Last night was EPIC!
Jake's parents sent us the names and phone numbers of a couple they knew from Washington who has recently moved to Idaho. I tried calling the wife but the number was off by one digit. So, what does any normal, 21st century person do? That's right, gently stalk them on Facebook. Success! I was able to connect with Mrs H and we talked for a good hour. Obviously we have plenty in common. They invited us to have dinner at their place Thursday night (last night). We made it over there a little after 6pm and didn't leave until after 10pm.
They have three precious boys (8, 7, 4). Our boys enjoyed time with new friends and we did too. It's wonderful to spend time with a family who has similar interests and vision for raising a Christian crew. We got along so well Mrs H and I were scheming about how to get us a house in that neighborhood - FYI, there IS a house for sale on their street. Pray with us that if it's the Lord's will for us to be that close to them the doors will open accordingly.
This sweet family lives in Middleton... a town several Boise peeps have warned against (for various reasons). However, this family loves their neighbors, neighborhood, town, etc. Middleton is still full of farm charm and a much lower (but increasing) population than Boise. I am curious what it would be like to live there 24/7 versus visiting. Driving back to base (our hotel) in the dark on country roads took me back to places in my youth - Durango, CO and Hugo, OK. Durango was where my paternal grandparents in the early 90's. It was beautiful... and pitch black at night. I mean, so black that you couldn't see two houses away but you certainly could see a bajillion stars. It was also ridiculously quiet at night. That was so unnerving to my young self that I couldn't sleep. The remedy? A radio playing soft music. Looking back at that scenario I chuckle because currently I would give an appendage to have that kind of quiet. Hugo was more the small farm town with dirt roads that lacked street lights. That was where my maternal grandparents lived and where I would visit some summers.
Anyhow... our time with the H Fam was such a blessing. The conversation was lively, the boys even more so. This family was beyond generous in the way they loved on us, too... Mrs H messaged me saying "It was your youngest's birthday last week?" She proceeded to inquire about his favorite dessert which, of course, is chocolate anything. So, they had a cake for Dempsey AND a gift. Such thoughtfulness! Now, this cake... this cake wasn't just a cake with some frosting. Nope. This cake was two layers of chocolate cake filled with chocolate mousse, topped with M&Ms, and finally fenced on the sides with KitKats bars. What an indulgence! Thankfully we work hard to maintain low sugar consumption 90% of the time so 10% of the time we can splurge. The H Fam lives that way too... so it's nice to have that element in common as well.
Please cover this family in a prayer of blessing with me...
Father in Heaven, rain down your favor upon the H Fam. Fill their hearts with joy, their lives with spiritual fruit, and their community with strong believers to build them up. I pray that Mr H will continue to have solid employment and that the little H Fam misters grow in Christlikeness to become world-changers for the Kingdom. I pray protection over the hearts, minds, eyes, and bodies of the precious family. I rebuke any negative influences or presences that would seek to steal joy or distract from your will. Please allow this new friendship to flourish, grow deep roots, and be a powerful force for Your Good. Amen.