Work Night at the “Fire Station”

On Thursday night I got a call from Craig.  I was in Lacrosse in the hospital with Kramer.  He said, “Hey the firemen got done with their stuff at the fire station and we decided to come to your house and do some work.  How wide do you want the landscaping around the fence by the garage?”

What??  How cool.  Then he went on to explain that the house siding that had hail damage had been replaced.

He said the that trees in front of the house were being trimmed.

Right now the trees hang a little low for vehicles passing by our house.  They needed to be trimmed and I worried how I was going to get that done.  No worries now.

I told Craig what I had in mind for the landscape and plants along the fence.


Then I said, “Craig, one more thing…can you snap some pictures so I can blog about it?’  Craig said, “Already on it”.  Oh I love that guy.

By the time we were done talking, I had tears.  The help we’ve been getting is totally overwhelming.  We so appreciate it.

Little did I know they tilled the garden….


Little did I know that this was all done while Craig had Carver and Gannon in toe too.

I’m guessing Mel, one of the fireman’s gals, came and helped with the boys as Kalissa was working the overnight.

I went back up to Kramer’s room and told him.  He laughed.  He said, “You know, with the timing of this, I doubt that they did anything a the fire station.  I think they only went to our house.”  I believe it.

I totally believe it.

The firemen in our town are seriously the best.


They have asked and offered to do a benefit for us.  We’ve put it off.  Doing this was PERFECT.  We couldn’t be more impressed with them.  You hear all sorts of things like “Firemen are a band of brothers”.  These guys have proved that!!

There are young people who flock to the city for jobs….I think that at times they miss out on the “community” of living in a small town.  This is priceless…it truly is.  We are so blessed to have these people in our lives.  We can’t thank them enough!!

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36 thoughts on “Work Night at the “Fire Station”

  1. Paula

    How awesome! It’s obvious that you’ve been a blessing to many others and now they’re giving to you. You have a wonderful family and a wonderful community, both in your area and online. Thank you for sharing this heart-warming tribute.

  2. Sue

    Amazing! What a special bunch of people. And it really shows how much these folks think of you and Kramer.

  3. Lisa B

    What a great group of firemen! Some true friends in that group. May they be blessed for blessing you. I too am so impressed with Craig. My husband would never have taken the two kids and done anything like that.

  4. Helen

    How wonderful.

    I’m curious about the fire hydrants on the drive. Are they going to be part of the landscaping?

  5. Donna

    What a wonderful thing they did for you – such a blessing.
    Small town life at its best!

  6. Robby

    What a terrific example of community living. I imagine some of those those younger firemen learned this way of living by watching Kramer and others like you guys. Learning how to live is every bit as important as learning tangible skills and great examples mean everything. Love that they were showing Carver how to be a helper to others. Look at those pictures and know you guys are loved and valued in your community.

  7. Carolyn Sullivan

    you are truly blessed. I have been finding myself blessed w family and neighbors helping me for the past couple of months, while DH has had 2 ICU and 2 surgeries, 4 total hospitalizations…. Hard to accept help but I’m learning.

  8. Melissa G

    What an amazing example of what “community” really is. You and Kramer are reaping now what you have sowed into the lives of others.

  9. Debbie B

    How wonderful to have these folks take on some jobs that needed to be done. Great support! Cheers to them all. Hugs!

  10. Ruth

    I enjoyed seeing this activity at your house, Jo! Carver is eating something, looks like a delicious brownie, and Gannon is sound asleep, so you know they had a good time. Those blue “fire hiders” (as my babysitting boy used to call them) looked very interesting there on the concrete. The light goes from daylight to dusk, so we know they really put in the time.
    Hooray for friends, neighbors, co-workers and Family!!

  11. Joanne Johnston

    I so look forward to reading your blog each day and especially now as you are going through this journey with Kramer. I had tears in my eyes this morning as I read about the beautiful gift from the firemen. I’m sure it’s true that you reap what you sow. God bless all of them and God bless you and your family.

  12. Ellie

    What a wonderful post! The firemen doing this for you shows how highly you and Kramer are valued in this community. You have given so much over the years and now it’s a chance for others to pay you back. It’s wonderful to see Carver and Gannon being part of such a great group and learning to take part.

  13. Kim LeMere

    Marvelous! the benefits of living where everyone knows you and helps each other out. Jo you and Roger are blessed with many friends far and wide. I love the picture by your stone.

  14. Donna F

    We hear all the “there is nothing to do in my hometown”. Oh how wrong. God Bless your family and the fire department.

  15. Pat Anderson

    Brought me to tears, too! How wonderful! It’s things like this that money can’t buy! What a wonderful community and what a wonderful SIL! Looks beautiful, too! Couldn’t happen to a nicer couple and glad you don’t have to worry about it any more. Now you two can concentrate on your health…hope you make it home together soon so you can see this awesomeness!

  16. Connie

    I stopped at the house yesterday and your yard looks beautiful! Even knowing the story, I cried reading the blog post and trying to write this. What a great group of friends! Your firemen ROCK!!

  17. LaNan Eldridge

    Yes that’s what small town is all about and I’m proud to be a part of one! Continued prayers for all of you!

  18. Candi

    Wow that is just so amazing. I miss living in a small town where community is everything good in this world. Congratulations on a job well done. Hats off to the fire crew!
    Love, hugs and prayers coming your way.

  19. Janet R

    What a blessing! Small towns can be great like that. I’m so happy all those things are done for you so you won’t have to worry and you can enjoy the outcomes. My heart is so happy for those giving people.

  20. Linda in NE

    What a great crew! You & Kramer & your family have been willing workers for the fire dept. and others, now that generosity is coming back to you when you need it. And I bet Kramer was right….the fire station will get spiffed up some other night.

  21. Priscilla

    What a wonderful bunch of guys & gals….my son is a FF & they really do for their communities. We’re in San Diego. Big city, but even bigger hearts! Your yard looks beautiful!

  22. Carolyn

    What an absolutely awesome group of firemen! Craig is also a super fantastic Dad setting a good example for his boys although someone slept through all the action around him. Blessing abound within your community! What a wonderful place to live!

  23. Pat Anderson

    Just bought the latest issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and sure love your pattern! I bought the magazine just for that! Too bad you have so much going on in your life and you can’t enjoy being published again. Praying for wisdom for the doctors and that Kramer will be able to go home with you soon! Kramer strong!

  24. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Small communities can definitely be a blessing!! Those fire fighters are so awesome!! Now you have given me ideas to take back to my small community when I get to go home!

  25. Terri

    Wow, this is just so amazing! I felt so good this morning reading your blog! You all are just the most beautiful people with the biggest hearts! Helping people is the most rewarding thing in the world! What an example of giving back what you and Kramer deserve! Enjoy the love and happiness this brought to you from your son and firefighters! May God keep blessing you and your family! My prayers are always with you all. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story!

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