The birds are chirping, and sun is shining (well, most of the time), and we at Lydia’s House are traveling full-steam-ahead in preparations for accepting our first guests around the second week of April.  Those who have adopted rooms are putting the final touches on their spaces, and all three of us (Mary Ellen, Meridith, and Hilary the Intern) have commented on how beautiful the transformation of the house has been.  Mary Ellen and Hilary the Intern have also expressed how we wish this house was our own home, and subsequently how great it is that Meridith gets to live here!

To help make the house ready for its new inhabitants, Sandra Murphy and Kathy Aerni generously hosted a House Warming Shower for us on March 9th.  Included in the invites were links to our Target and Amazon wish lists in case any of the attendees wanted to contribute.

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We were  surprised to see some new faces amongst the crowd.  Most of you will know that we cannot say enough how much appreciate our Lydia’s House family, those who continually go above and beyond to help in any way they can.  We also love expanding this family and talking about our mission to others, and we couldn’t have been happier to have the opportunity to share our story with so many new people.

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Our friends, new and old

All in all, it was a wonderful afternoon, one which we’ve added to our ever-growing list of blessings.  We are so thankful for the abundance of support and generosity continually shown to our cause, and are more excited that the numbers of those sharing this journey with us are growing.

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A special ‘thank you’ to Kathy and Sandra for putting together this wonderful event!

After the event, Kathy and Sandra spent the generous donations from the shower on items Lydia’s House still needed.  We documented part of their shopping trip!

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Checking the list to see what is needed

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Filling the carts

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A job well-done!

Thanks to your generosity, our shelves are stocked and our house is ready for our new guests!