Almost two weeks ago now, I hosted the homecoming dinner for my senior girl and her friends.  If you’ve followed my blog for any time at all, you know, this type of service is my “Happy Place”.  I do love it!  And much better pics are in the works. I will for sure do an entire post on all of the design details for this party, but that’s not what this post is about.

My oldest daughter, Emma, came home from college that same weekend for her fall break!  Which is great!  We were missing her in a bad way!  And where Emma is, more than likely you’ll find 2-6 more!  I love when all of my “extra” daughters come home as well!

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The game room was transformed into a 2-queen suite for the masses.  Seriously, one of my favorite things to do is prepare a comfy place for each of my precious house guests!

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When I sent them this pic of their beds all ready for them, this is what I got in reply…

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I laughed until I was crying.  I DO love rap, btw.  Unapologetically.  Hehe!

And I love to watch my daughters catching up (in their own way) after an extended time apart!

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Not only did these girls spend the weekend with us, but they were also the best little wait staff in Texas, for this Homecoming Dinner!  They spent most of the day helping me decorate!  Notice the floating candles in the hot tub!

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And it was a success!  We all had fun serving this crew of exceptional kiddos!

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Audrey with her two besties!

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But here was the best part of the weekend!  I’ve been thinking lately that my biggest goal in hosting a function such as this, is to do it with a joyful heart.  I mean all the way through. To really enjoy the entire experience and more importantly to not (at some point in the process) snap at one of my family members in stress!

So, I’ve been thinking about Martha and Mary lately.  You know, the women who served Jesus and his disciples as they passed through the village in which the two sisters resided.  Upon arrival, Mary plopped down at Jesus’s feet and proceeded to soak up every word, while Martha continued, cooking, setting the table, refilling drink glasses, taking out the trash… LOL.  She stayed busy as we all do with a house full of guests, right?  But when she’d finally had enough of her deadbeat sister, she told on her!  And Jesus’s response was basically that Mary had chosen the one thing that truly mattered.

I’m usually Martha.  Trying to create the perfect setting for my guests.  But I think when I’m Martha, I miss the biggest blessing of being the hostess!  The people!  The interaction.  The CONNECTION!!  I have been determined this year to not miss “The one thing”.  But this thought process has a tendency to just stop us dead in our tracks right?  We think, well then I just can’t host events like this because I will lose my mind and in turn I will for sure miss “the one thing”.  But there again, we miss it!

Any time I begin to freak out about the crazy messes around here, due to ALL the kids, my husband says “A clean stable means no harvest.”  He’s referring to Proverbs 14:4

“Without oxen a stable stays clean,

but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.”

I want a large harvest.  I want to aid in raising up a healthy and loved next generation.  If my house stays clean, then no work must be going on.  And by work I mean lots of fun, of course.  Haha!

So, which is it?  Do we want a perfectly presentable house, that we never actually present because it will get messy?  Do we want to have guests over in a perfect setting, only to have our immediate family be the casualties of such perfection?  Or do we want to choose the “one thing”?

Happy Family Friday!

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