10:45 A.M. — I stopped by the Magdalene House briefly to say goodbye to one of our moms who was moving out of state, then scooted off to Starbucks to meet with the Director of Staff and the new directors of the Elizabeth and Magdalene houses for a leadership discernment and training meeting.
At Maggie’s Place our days are usually pretty packed, but every so often, we experience a day that is truly filled from dawn till dusk with unexpected “duties of the moment.” A couple weeks back, I experienced one such Thursday.
6:00 A.M. — I woke up to a phone call telling me that one of our moms was in labor! I hurried to change my clothes and brush my teeth, then grabbed some car keys and me and Christy headed off to Banner Good Samaritan.
9:40 A.M. — Christy was doing wonderfully, breathing through her contractions and getting ready to move to the O.R. before beginning to push. Her twins arrived 2 short hours later.
12:30 P.M. — An alumni mom stopped by Magdalene to trade in some of her more casual clothes for interview outfits. As Director of Donations, I helped her choose some clothes and shoes from our well-stocked women’s clothing loft.
2:00 P.M. — Rebecca (Magdalene’s Director of House Operations) and I dropped off one of our cars at 25th Street Auto for an oil change, then continued sorting donations.
3:00 P.M. — Took a quick break from our to-do lists as the staff gathered to pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.
3:30 P.M. — After prayer, I loaded up a van with excess donations and unloaded them at a local crisis pregnancy center.
5:00 P.M. — One of our alumni moms was moving apartments the following day and hoping to trade in some items for a high chair and a crib, so I packed the items into the van and drove out to Glendale to deliver them and visit for a little while.
6:30 P.M. — I arrived back home and had dinner with the moms at the house, finished my daily chore, did a load of laundry, then caught up on emails and phone messages before leaving on my day off at 9:00 P.M.
Whew! It’s amazing what you can accomplish in a day!