Last week we bought a "new to us" Vermeer mini skid steer at the landscaping company I work for (Designer Concepts Landscape Architecture). Shannon has deemed it the Ver-Mini! My boss, Ryan, came over to help us push debris further into our ravine. The kids love the chances to try out new equipment, Adam especially!
Sara bundled up warm, too, and just had her little polka dot hat peeking over the top.
But it's when I see a picture like this that I am reminded of how much more than just a job I have.
More than a boss, Ryan and his family are dear friends. We have been in small group together. He and Shannon have been accountability partners for years, pushing each other to become better husbands, better fathers, and better men. For weeks Ryan and Shannon met in the NICU to pray over Adam and Sara at 6:30am on Thursday mornings.
When Sara's Boston surgery extended past Christmas last year, unexpected Christmas presents for the kids arrived because Ryan's family was thoughtful enough to make phone calls to the hospital.
We have seen each other's kids grow up. We have laughed together, cried together.
This picture is a representation of Ryan's heart for our family, and ours for his. At a time in this world when some things are so uncertain, it feels like a warm blanket to have something that has been consistent for 15 years.