Mike & I love to cook for people and love to host people! One of the benefits of our nomadic season was that we were recipients of many peoples’ gracious hospitality: and the flip side was that we were unable to host guests ourselves.
We have been gathering furniture, utensils, etc, in great hopes of being able to cook meals and have visitors come and stay in grand style!
I was a little bit afraid that we had overshot when we thought it was a great idea to have a family of 6 from Pennsylvania come stay in our 2 bedroom basement suite for a few days, just a few weeks after we moved in. (Given the opportunity, though, how could we not try to make that awesome visit work!?)
However, they are possibly the most appreciative and easygoing family I’ve ever met. Someone was really happy about sleeping in the recliner, and another felt like he had great luxury because he got the pullout couch all to himself! And no one complained because we didn’t have 8 matching bowls for soup.
I’m not totally sure that they experienced the best of Nanaimo, since most of the places we went were new even to us, but we definitely had fun. We visited the sea, walked among centuries-old trees at Cathedral Grove, and hiked up Mount Benson.
Just in case you aren’t already convinced that visiting us would be a dream family vacation, we also put them to work at the YWAM house cleaning and building bunk beds!
Although I would logically have suggested that this was premature, and there was too many of them to reasonably fit in our space, this was such a great week. I’m happy to have a bunch of new poetry on our fridge, and it was so good for us to be able to welcome people into our space. It was also really affirming and encouraging that everyone was so easygoing and appreciative of what we had to offer.