Parents. Everybody's got 'em. But not all parents are created equal.
Christina, the Owner and Engineer of AZ One Lawn at a Time, is deeply grateful that she learned young the importance of a job well done.
"When I was little, my parents had a catering business for people that worked in the strawberry fields. We would rise early in the morning and pack food for over one thousand workers daily. I went with them to sell the food to the workers."
Christina gained integrity in her family's commitment to the quality of food they provided and compassion for the laborers in the fields. This integrity and compassion carry over into the work she performs today. AZ1 prides itself on the quality of its product and the courtesy and kindness of property owners during production.
"I'm grateful for my parents," she says, "Without them, I don't think I would be able to do everything I do. They enabled me to travel the world, help me with my kids, and are still providing hot meals for us after hard days of school and work! I love my mom's cooking and her heart for her family."
Cristina's dad is a member of her crew. He is still working hard to contribute to their future. "I love my Dad's kindness and his work ethic. He has unconditional love for his family, which is amazing."
Another impressive aspect that has come from having an attitude of gratitude is Cristina's history of changing not just the landscapes of people's yards...but lives. A vision dear to her heart is "One Hood at a Time," the outreach she founded with her son, Andre Chavez Hester. "It's deep in my heart to give tithes and offerings to hoods and barrios in need."
If there is one thing that can be said about Cristina Chavez and her family, it is that their attitude of gratitude has strongly contributed to making better communities for generations. As she teaches her kids and the next generation, we're confident this tradition won't end anytime soon.