What a tremendous surprise it was to find them working their wings off--without so much as word to the family that they would be there. I can't begin to express how fantastic it was to show up at Traci's house and see these Weller Elementary teachers hard at work in the yard. Spending their vacation helping a fellow teacher speaks volumes about the character of my mom's co-workers.
I want to emphasize the impact they made. Traci, mom, dad, and I are all equally thrilled that they stepped up and helped get Traci and Andy's house in order. The ladies were only discovered because Traci and our parents realized that Traci's house had been neglected for weeks and probably looked a mess. They decided to head over to do some gardening themselves only to stumble upon the fairies hard at work. They were so thrilled, they could barely contain their excitement. Relief flooded their faces for a few reasons. First, with four hard-working folks already knee deep in weeds, the time requirement for progress was greatly diminished. Second, most of the heavy labor had already been done (woo hoo!) and finally, as anyone that knows the ladies that work at Weller, with the fabulous four, there would be plenty of socialization to make the work (and time) fly by!
After many hours of labor, the yard looks amazing. What would've taken weeks for Traci to accomplish on her own was completed in just a day. Of course, weeds grow back, but the joy the whole family shares right now is enough to get us through the next stretch.
So to Marianne, Margret, Lisa and Ginny--THANK YOU from Traci, mom, dad and me!!! Please know that what you did really made a difference and is EXTRAORDINARILY appreciated. THANKS!!!!!