Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Helping Hands

There are so many things for kids to learn about life. Not all of them are learned in the classroom. "Hands on" is a great way for our children to learn some valuable lessons in life. A friend of ours, Marita, had a yard that she was preparing for her summer garden. Ron had been over several times to help. The boys wanted to help too, so we let them out of school one day and dropped them off for a little while. They worked hard! Marita was pleased and we were proud. Knowing how to work is important to learn while one is young. The Bible says in II Thess. 3:10 "...that if any would not work, neither should he eat." Another valuable lesson is to serve others. The mentality of the world is to "look out for number one". That is so selfish. Jesus is the King of kings, yet he served others. To truely be Christ-like, we need to serve others (even if you get nothing in return). Isn't that the way to spell JOY? - Jesus Others You! The boys worked for a couple of hours and went home tired, but happy. I want to be a better example to my kids of serving others with a joyful heart.

Daniel chopping wood.

Andrew moving dirt.

Andrew taking a break.

When we went back to pick up the boys, we brought everyone an ice cream (that is better than money to kids). Caleb was torn between eating the ice cream or playing in the dirt....the dirt won! He threw out the last little bit of ice cream and headed for the big pile of dirt (SO attractive to a 3 year old little boy).

Jesus and Others and You
What a wonderful way to spell JOY
Jesus and Others and You
In the life of each girl and each boy ♪
J is for Jesus for he has first place
O is for Others we meet face to face ♪
Y is for You in whatever you do
Put yourself third and spell JOY


  1. The pictures bring back memories of doing stuff like that with Dad. Or the four of us pulling weeds in the garden. Lots of fun! Wish I had a garden now.

  2. Great pictures! Tell the boys that I'm glad my nephews are learning how to be real men and work hard! My favorite picture is the one of Andrew resting in the wheelbarrow. Hey, when you work hard, you deserve a break!

  3. What a great way to teach helping, and I'm sure that Marita really appreciated it! I'm glad that God moved you guys there so you can be a help and witness to her! Tell her hi from me!:o)

  4. I love that verse! We quote it a lot around here! Great job boys!

  5. Loved this post, Rachel! You are such an inspiring Mommy! More than anything, I want my kids to grow up to be hard workers too... Thanks for the encouragement in this area.


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