Gratituesday: My Houseguest


Shannen is a friend of mine who moved away a few years ago when she was a freshman in high school. She is now getting ready to enter her senior year of high school and I miss being a part of her life. She comes to town occasionally, but I always wish I could be with her more.


Last weekend when the opportunity came up for Shannen to come stay with me for an entire week, I have to admit to feeling a bit overwhelmed. I was in the middle of running like crazy back and forth from our county fair, school has started for us, plus this is big-time canning and freezing and preserving season at our house (read:  my kitchen looks like an explosion of green beans, corn, potatoes and tomatoes).

Of course I wanted time with Shannen, so I only hesitated for two seconds before saying, “Sure!”

Looking at it now, I don’t even know why I hesitated for two whole seconds. Um hello? Having a 17 year old girl in my house for an entire week when I am slammed with work? Thank you God for this wonderful blessing sent  from heaven!

Needless to say, Shannen is learning a thing or two about freezing and canning and green bean snapping and potato digging and apple picking.  Working side by side has been wonderful. I’ve been able to catch up on the details of her life while we work together. She helps with the kids, helps me fix dinner, helps me with whatever in the world I ask her to do. 

I think I may keep her forever.

I’m so thankful that God knew just what I needed this week. I highly recommend that everyone borrow a sweet 17 year old girl during preserving season. (But you can’t borrow the one I’m borrowing…she’s busy…sorry.)  :)

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  1. says

    Oh what a gift!
    The Lord gave me one of these several years ago when I had a ‘high needs baby’. She was the only one, outside of myself, that the baby would even let hold him! She was such a gift from God!
    She loved being around my children and helping in my kitchen!
    Wonder where I could order a few of these? Yours wouldn’t happened to have moved to TN?



  2. says

    Wow, this is such a good post. What a way for God to provide you with help when you need it and you also get friend time! This is beautiful


  3. says

    On the other side, I was one of those teen girls who loved being brought into the lives of mommies with children (or older women) and “shown the ropes” while being useful. Somehow learning to can in someone elses kitchen or sew in someone elses living room was so much more exciting than learning and doing at home with my own mother. I loved being handed a baby to care for or included in dinner preparations. As long as it wasn’t assumed that I knew everything, it was a stressfree way to spend time with a good mentor and gain a glimpse of what my life could be someday. Those women will always be a special part of my life. Thanks for giving that to Shannon.


  4. Robbie says

    I am so thankful I came across your blog. What a God send and exactly what I have been looking for. I am a 35 year old stay at home mom of 6….I was not raised the way I want to raise my children and have started from scratch…(on everything) I purchased many e-books this past week and I am excited to implement them into our home ;)
    You have an awesome gift..Thank you for sharing.


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