Alright- let me tell you a secret…. I love to party. I love it. I love a celebration. I love to fill my house, enjoy friends, and hear the sweet sounds of children playing. Ella decided to have a Chopped birthday. The girls were separated into teams and given mystery ingredients and they had to create three dishes: appetizer, main dish, and dessert. Oh my soul- it was so much fun. Jason hovered over the knives and oven being used. I just sat and giggled listening to the girls get it done. They cooked like a boss. They talked, directed each other and experimented with food. It was such a treat to watch. It was simple to create this part. Ella invited a few girls from church and we got cooking. She made each girl an apron, and waaaa-laa! Ingredients, a few directions, and let the girls have full charge of the kitchen. It was so fun. Then the girls watched movies and Ella asked me to place out a midnight snack bar. I love celebrating my people. I love seeing Ella grow. And this party was so much fun. Look at the beautiful creations they made.
Last night, my dear Cristy had her birthday. My friend Lisa and I planned to take her to dinner. Then I said, let’s have dessert and celebrate this gift of a friend. So last minute we sent out an invitation and gathered all that were in town and available. I love a party. Here’s a secret. I wanted a two story house so we could tidy the main floor and be ready to host a party quickly. No fuss over bedrooms, just the main floor ready, and go- party time. We sang, we laughed, the kids played, and the adults enjoyed each other. Such a treat to celebrate our Cristy that loves us so big, brings us all such joy, and gifts us all with her tender heart and love for Jesus. It was a great good night.
Oh friends, life is short- take time to celebrate. Celebrate the people you love, invite them over. Ask for help, work together and get together. Invite the entire family so no one has to get a sitter. Invite everyone- no one minds being crowded. Everyone is so tickled to be together.
It doesn’t have to be fussy, perfect, tidy. Just say yes. People won’t notice it’s not perfect. People just want to be together, embraced, celebrated. Ella, Cristy- you are loved. Thank you for the treasures you both are.
Celebrate someone you love, celebrate that it’s summer, shoot- celebrate that it’s Tuesday. Invite people into your life. Let yourself be known and take time to know another. It’s the essence of life. People might say it’s because I’m an extrovert. I kind of hate those labels. I do love people- I do. But at the heart of us all is a desire to be known and be a part of a community. So- if you long for community- be ready to embrace someone else. So often we wait for someone to pursue us…. If we keep waiting- will will always be waiting.
Set the table, invite someone over, and start building community. I double dog dare you!