Some friends of ours from church have let us borrow their car for 10 whole days! So yesterday, we escaped the city for the night after a mere two hour drive and happily found ourselves at the gorgeous, sprawling New Jersey home of one of my dad’s cousins whom we have all affectionately grown up calling “Cousin Barbara.”
There is nothing quite like her house. The grounds are magical and I feel as though I’ve stepped into an English garden when I’m there. We love her and her husband, not to mention the care they give us whenever we visit-as Rick commented today, staying with them is like being at a cozy b&b!
I left feeling I’d learned a lot about generosity, encouragement, good hospitality and support. How can a 9 months pregnant mommy not appreciate being told to “go take a nap” both yesterday and today (like I’m going to argue with that “order!”) or to be told with obvious sincerity…even eagerness… that “we are available at a moment’s notice if you need us to come help you out after the baby is born.”
Good food, quality conversation, gifts, patience and attention given to Micah despite his sometimes less-than-becoming behavior…we are thankful and see almost daily God’s provision for us on this journey of life in Brooklyn.
And to think we’ve lived in New York City for almost 1 full year now! Amazing!