“Making your home pretty is nice, but making it nourishing is holy. Sister, paint that chair or hang that mirror, sure, but for the love, don’t wait until everything is done before putting on a pot of chili and inviting friends over for football. Your neighbor wants to belong far more than she wants to be impressed.” from Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life by Jen Hatmaker
Oh sweet friends, this spoke right to my heart! Our farmhouse has been a work in progress since we moved in, in particular this room pictured above. We had visions for this room, but it feels like every time we start on it something holds us up. We’ve literally been working on it since we moved in, and it’s still not finished. But yesterday when our friends offered to bring over chili for the game we decided to move the party to this room because it felt so nice outside, and we wanted to be able to open the windows. So with a short amount of time before our friends arrived the three of us got to work sweeping, dusting, rearranging furniture, and setting up the tv. I was still mopping when our friends got there, and once I did sit down I would pop back up to clean something I noticed. Finally Kate said “Heidi stop cleaning! Sit down, and hang out with us.” So that’s just what I did, and we had a great time! Cheering on the colts, eating chili, (and ice cream), and us girls even took short halftime naps.
I love having people over, but I always try to be a hostess instead of just sitting down and hanging out. I’m thankful for this reminder today! Our house is a home whether it’s finished or not, and our door is always open, and I promise when you walk through these doors you will always belong — and I promise to sit down, and ignore that speck of dust… if you promise you will too 😉
Here’s to nourishing relationships, in our unfinished and imperfect homes, because what matters most is the time we spend with each other*