After a long drive, the Ronald McDonald House of Houston was a welcome sight and will provide a home away from home for our family this week. Every time I have crossed the threshold of a Ronald McDonald House I am somewhat awestruck by everything they do to support families.
After checking in we met a family who all shaved their heads in support of their oldest daughter who has cancer and is preparing for a transplant. They will be here into December. Aria and Evan became fast friends with the girl's younger sister and ended up watching a movie with a table of children while they all ate dinner together.
The dinner was generously donated, prepared and served by a local family who frequently volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. Rob and I sat together in the crowded dining room feeling exhausted and grateful.
We've stayed at a few Ronald McDonald Houses and they are all filled with thoughtful volunteers and a mix of families who are connected through the type of medical challenges that require out-of-state travel and sometimes lengthy hospital stays.
The rooms are like hotel rooms and there are multiple public areas, playrooms, an arcade / game room, playground, kitchens for cooking and a dining area. It's not unusual for groups to provide dinners for the families and there are free shuttles to the hospitals nearby.