Before lunch, Andy spoke about the Beaverton home, what a wonderful opportunity for expansion and growth this is, and acknowledged how fantastic it was to have such a large group supporting and celebrating the home at the picnic. We then shared a blessing and headed inside to fill our plates. New and familiar faces found time to share conversation and connect over a warm summer feast on the lawn. A new friend, Emma, held our outreach coordinator Allie's hand and walked her to the side of the house, where they took a moment to smell the roses.
There are many things we can’t control as we build a new home; the chipping paint on the walls, the tear in the screen door, the wear on the hardwood floors. These are all signs of a house well used, well lived in, and well loved, and are what make it a home. Similarly, our differences as individuals are what make us human and bring us together in community. The L’Arche community embraces our differences as human beings by welcoming everyone in with open arms and a hand that reaches out to say “hey, lets stop and smell the roses.”