Our Home in Hubbards, Nova Scotia
"Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines."
- Henri J.M. Nouwen, Reaching Out: The Three Movements of the Spiritual Life
The house we rented and moved to in Hubbards, after having to leave the first rental cabin near Antigonish, turned what we thought had been misfortune into great fortune. We are now enjoying a clean, spacious, well-cared-for home.
When you rent a home through sites such as vrbo or airbnb versus a hotel, you gain many advantages. You have a home instead of just a hotel room and typically for a lot less money. In renting homes, I have found that the one thing I need to be prepared for is that I will have to make a run to the store pretty much right away to get necessities such as shampoo, conditioner, dish soap, laundry detergent, paper products for kitchen and bathroom, etc. Our rental house here in Hubbards has been a wonderful exception in that regard. We have not had to purchase a thing other than, of course, any food we may want to prepare at home. This is not only quite a savings but such a treat to have everything, in plentiful supply, ready and waiting for us. Another treat about this particular rental house is that the beds are super comfortable and we are both getting great sleep in this home. It is very quiet and peaceful here yet close to so many things to see and do.
We are fortunate to have almost two weeks here. What a great place to come home to after exploring the area. We've also enjoyed having a couple of 'stay-home' days when it rained (always a great chance to catch up on blogging).
We are going to be sad to leave this home. Even with new exciting things waiting for us in the future, this departure will be bittersweet. This house felt like home the minute we walked in the door, like it was our home versus feeling like we were staying in someone else's home. That's how right we felt here. In addition to that, we both fell in love with our neighbors. Incredibly gracious people. They invited us into their home on several occasions, where we shared meals, great conversation, laughter, and a heart connection that my son and I will have with us forever.