Mom and Dad receive a tremendous amount of help from the German Baptist community in their area. A favorite is Dennis North who does Mom and Dad's landscaping around the house.
Here Dennis is removing some bushes from the front beds. The kids were fascinated with the walk-behind loader/grabber machine that Dennis used to get the job done. I cleverly placed them in the back hatch of the van so they would be safe...and not pester Dennis too much.
Two summers ago we went to Cape Cod to visit Mike's Mom's side of the family. In the background you can glimpse the beautiful, refreshing cove in which we swam...but who really cares about that when you have an excavator doing some work. The driver took pity upon the boy who would sit and watch him work and asked me if it was okay to give him a ride.