Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hospitality - Sourthern style

We have all heard of Southern hospitality - well, last weekend we got a good dose of it and then some. I have met very hospitable people in all parts of the country, but it does just seem that the south has an edge on the rest of us.

John had a speaking opportunity at a church nearby and we received such a warm welcome, it was tangible. The pastor is a cousin to the vp at We Care and he asked John to come and speak about We Care and our experience in Alabama. We had such of a fun time.

After the service, a couple of ladies came to talk with me. One of them owns a plant nursery that I will definitely be visiting next spring and the other told us to stop by her home after church - that she had something for us. Here is what she had for us ... it's called a Confederate Rose (no offense to the northerners reading). She also offered us a tour of their home which was a very quaint log cabin that they reconstructed on their land. I didn't have my camera along, so I can't share it with you.

Closeup of one of the blooms.

We went to lunch at the Metzler home, enjoyed a wonderful meal and the kids loved playing with their kids (even though their kids are older).

And if all that wasn't enough, they had taken a love offering for our family that was just an added bonus on top of everything else.

We certainly didn't (and don't) expect this kind of treatment, but it was sure sweet of the family of God to love on us like they did.

In other news, can you handle more spiders? This one is a nice one on the outside of the house ...

They are plenty big, too, but are also fascinating to look at.

House progress:

Insulation is roughed in.

Kitchen is ordered.

Drywall next week. And, then, I will have my hands full painting. I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Tons of decisions right now - style of kitchen, which appliances, paint colors, flooring, trim, etc.

If anyone has advice on appliances, I would appreciate hearing it. The vast number of choices is simply overwhelming. I need to nail down the double oven and the microwave in order to get the dimensions to the cabinet guy asap.

Sorry I don't have pictures of the house - nothing excitingly picture worthy going on right now.

Hope all is well on your end!


  1. What a beautiful Rose bush! I'm so glad that they blessed you guys with a love offering!

    May Jesus continue to bless you and direct you in the decision making processes in the following days.

    Love ya!

  2. Eeek! I don't know how you're handling all these spiders! They're huge!

    Looks like you're making some pretty exciting progress on your house. It looks great! Can't wait to see more pictures.

  3. Hey Sister ~

    Greeting from Idaho :0)

    The spider outside your house is called a zipper spider I believe as they make a zipper pattern in their web. Pretty cool as long as they stay outside!!

    Love ya ~


  4. HI there,
    Speaking of spiders. We have spent a long time building our home and have found that as the seasons go by the spiders have slowly moved in over the years of building. After we first moved into our house we had regular visits from these little friends. Where they hid remains a mystery? But month by month they would show up. Till we finally caught most of them! We were lucky our friends were much smaller then your Southern version appear to be. Perhaps the size of yours will make catching them much easier!


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