Road trip with the Samaritan Inn

18 11 2008

The 3rd Saturday of each month, we go to the Samaritan Inn for Jubilee Kids Club.  Well, this last Saturday, we were asked to volunteer to go with the residents on their holiday “Road Trip”.  So, we decided to do that instead of the normal morning Jubilee Kids club.

Me and the boys traveled with a group of 25 or so residents from the Inn (and a few other volunteers) about an hour northwest to a ranch outside of Bells, Texas.  A cold front had come through the area the day before, so my wife and I decided it best for her to stay home with our baby girl.  And, that turned out to be a good decision, because it was quite chilly and there was just an open garage for shelter.

The boys and I had just a super time though!  The cool weather made it feel like fall.  We got to ride on a nice long hay ride, cook hot dogs and burgers, play Frisbee and other games, roast marshmallows and eat smores around a campfire, throw rocks in a lake, and other outdoors activities.  We got to experience an outhouse…before and after the sun went down!

I don’t think we actually “helped” with anything.  The property owners took care of everything and they did not forget any details.  They made it so that we could simply have a great time hanging out with our friends.

The property owners were just the nicest people in the world.  A mom and dad and two college kids who came home just for the event.  What a great thing to do for the holiday season – invite residents from a nearby homeless shelter to come and enjoy a special day at the ranch.  And, while they are there, lavish them with the warmest love money can’t buy.  And, that’s exactly what they did.

I thanked the dad on my way out.  I shook his hand and thanked him for his family’s hospitality.  The thought occurred to me that he didn’t know that I was there as a volunteer.  And, ya know, that just makes what his family did that day even better in my book.  They treated everyone there exactly the same…they treated us all like visiting royalty.

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5 responses

18 11 2008
David

My guess is that the boys enjoyed throwing rocks in the lake as much or more than anything else. Am I right??

18 11 2008
BuffaloNickel

Actually only the youngest was into the rock throwing while the oldest was more into beating a stick against a tree. Both are very worthwhile and productive activities.

18 11 2008
Shawn W

What a nice thing to do! And what a great example for your boys. You can learn a lot while throwing rocks and beating up a tree with a stick.

18 11 2008
BuffaloNickel

Yeah, one of the coolest things about our involvement at the Samaritan Inn is how ordinary it has become to our kids. Sometimes on a Saturday, when we ask them what they want to do that day, they will ask to go there. I love that.

19 11 2008
Sarah

What an awesome day!

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