Thursday, July 7, 2016

Our Every Day Kitchen & Welcoming Others into your Home

 I hope you all had a wonderful July 4th! We enjoyed spending time with family who we don't get to see very often.  It's always nice when a holiday falls on a Monday and we get a 3 day weekend!  I've decided I'm going back to sporadic blog posts because I never know when I'll have the extra quiet time to post or when something comes to mind that I want to share.  To make it a little easier to keep up you can sign up to be on my email list and have my posts delivered straight to your inbox! Look on the sidebar for the box to enter your email if you're interested.

Recently my Pappy came over for his haircut.  As I was tidying up the kitchen and preparing for his arrival I thought it would be a great time to snap a few pictures of what I'm calling our every day kitchen (in it's tidied state), and share a little something that has been on my heart. I always have what most people call counter top clutter, but I like having the stuff I need out where I can get to it.  If you follow me on Instagram you know that my kitchen can get pretty chaotic.  It's like the grand central station in our house, always something going on.

Every few weeks my Pappy comes over for a visit and to get his haircut.  He brings his famous biscuits and we sit down and have coffee, biscuits, and wonderful conversation.  It's a special time I always look forward to and memories that I'll cherish forever.

We sit around the kitchen table and he tells me stories of when he was young and gives me wise advice.  He's always willing to listen and always seems to know exactly what to say.

When I know he's coming over I try to make our house feel extra welcoming. I make sure the kitchen is tidied up, swept, and peaceful.  I like to light a vanilla candle because that's his favorite scent.

Nine times out of ten the rest of the rooms in our house will be a disaster when he is here, but the kitchen, the room where we visit, is pretty tidy and happy, and that's all that matters.

One of the things I love most about creating a warm and welcoming home is sharing it with others.  Sometimes I get so caught up in thinking everything has to be perfect and spotless before I can do that, but I have to quickly stop myself and let go of my perfectionist ways.  I don't think God blessed us with this big house just for the 4 of us to enjoy.  I think He wants us to use our homes to minister to and love on others as well as our immediate families.  Our homes don't have to be perfect to do that.  In fact if things are too clean and perfect, your guests may not feel very comfortable, for fear of messing something up.  This I know from experience.

My Pappy couldn't care less that the rest of my house is typically a wreck when he's here. He isn't here to inspect the cleanliness and order of my house, he's here to enjoy our company.  I always feel such a sense of joy on those days, and that joy certainly doesn't come from a perfect house. 

 When someone is coming over tidy up the main areas, and forget about the rest. Don't let the fact that you can't even walk through your kid's bedrooms (me me me) keep you from opening up your home.  Do I need to address those areas and restore order? Yes! But I can still welcome others even though I may not be giving tours of the kid's rooms at the moment.

 I want to challenge you as well as myself to make a conscious effort to open your home up to others.  Maybe it's a friend you haven't visited with in a long time, a family who's new to your area, or even someone in your own family who you think you could be a blessing to just by having them over for a meal and conversation!  I'm really talking to myself here because this is something I don't do enough of, but it's so important. 

So will you join me in the challenge? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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Have a BLESSED day!

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