Sunday, October 14, 2007

31 for 21: Life savers

The other day my friend Sue mentioned that there were some friends that wanted to do something for us, just wanting to know what we might need. Now that's cool in and of itself, but what's cooler is this... I sent her a note back telling her what I'd be working on this weekend, by myself, as M had to work most of the weekend. The coolest? She called today saying she and her husband and their 6 kids were coming over today to help us do whatever we still needed to do. And if that's not enough, Marc and Ann came with their kids too! With me, M, and Braska included, we had 10 kids and 6 adults all outside working in the yard!

It was amazing! We got the pool almost completely finished, only halted by a piece I have to buy tomorrow at the pool store. They cleaned the gutters, raked the back yard, deflated the inflatables, trimmed a bunch of old brush from a long fenceline, and cleaned up afterward.

The kids were great and pitched in working too. They also enjoyed a little fun time, which was entertaining to see. We have a very large tree next to the pool on one end, and it starts very low to the ground. I never even thought about it like a climbing tree, but JJ was practically peeking out of the top!

Here's the view inside the tree.

We chilled out and had pizza for dinner before everyone went home to hit the hay. It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

I simply cannot express how much this helps us, in a tangible sense and intangibly. This saves me dozens of hours of work, and it would probably have never all been done, in truth. But it speaks volumes of the hearts of these friends and the way they live their belief outwardly that people matter. Thank you Jim, Sue, JJ, John, Jacob, Josiah, Johannah, Jillian, Marc, Ann, Ben, Matthias, and Kaylee! We are so blessed. Thank you, God, for these servants of yours who have willingly obeyed your call.


  1. What a fun day! Thank you to all who helped, since MOM and DAD can't be there to do it. You are truly angels in people clothes.

  2. That's a great lookin' work crew! Wish we were there to help out:)

  3. I can't believe that was a climbing tree and I never noticed! If you trim it right you may have a diving board built in there.

  4. Wow! What a great bunch of workers!

    Papa Beagle


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