When it comes to the list of thing I want to instil in my sons, the value of hard work is close to the top - right behind walking closely with God and treating others with love and respect.
So when my oldest son cooked up the idea that for his first car, he wanted to work odd jobs to save enough money to buy an old truck to fix up, I was all for it. I've helped him line up work, juggle his schedule, and I've happily run him to and fro.
His savings account is growing, and he's shown pretty impressive control despite having a decent amount of cash in his pocket at any given time. (With the exception of one swap meet that set him back a bit - but it's kind of fun to splurge every now and then.) I have to admit, I'm really proud of him and how focused he's been on achieving his goal.
As we were leaning over the fence talking to the neighbors this weekend, Dylan's summer goal came up as a topic of conversation. They thought what he was doing was great, and told him he could have their old farm truck if he'd bring it by to show them once he finished fixing it up. Just like that, my son's dream came true. From the moment he first started thinking about what his first car would be (which was pretty young), he's wanted an old truck to restore. Not only did these people make that dream a reality, it's the truck he dreamed of.
Personally, I believe God used the kindness of these neighbors to bless Dylan's hard work. Whatever your beliefs, it's hard not to smile when you see the way my son lights up when he talks about his truck. As a mom, it's an amazing feeling to see your child work hard for something and that be rewarded.
I can't wait to see the truck as it returns to its former glory.
Rolling hills that had been vibrant green just weeks ago were now muted in tone, as if they were taking a deep breath before bursting into the song of fall.