Her little girl is a year older than our boy and growing up on another continent now, but they used to share cheerios together in the church creche. Alycia washed his clothes out in the loos the first time we met her, as he had a major nappy-overflow incident on our first visit to the church.
It's things like that that really impress me about the Christian family when it's truly working as it should. Our toddler has a story about Jesus washing his friends' feet, which must have ranked as one of the jobs that most people would rather push onto someone else. His friends protested, but he said that he did it to show us how we were meant to be. Not too proud to tackle those smelly jobs that no one else wants. As a first time mum, a bit lost and very lonely after a traumatic birth, such an act of friendship when we were strangers made a big difference to me.
I've just met someone who will be a neighbour on Oakdale who has shown us the same kind of welcome and friendship. She saw us trying to have a peek at our house and asked if we wanted to look round hers. Not knowing us at all, she invited us in and offered the first items for the Oakdale Exchange. This will be up and running once we move in. I'm really excited that there is already a little community starting up there and that we can be part of it. Thanks, G!