Our Home and Refuge

We've always taken in folks who needed a home--even if we didn't really have room for them.

In our first home, while raising five children, over the years we had several guests who remained for different periods of time:

For two days and nights, an infant whose mother was in the Navy dispensary and the dad was distraught. He didn't know me at all, but I offered to take the baby and he took me up on it with only my address as any kind of guarantee.

A young couple we met while camping, came back to our house and stayed until the husband found a job. 

One of my teen daughters' friends who didn't like her step-father. Not sure how long she was with us, but a few months.

When we moved, to the home we're in now, we brought along son's girlfriend who was in a bad situation. 

Our new home was also a licensed care facility, where we cared for four and later six developmentally disabled women.

We raised a grandson there, had two others for different periods of time, and a granddaughter who stayed with us during the school week.

A son while he was suffering from cancer during the times his wife had to work.

There was another small house on the property.

Many different folks have lived there at different times when they needed a place to stay.

My mother and father.

My middle daughter and her husband.

A granddaughter and her husband and three kids.

My son and his wife who are there now. 

We retired from the care business so ended up with more rooms for people to stay.

Five missionaries for two weeks while they built a church on the Indian reservation. (That was a fun time.) 

In the big house, we raised two grandsons, and had a granddaughter who stayed with us more than she stayed with her folks. 

A grown great granddaughter who needed some privacy. 

A great grandson and his new wife until they were able to afford a place of their own. 

And now the granddaughter who stayed with us often while she was in school, is with us again along with her husband and two little girls. They are buying our house and we'll stay here with them.

We can proudly say our home has been that for many people. 



Judy Kohnen said…
Just love this. Time is a precious thing to share with others.
Quetzi said…
I love your Deputy Tempe Crabtree series & I love learning about the Yanduchi Indians beliefs, customs & superstitions! I knew you are a special lady with a kind & loving heart. I have been drawn to you much more than sime of my other favorite authors so when I read how you've helped others by offering them your home well it really touched my heart. Bless you, Marilyn. May you always find joy & peace in your life.
Quetzi said…
Do you have Yanduchi blood in you, like Tempe? I think you've had quite an interesting life. Bless you.

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