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our host family

November 17, 2011

This fall we’ve been staying with a couple from our home church and will be here until about Christmas. We didn’t really know them before we came here, but they knew we needed a place to stay and offered their basement for three months. They warned us that we’d have to go through their living room to get to the basement and asked if we wanted to have someone look at their basement to make sure it would be okay for us. We said that we’re sure it’d be fine.We’re not real high maintenance.

The day we got here in September, our hostess showed us to their basement. We’d gathered by their emails and by someone else’s comments that it’s a pretty nice basement, but we were still surprised. It has two bedrooms, a living room, a full bathroom, and a kitchen-dining room. Our hostess apologized that not all of the drawers in the furniture were empty for us to store things in and that some of the towels in the bathroom were frayed. We responded that it’s fine and we don’t have so many things as to need all the drawers anyway. (We drove to Illinois in our little Honda Fit.) We didn’t tell her that not only is their basement larger than either of our apartments at school in Texas, it’s probably bigger than our old house’s main and second floors combined. We’ve been privileged to stay in many people’s homes and are always grateful for people hosting us, whether it’s in a spare bedroom or their living room couch.  Still, since we’re here for three months, it’s been nice to have our own kitchen and bathroom. It makes us feel more like a family and less like permanent guests.

The stay here has been pleasant.  They’re super friendly, and they invited us upstairs for supper last week. They let us use their washing machine, cleaning supplies, etc. When we go upstairs to the washing machine, we go near their office. If the office light is on, Little D runs in to say hi and get a hug. When they’re gone, he points toward the office and says their names. I reassure him they’ll be back soon. They were gone for vacation a few weeks ago. The evening before they came home, Little D asked about them again. John said, “After you fall asleep tonight, they’ll come home. When you wake up in the morning, they’ll be back.” Little D immediately laid down on the floor and said, “ni-night.”

We are so blessed that this couple decided to open their home for three months to someone they only knew about. God keeps showing us how we benefit from the Christians acting as one body.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Tammy permalink
    November 18, 2011 11:29 am

    Awww. Yay for the Sauders! They’re pretty fantabulous, I agree. 🙂

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