Working With Neighbors – Gratitude Rant #12


When I walked into the house tonight, cold and tired and windburned, I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited and grateful to see a crockpot full of hot beef stew!

Remember back in August when our neighbors’ field caught fire and burned their shed down?

Well, they’ve slowly been rebuilding it, and today was the day to get the roof put up…


I was able to spend pretty much the whole day perched on the top of a hay truck, positioning prefabricated trusses, and climbing all around in the rafters, fastening things down with a handy-dandy nailgun.

All in all, it was a fun little “barn raising” — but I tell ya, those Amish folks make it look a heck of a lot easier than it actually is! 😉

I really am grateful for the opportunity to work with my neighbors though.

This might come as a shocker to you, but I’m not much of a socializer… I mostly just keep to myself. Even though we have some pretty fantastic neighbors, we don’t really get together too much.

This little work party, however, gave everyone a good excuse to hang out and rub shoulders and laugh and joke together.

And y’know, if you really want to get to know a person (and I mean really get to know them), all you’ve got to do is put in a good hard day’s work together! That’s where the true colors come out, and the real friendships are forged.

Plus it just makes you feel good!


Like I said, I’m not a real social butterfly; I hate reaching out of my little bubble to actually talk to people — but if you’re putting together a work crew, well, count me in!

Today I’m grateful to be able to work with my neighbors (and for Lindsey’s beef stew!)


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