Y'all, it's September!
And you know what that means, don't you?
It's fall, y'all!
Time to get out the colored leaves, bright orange pumpkins and cinnamon spice candles. I get excited just thinking about it! This post I found over at Kelli's House inspired me to ready my house, which was a good thing because...
Last night after we got home from dinner with my now 16 yo son (how did that happen?), I found an email in my inbox that said that our church's homeschool group had nowhere to meet tonight. I went to Curt and asked him what he thought about offering to host it here.
Remember now that we just moved in in July. And we are renovating this house that was built in 1982... and looks it. And also, we would need to meet in the dining/living room area-- the place in the house where we have stashed stuff we didn't want to deal with. Now granted, there isn't much left in there, but still.
I wanted to have new countertops before we had guests. I wanted all the rooms to be painted before we had guests. I wanted the old carpets ripped out and replaced with gleaming hardwoods before we had guests... but considering that we are paying for all of this with cash as we have it (six kids, one income, you do the math), that could be quite some time before I get my house "guest ready." Curt was all for having the ladies here-- he loves to have people over and, being male, cares less about the details than I do. He just likes the people here, who cares about the little touches we women try to add? As I told him why I was hesitant, he pretty much told me to get over myself and swing our doors open wide.
So I wrote back and said I would host. And I sort of thought someone else would also offer and then I would be off the hook. But no one did except me-- so we are having it here tonight! And I am getting over myself! I think it's good, because honestly, without this impetus, I would have probably kept waiting on my house to be perfect. And that's not what God asks of us. He doesn't command hospitality only if your house is house beautiful-- I can't find that part in the Bible, search as I might. He just says, open your doors, put out some food, and smile at those who come through your doors. Offer a haven, a place to put their feet up.
And hope they don't notice the places where the stripped wallpaper pulled off the paint down to the drywall.