* Got a chest freezer, 14.9 cubic feet, delivered to our home and installed, ready for the 1/4 cow grass-fed beef we just bought from a local farmer.
* Loaded up the boys and visited the ever-more-awesome Annunciation Maternity Home in Georgetown. I told Katie I wish I could live there it is so nice. The boys were a hit but were schooled by a 7 month old baby girl who was just too cute and could already crawl and pull herself up–but don’t worry, we are not comparing. Secretly, I am going to have to teach these sons of mine that they can’t get beaten by a girl.
The maternity home is incredible. Young pregnant women, including teenagers, with no place to go and no one to help them are welcomed into the home, given schooling for their GED if they haven’t graduated from high school yet, live in community with one another learning life skills, caring for their babies, cooking, cleaning, etc., spend time with the Nigerian nuns who live on the premises and offer friendship, spiritual guidance and encouragement, and prayers for them, have their babies taken care of during the part day when they attend school, and can live in the home for up to 2 years after their baby is born so that they are ready to live independently in the world with their children. The cost to the girls: $0. Free, all paid for by donors.
By the way, they always need more donors! Katie and I give a portion of our tithe to this very worthy cause, and we encourage you to consider becoming a monthly donor as well.
Picture of the nun’s chapel:
Katie and I teamed up with our friends the Garcias and sponsored the other chapel inside the home for the young women a few years ago, and they have a plaque outside of it asking for St. Gianna’s prayers and dedicating it to John Thomas, our son who died last year in a miscarriage. It was the first time we had gotten to see the plaque because we had not visited the home in a while, and it was really good.
* Finally, today I locked in the rate to refinance our house with a 4.75% interest rate. If you have a home with a high rate, or even 6.0% or more, you should consider refinancing or buying a home at this time–the rates are the lowest they have been in several decades. Make sure you get at least two, preferably three different good faith estimates from mortgage brokers or banks and then bargain.
In the meantime, I worked some at my job developing software, and Katie took care of our sons!