There is almost always something going on at the Cockpit! It amazes me that we have not grown tired of always having the house “open”, but so far the doors are still unlocked! Who thought the sound of a door bell would make us all look around in confusion and cause us to say “Who would be ringing the bell? Is someone expecting a package?”.
Our week usually consists of at least 2 or more guys sleeping over at the house. We have been know to squeeze 3 queen size aero beds in the Family Room when needed. This is such a joy for us. We LOVE having people to stay, and I have to say, young men are the easiest. All they usually want or expect is a spot on the floor, but I love making them a bed that can feel as comfortable as possible. Gregg hoped on a Woot deal and got us 3 Aero beds. We use them all!
One of my favorite activities is when a casual dinner for four turns into a gathering of fifteen or more. The table only seats ten if we squeeze so we often spill in to the Living Room. It always turns into a great night of laughs and good food. I don’t usually cook diner every night. All of our schedules are so different I usually end up cooking for myself, or eating cereal! So having a good group over for dinner is a blast!
On Monday night we host our girls group (GiGi) leaders meeting at 5:30 and then the GiGi girls come over for our weekly bible study. That usually lasts untill 9:30 and then the boys come home to turn the later part of the night into a “small” gathering. Between work and the 2 meetings it is an exhausting day, but we LOVE it!!
We love these girls. They have been such a big part of our life. What a blessing to watch them choose Jesus and fall more and more in love with Him.
We love any excuse for a party. Once we had been meeting for about 2 years GiGi got to large to accomplish all of the goals that Kimi and Abby and I had for the group. God lead us to multipl and train up new leaders to join with us in creating 3 GiGi groups. We now gather on the first of the month as a large group for a night of fellowship. It is a blast!
We also love to host the Emmaus group when ever we can for a special speaker, BBQ, Christmas Party and more. We love having this young group of men and women over for a time of fellowship and growth.
Then there was Christmas in August. Yup, sometimes you just can’t get enough of the holidays! We had a bunch of friends over who all brought over their favorite Christmas treat and decorations. We gathered at the table for a Christmas Dinner with all of the fixings, made gingerbread houses, and watched Elf. It was a blast. These are the nights that we will never forget! Here are a few photos of our Christmas in August!
We are so blessed to be able to have such an active and open home! I will admit, having children will change most of this, but I sure will miss it!