|View from our balcony|
So after a wonderful but hectic two weeks in Michigan, we needed a break. Last year, an organization called the Christian Hospitality Network came to Brackenhurst, Kenya, and provided a free retreat for missionaries--free food and lodging, massages, hair cuts, pampering galore. Eric and I weren't able to go, but heard that part of the CHN was a bed and breakfast in eastern TN that provided free stays to missionaries. Our ears perked up, since Eric's parents live in Nashville. We made plans to spend a few nights at the Whitestone Inn, left the kids with Eric's parents, and took off.
It. Was. Awesome. Our room was on the second floor and we had a private balcony, jacuzzi tub, fireplace, amazing breakfasts, etc etc. A perfect respite (complete with 9-10 hours of sleep per NIGHT!), and just one of the perks of our "job". I write this to 2 groups of people. Missionaries, seriously, take them up on this offer (or any number of other B&Bs that offer discounts). Anyone else, the CHN is a great ministry to support...but even more than that, it has been such a blessing to be home these past several months and enjoy the gifts of the body of Christ. Whether that be a free place to stay, a meal, some new clothes, encouraging words, or watching our kids, we as the McCropders are so genuinely thankful for all of you. Thank you for helping us to do what God has called us to do. Happy Thanksgiving.