (Disclaimer: Yes, he gets the "everything in its place" from me, but he has taken it to another level. The messy shoes in my closet weren't bothering me enough to do anything about them. They drove him crazy every time he came into my room. I feel bad for his future wife, he will run a tight ship!)


Kristen Borland said...

don't know if my comment made it to you. our internet connection has been acting funny. all i said was zeb is the same way, and i really need to start cultivating his need to organize and clean. :)

Samantha said...

Definitely teach him where everything's "place" is and then encourage him to find things that need to be put away. The help with cleaning isn't so much help in the beginning but just remember that he will get bigger and his help will actually be appreciated someday. I am so glad that your pregnancy is going well after all the resting and that you might even make it to 40 weeks! Wouldn't that be miraculous. Although I am sure you are thinking that 36-38 weeks sounds a little more appealing right about now. Hang in there, we are praying for you!