December at Lydia’s House was full of fun Advent and Christmas activities! So, here are some of our photos from the holiday season. The house went on two outings, first to the Children’s Museum, and then to the Cincinnati Zoo. We painted Christmas ornaments, made some Christmas gifts, decorated Christmas cookies and stockings: And on Christmas Eve, we had a dinner, a small prayer service with hymns, and a gift exchange:
Lately, we have been putting together and mailing our Christmas cards. We included our Advent calendar, and a photo of the group, in every card. Getting a good picture of everyone, with a self-timer, turned out to be quite the challenge!
Since Advent began this week, Lydia’s House has started our Advent calendar. Each night at dinner we light the Advent candle and have a brief reading or reflection that helps us prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Other days we have fun Christmas crafts or activities. We are inviting anyone who is interested to join us, either from their home, or in person for one of the activities (which are listed in bold)! Click below to download the full Lydia’s House calendar.
This article by Anne Housholder is featured in our most recent newsletter. You can see the full newsletter here. Reflections on Being with: Friendship at the Healthcare Margins This season at Lydia’s House we’re reading Friendship at the Margins by Chris Heuertz and Christine Pohl. As we’re reading it, we’re asking ourselves questions about what it really means to be friends, particularly friends with those whose lives have often been marked by frequent losses of friendships and frayed family structures. Serving women transitioning out of homelessness means that Lydia’s house often leads us both intentionally and unintentionally into friendships we don’t
In the past month, the Lydia’s House community has been getting out and enjoying the activities of fall. One weekend, a group went out to a farm and pumpkin patch in Kentucky, where there were hayrides, a corn maze, a petting zoo, and, of course, some fun photo opportunities. For Halloween, there were two occasions for dressing up in costumes – once for the trail at Lindner Park, and once for trick or treating in our neighborhood. One group with kids went out for trick or treating, while some stayed behind and handed out candy. We were grateful for a box