Sunday, April 28, 2013

Weekend of Service 2013

Just a quick post to share with you all. We've been so busy volunteering this weekend with our church for Weekend of Service. The church shut down for the whole weekend and went out into our community to serve. OMG...we are not talking plating up some pizza at Sunday Night Dinners here. My husband and I agree, we can not remember the last time we worked so hard. I spent five hours planting flowers in soil made up of rock and clay. Boy, how I miss the brown moist dirt in Iowa. Life could have been so much easier. It's so ironic to me that I was given the job of planting flowers. I do not have a green thumb. I kill marigolds and can't get succulents to grow. I wouldn't be surprised if my flowers don't make it. Just saying!

I'm posting some pictures taken yesterday at our site. Oh, I should tell you about our site. We worked at a low income middle school. Low income schools are a dime a dozen in Southern California. It's true. It's sad simple repairs go unfixed because of financial constraints. A great example is a clogged drain on the school campus which floods the grounds when it rains. The work order was submitted two years ago and it still remains clogged. So sad!

Our boys before volunteering. Zac wasn't too excited to go. 
Remember he is our lazy one.
In his own words, he surprisingly had fun and made a couple of friends. Yes, he slipped off to the mulch pile a time of two to get unbelievably dirty and he started digging a hole in pursuit of gold. Overall, it was a great experience for him and everyone.

Ky went into superstar mode yesterday. As she always does. 
Seriously the girl impresses me. 
Everyone really. 
This picture was end-of-the-day-I-need-a-shower-and-food kind of smile. 

So...we went to our favorite diner, The Pit Stop and got some grub.
Topped it off with milkshakes. Just to sooth our sore muscles.
Holistic Healing.

We got home. Did the shower and laundry thing. 
Watched Rise of the Guardians.
Went to sleep.
Now were just bumming around in our pjs until our shift today.

Of course, it's not Sunday on the blog without a gratitude post.
I'm thankful for everything you just read. 
Truly an amazing experience with the family.
I'm grateful for our church too.
It's a great fit for us. 

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  1. How amazing!!!! I am so impressed with you all. :)

  2. Nicole:
    Thank you to your family for doing this. Your children will know that helping others is something that we should all do. Your timing was perfect. I stopped at my mom's today & her neighbor is a veteran & had been sick. There is a group working up the east coast to help out veterans. They came in & did so much work to their house. They were still in awe today when I saw them. These are things that he couldn't have done himself but boy did they come in truckloads & do anything & everything for them. Just a little bit of help can truly make someone's day, week, year. It is something that implants into their hearts. Thank you for doing this.

  3. This is so awesome! You and your family is just wonderful!