Thursday, April 30, 2009

Day 26 - { better-than-we-deserve neighbors }

Our Rooba (whose name continues to mutate) is good for many things:

Hand sanitizing. . . .



A pre-wash cycle for our dishes, thus saving on our water bill. . . .

(nice, short, sound-free, low-quality videos below)


But her heroic efforts at roto-tilling the garden, while appreciated, lacked the continuity and evenness that one would wish for. . . .

Thankfully, however, our garden is now planted and thriving.


I would like to introduce you to the nicest neighbors ever:


A recently retired couple, who are very involved with service activities at their church and with community organizations. They are talented at so many things and amazingly tech-savvy.

And they are just plain nice. It can't be easy living next to a noisy family like us, but they seem to think it's entertaining rather than annoying! (so awesome).

They have watered our plants for us when we were out of town, let us share the Sunday paper with them, given on-demand gardening advice, invited us to church, shared their many tools with us, invited our boys over to play with their granddaughter, visited us in the hospital after Benjamin was born, shared their home-project expertise with us, any thing you could think of that would be nice to have a neighbor for, they have given freely and with love.

I always worry that we are completely in their debt, that we can never be as good friends to them as they have been to us!

And so, this is the last straw!

I came home a couple of weeks ago to find that Roger had come over and roto-tilled our garden for us.


I thought: That's it. They get a post on my blog. 

(My charity never faileth. ha :)


Some people-- like these good neighbors of ours--help us understand Heavenly Father's love better. We are forever in His debt because first, He has given us our lives, the very air we breathe. And second, every time we "do something for" Him He blesses us again, ever more richly than we deserve. (*see King Benjamin's teachings about this*)

I am so grateful for these wonderful neighbors who are "peaceable followers of Christ", and with whom we will never catch up in the Niceness Contest. :) We love you guys!



100 days of gratitude tag


tppoo said...[Reply to comment]

Michelle, Thank you so much for your gratitude. You don't need to feel in our debt. That is just how good neighbors treat other good neighbors. And you and your family are the best! Thelma

My Favorite Things said...[Reply to comment]

Awesome neighbor and the cutest dog! oh my gosh- I want to squeeze him! how fun. SO good to see you posting such happy things. I happy for you and your happiness.

Mom/Nana/A. Nancy said...[Reply to comment]

What a nice post! I'm so grateful you are in good care with such awesome neighbors. Roger and Thelma have been very nice to us when we come visit too and even have been of assistance to us. I'm glad Ruby is of such assistance in cleaning Hummer's hands and the dishes. :) I LOVE your cheerful posts!

Vauna said...[Reply to comment]

I don't think there is such thing as neighbors better than you deserve. I'm sure they feel the same way about you. I'll roto-till your garden if you'll be my neighbor!
Thank you for always sharing your gratitude.

Andre said...[Reply to comment]

Awesome to have great neighbors! Loved the boys songs. Really liked the violin.

Natalie said...[Reply to comment]

Wow!! I love good neighbor stories. And, they are an adorable couple on top of their niceness!! How cool is that?

snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, who wouldn't love to have neighbors like that? Can I borrow them for a few years, please?? Actually, I should be focusing more on being a better neighbor. I only know a couple of people on my street.=(

Thanks for the very cheerful post. I am so glad that you guys are growing a garden this year and that it's going well for you!

mrs. tapa said...[Reply to comment]

What awesome examples of service and loving our [literal] neighbors!

That Rooba-rodatiller though, I think she needs a spank! (Tapa would say, "Spank her, hard-core!")