This house, for me, is truly an example of the verse that says God is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). As with everything else my husband and I have been blessed with, we want to be good stewards of this home. I think a piece of that is sharing it with others as opporunities arise. It's just funny that an opporunity "arose" so quickly!
Friday afternoon, just 2 days after Moving Day, I was unpacking clothes upstairs when the doorbell rang. Two friends had stopped by to say hi. I invited them to sit on the porch, and we visited a bit. As we were chatting, a neighbor came over with her baby to welcome us to our new home. Then her husband joined us, as did Eric, Nathan and my brother-in-law. After hanging out for awhile, someone asked what time it was. We realized it was 5:30, which is usually when we eat supper! I had planned to grill out that night, so Eric asked if anyone wanted to join us for the meal. Everyone wanted to stay, so I headed to the kitchen to begin preparations. Ordinarily, I wouldn't have had enough meat on hand for so many people. However, our friends that just moved away had donated the contents of their fridge and freezer to us. Isn't it amazing how God provides? (I have to mention the following irony for those who will remember this story from last summer: our friend that just moved and gave us so many groceries is the same dear friend from the "incident.")
As I chopped lettuce and tomatoes for our spur-of-the-moment picnic, the doorbell rang yet again. A friend who had been on my dorm staff for two years was in town for an interview and had tracked us down so she could say hi as well! It was chaotic, but fun, and I felt so blessed to sit on our beautiful front porch sharing a meal with these old and new friends. I hope it will be the first of many wonderful gatherings in our home!