Family and friends
Over the years, the McDonald household has seen children come and go, along with family members and friends in need and sometimes, even if just for a meal, perfect strangers. “I feel like we’ve been blessed with so much, so I love getting to know people and helping where I can,” says Kathy. “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve picked up someone in need from the side of the road – my husband jokes about it but he also worries for my safety. I’ve heard that they pray for me in church to keep me safe!”
Once their three children – Earl, Carmen and Candice – had moved out, Eric suggested that perhaps it was time they moved into a smaller place. “But I put my foot down and said: no, my grandchildren are still coming!” Kathy says with a laugh.
Double doors leading from a shady nook at the side of the house allow cool air into the dining room. Rugs, cushion (left) and copper planters from MRP Home; cushion (right) from Haus; copper lanterns from Biggie Best