Hospitality, by Bailey

7:30 AM

Come on over!
The other day at church my mother was met with a very bouncy, very excited plea to have so-and-so over for dinner that day. Her bewildered look said, “How did I ever manage sixteen years with this child?” She said—“Well, what will we feed them?”

“Oh, I don’t know. I’ll make something. Please?”

I violated two family rules in this encounter. Firstly, the application process was rushed far too quickly. To be completely legal, a request to have so-and-so over must be brought up weeks—months—in advance, and that just to have them nominated for the nomination category. After a process of elimination, the nominated nominees are weeded out into the official nominees—and then we can select our guest (sometimes with pleas and promises not intended to be kept) and plan the dinner.

Secondly, there is no way anybody is stepping foot in our house unless at least the living room’s dusted and there’s a hot, respectable meal on the table. We take our hospitality very seriously, as I said. We want to ensure that everything’s under control, that everyone can relax and enjoy the evening, that our house won’t be chaotic and uninviting. We aren’t always fancy, but we’re always complimented on a clean house and good food—lots of it. That takes some planning.

And that prohibits spur-of-the-moment lunch invitations on leftover day.

But sometimes we make exceptions. Hop on over to
for the exciting conclusion. :)

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  1. I love reading these posts. :) You're so talented, and can touch ones heart.

    Loved it!

    *EXTRA big hugs*

  2. Our house is unfinished. But we try to keep it nice when we have company.(: (which is almost every week) Its seems like we constantly have people staying at our house.(;

  3. I agree on that one!(:

  4. I ssooooo agree {:

  5. Love this post and definitely agree with Kara about you and your posts touching the heart. :)

    I would have to change it up a bit, however, as my mac and cheese is always a bit I'd probably have to select something else to prepare. *sigh* Only I could ruin something from a box. ;)

  6. I love your blog! Our families are so similat...we also homeschool, and we have seven kids. Here is a link to my blog:

  7. We do a "Sunday Night Leftover Buffet", too. Even with someone staying for dinner. (Daddy is good at spiffing up the leftovers.)
    I love having people spontaneously stay for dinner. It's been happening a lot lately.

  8. Sooo embarrasse.../: Please skip over first and second post. Thanks a lot!



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