Fam­ily and friends

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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

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