Working Hard is Awesome – An Ode to Allison

Allison had a hard day the other day, feeling a little overwhelmed by never getting to rest, always doing something, always feeling behind.  Its true, life is full of work for her.  Yesterday, Annie told her “Mom, I think it is awesome that you are always working on something!”  Like a gift from God come these words from our daughter reminding us that even in our busyness the kids are watching and learning something.

And I would like to say that Allison does work incredibly hard every day.  We have a washing machine, but it is only 5 kg.  That is tiny compared to what we are all used to in the US.  For a family of six, that is a lot of loads of laundry that all have to be hung up to dry, and then taken down to fold.  There are clothes hanging up all over the place all the time.  There is no dish washer, so she ends up doing all the cooking and dishes every day.  (I help with dinner dishes, but she is always right there with us.)  She does homeschooling with the kids.  4 lesson plans for our house.  We don’t have a car, so she walks 20 minutes to the market to buy groceries from several small tiendas or fruit stands, (you don’t buy anything in bulk sizes in Curahuasi which means you walk somewhere for something every day) then often carries them all back up the hill, an elevation gain of a few hundred feet.  The walk home of course is longer, because of the climb.  We don’t have a TV, so there are no breaks to watch television, nor can she watch a show while folding clothes or doing some other mindless chore.  She works all day long.  She does all this while carrying the responsibility of being the family optimist and making everything run smoothly and happily in our home.  She doesn’t complain, and she would never write this post, but I can.

I know all moms work hard, but I am proud to be married to the mom in our house who does it in a way that her seven year old daughter looks at her working and thinks it is awesome.

8 thoughts on “Working Hard is Awesome – An Ode to Allison

  1. Kudos to Allison! (And Will for acknowledging his sweet wife.) I have a sticky on my computer that reads, “How can I bless the Caires today?” because you all are the hands and feet of Jesus, and you bring His words right onto my screen every day with your blog. You bless me every time I find time to read them, and I feel, in some small way, as if we are walking through your experiences with you. May God strengthen you for the task he has set before you, the one he prepared for you/you for before the foundation of the world. Prayers for the journey, especially for those little people who must take big steps to keep up with the grown-ups. 🙂


  2. Thanks for your post. It’s a nice reminder to value the work of those around me which isn’t necessarily something I see but feel because they are so faithful. I’m not very good at then expressing meaningful appreciation when I finally do see it, so you’ve inspired me afresh to look for ways to do that. Except for the uphill walk, a lot of her dailyness is reminiscent of our first years here. I pray that in this season of sometimes overwhelming, seemingly neverending effort, you can both have times of refreshing and affirmation, and that you can keep on doing whatever it is you are doing with your children that prompted your sweet daughter to tell her mom that she’s awesome – those kinds of words are treasures immeasurable.


  3. “Jesus also used this illustration: ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.'”

    I read this passage in my BSF lesson this week. When I looked at it again this morning, it reminded me of Allison and this post. Your efforts in God’s hand are nourishing, extensive, and eternal. Bless you, friend.


  4. Allie is following in the footsteps of our mom – never idle, never complaining, never without optimism.
    Caires, I am missing you so very much this week with the Christmas break so near!


    • Talmadge, your comment brought tears to my eyes. You are right. You have been blessed with great women in your life. No doubt, Allison has picked up the torch and will pass it along to her children. What a great testimony your whole family has to offer! Blessings to you and the family! – Erin (Jolly) Sisson


  5. My heart is full of gratefulness as I read this post! Gratefulness that the Lord has provided a husband for my niece who loves her and cares for her and notices her! Gratefulness for the reminder of how easy my life is and how sinful it is for me to complain about the little inconveniences in my days. Gratefulness for the picture of my sister that I see in my niece. But most of all, gratefulness to the God who makes all of this possible! May the Lord bless your family with a wonderful Christmas full of His presence!


  6. I just sent the following via priva message on FB.


    I just read Will’s blog post on your hard-working, selfless mothering. I just want to let you know that you are doing a great job. I have found that being a mother is the most exhausting role I have ever held, and I know that my load is incredibly light compared to raising 4 in the mission field.

    If you are holding on to your sanity at all, you are miles above the rest of us. Thank you for allowing your faith and joyful spirit to influence all of us, not just your children. You set an incredibly high standard, and I wanted to encourage you. I pray that the Lord gives you strength and rest during this busy time of life.

    When we were girls, all those years ago, I looked up to you being a whole year older. Now that age differences have no bearing, I am still looking up to you. Your spiritual age is certainly much beyond my own.

    May 2014 be filled with many blessings…and some rest!



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