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Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Dear Dox community of women who love to serve,
My exhousemate/sister/friend gave birth to precious Emma and I was able to see, first hand, how a woman who has just given birth can use some extra help. Currently we know Abby is soon to give birth to baby #2 and Amanda to baby #5, Lets be prepared to help when the babies arrives.

"The Program"
This is a 4-week service offered to our mommies after they give birth.

The 4-week service:
-2 large dinners per week
-deep cleaning/laundry service once a week
-special favor day once a week (grocery shopping, taking big bro/sis out of the house, errand running, Dr. appointment assistance)

Baby's pre-arrival:
Team-contact meets with mommy to get a tour of the home, discuss mommy's needs and dinner preferences and help with last minute nursery organization.

Baby's Birthday:
Mommy's contact person calls the team-contact so the house can have a deep cleaning. We want baby to come home to a clean place and mommy to start recovery with a little less stress. (Amanda is having a home birth so this will look different)

Mommy's Preference:
Baby's Birthday doesn't necessarily start the 4-week service. We recognize the privacy mommy may want with her baby and family for the first few days or week. Mommy will call her team-contact for when she wants the 4-week service to start.

How does one get involved?

Team Member:
Think about which of the 4 service days you want to provide; cooking, cleaning, or special favor day. Each team member signs up for one service per week for 4 weeks and communicates with mommy when she needs you each week. One person needs to be the team-contact to meet with mommy for the pre-arrival meeting and organize the pre-cleaning on Baby's birthday.

"Wait A Second!" Maybe this could be a Dox Ministry?
Not Everyone has a close, loving community like we have. Maybe we can think of a cool name for this as a ministry and help any needing mommy in Corvallis!?

How will we find pregnant women?
(Abby and Amanda will let us practice on them!)
Maybe we can make cute invitations for our local doulas to offer to their clients, but at this point the Dox community and "word-of-mouth".

Thanks for reading this long long blog posting. Im hoping this can grow into a successful ministry that blesses the mommies in our community! But... we'll start small and first help our friends! Give me feedback and name ideas for our new dox ministry!! Love you!


The Lewis and Ruby Blog World said...

You're funny.

The Lewis and Ruby Blog World said...

and Nice

mellens said...

that's perfect, I love it. Good job Jenna. I'll of course be involved in any way!

Beka said...

Yeah Jenna!! I love everything about it! Sign me up/tell me what to do!

christinaandbrian said...

super cool idea! good luck ladies. i wish i lived closer and you could practice on me...and then I could help you.
but seriously you/we are at the right age to start something like that with babies on the way. I hope you have the opportunity to work with people in the community..a little bit can go a long way! i think Jesus is smiling :)

cjvandenbos said...

cool idea jenna...i actually love it. maybe i can start it over here in good old leb. it would have came in super handy with ruby. although you did all of that for me anyway, you're such a great friend! love ya


The Drakes said...

love it! i can do a meal a week (or was it two meals?) either way, i'm in. i can bop in on sundays after dox or on thursdays to clean the bathrooms or vacuum or something while dropping off the food. tell me what works. nice job,jenna. we'd never have survived without all the help amanda, beka, abby and others gave when our babe arrived. i don't think we cooked for the first two months of his life! -- j

Kylie said...

Ummm...can you come to my house? Mid to end of July would be perfect :)

Heather said...

I'm in! that sounds great! Cool plan Jenna! you're so good at organizing things!
I'm up for whatever needs to happen! Cleaning/cooking/special favors/etc.

Good idea to practice on Abby and Amanda...that way you can get a bun in the oven and we'll really be prepared! :)

Jim and Brea said...

Jenna, you're such a wonderful servant. I am totally inspired.

Michaela said...

What a fabulous idea.. you are so smart.

Garrett, Carolynn and Jack said...

wait. did you come up with this after i was done having a baby, on purpose? i'll have another one just to get my house cleaned and meals made. i'm not kidding.

peteandjenn said...

I forgot to sign up! I'm in.