Laundry Blessings: WALL-E Style

Laundry.  Simply thinking about laundry fills me with dread.  On a good day, I do one load; on a not-so-good day I wash six or seven monster loads.

I procrastinate.  I complain.  I teach my older kids to help out.  But I still have to do laundry.  The never-ending pile of laundry.

Today the kids and I were having a gigantic laundry folding party.  We giggled as the towels came out in cubes, and it reminded us of the cubes of trash that WALL-E made in the Disney movie.

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Oh, how I wish I could squish up my dirty laundry into little cubes and just go buy all new clothes.  Every week.

 

We are at Jesus’ disposal. If he wants you to be sick in bed, if he wants you to proclaim His work in the street, if he wants you to clean the toilets all day, that’s all right, everything is all right. We must say, “I belong to you. You can do whatever you like.” And this is our strength. This is the joy of the Lord. ~ Mother Teresa

 

Yikes, I guess Mother Teresa told me!  I must find joy in the laundry.  Joy because I have laundry to wash.  Joy because I have a family to do laundry for!

I try my best to remember to say prayers as I fold the clean clothes.  Sometimes it’s a Hail Mary as I hang up each shirt.  Other times, a simple “Thank you, Jesus” with each pair of undies thrown into the baskets.  Even washing poopy cloth diapers is a blessing—so many couples pray for a baby, and I have been blessed with nine!

Often I am frustrated at a teen or tween, and praying for them as I wash stinky leotards, jodhpurs, and baseball uniforms soothes me.  It’s hard to stay aggravated while praying for them—God quickly tells me to simmer my angry self down.

 

I pray for us all to find the Lord’s joy in every task, even the laundry!

 

Just found The Wounded Dove, and her laundry prompt was too perfect for me to not link this post up!

31 thoughts on “Laundry Blessings: WALL-E Style

  1. doing laundry in usa is easy!!! back in brasil, we have to wash, then HANG on a line, then WAIT until its dry (like, till next day), then IRON and FOLD, then keep. I did my first load of american laundry today and just loved having everything done out in just an hour. oh my gosh, that’s heaven!!

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  2. Perspective is wonderful. I also hate the laundry and the dishes, but we do have it so easy. Sometimes, when we are feeling really cruddy, it is hard to see ALL that we have to be thankful for. I needed that reminder today. Thanks!

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  3. I loved this post! How it brought back memories for me. I can assure you one day it will be gone, and you will sit and you will wish for it back. I remember so many of these thoughts. You are blessed, but your children are truly blessed. Good post and it made me smile. God Bless, SR

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  4. My Spiritual Director is always encouraging me to pray for each person whose clothes I am washing, folding etc that when they put on those clothes they will be reminded of the garment they put on at Baptism and their identify as children of God – what a difference it makes in the seemingly never-ending task of laundry! I love the quote from Mother Teresa! Thanks for sharing – found your blog on the July Link Up over at CBN!

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    • Wow, what a great way to remember our Baptisms and pray for my family. I will definitely remember that! I need all the help I can get with laundry. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  5. I’m one of those who can say one day you’ll wish for it back! But I will also admit that, while I miss the days when my children were little, I can’t really force myself to miss laundry :)!

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  6. Love the idea of praying as you fold the laundry! I don’t mind doing the laundry and folding it, but putting it away is tiresome. 🙂 #manicmondays

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  7. It’s so hard to find joy in this kind of stuff. But, I’m thankful for the reminders of little people around me. I wrote a similar post about all the toys all over my house that I know one day won’t be there. Because they will have all grown up and left home. it’s such a hard thing to balance during the early years, gratitude and perspective and frustration at all the work! Thanks for linking up! 🙂

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  8. It’s true. When I think about how fortunate I am with all I have and my children all those ‘chores’ become easier to do with a smile…well, honestly sometimes my mouth won’t be in exactly a smile (for example while I’m cleaning the bathroom)…but my heart is definitely smiling!! 🙂

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  9. Wow! I can’t imagine having 9 children! I’m a single mom of 5 boys, and I thought I had laundry!!! My hat goes off to you! 🙂 I had so much to say about laundry (strange life I lead huh?) that I split it into two posts! Today’s is about once folding 84 pairs of socks, and I, like you, mentioned being so grateful to have those sock “problems!”

    God Bless…

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    • I can totally sympathize with the 84 pairs of socks. We have a big sock basket where everyone’s socks are matched and thrown in. The kids all dig in and find their socks every morning. I LOVE summer though—sandals and flip flops mean hardly any socks to wash!

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