Thursday, November 7, 2013


An important Christian virtue is hospitality - it's one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  I used to be super hospitable, my door was always open, but not so much anymore.  Not that the door has closed, but I've stopped inviting folks.  Life got busy, I got focused on perfection... eh. 

So DH and I decided to stop fliffyfluffing around and start just DOING IT - opening our doors to folks, inviting them over.

I was going to a women's Bible study for quite some time, and it's stopped... I was meaning to invite a couple of the girls over for coffee.  I finally got that done today.  Yes, I have all the gear to go completely insane... but I didn't want to do that, I wanted to have folks feel at home.

So I brought out my teacups and my coffee and sugar and cream (yes, I have china, yes, I use it).  I put out the white tablecloth on the end table I pressed into service as a coffee table.  I invited a couple of the ladies over... we sat and chatted for a couple of hours.  It was nice!  Not earth shattering, but nice. 

The other night, we had a family about the same size/constitution as our own over for dinner.  Again, not earthshaking, but it was fun. 

I like doing this stuff... it's fun to get back to it.  No, the cleaning and prep is a pain, but having folks over?  Yes please.

And I like to feed people, which should surprise no one.  :)  You know, you don't have to get all fancy or expensive when you offer hospitality.  This was candied ginger and pecans - both of which were in the pantry.

In both cases, the invitees were *thrilled* to be asked to come over.  People are so very lonely these days.... you really don't have to be perfect to offer up some fun. 


  1. Isn't it funny how "nice" is underrated these days? We always seem to be in pursuit of "wonderful" and "exciting", etc., but there really is a place for "nice". BTW - your end table looks adorable add dolled up.

    1. I think people like humble hospitality more than over the top... although there is a place for that too.

  2. This is one of those areas I definitely need to improve upon. we find ourselves doing impromptu hospitality from time to time, though.

    1. I used to throw full out luncheon teas every couple of weeks... 10 years ago. 15 years ago, half the weeknights found eight people at my dinner table (before I had kids). I've been known to make 20 people do a full china, crystal, silver Christmas supper (which required some juggling of tables and limbo contests). But lately? Slacking off. And I miss it. And DH misses it. So - no more sitting around and "missing it" - I'm doing something about it!!! :p


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