Better is a dish of vegetables where love isWell I have been learning how it applies to me!!!
Than a fattened ox served with hatred. Prov 15:17
It was a time ago now, but Brian and I thought we had company coming for the weekend. I quickly jumped on planning a menu, where our company would sleep, what we'd do, etc, etc, etc.....
After just hours of finding out about having visitors I was already overwhelmed....
Sure, I was pregnant. Sure, my house is full of little ones that don't always pick up after themselves. Sure, my house is in transition and a bit of choas with the attic renovation. Sure, the company coming were special to us, so we wanted everything nice, tidy and enjoyable!
But I was soo ovewhelmed with the preparations that the thought of having others over didn't even sound enjoyable to me. It takes work for my house to be clean!!! For our meals to be delicious masterpieces!!! And for preparing our living space to be shared!!!
Finally I confessed through tears to my husband that the planned visit was overwhelming me! I KNOW that it was wrong thinking on MY part and our company wasn't expecting everything to be as perfect as I was planning and overwhelmed about.
This has taken me YEARS to understand about myself!! I LOVE having people in my house and wanting them to feel comfortable and have a good time at our house!! But soooo many times, the extra work (some of which I put on myself) really does stress me out!!!
So last night..... even though we didn't have a GRAND meal planned!! Or my house was spotless (not even close)!!! Or our plans very exciting....we had company!
And we all ate ham biscuits, fruit and Andrea's crew brought salad!!! It was good;) But definitely NOT up to Martha Stewart's standards.... LOL!! But we all ate (something) on paper plates and we all had a great time with eachother!!!!
When will I learn?? That it's the PEOPLE and the relationships that matter and NOT the presentation!!!
Better is a meal of ham biscuits and fruit where others are welcomed and have a lovely visit, than a time missed with friends because I am attempting to striving towards something "perfect".
** And as Andrea blogged... we have 6 kiddies in the picture. It's just amazing that soon there will be 7!!! Just another week and we'll be "full-term"!!