One of our big transitions as you might have guessed was moving into a new home. Consequently, two days after moving all of our belongings in, Ryan left for Indiana on a temporary 3-week job at an oil refinery. On top of that – I started my new job at the church a few days before he left. It was a trifecta of blessing, challenge, and change all in one week.
Now this new home wasn’t the most inviting place to be since Ryan wasn't there and our stuff was still completely boxed up. On top of that I didn’t really have a free weekend to unpack a substantial amount of boxes. Whenever I had a day off it consisted of accomplishing the bare necessities, like running errands, washing clothes, cleaning our old apartment, and balancing our budget. Don’t get me wrong there was some downtime in which I relaxed, but for the most part I was pretty stinkin' busy!
Once people knew that Ryan had left for his job and I wasn’t staying at our new place while he was gone, the phrase “Southern Hospitality” came to life. I am so thankful for my husbands family and church family which extended such a loving hand of kindness to not only keep me company, but feed me and house me. What a blessing to be inundated with tons of family and close friends saying, “Come on over for dinner!” or “Stay the night! You’re more than welcome!” That just spoke volumes to me. I felt so unbelievably loved, and that's when I started to think about the definition of home and what I knew it to be.
...home is somewhere that people call you their own.
If you've ever wanted to show that same gesture of love... here's how: give. Give of your possessions, time, and resources. Even if you have little, and your time is limited. And if you want know how to continue showing God's love: Give thanks. That thanks motivates you to see that you give because God gave you what you have..and even if you barely have something, that something still means everything to someone who has nothing.
... you're at home when you're with family, and everyone should have a place to call home.
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In the meantime, here are a few pics of life from the rock climbing trip in Sandrock, Alabama and Ryan’s Birthday Scavenger hunt!