How washing and making bottles changed my life

For Norah alone, I’ve washed and made approximately 1080 bottles. And I’m (hopefully) a little over halfway through – so I’ve another 800 or so to go.

washing bottles

We use Dr. Brown’s which has 5 parts per bottle. That’s a lot of parts washed. And then there’s the formula making (this isn’t about formula vs. breastfeeding. I know breast is best and Norah got 6 weeks worth of my milk).

And now on to our current reality – me washing and making bottles. When Jack was in that phase, it always felt like a hassle. And someone was always complaining about it. I have made a very valiant effort that this go around, it will be different. And I’m taking on the lion’s share of this task, so as to serve Shawn and Gram.

Practice of the presence of God

I’m viewing washing and making bottles as Brother Lawrence did washing dishes.

I came across this book during my seminary days. Brother Lawrence was a Discalced Carmelite monk. He had kitchen duty – probably a little different than bottle washing, but the way I see it – we’re both in the kitchen. I am humbled and inspired by Brother Lawrence.

 “He would, however, be willing to work anywhere, always rejoicing at being able to do little things for the love of God” (p. 12).

  • So I pour the dish soap in the bowl (and pray for Norah on the inhale).
  • I run the hot water (and pray for Norah on the exhale).

“Brother Lawrence pointed out that he spoke very simply and frankly to God” (p. 12). Sometimes I’m in a fine mood and I thank God for this opportunity. Other times I’m ready for it to be over already so I ask God to help me be thankful that I GET to do this. And I remember Brother Lawrence:

“As often as I could, I placed myself as a worshiper before him, fixing my mind upon his holy presence, recalling it when I found it wandering from him. This proved to be an exercise frequently painful, yet I persisted through all difficulties.”

  • I take apart each bottle (and pray for Norah on the inhale).
  • I wash all 5 parts of all 6 bottles we have (and pray for Norah on the exhale).
  • I mix the formula (and pray for Norah on the inhale).
  • I pour the formula (and pray for Norah on the exhale).
  • I put the bottle together (and pray for Norah on the inhale).
  • I put the bottles in the fridge for the day ahead (and pray for Norah on the exhale).

“Never tire of doing even the smallest things for Him, because He isn’t impressed so much with the dimensions of our work as with the love in which it is done.” p.21

The way i see it, she’s gonna be a dynamite woman of compassion, honor, and light (what her name means and my prayer for her) if all these prayers are answered!


 Artwork Credit: Amanda Weaver Design


1026193_10152048871361056_790909393_oLoren Latourelle

I’m a part-time working mom of two in my mid-thirties learning to be like Jesus in the big and small dailies in San Francisco. I have a degree in English (Auburn University) and a Masters of Divinity (Golden Gate Seminary). I’m from the South, but not of the South. I’ve traveled to France, Ukraine, and China and, on a regular basis, come in contact with all of those nationalities plus a half a dozen more at the playground seven blocks from the flat we call home. We are a part of a house church that began as an outreach to Nepali refugees.

I live in the grace and love of Jesus and live out, as best I know how, that grace and love to others. I love checking off a to-do list – most days that includes drinking (good) coffee, singing, laughing, and reading up on the 75+ blogs to which I subscribe. A great day would also include going to the beach, having bacon for brunch and ice cream for dinner.

I beg for God’s kingdom come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven – in my corner of the great city of San Francisco, as well as in all the other amazingly beautiful corners of the world – including yours, wherever that may be!


  • Alyssa Martin

    Loren, I was just discussing this very issue with Mike yesterday. I asked him, “How do you find joy in doing things you don’t want to do?” Especially in regards to the ministry, which is a large part of my life, we discussed that in my mind at least, those things can be the things I am “suffering” through for Christ. Those are the things that He has asked me to do and I do them because I love Him, not because I necessarily want to. Plus, when you put it in perspective…there are people out there giving up their lives for the sake of Christ. Then I feel silly when I am complaining about the little something I don’t want to do. Thanks for this reminder…I need it, and that verse gets me every.single.time.!

    • Loren

      Thanks, Lys! Me too!

  • Andi Clem

    I just feel like you’re such a good momma! Just from all your posts I’ve read. I literally just got into bed after washing my son’s dr brown 5 part bottles! Ha! Thank you for this awesome reminder. I needed this change in perspective!

    • Loren

      Thanks for the encouragement, Andi. By God’s grace! And glad this resonated.

  • Leah Mancl

    I read parts of that book during discipleship meetings with my mentor my sophomore year of college and LOVED IT. Thank you for reminding me of it! I’m going to get a copy of my own.

    • Loren

      It seems so simple, but my first encounter with Brother Lawrence was also meaningful! For God’s good and His glory!