Adam thought I should share with y'all this story again of our home and how we happened upon it and ended up choosing it as our "home base" for our ministry in the hood. It is for sure one of the times I have felt God speaking most clearly, and it's a good reminder to me that if I am willing to truly listen, He will speak!
So that's what I told Adam. And we bought the house. Despite knowing next to nothing about the neighborhood, how it was laid out, where kids lived, etc. And it turned out, the best way to describe the house we bought is as a "strategic location in the neighborhood." We are smack-dab in the middle of the most foot-trafficked streets, between the park and the Marta station and the corner store. And yes, that means we sometimes end up having shootings right next to our house. But it also means that it has been easy for us to meet lots of kids as they walk by and comment on our garden, our front porch. We yell out hellos as we sit on our front porch, and we thank Jesus for leading us, in every single detail.
The kitchen is still the only room we've finished completely. We still dont have a vanity in our master-bathroom or a big enough table in our dining room. We've actually only completed exactly one thing from our "home goals" this year. But, if I do say so myself, we've managed to fulfill our much larger goal of creating a safe and beautiful and comfortable place to welcome our neighbors and love on the kiddos. And for that, I am grateful and thankful and happy.