|View of boys through my kitchen window|
While I was doing the dishes I looked out my window and saw some workers digging with shovels in the empty field next to my house. The church nearby is trying to convert it into a park for kids to play. I knew it was hot out and thought maybe there was a good life lesson in helping for my boys to learn. I called the boys over and let them see out the window. I didn't want to force it because then it wouldn't be true volunteering. I explained what I've always explained about J.O.Y = Jesus first, Others second, and yourself last. This was a good chance to help out even though it wasn't easy work. My boys happily got their shoes on and went over. They asked them, "what can we do to help?" They were each given shovels. I was a happy mommy seeing them through my window as they helped do some hard work.
|Ryan and Kyle waiting for camera on right. :)|
Almost an hour later a news crew showed up. The boys came running back to our house because they needed permission to be in the video. I was like, HUH? They said they were running a piece about the project that was to be happening there. Of course I was okay with it and thought it would be such a neat experience for them to see behind the scenes video work. They worked awhile longer unloading stuff from a truck. Eventually more kids showed up. I guess they had planned on some kids doing a painting project and wanted to show kids painting together. Then they had my kids working in the garden beds that have been planted out there and then interviewed Ryan about some peppers that were grown there. The kids went from going over there for maybe just an hour or two to six hours! They had such a fun day. What made me so happy is they had such a right attitude about work with no reward, but somehow ended up being rewarded through some really fun experiences that are exciting and new for them. :) I went from being a sad mama to a proud mama pretty quick.
|Kyle painting a message on a stepping stone|