Stella here:  We had the very best time this week that anybody could imagine.  A local agency was offering help with yard work, house work  or painting your home, so my Mom applied since our yard has turned into kind of a forest.  My Mom just asked for help to clear away overgrowth of plants and bird-planted trees.  So the lady at the agency told us we would have some helpers starting Monday.

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This is what we got:  Two adults and four teenager kids.  The adults helped them to figure out what to do and the kids went right to it (along with the adults!)  They went all around our house, cutting trees, digging up roots, clearing up the mess and hauling it away.  Then they decided they had to paint the garage, which hadn't been painted for a long time.  They all scraped off the old bad stuff and it took about a day and a half, then they started painting:

One important guy was missing from this picture because he (Ben)
was painting on the other side of the garage. 
You can't imagine what a huge and beautiful change this was.  They put on two coats of paint and it just shines!

This group came from Wisconsin and Illinois, being part of the Catholic Heart Work Group, and sponsored by the Mahube agency.
The weather was hot and pretty miserable for this kind of hard work but you would never know it from this group.  Smiles all day, and simply the nicest people I have met in a long while.  Lots of teenagers have reputations as being lazy, but these kids worked harder than you could imagine, for four days, kept smiling and even seemed to be having fun at it.  Then they would take a little time, come in the back yard and play with me, Stella!  I did get into some paint though, and it went on my chin:

My Mom said it could have been way worse!

This is the front before they hauled the cuttings away.  We have an
Amur Maple which are the leaves and branches you see and they cut it so perfectly.  We all love that tree.  The curtain you see open is Zkhat's look-out.  She checked out what they did but was scared to get close to the workers.  Such a wuss!  She will never know how good they were to me!

It is so hard to find people these days who will do this kind of work for pay, and to find these willing workers in my yard who thanked me for letting them help me! (at no cost) It was just the most wonderful four days I can imagine, seeing good people putting their faith to work.

So, Roger, Mary Ann, Shannon, Morgan, Ben and Mike, if you are reading this, know that we will love you forever for your good nature, kindness and hard work!

If you would like to learn a little more about Catholic Heart just click and read!

Love and hugs,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat


  1. Wow, that is just awesome! What a wonderful organization - we are so glad you applied. they did a great job - and yes, there ARE some wonderful young people out there willing to do the right thing.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  2. How wonderful! Good folks deserve all the recognition and praise they can get.

  3. oh my gosh. this brought tears to my eyes. thanks for sharing these wonderful folks with us. what a gift...

  4. How pawsome is that?!! Wonderful to hear about such a great Organization ~ thanks for sharing their good work. They did an amazin' job! Probally better than if you actually had paid someone to do it! Fab.



    Peess: If that was Moi, I would have gotten paint ALL over me!!hehe

  5. What a wonderful bunch of guys n gals. Well done to all. Have a great weekend. Stop by tomorrow and meet a new friend.
    Best wishes Molly.

  6. It sounds like a group of angels visited you. What a wonderful wonderful thing to do. You made me smile.

  7. That is pawesome! I am glad you did such a good job snoopervising.


  8. What a wonderful gift!! We got a similar offer this evening, and so I know the feeling you are having at getting help from those who expect nothing in return.

  9. Oh that is just wonderful, and now you have blogged about them, you can tell the helpers that they are internationally famous for their hard work and kindness all over the world!
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie (who is looking at a shed that needs a coat of paint here in Scotland).

  10. Wow, that is a wonderful program. We need the whole inside of our house painted. I wonder if there's someone around here that would like to volunteer.

    Your garage looks wonderful.

  11. What a lovely service! And what a terrific job they did, Jo. I am so glad you posted this and shared their info, too. Stella, the paint COULD have been a lot lot lot worse!

  12. We love that picture of Stella with 'white' chin! :)

    Thank you for visiting us and sending comforting words.
    We love you. Purrs!

  13. How wonderful! Stories like this always renew my hope in the world. I wonder where in IL they were from? You know we live in IL.

    Your pal, Pip

  14. What a fantastic story to read on Wonderful World Wednesday! It is young people and those with noble caring hearts that convince us that somehow the good guys will win and the world will not end up going to hell in a handbasket (as momma says).

    Your home looks lovely!

  15. Congratulations! What a wonderful present for you all! Stories like this are very heartwarming.

  16. Wow oh wow, what a wonderful thing!! I would so love to have some help like that. I think I could spend an entire month in my yard full time and not get everything done that needs done. What a blessing this was for you!

  17. I haff tears in my eyes... What good works! Yeur heart is clearly full... and yeur playce looks great!!! I am so habby teu hear ob this wonder full program and these young people!!!

    wif lubbs from Little Reufus

  18. Hi Jo, Stella Up Over and Zkhat, what a wonderful group of people. We're glad they made you so happy. We wanted to say thank you for your kind thoughts when our Poppa passed away. Your kind words helped mum very much. Take care. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  21. WOW! What a gift!

    We have those kind of teenagers here ion our church - one of my human brother - who do the same thing for folks!

    pawsome ~ just pawsome!

    found you on the hop and following you now:)