Although the (in)courage beach house exists primarily in the virtual, sometimes it gloriously comes to life: the (in)RL meetups; online friendships that become face-to-face; a late-summer weekend when this site’s authors gather to relax, to know each other better, and to plan ways to bless this community.
For me, the trip started in my driveway with Robin, Deidra, my kids, and a sweet Sorento that Kia loaned me for the trip. Don’t let anyone tell you that your online friendships aren’t real, that they couldn’t possibly survive transitioning to face-to-face. These girls are dear to me and we enjoyed our time together on the road, solving the world’s problems, drinking sweet tea, and eating chicken.
Now let’s visit the beach house!
We ate chocolate.
We shot video segments for (in)RL. (I can’t wait to see the blooper reel.)
We practiced our mad dance skillz.
And because we wanted to participate in a service project together, we worked with Habitat for Humanity. This was my first experience with them and I had some misconceptions. I thought their volunteers were primarily socially responsible 20-somethings; however, we learned that most of those who worked on this house were retired.
They were thankful for the arrival of twenty helpers!
Here’s a bit about Habitat for Humanity from their website:
We are a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build with people in need regardless of race or religion. We welcome volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds.
Signing up to volunteer was easy; click here to find out how.
We laid sod and spread mulch and our efforts made such a difference!
The new owner worked side-by-side with us. We gave gifts for her new home and shared hugs and tears.
Then we loaded up our dirty, sweaty selves and drove to Starbucks. Yes, we did. But first we walked next door to Five Guys and put away a serious amount of burgers and fries. We’d worked up a healthy appetite and glowed with the satisfaction of hard work for a good cause. We shone with something else, too. I’m sure the locals wondered about this ragged, smelly crew of joyous women.
The good news is you don’t have to travel to bring God’s beach house to life.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. ~Matthew 18:20
How can you connect with women in your area? What are some ways can you serve and bless others by working together?
Have you downloaded October’s desktop calendar?
It’s just peachy (bad pun intended).
by Dawn Camp at My Home Sweet Home, lover of beautiful images