In last year’s Christmas letter, I mentioned that Dan and Brianna had moved back to GR, but I don’t know if I’ve told you just how fun it is to have them closer ..and I’m quite sure I haven’t told you about how hospitable they are! Brianna is the oldest daughter in a family of 10 children…and from a long line of fruitful Byrds (e.g.: 2013 summer reunion, and we’re just talking fam and first cousins!). Although the Lord hasn’t gifted them with children of their own yet, they both really love children! Brianna works as a nurse at DeVos Children’s Hospital, and they both spend lots of time loving up their nieces and nephews. This Christmas, we had all 27 of us together…which is more than one house could sleep, so Dan and Brianna decided to turn their home into a B’nB for the holiday season. They worked really hard outfitting their two spare bedrooms to accommodate babies and even sent cute invitations ’round, inviting their sibs to their B’n’B! Meanwhile, someone asked if they’d be willing to sponsor an exchange student …in fact TWO exchange students. Being as hospitable as they are, they said, “Sure!” so they took in Lois (a senior from Sweden) and Oh (a freshman from South Korea) for the year, figuring that helping 2 kids for a school year was a greater good than keeping sibs for a Christmas break. HOWEVER, they still wanted to help out, so they worked like beavers all fall, transforming their basement into a lovely guest area too, and over the break D’nB’s B’nB made our being all together possible (without costing a fortune in hotel bills). THANKS! 🙂
“Use hospitality one to another without grudging” (1 Peter 4:9).