I received a phone call yesterday that brought me to tears.
The call was from a local landscape company in Canton, Landscape Solutions and Maintenance, who chooses a family every year who is going through a tough time to donate their time to and do their spring/fall clean up and lawn maintenance for the year. A friend had nominated us to be the recipients of this company's generosity and after being picked from a hat with the other nominees, we were chosen.
I am a giver. I love to love on others. I am not so good at receiving love from others so this wasn't the easiest gift to receive. Yet knowing I will be gone during the week and Stephen will be taking on both of our responsibilities while I am getting treatment, having this responsibility off my husband's shoulders is truly a gift. Our weekends together can be focused on being together as a family rather than doing yard work as a family between baseball, softball and t-ball games.
Stephen and I are both humbled by this generous gesture. We are also grateful there are company's out there like, Landscape Solutions and Maintenance, who are willing to donate their time and energy to help people in their community.
If you live close by, please keep this company in mind when you need a landscaper. For those who don't live close by, maybe there is a company nearby doing similiar acts of love you could support - or - maybe you own a company that could bless a family in some way who is going through a tough time.
Acts of love are a blessing. They are fuel for the giver and they receiver.
I prefer to be the giver. But between the Healing Meals, the meal train, and this generous act of love, I am learning that others want to be the givers towards us during this time. As tough as it is, I am learning to receive the gift of others love...and hope my children learn too that being a recipient of someone's act of love is just as much of a blessing as being the one doing the act of love.