This is going to be the wildest, craziest thing we ever shared.
So, as it turns out, there are fancypants agencies with online websites and uber cool apps that let you find all kinds of caregivers. You can find everything from a pet sitter to a babysitter to personal assistants or even full-time nannies that “live in” or “live out”, and everything else in between – errand runners, grocery shoppers, all kinds of help. How fascinating is that?
And one of those places heard about our family, and has decided to sponsor us!
I can’t say where yet, because I have to write about it later in a sponsored post.
But how funny is that?!
Also, what an answer to prayer as Nathan and I try to keep up with everything!
They are going to interview us for their commercial, and we get to approve the final cut, and it’s all legit and confirmed by attorneys.
In exchange for that, we get free premium membership to their services, which includes background checks, offender registry checks, motor vehicle checks, credit checks, reference checks, and all those kinds of safety pieces, and a certain number of nanny/personal assistant hours a week.
Here’s how it works:
We set up a family profile, with a picture and enough information to let people know who we are and what kinds of services we might need. We set our budget of what we are willing to pay, and any filters we have for specifics about our family – like someone with their own transportation, or someone available on Wednesday nights to run children to church activities, or someone with enough nursing experience to run an oxygen machine, or someone who is willing to work with our special needs children, or someone who knows sign language.
For instance, date night. What if Nathan and I wanted to go out on an actual date night, but his parents weren’t available to watch the children? Now we can.
Yep! We just post the date and time and what kind of help we need, and then anyone who meets our safety criteria and whose availability matches and whose capability matches (some people might be available, but not want to watch six children!)… they get to apply for our “job”! We get to screen their profiles, and then pick a few to talk to online, and then interview them on the phone, and then interview them in person.
And then they are hired!
The website takes care of payment, even taking care of taxes and all of that so it’s done for us and for the caregiver.
There are even some who are qualified to do personal assistant work for me and Nathan, even can go with us on speaking engagements to help sell books.
We are so excited!
It’s kind of amazing when done well, and we found several qualified, safe people who also know sign language and have medical experience and have special needs experience!
It is such a silly, frivolous thing, and yet such a miracle to us for all that is going on and all we are trying to do. Now when I am at work, but books need mailing, but Nathan is trying to write, we have someone who can run things to the post office for us. When Nathan is on the phone with his composer, we have someone who can fix a quick lunch for him and the children. When my pain is so bad I cannot even hang up my clothes, or lift my toddler, or braid the hair of my daughters, we have help! When I am homeschooling the children, and giving music lessons, we have help to keep the others on task while they wait their turn. When we have six children with therapies and doctors and all kinds of places to be, while we have our day jobs, plus the writing, plus the books, we have help! When Nathan is away at a production, I still have help! I could cry!
Help! We have help! We learned how to ask for help, pleaded for it, and our load has been lightened, just like that!
We have a nanny! We have personal assistants! It’s so weird!
The trick now is to figure out how practice using them wisely, so that it is really the most effective and productive use of our time. We need to delegate what we can that most buys time for writing, and even more importantly, what gives us the most time to actually just be together as a family – especially as we move home with Kyrie on palliative care.
Oh! We have people who will be helping us move! It’s crazy, what has happened!
I don’t even know how to explain it, or how exciting it is, or how hilarious it is…. or how tired Nathan and I have been, or what a relief this is.
I just know this from Mosiah 24:
15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.
16 And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort…