A few weeks ago, the missionary dinner calendar came around in RS. With the Scout Master's current travel schedule, I knew Thanksgiving week was our only opportunity to feed the missionaries, so I signed up for tonight. We don't have family in town. We weren't traveling anywhere this year. So I thought it would be fun to have someone to share Thanksgiving with...and who better than the missionaries? They were already committed to dinner with someone else for Thursday, so I decided to just have our dinner a day early...which means they will have Thanksgiving twice, but I don't think they'll mind. And then our dinner for 8 turned into dinner for 9, and then dinner for 14.
When we walked into this house in June, I knew instantly that it was the right place for our family. I pictured family nights, firesides, music, lots of kids, family and friends. And that is exactly what happened tonight. After a great dinner, we all lingered in the dining room (which is adjacent to the piano/music room.) Someone asked Spell Girl to play her bass for us which she happily did. Then TCD played the piano. Then one of the missionaries played the piano and SANG! And then (and this was the BEST part), while some of us were distracted in the kitchen, our new friend, Chad, picked up our lonely, neglected guitar, and RESTRUNG it! And then he played it! And then they all played together!!
Yep, Elder Park is playing the maracas! Chad was playing Feliz Navidad. (So fun!)
Seriously, it was like one of those artsy jam sessions right in my living room. It made my heart happy to hear that music coming from my house and my children and our friends. We all had such a great night. And I am so very grateful for the opportunity to live in this place at this time.