This weekend my family had the honor of working an event at our church (Cross Timbers Community Church).  This is the fourth FMR that my husband, Kirk has volunteered his time and experience for.  We started going to CT (cross timbers) about 2 years ago.  The moment we walked in we felt like we were at “home”.  You don’t have to be afraid to be you.  The people here are REAL.  The love runs deep and you can’t help but be moved to want to be a better person, to make a difference, to BE that person who makes someone else’s day better.  
 
When we found out about the FMR event , we knew this is a place where WE (ok, not so much ME, but a LOT Kirk) could give back.  Kirk owns/runs a mobile automotive repair company (Mobile Automotive Solutions), so this is a perfect way for him to give back.  The church pays for parts and dozens of men and women and even children spend an entire Saturday devoted to helping other people by fixing their “ride”.  We see a lot of single parents, people who have been laid off, working people who are just struggling.. people who need to catch a break, somewhere.  Okay, so how can it get better than that?  Not only were they able to fix over 100 cars, they put 4 people/families in ‘new’ cars.  Two of them were from the church and two more were donated that day. 
 
Toby, our pastor, has been talking to us about leaving memorials for our children to learn from.  Not the kind of memorial you think of.  Our kids need to SEE what it’s like to help other people.  They need to FEEL what it feels like to do something REALLY good for someone else and not get anything in return but just feeling good that YOU helped make someones day better.  Kirk and I have decided that we need to do more of that too.  So I hauled all 5 kids up to FMR yesterday and we stayed for 8 hours!  There were kids fetching tools, passing out water or food to people (people waiting and people working), “helping” however they could.  There were 13 year old boys changing oil and 7 year old boys holding flash lights with grease from head to toe.  It was nothing short of amazing to just sit back and see the big picture.  Strangers working together to help strangers.  Old-er men guiding young men and boys.  We were leaving memorials for our children that day. 
I have almost 300 images to go through.  I’ll share more soon.
 
~NH

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