I went there almost every day of grade school to pick up or drop off for carpool
celebrated multiple birthday parties in their garage or porch
broke up with 2 different boyfriend's while sitting in their hallway and crying
ate hundreds of hotdogs and slept over on many Friday nights after football games
had my first kiss on New Year's Eve in the bushes behind their house :)
had my first baby shower for my girls in their living room
learned how to properly use my rear view mirrors so I wouldn't back into their rock wall
crawled in her parent's bed in elementary school in the middle of the night because I was home sick even though I was less than a mile away from my mom
( Sorry about that Rhonda and Tim)
had my bridal luncheon there
attended my first group Bible study in their bonus room in 6th grade
took my first picture with my future husband in their kitchen
sun bathed on their roof too many times in middle and high school
learned how to put my contacts in the right way in 7th grade in their bathroom
Simply.. lived a lot of life in those 4 walls and was LOVED SO WELL
and still am by this family
I don't write all of those things so you hear more about me. I say these things because The Friars made their four walls a HOME, not only to their own daughters but to hundreds of other kids. It was a safe place for us.
I am forever grateful to this family for celebrating me and being a witness to my life. Their example of how they used their home as more than a pretty house and as a tool to love me well makes me want to love other children in the same way. You never know what people will remember about how you used your earthly possessions and blessings well to bless others.
Thank you FRIARS! I MISS FRIAR'S WAY but know that physical house is not what makes your HOME.