2016- What a year it has been!
"Wow! How swiftly time goes by! Four years ago I had no grandchildren. This Christmas was a chaotic, wild, noisy chorus as I witnessed the spectacle of my 5 granddaughters celebrate Jesus' birthday! What fun! What joy!
It is just such events that reinforce our commitment to providing homes for our guests. We thoroughly and vicariously enjoy visualizing your families as they gather, fellowship, share meals, and make memories.
We anticipate and ready ourselves for the upcoming year, to do the best job possible to serve your family by preparing Live Local Guest Homes for your use!"
-Park Allwine, Property Manager/Owner
"Christmas in a cup, 'Sweet and Spicy' tea is warm, fragrant, and embodies the aromatic taste of wonderful memories of family and friends gathering together. I savor the flavor, just as our family loves providing home and opportunities for friends, family, and coworkers to come together at Live Local Guest Homes.
As we shared our love through candlelit carols, exchanging gifts, and partaking of home-cooked meals (or at least in my case, organized meals-- but thats another story), we marveled that our family had grown to include myself and my husband, two children, five grandchildren, and a one-horse open sleigh-full of extended family and friends, including some of you!
2016 was a year full of challenges, but as one of our first ladies said 'A woman is like a teabag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.' We are grateful to see the beautiful sunset of 2016 and welcome the experience of a great 2017 shared with you!"
- Donna Allwine, Director of Operations/Owner
" How is it already the end of the year? Where did the time go? I know, I know- everyone is so ready for 2016 to be over, but this year has been wonderful to me. It has been chock-full of happy memories and new adventures- Elaina's 3rd birthday, watching her funny personality develop, playing, and winning, every game imaginable with Jeremy (don't ask him about it-- he might remember it a bit differently), traveling to so many amazing destinations, and learning so many new things. 2016 wasn't all a walk in the park, though. We have certainly had our share of adjustments. But, the best part about adjusting is that it means we are learning and growing. We've learned a lot this year and I am anxiously anticipating the challenges and rewards, the guests and friends, the exciting stories and fun memories, that a new year will bring our way! It is going to be wonderful! 2017-here we come!"
-Melody Allwine, Reservations Coordinator
"This year has been exciting and adventurous, as we have adjusted from being a family of five to a family of six! Welcoming the addition of our sweet youngest child, Darlene, who also has the honor of carrying her great grandma's name. We have had many wonderful day ventures where we were given the opportunity to grow and learn our family, as a whole. And we have been greatly blessed with God's favor in many areas. Our older daughter, Mary, celebrated her fourth birthday this year and went from a wild toddler to an intellectual big kid. Our second oldest, Abigail, has struggled with hearing loss, and this year has been a year of blossoming into a talkative three-year-old. Aurora popped her first two teeth through in the same week as her first birthday, then decided to finally start walking shortly after that. Now, no one can keep up with that mischievous grin who runs faster than the wind. Darlene was welcomed into the family just nine short months ago and has managed to steal everyone's hearts and crawl away with them, all while yelling "Mama! Mama!" and causing much more laughter than anyone would imagine from such a tiny human! As for Rob and myself, we've taken each stride with as much patience and grace as parents of four little girls under the age of four can, on a day-by-day basis. We have celebrated our second wedding anniversary, our third Christmas together as a married couple, and so many "first" holidays as a complete family of six. It's been a wild year but more fun that we ever would've dreamed we'd be having at such a young age!"
-Rob and Kaycee Allwine, Maintenance and Hospitality