I hope you don’t mind the noise too much. You may wonder if we have a band playing downstairs in the basement. It is just a few of our musically inclined family members…I can have them turn the amp down. And don’t panic if you see my 18 month old writing on the wall…really it’s washable. Sometimes he finds a crayon I may have forgot to put away. And please excuse me if I have to take a minute to mediate a disagreement over who is going to use the phone next. Oh, I almost forgot to ask, would you like some coffee….And if you wonder what is burning in the kitchen, it’s probably just one of my teens cooking. Don’t worry, I have a fire extinguisher close by. You may be wondering if all these kids are mine and you may even be counting as they pass by. By the time you count to eight, you may be thinking that my life is a little crazy by now, but I am thinking how lucky I am. Our life is loud, fun and just awesome. You are more than welcome to stay a while and have dinner with us, there is plenty to go around. I made enough beef stew to feed the neighborhood. Would you like more coffee…
This is hospitality: inviting people into our lives just the way we are and just the way they are.
I’ve said before that I would like to get a sign to hang on our front door with the following message:
If you’ve come to see us, knock and come in. If you’ve come to see our house, please make an appointment.