Day 8 & 9: Lessons in Hospitality - Nunica, MI

Today we drove from Madison, Wisconisin to Nunica, Michigan. It was over 7 hours of driving but it helped to know that we would be in Nunica for two nights. Phil’s aunt (his mom’s younger sister) lives here. The last time we were here was exactly 6 years ago when we moved from western New York back to Portland and drove across the country. Maiya was only 8 months old!

 Here is a photo of the last time we were in Nunica visiting Phil's aunt and uncle. That is baby Maiya in the center.

Here is a photo of the last time we were in Nunica visiting Phil's aunt and uncle. That is baby Maiya in the center.

There was warm delicious pizza waiting for us when we arrived past dinner time. Phil’s aunt and uncle welcomed us and very kindly gave up their room for Phil and I to sleep in (they slept out in their camper!). WOW. Not only was the room perfectly clean and ready for us, there was also a bowl filled with candy and chocolates and a gift card to Applebee’s!

The girls had their own room and Aunt Faith had beautifully made up their beds and had a bag for each of them, filled with a craft pad, color pencils, crayons, stickers, and toys. Next to the bags were two toy plastic buckets with shovels and sand toys that gave a hint at what awaited us the following day.

The next day we were fed a delicious brunch and we enjoyed the company of Phil’s cousins. Then we were taken to various places including the beach. Uncle Jeff did not allow us to pay for anything even though we kept trying.

But more than all of the generosity and evident effort to make us feel very welcomed I so enjoyed just talking and hanging out with Aunt Faith and Uncle Jeff and watching them enjoy our girls and play with them. Thank you for welcoming us and letting us stay with you! You were a blessing to us.

One of the things I am enjoying the most on this trip is learning the different ways that people extend hospitality. There are many things that I am challenged by and hope to learn and practice. What an unexpected gift it is to be able to learn from others the many different ways to be welcoming and hospitable.

Note: Unfortunately, I lost our very old point-and-shoot sony camera, so the only photos that were taken at Nunica were lost as well.