Sunday, April 29, 2007

Busy as a Bee

I did it! By the grace of God and my supportive husband, I successfully completed another semester of college. I gratefully took my last final exam yesterday morning, and we celebrated the end of the semester by going to Carowinds for a little bit of family time.

I haven’t had time to write, in part because I was studying for exams, but also because we’re just so busy. The Lord has provided us with a home that's conducive to entertaining, and we like to honor Him by inviting others into our home. I host events for the MOMS Club on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, but outside of that, we have entertained family and friends the past 3 weekends in a row. Although the preparations can be tiring, we enjoy the fellowship it provides.

Last night we had a couple over that we just recently met. The ironic thing is they are both from Ohio, near my hometown. We had a great time getting to know them, and their infant son, on a more personal basis. After the kids went to sleep, we played a couple of rounds of “Beyond Balderdash” and enjoyed some munchies.

In my family, we didn’t really do a lot of gatherings until I was older, in my teens, because of our physical location. I have lived a lot of different places, and we didn’t move closer to family until I was 13. I have many fond memories of family gatherings, and I know I am making memories now for my own children. More importantly, though, I am teaching and modeling for my children several life lessons: hospitality, serving others, and putting the needs of others ahead of their own.

I try not to focus on the cleanliness of my home- with 3 kids it’s nearly impossible to have a clean home- but rather on the importance of welcoming others into our home despite its condition. We just shove everything aside and make room at the table! 1 Peter 4:9 says, “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.” I can already see the seeds I have planted bearing fruit- Th asks daily who we’re having over as he sets aside toys he hopes to share with his friends. No grudging or complaining there!

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