I worked on getting some tidying up done before houseguests arrived yesterday, and I was thankful that we had time to play some rounds before they arrived.
My college BFF Nikki, her sons, and another brother and sister she was babysitting came to visit us around lunch time. The kids have been so excited about their arrival for days now! They woke up very early in anticipation. And the minute-by-minute countdown ensued not long after that. I love their enthusiasm for hosting visitors!
It made me giggle how sort of nervous the girls were about hosting a new girlfriend in their house. M especially wondered if she would be able to show her a good time. They staked their claim on her early on, though...for days now, the girls had already decided that they'd play with her while the boys all played together with her brother. They were so excited about a new girlfriend to play with when they're used to all boys.
It was amazing but not surprising how they divided as soon as they arrived. The girls closed themselves in M's room and made jewelry while the boys were rowdy in Stu's room. It cracked Nikki up how not long afterward the boys were making a ruckus trying to "break down" the girls' door to get in. They all had play weapons and were trying to use Stu's punching bag as a sort of battering ram. Meanwhile the girls were quietly crafting on their floor minding their own business. Such a stark contrast! But I love seeing God's design for girls and boys naturally manifest.
It was interesting to me to watch Stu among a group of four boys. I almost think he might have taken the natural alpha male leadership role though the was the second to the youngest of them all. It could have been just the familiarity of being in his own home, I don't know. But it was interesting nonetheless. I'm grateful for their strong personalities!
After Nik had to leave, about an hour later we got a knock on our door and our former neighbor Mr. Stockton was there with Mrs. Compton. She was in town from south Texas, and she wanted him to bring her by to come visit while she was here. We were so glad to see her! She looked so good and healthy, too, which I was thrilled about. I miss those two so very much, but I was thankful that they came by. There's nothing better than a good old fashioned visit.
Our house felt so full of love yesterday after the blessing of so many friends coming through the door. God showed me that He will bless us with good friends in our life no matter where He moves us through J's job. He also reminded me of His gift of our long-time friends, too--old friends who stick by us and come out to be with us no matter how far we may be.
Friends and family are the best gifts ever!