Wednesday, June 17, 2009

More Than Neighbors

We have the best neighbors. They are more than just neighbors though.

They are our landlords. (Thanks to their gracious hospitality, we were able to move here before we had a full salary raised. They've allowed us to live in a home on their property, which has saved us a little bit of money. We're still working on that fund-raising thing. This roadblock we've hit is beginning to last a bit too long for comfort...)

They are our brother and sister in Christ, and we get to worship with them at Christ Journey's Sunday morning worship gathering.

They are our friends. Everytime we see them (nearly daily) they've got something sweet to say. They've become a big part of our lives and taught us how to be more than just neighbors.

They've become our family.

Mr. Ron and Mrs. Debbie have seen us through The Stink and The Fire, they have little goodies for the boys nearly every holiday, Mr. Ron gives rides on his tractor...and among many, many other things...Mrs. Debbie lets us use her swimming pool!

This has been such a huge blessing. We have already enjoyed it so much. Swimming is such a great way to cool off during the hot summer, and when you take away the time, hassle, and expense of having to drive to the pool it's really nice. There's even a sectioned off hot tub that is perfect for corraling kiddos, making it possible for me to safely swim with them without another adult. Beautiful.

So a few weeks ago we made sure that everyone had life jackets of some sort, pulled out the floaties and the goggles, and swam...and have been swimming ever since!

Micah likes to "float" on the steps. He loves those steps. I guess he just really feels safe there. Conner loves to do "Can-dun balls" -- which translates into basically just jumping into the pool. Yesterday though, after playing with some other kids, he said to me, "Mom, you know what that girl does? She holds her knees when she jumps in the water, and it splashes really big. And she calls it a cannon ball. Isn't that cool?!" :)Goggles are fun......and so are goggle rings! :)Josiah is finally starting to like his floatie. It's a good thing. That child has no fear. He'll just walk right off the edge into the pool without looking back. He did just that the other day though, when I was just a little farther than arm's reach...let's just say that it scared him enough that he at least looks at me before he steps in. Good grief. Joey, I feel better with you in the floatie, babe!And then there's Sunshine, the Myers' dog. Joey love, love, loves Sunshine. Every time he sees or hears her, he pants like a dog and waves his hands up and down in the air. (That's why they're blurry.) Sunshine especially likes it when we swim because she likes to lick all the water off of you when you get out of the pool. We get in and out a lot.Thank you for all that you do for us, Mr. Ron and Mrs. Debbie. We love you!


A Blessed Wife and Mom said...

I'm so glad that you have Mr. Ron and Mrs. Debbie...AND the pool. There's nothing better for this Texas heat! (Reed hangs out on the steps just like Micah! He has swimming lesson last year and was doing great, but he really just wants to stay near the steps!)

A Blessed Wife and Mom said...

Also, I don't know if you're planning on coming to Granbury soon or not, but we have something called Motherly Love that is for moms of kids in Kindergarten or younger. It's a summer series and I look forward to it EVERY year. We have one June 29th and August 3rd. No kids, free dinner and a guest speaker about being mom/'s a great time! You should come if you can! I thought of you and Amanda last time we had it and thought you might enjoy it!

Lee and Michelle said...

What great neighbors/new family! I know your family is probably as much a blessing to them as they are to you!

BooBoo said...

How appropriate! Word verification: "soffies" --so close to "Softy" -- and I just got off the phone when you told me not to throw Softy into the fan..or no, that might have been Micah you were talking to! :)

I'm so very thankful for Mr. Ron & Mrs. Debbie, too. They will forever have a "soffie" spot in my heart!

MOM pfu,wpfy

Bret Wells said...

I can't wait to get in that pool with the boys this weekend! I am so ready to be home!