There are some things in life that even the most pure-hearted, servant-minded people have to muster up the strength to do for another. One of those things is helping someone move. I don’t know of too many people (none) that get excited when they receive an invitation to help someone move all their belongings, junk included, to another location. And perhaps the worst news of all is the moment when someone learns they get the privilege of moving a piano as well. Yet, despite those details, the power of community won the day.
Courtnee and I own a couple of businesses, one being a daycare. We are partnered with an organization that incentivizes serving healthier foods, and for doing so we get reimbursed for food expenses. It’s a win-win program.
Our other business is a leadership development business that teaches the fundamental principles that make a life successful in every aspect. One aspect is financial. And one of the basic financial principles they teach, especially with today’s economy and being in the information age, is to get out of debt. But after two years of considering selling our home, we decided to do it.
Our daycare license does not expire until the end of June, and after finding a home that we could move into, we decided to we would take our time and gradually move throughout the month of June, ultimately getting our new home inspected by the state and approved for a new license at the end of the month.
Enter Janet with the food program. On Friday, June 1, Janet made one of her unexpected visits to check on us and evaluate whether we were following the program or not. This is not unusual nor is it bothersome. They obviously need to check to make sure we are doing what we agreed to do; and thank God she did. After Courtnee explained our plans, Janet informed us that our food program license expires June 1, that day! And because we were planning on moving at the end of June, they wouldn’t renew our license until after we were moved into our new home. That meant we would lose out on around $600. Therefore, we could continue with plan A and bite the bullet and miss out on that month’s reimbursement, or we could call on our wonderful community of friends and family and get packed, moved, unpacked, and have the new house ready to pass a daycare inspection in three days. We chose plan B.
Courtnee and I started packing as much as we could beginning at noon that Friday, while still running the daycare, and then doing the walk-through at the new home that evening. I sent out the S.O.S. and was quite pleased with the response. Let me reiterate at this point that although I would be bummed to not have any help with moving, I also would completely understand. There just isn’t much to be excited about when it comes to straining your back, breathing in people’s dusty corners, moving furniture that weighs gazillions of pounds, boxes that are overpacked, and art work that may cost a dime or two. OH! And did I mention that Courtnee and I didn’t get everything packed?
Enter Jeff and Kim, Jack, Dave and Jessica, Daniel, John and Kristy, April and Geir. With only 18 hours notice these saints willingly showed up at 8 am on Saturday morning to help us get moving. Not only did they help move the heavy furniture, the overpacked boxes, and various art work, but they also had to move stuff that wasn’t packed at all. Kristy used sheets to pack up the kids’ room, others used laundry basics to pack up bathroom items, laundry items, towels, etc. And they were all crazy good. Jack arrived with a pick-up. Dave and John showed up with pick-ups and trailers. And with those two trailers along with my dad’s trailer and my brother’s Yukon, we were able to load nearly every essential piece of furniture, clothing, shoes, food, kitchen items, and daycare items.
Enter Stephanie, Bill, Jim and Jo. I guess you could say these saints were wave two. After moving most of the household by 1 pm on Saturday, these four helped pack up additional clothes from the closets, pantry items, and random stuff just lying around that didn’t get packed. They too were stellar. They also helped with unpacking and getting the house ready for a daycare. Bill, along with John, Dave, and Jeff helped us load up our trampoline on a trailer and move it without breaking it down. That was a site to see. Fortunately not law enforcement officers were around to watch that one.
Wave three included my dad and brother who continued to help with some more furniture items and the garage. John was a champion and helped me the entire day, ever foregoing a planned hike with his wife and two-year old son? Who does that? Amazing people like John do.
Wave four was on Sunday. Jeff S., John, Chris (my brother), and Dave helped with the licensing process for the daycare. We began building a railing for the front steps, put fencing up in the back yard, fixed gaps in the back deck, put up baby gates in the house, and made the home livable and ready for business and inspection on Monday.
Enter Dana, the state director who inspected our home on Monday morning. She was amazed with what we pulled off in two and a half days. We still had to finish the railing and a few other minor things, but beyond that, we passed the inspection. It was an amazing victory. And Dave and my brother continued to help build the railing, which is a really nice looking railing, until it was finished on Wednesday (I still need to stain it though). My friend Michael pitched in on Tuesday to help as well. He actually would have helped but didn’t get my invite to him. I guess he lucked out.
Looking back, this truly was an amazing accomplishment. And honestly, it wouldn’t have happened without being connected to amazing people through amazing communities. Great relationships with family, friends, church, and business partners all made this possible. That is the power of community. So, thank you once again my dear friends and family. Thank you for being part of an amazing feat and a wonderful victory in so many ways. Courtnee and I love you.