Real Life Help
It keeps happening. Everywhere I go, people ask me, “What can I do to help?” They ask my closest friends, “What does she need?” There is a pulse, strong and consistent, that keeps coming at me with these pleas to do something for us. It is humbling, but it is also hard: Brad and I feel blessed in that we both feel we can do this. We’ve already seen the awesome support from our friends and family that translates into better quality life for us as we navigate cancer as a young family. Thank you for linking arms with us. We will spend the rest of our days paying it forward.
It is hard (very hard) to put this out there, but here are some practical ideas that would make life easier for us if you are in the camp of those who would like to be doing.
Prayer: Enough said. You can also stop reading here as this is all I need.
Running/Dancing Songs: I desperately need some new running songs. Any ideas? Also, we are always on the lookout for songs to introduce to Maren and Greta for our frequent dance parties. Kid music has it’s place, but our family favorites are ones that we all enjoy. Comment or send an email under “Help the Andersons.”
House cleaning: I call our new cleaning lady my Fairy Godmother and I am Cinderella. A clean house is nothing less than magical. There is a paypal account set up to help us with this real life expense.
Meals/Veggie Prep: There is a Care Calendar set up where you can sign up to bring us meals if you are local. We are also asking for people to shop for, wash, and chop veggies and do some other prep steps to ease the burden of cooking and eating healthy diet. Send an email under “Help the Andersons” to get signed up for the calendar.
Gift Card Bouquets: I love gifting to other people and paying it forward. Every five dollar gift card I receive, I set aside to bring to my teams of doctors and nurses who are doing their job and doing it well. I’ve also been gifted a higher dollar amount with a note that said, “Jen, don’t take this the wrong way, but this gift card is not for you. Give it to someone who blesses you.” Isn’t that awesome? There is a PO Box set up for us: to get the address, send an email under “Help the Andersons.”
Cincinnati Staycation Ideas: What is your favorite local family destination for the summer? We’ll be in town, as I will have chemo every week through the summer. We want to visit new local parks and any other Cincinnati gems we may not know about. Comment or send an email.
We have felt so. much. love. as we have faced this great challenge: the comments, gifts, words, and prayers have been overwhelming and have consistently buoyed our spirits. Thank you for reading, thank you for praying, thank you.