Our proud graduate (middle) from Dohn Community High School! Guests, volunteers, staff and family members gathered to celebrate her success. And, of course, there was a celebratory house dinner complete with homemade hot fudge cake at the graduate’s special request.

Proud graduate and son strike a pose.

The birthday girl, all smiles, dressed up for her party at Lydia’s House.

Groundhog’s Day: A wacky, annual tradition at Lydia’s House. Because who doesn’t need a reason to celebrate in February? We played games, the kids ran around in (lots of) circles.

Anne made chocolate mousse with a Groundhog landscape on top (we forgot to take a before picture…), complete with green coconut grass, sour earthworms, and oreo dirt! It was amazing.

We set S.M.A.R.T. goals for the year 2018. What kind of change (s) do we want to see in ourselves and in our lives and how are we going to get there? Some, more literal, like on a bike…!

At this month’s worship service we learned about our namesake, St. Lydia, who always had an “open house” for missionaries. Her gracious hospitality was evidence of her faith and love for God. She was also a conscientious business woman who sold purple dye.

Some snaps from a newborn photo shoot with Baby T and big sister T (Photos taken by Julie Boehm).

As part of our advocacy initiative, Lydia’s House had the pleasure of hosting several local politicians including Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune (pictured above); Ms. Alea Brown, SW Ohio Regional Director in U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s office; Senator Cecil Thomas and Rep. Brigid Kelly.

We’ve had lots of guest transitions this month. Three move outs and three move ins!  This bunch sure loves to be silly and try new things! We are looking forward to spring and the new life that it brings.