It’s 4;30am and I can’t sleep.  I am at a client’s home, on a cot in the living room listening to the sounds of a waking city.  The birds have started their morning calls….the original “Twitter”.   I hear cars out on Hwy 53 and I wonder if they are headed home or on their way to a job.   Just think, each person in each car has a life story and a history.  They have most likely experienced some pain in their life and some great joy (hopefully).  They have loved and been loved (hopefully).   They are full of hopes and dreams.  They want what most of us want.  To be loved and to be needed.

My  job is not at all glamorous nor well paying.  I do the most mundane of tasks.  No one will ever envy me or ask for my autograph.  I am pretty low on the totem pole of desirable careers.  But, I have the best job in the world for me.  Every time I come to my client’s home, I make a difference in their life.   Me, Robyn from the Park, I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  Nope, I’m not saving the world, or discovering cures for diseases but I am easing the burden of someone who needs help.  For a little while, I carry that burden for them.  Their life is easier for a while and sometimes I make a small lasting dent in a life.  Tell me dear reader, how can you put a price on that?   And the beautiful thing about this is, it’s just not me out there.  There are probably millions of loving caregivers and homemakers out there today, making a difference in someone’s life.   I only hope that all of them feel the joy and the humility of being chosen to do this work as I do.

No, there will never be a movie or a book written about us but who cares.  We have the knowledge that we are changing lives, one person at a time. There is no accolade greater than this:  I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Do you?


About thelumberjackandthegypsy

The lumberjack is my husband and he owns Arrowhead Wood Products; Arrowhead Toboggan and Snowshoe; and Lake Superior Furniture Co. and is the exclusive manufacturer of wood shutters for Summit Hill Shutter Co. The gypsy is me, and I have a passion for teaching people to tap into their creative side, even when they think they don't have one! I did not grow up creative or artsy and I was in my thirties before I started sewing and creating things. I am a rug hooker; artisan teddy bear maker; painter (from pictures to large pieces of furniture!); knitter; doll maker; needle-felter, repurposer; sewer; decorator; blogger; glamper; reader; vintage jewelry maker; junker; and now a shop owner. But the lumberjack and I feel our greatest gifts in this world are our four grandkids and our daughter and her husband and our relationship with Jesus Christ. We have been married for more than 33 years and most of that time we have lived out in the country on a hobby farm where we have raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, pigs and beef cattle. We also homeschooled our only child for her entire school years. We lived out our dream of being like the The Little House on the Prairie and they were great times. I also have a personal blog: where I tell stories of what life on the farm has been like and other things that pop up in my very weird mind. I prefer "quirky or eccentric" instead of weird (sounds more fascinating and less creepy)!

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