Hairspray & Welcome guests

Oh, the HEAT and HUMIDITY!!!!   aaarrgggh…. This morning we had a “Sound of Music kids all jumping on the bed in the lightning storm” moment – where Edison kept trying to convince Claudia “don’t be afraid!  It’s not a monster coming at us, it’s just thunder and lightning”  Of course, sweet Claudia just grinned at him as he “bravely” hid behind my skirt at every thunder clap.  I will say, it was an intense storm – including HEAVY rain & Lots of marble sized hail.  It is funny to see ice falling from the sky when it is 92 degrees outside.  It doesn’t seem possible…

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Last night I went to see Hairspray – a super fun feel-good movie that I enjoyed even more than I thought I would.  It made me want to have all of those adorable 60’s dresses with the huge puffy crinoline skirts.  I would LOVE one (or two!!) of those.  Maybe I’ll find a vintage pattern somewhere.  But even then I’m not sure I could whip that up on my machine.  A dress like that would go really well with my growing collection of vintage aprons that I’m always wearing around my house.  I’m not sure why these went out of vogue – they are both super cute & useful.  Maybe they will make a comeback.  They already have in my house.

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“Let love of the brethren continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  Hebrews 13:1-2

This week has been a busy week in our house.  On Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday we had different guests here – Monday, our friend J came for a late dinner; Tuesday, a friend came to talk to Garrison; Wednesday, our friend G was in Schenectady on a business trip and he ended up coming here for dinner and staying overnight so Garrison could take him to the airport early Thursday morning…Anyway, I was starting to feel a little LESS than hospitable at this point, with all of the meals I was making, cleaning I needed to do (even though I did get to wear my cute aprons 🙂 ), extra laundry, etc…  But once again, the Lord encouraged me through the mouth of my son as we were driving home from town yesterday.  We passed someone’s summer residence that they had named with a big sign “Tramonti View” — Edison asked me what the sign said and what it meant.  I explained to him that sometimes people name their homes and I asked him, “What would you name our house?”  He was quiet for a moment and then he said to me, “I’m thinking, Mom”  I waited another minute or so and heard him say, ” ‘Visitors Welcome.’  That is what I would name it.”  That makes every single handwashed dish worth it, to see the character in this little boy whose heart is truly to welcome people into our home.  We have never once spoken to Edison about the subject of hospitality, but children really do learn from watching the world around them, and I am thankful that Jesus gave me this encouragement to keep doing His work and opening our home to those who need His peace and rest.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by coaks on August 4, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    “Just when I thought you couldn’t get any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!” – Dumb and Dumber

    http://www.coaks.wordpress.com

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