Cindy from Skip to my Lou is my kinda girl. I mean, just look at this Strawberry Shortcake! When Cindy asked me to be a regular, monthly contributor on her blog, Skip to my Lou, of course I said YES! If you have a minute, I'm over there today ...
And Gina's here!
Meet my Guest:
Gina from not so random stuff
I found Gina's blog not so random stuff, and this post in particular that touched my heart, so I asked Gina to share it here on 4RE. It reminds me of when I was a little girl, how I used to play. My mom was my inspiration, teaching me about hospitality.
Gina writes ...
I love visiting Sandy's blog, every time I find inspiration and encouragement to open my home and life to others. As a mom to three young children, I really appreciate her advice and great tips on entertaining with kids. Her inspiring words have given me a push to open my home, despite the kid induced chaos and wildness. I've been encouraged to embrace this stage of entertaining, with crazy kids and all their crazy friends. And I so love her reminders that entertaining is more about welcoming others into our lives than about making things look perfect. Entertaining should be all about connecting with others; and keeping the focus on people, not perfection!
Hospitality is a big deal for us around here.
We strive to make sure the door is always open for guests and that they always feel comfortable and at home.
I've always hoped that this trait would carry on for my kids, especially the girls.
And then I found this.
Maybe they're learning it by watching us.
Make room for an extra bed, improvise and do what it takes to make sure your guests are settled.
Be creative, and also be willing to sacrifice. Do you see Grandma sleeping in the bathtub in the first picture?
If you look closely you will see that this a full house. Our kids have watched us entertain through the years. They've seen us shuffle beds around, give up our room, ask them to give up theirs.
We've never had discussions on hospitality, but I think they're learning an awful lot by watching. And I love that.
Have you noticed hospitable traits in your kids, by watching the way they play?
Gina and I would love to hear if you played house like this as a kid, or feel free to share any sweet stories about your kiddos!
One of these days I'm going to share about the gigantic Barbie house that my sisters and I made in our garage.
Thank you Gina, for making me SMILE today!