Yes, that's a link to our new business. We are renting our mother-in-law apartment on airbnb. The apartment has had various guests over the past six years. It has been put to good use for visiting pastors, cyclists giving their efforts for cancer, mom's friends, and of course family time and again. But most of the time it has just been an extra room and it has been an expense rather than a resource.
Since updating it a bit and putting it on airbnb, we have enjoyed the people and the income. Our first visitors were a co-worker and family. They helped us see what we had forgotten to include in our "all inclusive kitchen" and reminded us of how nice it is to share the things with which God blessed us so richly.
Later, came a dear little family: mom, dad, Polish exchange student, and two adopted African girls who came to explore the coast and kayak. The mom and girls filled the house with music as they practiced on our piano. This group of five reminded me of times before our empty nest when we had a home of five filled with love and laughter.
A greenhouse salesman spent the weekend. He comes to Oregon often and enjoys different parts each time. The whole time he was here I worried he would think I should take better care of my flowers. He didn't. He just sat in the early rising light with his coffee and admired the view. Some people love to visit, others to be left alone. All agree this is a great place to rest and relax.
As I write this we have three more groups coming over these next two weeks from LA, OK, and WA: one a single woman, one a retired couple, and one a grandma and grandson who run their own bnb. There's an excitement in the air as we smooth spreads, stock the refridgerator, and sweep the porch. Hosting on airbnb makes me feel like it can be Christmas every day. Who is coming next?