I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.— Bill Cosby
— ~Nelson Mandela
"The first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself. … Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility."
It put us out over $400! Which changes our travel plans due to the cost of these!! LOL!
I am very grateful that we will be traveling during the holiday season or in the spring! Thankful indeed
It was a darling house with several fireplaces inside, a porch and small deck on the back. The garage was spacious and it was tucked away in a rather private location. The backyard faces a small creek in town, and if you are familiar with Hershey, PA., you know that quaint houses are numerous and are quite serene in our town.
The reason that we are not buying is because we are houseparents, so we would not really be in our home very much because we live where we work…on the campus of Milton Hershey School. It is difficult for me to look at a home and know that it will not be mine to own. Especially because I’ve grown up rather “displaced” my whole life…it seems I’m always wandering…never really settling in a place that I can call my own.
When we first started this job, my husband said that ‘the call to houseparent, is a call to suffer’…I knew on some level what he meant when we started our career…because sharing our home, our possessions, our time, indeed ourselves to children who are not our own is a difficult endeavor.
But to give up oneself completely, even ones own dreams (of a home) or a sense of ‘normalcy’ is another thing altogether. After 14 years of house parenting, we are on the ‘other side’ of making this a career. It has become our life. And with that, a giving up of things that I am not quite ready to part with (even if they are just dreams in my heart).
“Blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there’s pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name!”