Thursday, October 17, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Laundry

Super Easy Homemade Laundry Soap

1 bar Fels-Naptha, shredded
1 1/2 cup Super Washing Soda
1 1/2 cup Borax
Mix Well. Use 2 tablespoons of mix per load of laundry. (Cleans approx. 30 loads of laundry for me.)

Prompt: Laundry

Friday is laundry day at the Raulston house - it all gets washed, folded and put away - all in one day! Is it my amazing domestic skills that accomplishes this feat, you ask? No way! I'm not this dedicated about most household chores. But laundry has never been an issue.

You see, when we were first married and in college, the laundromat at our apartment complex was awful, so a sweet older lady in our church, Shirley, let me come over once a week and use her washer and dryer to do our laundry. Our oldest child was about 1 year old, so Grandma Sippy, as she became known, provided Fruit Loops and Dora on the TV for the baby, while she and I talked and sewed (I was into quilting back then, when I only had 1 small child).

This laundry day at Shirley's turned into an amazing friendship between our families. Shirley and her husband, Harold, really became like grandparents to us while we were in college. They would babysit and have us over for dinner. We would play cards or swim in their pool - we always felt welcomed and loved in their home. The summer before we moved away we spent almost every evening at their house - we made so many memories there.

Today, ten years later, folding towels will still remind me of what true hospitality looks like...

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  1. I'm back again as your FMF neighbor! I love this memory you have shared and painted here. What a gift you were given - not only in the practical, but in the life-long friend and shared family that you all created. What a blessing!

  2. i love this! i have similar experiences when we were back in the states the last few years where friends of ours would welcome us - and our laundry - into their homes and laundry rooms and beautiful relationships were made and strengthened. Happy to see you have felt the same! :)

  3. What a blessing to have been given!! So much more than clean laundry. So much more :)

  4. I make my own laundry soap, also. I am surprised at how many friendships have developed and blossomed due to laundry!