This past Memorial Weekend we hosted three families for the whole weekend. We had a total of eight adults, ten kids, ages 2 to 12 and a Great Pyrenees dog. It was exhausting, but it was a blast.
Our friendship with these families runs both deep and wide. We met them three years ago when we moved to Wisconsin. They all attend the same church and participate in many activities, such as Worldwide Marriage Encounter (WWME), Christian Experience Weekend (CEW) and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). They are the kind of friends we want to be associated with; people of faith who believe in marriage and family. We have shared with them many meals, birthdays, picnics, prayers, laughter and tears. Each one of my fourteen guests has a special place in my life.
Our weekend together was dubbed Love Fest, because some time ago we participated together in an exercise called Love Circle. It’s a series of six meetings designed to build faith-centered friendships among married couples. Love Circle allowed us to get to know each other at a deeper level and build an environment of trust among us. We had some difficulty with bad weather forcing the kids to be indoors more than we expected. However, they all found something to do and someone to play with. The food was awesome! It was a three-day potluck experience. We played family games like Guesstures and dominoes, watched movies and watched the kids run through the slipping slide. We had a costume party and face painting on Saturday and we attended church together on Sunday.
On Sunday night we went around the table saying what we are thankful for and what we liked the most. The best answer came from one of the older boys, “I’m thankful for Love Fest!”
Here are the lessons I learned about family, friendship and faith:
- When you open your heart and your home to those who love you, you will receive many more blessings than you can give.
- It is true that it takes a village to raise a child. Be thankful for friends who you can trust to be a positive influence on your children.
- You know you have close friendships when your guests make themselves at home… And help you do your dishes!
- Relationships can be as simple or as complicated as we want them to be. If you cherish the time you spend with your friends, regardless of what you are doing, be thankful for that moment.
- Teach your kids that marriage and family are a blessing and that they are worth fighting for.
Please Like, Share or Tweet. Comment here or sign up to get posts via e-mail. Thanks!