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Hard Work

August 9, 2010

Last week, we wrote about how crazy hard we work on our weekends. This weekend, we got sweaty, dirty and accomplished a lot but is wasn’t just on the B.A.B. . A friend of ours, Debbie,  has a small organic farm in Illinois and we spent Sunday afternoon helping out, with a bunch of folks from Tom’s Office (Debbie works there), on some chores. As a thank you, she loaded us up with my favorite thing in the world, home-grown tomatoes. The tomatoes are DELICIOUS, but the trip was a wake-up call for me.

Yes, Tom and I work hard, but Debbie takes care of chickens, goats, vegetables, flowers, bees, dogs, … I’m too tired to go on! This woman puts us to shame. She started this enterprise with her husband, who unexpectedly passed away a few months ago.  She is finishing the growing season with the help of her church members and assorted friends, but she is doing much of the Hard Work on her own. She is doing it all while giving so much! Her helpers are learning about organic farming and meeting folks with similar interests. She gives so much more than she is given.

A few years ago, I was training to run my first marathon. I discovered I had a stress fracture 2 months before the race and had to give up on my goal. I spent the next few months feeling sorry for myself.  A good friend, Regina, was going for her first triathlon and I joined the cheering section, still feeling the loss of my goal. Wa, wa, wa.  Then, the wheelchair athletes came by. Their arms were driving them up the hills, thru the water, across the finish line. Here I am with my piddly little stress fracture. They were living with much more challenging difficulties and accomplishing more than most able bodied folks, more than I could imagine for myself. I realized, I have NOTHING to whine about. I recovered and have finished many races, but I always will remember that experience when I have a tough challenge.

I felt the same revelation today. Yes, we have set our sights high, but our efforts pale in comparison to Debbie’s. She has touched so many people, and inspired us all. So we hope, in a small way, our efforts can inspire others.

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  1. August 14, 2010 12:55 am

    Hi Tom and Sue,

    Gosh, my mouth watered when I saw those grand tomatoes. My favorite thing too.
    I have enjoyed all your postings so much. You are so great to share it all with us. You have gone through so much together, and I am still in awe of all your accomplishments and proud also.
    The gate looks great..
    I look forward to seeing more. And, I’m still praying!!

    Love you.

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