I’d be a rich woman if I had a nickel for every time in the past 25 years I sat at a stoplight facing this building on my way through town, heading home. Sometimes the wait was long enough to wonder about the apartments on the second floor.
And occasionally my thoughts shift to this scene from 50+ years ago—known to me only though this photo and Mauri’s stories—when as newlyweds he and Margaret-Rose made their home only two blocks down the street in one of those second-story apartments.
And so with particular joy I got to be part of a house blessing event last evening for this young friend, Emily, who just moved into one of those apartments—the prime corner!
Isn’t she lovely? Emily teaches at Veritas, a local Christian school, where she also attended. They use the classical education model. Her assigned classes are high school art history, 8th grade humane letters and Latin, 10th grade New Testament theology, and PE for 9th and 10th grades. Besides teaching she is the alumni coordinator. Whew—I’d say she’s earned herself a summer break!
And now she has this lovely apartment!
A nice long flight of stairs offered a workout to our legs. These are Emily’s parents, Marc and Kelly, also our friends (for a long time).
Emily had to buy two bookcases to house her growing collection. She is, after all, a teacher!
We looked out the window and saw Melody and Sean (et al) heading our way.
Emily and her mom laughed about the “self-serving” gift. Now that she owns measuring spoons and cups, Mom expects a dinner invitation, or at least some cookies!
After a shared time of “blessing” prayer, we blessed her new home with words and songs.
We all marveled at how comfortably she’ll be able to host groups of people. Hospitality is one of her goals for this space, so win/win!