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  1. says

    Love it! What a great way to think of dirty dishes. Did you make this or purchase it somewhere, if so where? It would make a great gift. Now if they had one for dirty laundry :)

    • Angie says

      I read a sign recently that said something like, “I’m thankful for dirty laundry. It means my loved ones are near.”

      • says

        Ditto with the dishes as well. It is hard when they leave home and have no time for you. The dishes and laundry get a lot easier but then you also have more time on your hands to miss them.

        • Susan says

          Janet I want to thank you for your post. I miss my son so badly that my heart hurts. He moved in with my ex and I am alone w/our lil pup whom I rely on. My life is now my own and I am starting a new chapter. Thank you!

  2. Christina says

    On Scotty McCreery’s new cd he has a song called Dirty Dishes. It goes along with this concept and as a mother I love the song.

    • Megan says

      LOVE LOVE LOVE this song! This is what the picture reminded me of and I was going to comment the same thing. :) I told my husband that he needed to listen to it as well, it’s our new “theme song for life”. Beautiful & true!

  3. Heidi says

    if this way was a scale on how blessed we are, I would be the most blessed person on the planet…. well at least today. That being said, I think its time I finally load the dishwasher……

  4. Tammy says

    Thanks for posting this. On stressful days (which have been more often than not lately) I catch myself imagining that I must be the last woman on earth who doesn’t have a dishwasher and still hand washes everything. A big fat pity party. I needed a good swift kick in the rear. 😉

    • Emily says

      I don’t have a dishwasher either. I recently started sticking Bible verses above the sink so I can memorize them while washing the dishes. It’s a good time to pray, too. :) (Not that I always have a great attitude about doing the dishes, but praying sure helps!)

    • Ana says

      Almost all Hispanic’s wash them by hand. I am one of them. I have to put a frame like this somewhere by my kitchen sink. love it thanks for sharing

      • Katherine says

        That’s so true Ana! No one in my family has a dishwasher and we prefer to do it by hand :) I love our heritage!

    • Abigail says

      I have one, but it doesn’t work. :) So we use it for a dish rack. It is quite a bit of washing with lots of little people (5 under 5), but the poem helps. My mom had us memorize that one when we washed dishes at home!

  5. Brooke says

    I love it. My sister in law got us a sign one year. It said “My house was clean last week, sorry you missed it”.

  6. Charity says

    Yes! I am also thankful for my dirty laundry piles because it is evidence of the wonderful husband and four beautiful children God has blessed me with. I’m thankful for my dirty floors because it means I have a house to live in. On and on I could go because I am SO blessed!!

  7. Megan says

    My grandma also had a cross-stitch of this above her sink. I memorized it when I was little and we went to her house every Wednesday. She passed away about 10 years ago, thank you for this welcome reminder :)

  8. Sarah says

    We had this posted above the sink at home when I was growing up, only ours said “thank God” at the beginning and the end, instead of “thank Heaven.” I read it so many times, I memorized it and it has stuck with me all these years. I am thankful! An encouragement to Moms — I do not have the privilege of being one — post up verses, poems, anything you want your kids to learn. They likely will, like I did.

  9. Sarah says

    Just now reading the other comments and seeing that I was not the only one with this in my home who had memorized it. :)

  10. says

    Perfect. I had just taken a picture of all of the dishes piled up in (and around!!) my sink as a testament to all that I had been busy doing, and all that I intended NOT to worry about tonight!! I decided that “Something’s gotta give- and tonight (and, truthfully many nights) it’s the dishes!! Thanks for posting just what I needed to see tonight. Glad to know I’m not alone…

  11. liesa says

    I found this poem in my mother’s recipe box. She died about 15 years ago and loved to cook. It’s an oldie, but a goodie!!

  12. says

    Thanks for the reminder. I will have to remember it also applies to dirty laundry, messy rooms and cobwebs in the corners. If I didn’t have all of those it would mean no family to make dirty laundry and no home to get dirty and messy. Thanks for the blessing reminder.

  13. Sherri says

    Thank you for posting this! My grandfather used to own a printing shop (30 years ago!) and he would print little cards with sayings or poems on the “extra” margins of orders. This poem was one of my favorites. I still have one of them that he printed posted next to my kitchen sink. Thanks for making me smile this morning.

  14. Lily says

    This made me remember a poem my mom (and her friends) knew and shared with us – although we only knew the third verse (when I searched I found the whole thing!).

    Song for a Fifth Child
    by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton

    Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
    Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
    Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
    Sew on a button and make up a bed.
    Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
    She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.

    Oh, I’ve grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue
    (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
    Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
    (Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
    The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew
    And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo
    But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
    Look! Aren’t her eyes the most wonderful hue?
    (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).

    The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
    For children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
    So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
    I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.

    • Jamie says

      Oh, thank you! I have only ever known the last verse and I recite it to myself frequently as I rock my baby (4th baby) just a few minutes longer…I love reading the whole thing!

  15. Annie says

    Very timely inspiration for me. Over twenty years of doing dishes was reaching the numbing point for me this fall. This snaps me back with great perspective. Thank you!

  16. Kim J. says

    I, too, am making a Publisher document out of this. Found some cute dirty dishes clipart on line. I’ll print it, frame it and hang it over my sink. Sometimes it takes funny sayings like this to really realize how blessed we are!!!!!!

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