Thank You does not seem enough

How do you measure a person’s worth? There are more ways to measure this than I can count and 1000’s of years of philosophical, economic and theological debate on the subject.

This month I have come to the conclusion that a person’s worth is measured by the deeds they do and friends they have. Kevin and I have amazing friends. They are giving, kind and generally AMAZING. They have given up their weekends, some everyday of every weekend for a month to transform our yard so Kev can continue to use it as his health and mobility decline.

I am not comfortable asking for help. I am incredibly independent. It is hard for me to admit that I cannot manage by myself. Don’t panic. For the most part, we are doing fine. However, our yard was a mess. A retaining wall had fallen down and the slope and stairs are not conducive to a person with mobility issues.  See the before pictures:

Before

Before: The steps

Before

Before: The Entertaining Area (Sarcasm)

Before

Before: The Garden (Sarcasm)

Before

Before: The Retaining Wall

I was telling our friend, Jackie Brown, about getting someone in to fix the wall. Jackie informed me that there were a number of people who had been asking her how they could do something for Kev and this would be something they could do. My immediate reaction was no way.

It took me a long time to agree to Jackie’s plan but eventually I caved in. She can be very persuasive. So we developed a plan and I put it out on Facebook.  This is what happened:

During: Jack Hammering out the steps

During: Jack Hammering out the steps

Demolition

Demolition

During: Retaining Wall Construction

During: Retaining Wall Construction

The wall grows

The wall grows

The rubble pile grows

The rubble pile grows

Just like an ant colony

Just like an ant colony

Construction begins

Construction begins

Where did all that rubble go?

Where did all that rubble go?

Wall complete

Wall complete

The cement arrives

The cement arrives

Screeding (is that a word)

Screeding (is that a word)

Form work

Form work

Concrete finished.

Concrete finished.

Framing up

Framing up

Construction begins

Construction begins

The bones are up

The bones are up

The Deck nearing completion

The Deck nearing completion

The roof goes on

The roof goes on

The undercover entertaining area

The undercover entertaining area

Planting

Planting

Mulching

Mulching

As you can see, there has been an amazing amount of work done. We have discover that our friends are the most valuable of assets that Kev and I have. We know have a low maintenance yard that has disabled access.

The yard is looking great

The yard is looking great

The beginnings of a hedge

The beginnings of a hedge

New clothes line and grass not weeds (Honey is a little unsure of the new grass)

New clothes line and grass not weeds (Honey is a little unsure of the new grass)

Garden finished

Garden finished

Almost finished

Almost finished

Almost there

Almost there

I will never be able to thank all of those who came and helped.  Many of you commented that this is what our community should be like.  There is no SHOULD. This IS what our community is like.  You are generous, hard working, beautiful people. Thank you seems so inadequate. I will try and acknowledge all of you but first I need to acknowledge a few people for going above and beyond.

Firstly, Jackie and Ian Brown. We are incredibly lucky to have you in our lives. Thank you for being the driving force behind this. It would not have happened without you. I don’t know what I did in a past life to deserve you guys in this one but it must have been good.  As a side note, I highly recommend getting at least 1 ‘doer’ in your friendship group. It also helps if they are an ‘organiser’ as well.

Next, Glen and Karen Craft. Thank you for being Kev’s voice of reason as his frontal lobe functioning diminishes. I will be forever grateful to you for having our back.

I also need to thank Geoff Piper and the Piper and Texieria families. What can I say? You have turned an area that I thought Kev would eventually be unable access into a space he will be able to use for a long time. Thank you for your expertise and back breaking work in concreting and brick laying.

The rest of you all deserve your own paragraph but I will be here forever. So a massive thank you to all of those who helped, whether is person or in the form of sending food or alcohol. You are all amazing and are listed here in alphabetical order:

Kristie Beedie

Michael and Leanne Brake

Biscuit Briscoe

De and Ian Backhouse

Brian and Angel Bowman

Lisa Budden

Kaylan Craft

The Davis family

Donna and David Drain

Joe English

The Erler family

Shelley Fay

Shari Fox

Jason and Helen Hedley

Beorn Hulme

The Kanaris family

Glen Milligan

Belinda and Darren Monkman

Matthew Morgan

Louise and David Morgan

The Moss family

Nathan Oliver

Monique Piper

Andrew Ramos

The Reynolds family

Gary Richards and Niki Kallenberger

Heike and Ben Roberts

Lucie Robson

Jan and Ross Smith

The Rudd family

Mick Souter

The Stutchbury family

Wayne Thomas

Greg Watson

Molly and Demi Westwood

John White

Clearly Kev and I have have done something right along the way. We are blessed to have so many generous people in our lives.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

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One thought on “Thank You does not seem enough

  1. Belinda

    Maybe a person’s value can be measured in the impact they have on the lives of other’s? Obviously you guys have had enough of an impact on the lives of all of these people that they want to do something in return. For our part we are happy that we could have an positive impact on your lives/yard. After all, what are friends for?

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