We had a perfect get together.
The ham was stone cold for too long and refused to get hot.
I had one drape out of 4 hanging.
Our yard was 90% weeds.
Most of the 30 people had never met each other.
There were believers and non-believers.
There were happy marriages and hard times.
New Yorkers and die hard Southerners.
Babies and teenagers.
English and Spanish words.
There were 4 different colors of paint samples on the walls.
Real plates and paper plates.
Store bought food and homemade.
I didn’t even remember to take a decent photo.
But, we connected.
It was absolutely perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing.Leave a Comment
Kristen@Moms Sharpening Moms says
A perfect perspective, Ms. Nester! I need to take this one to heart.
Love you sweet girl!
sounds like my kind of party 😉
Awesome. Simply wonderful!
A little gem I’ve picked up: don’t sweep the floors before a party…no one looks and if they do, they just assume it’s BECAUSE of the party…wait to do it after…because it’ll need it even worse then!
Yes…I’ve sweated over perfecting the party and felt scared because this or that was NOT perfect…but then…everyone comes up to me and says such positive things…and I remember it’s more about the connecting than the perfection. 🙂
I can’t wait to entertain once our yard has grass in it (it’s ALL dirt right now because we are laying sod, Lord willing). This sounds like the perfect get together! So many times we as believers only invite other believers to our gatherings and stay w/i our safety net. We don’t always have to have the perfect “Christian” gathering. There doesn’t always have to be a devotional and it shouldn’t always be “safe” with fellow believers, otherwise, how is the rest of the world going to see Christ in us?
Marilyn Yocum says
Loved you speaking this truth to us!
I’ve lived in an “undone” house and yard for 5 years. That’s a lot of opportunities missed for not connecting. Thank you for your words. It’s a reminder to me to not worry about the place, but to invest in “connecting”.
Amanda @ Serenity Now says
Sounds perfect to me too. 🙂
Perfect …. absolutely perfect. I am getting ready to move back to a town where I have a lot of old friends who I am getting reaquainted with. I am planning on having a “perfect party” too and as there will be people from all walks of life, beliefs, etc. this is a perfect time to show Christ and be friendly…..because I love ALL of my friends.
why wasn’t i invited? 😉
Obviously you have ‘caught’ your own lesson. Isn’t it amazing how the best parties turn out? Reflecting on them will help you have an even better one next time, although you can’t see how it could go any better. I like to journal these life-changing events, recording comments, compliments, comical happenings along with names and ages of my guests. No pics? Word pictures will have to do. One of the best pieces of advice I learned: the worst faux pas isn’t on the table. It’s an uptight hostess. You get the gold star. Bless you.
Thank You! Bless You! Thank You! This lifted me WAY up!
Stacey @ The Blessed Nest says
That sounds like a wonderful time! Love that you opened your home, perfect or not, and embraced those that came through your door with loving kindness! True hospitality right there.
This is exactly the kind of party that we throw! The point is for everyone to enjoy themselves. Thank you for sharing.
Are you srs? They didn’t notice the weeds???!! 🙂 Of course they didn’t… ! glad it was so nice…
That’s my girl, Nester!
Love you, friend. Thanks for the encouragement today to be REAL!
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