Monday, July 7

Love makes our home beautiful

I dropped a strawberry rhubarb pie off at a neighbors house this morning after swimming lessons. With grown children of her own, she invited the six (!) of us all in. I looked on enviously and adoringly at her beautiful flower beds as she showed them to Kaelin (as she had promised she would). Gorgeous. She graciously served us milk and pie and wondered aloud what it must be like to have five children with five different personalities to get to know.
Her husband holds a very prestigious position in our community and they have an amazing home that could grace the pages of any magazine.
She hugged me as we left, asking us to come again and promising to return our pie dish quickly. (Return our pie dish?)
My stomach sank as I pulled out of her driveway.
"That means she'll be coming to our house. Oh, dear Lord, no."
We don't have marble counter tops and majestic ceilings or rooms pouring out onto walkways leading to a pool and gardens. There's likely to be stacks of books on our living room floor, a basket of laundry waiting to be hung and breakfast dishes waiting to be loaded. And five kids everywhere doing everything fun that somehow always ends up messy.
Immediately I felt a check in my spirit and a holy rebuke. It was if the Lord was saying, "My love makes your home beautiful."My husband reminded me that she is probably lonely with her kids grown and I'm doing the right thing in being neighborly. Still I found myself praying...
"Please, dear Jesus, please help her not to step in chicken poop on the way in..."

13 comments:

Sharon Heritch in IL said...

Well she sounds like a lovely person. I try to give other people the grace to assume they're kind people who aren't thinking all the terrible things I can, in my own self-doubt, attribute to them.

And I too hope she doesn't step in chicken poop on the way in. :-)

Enjoying your blog.
Blessings
Sharon Heritch in IL

Pamie G. said...

Don't be so hard on yourself....I think you will be pleasantly surprised when you see her loving reaction to your surroundings -- I love seeing how everyone lives -- where there is love, the sun is shining....and I know it shines in your home...Pam

Carrie said...

Oh I can definitly relate! You, Hannah, have your priorities in the right place..

Andrea said...

Hannah,
That is so funny and sounds like me.
I was looking at a blog the other night and showing my husband her lovely home, her lovely crafts, and yummy cooking. I wistfully remarked I wish I had her home. My husband said, "well, she doesn't have children! she has things." Ah, yes, indeed.
Children bring such messy things (literally and figurataively) but such LIFE!!!
Thanks for sharing your sweet thoughts.

eyelandgirl said...

Hannah,

I've been reading your blog for quite a while without commenting, but it's time. I am an older mother of three grown children, you could have written your description of the other older woman about me. Often in your posts you share your feelings that your home is not perfectly groomed, you don't have time to do all the things you would like to be doing and my heart goes out to you, because I once felt the same way. In this season of my life, I have time for crafts, gardening, and deep-cleaning my home, you will too one day. Just reading about your life brings me back to the times when I had piles of laundry on the floor, noses to wipe, diapers to change and lots of peanut butter sandwich crusts scattered throughout the house. If you only knew how quickly it passes. I would be thrilled to get chicken poop on my shoes just to spend an hour with those littles!

Irene

Hannah said...

Sharon, I really appreciate and love your comment. You are so right about giving people more credit. I'm sure she would never think all the negative things I think about our own home!
Pamie,
I love seeing how different people live too!
Hi Carrie! I'm sure someday we'll be missing and longing for these busy and often messy days!
Andrea, I love the statement your husband made. How true!
Eyeland girl, thank you for delurking! How nice! I remind myself and my husband constantly that this very busy and demanding season is exactly that - a season. And then we talk about all the things we'll miss from this season once we're on to the next one!
Hopefully nobody will have to step in chicken poop. I try to keep the walkway cleaned!
Blessings,
Hannah

Janel said...

"please help her not to step in chicken poop on the way in..."

lol oh yes!

Love makes our house beautiful too.

Pam said...

Awww! She'll see your heart and miss the chicken poop etc.

Hannah said...

Hi Janel and Pam!
Thanks for stopping by Janel. I think a lot of Christian Mamas can embrace the idea of Christs love making our homes beautiful.
Pam, your blog is beautiful. You put me to shame. I love all your computer scrapbooking layouts!
Blessings,
Hannah

Kostman Family said...

She will more then understand and it will probably remind her of when her children were young. Also we all have different seasons of life and this just happens to be yours for now. I have to keep reminding myself of this because I can remember the days before children when my house was always clean. Take care!

Renee

Sweetpea said...

Your home is beautiful with 5 children to adore! My husband and I longed for children but were never blessed in that way. You are one lucky (and bountifully blessed) individual!

Affectionate Regards to you and yours!

Melissa said...

Oh dear I needed this post so badly! I only have three girlies so far but I feel your same feelings! Thank you for the reminder that it's okay to have messes, they only mean love is abounding in your home! I think we all would prefer our children over no messes any day!

Bluecanopy said...

i hope you get this i know it's an old posting to comment on. reading this completely encouraged me! it's just what i needed at the moment.

you have a beautiful family and even through the internet, your abounding love is evident.

have a blessed day :)