November 30, 2015
Thursday was our five-year anniversary of hosting the men of Dare Challenge for Thanksgiving. We had 13 men from the center, Steve, Sarah and me, and three couples from the church for a grand total of twenty-two guests!
The Dare Challenge men arrived first.
They were out in our backyard playing badminton, corn hole and horseshoes when a police car pulled up and a uniformed officer started walking toward the house.
One of the guys instinctively sounded the warning, “Hey man, the cops are here.”
Which when you think about it, since many of those men have been in trouble with the law at some point in their history, a police car pulling up did not do much in the way of putting them at ease.
Much to their relief, Steve quickly explained that the uniformed officer was Tom, a new attender at our church, who was on duty for the day. We had invited him and his wife, Ashley, to join us for the meal.
We were also joined by police officer, Doug, and his wife, Misty, who attend our church. Steve is the Manteo Police Chaplain; Tom is on his right and Doug is the officer with the K9, Boscoe.
Doug and Tom spent quite a while hanging out with the guys, playing horseshoe and just having fun. And to add to the law enforcement crew, some friends of Doug and Misty’s also joined us; the husband from that couple was also (retired) law enforcement.
Doug has been very intentional about reaching out to the Dare Challenge men and it was really great to see everyone from very different backgrounds spending time together, enjoying a beautiful southern day and a fabulous southern Thanksgiving meal.
And speaking of the meal, here are a few photos leading up to the big event.
Here are photos of the pre-meal fun and the meal itself.
And lastly, here is the clean up process, getting all the dishes put away and all the extra chairs and tables moved back to the church.
I was very thankful to have a laundry room near the kitchen because it ended up being a catch all during the clean up process.
It looks so awful that I actually wasn’t even going to post it but then Meagan’s mom, Sheri, just posted a humorous “tell all” post of cleaning her bathroom so I figured the least I could do in fellow grandmotherly solidarity was to show you the picture of my laundry room. My goal is to have it whipped back into shape by tonight.
We’ve got just about everything put away and are relishing the sweet memories that were made during that special day. The guys were so grateful and so polite and such a blessing to have in our home.
Three police officers and their wives.
A pastor and his family.
Thirteen men with histories of heartache and stories of brokenness . . .
All brought together under one roof for one day; all brought together by the providence of God and the joy of forgiveness and the hope of brand new beginnings.
We love our Dare Challenge friends.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.