Friday, January 09, 2015


I love people.  I'm mostly in the middle between extrovert and introvert, but I swing slightly more introverted.  But I really do love people, especially getting to know someone.  And once I know you, watch out, you'll get Christmas cards from me forever!

So this week I was thinking about how, while I love my small house, I wish it was slightly bigger so it would be easier to have people over.  We gather at a friend's house for football games and his house easily hosts upwards of 20 people.  It's fun.

Even at that, I can have a family over and we can be crowded.

Then there's the scheduling issue.  Finding a time that works for both me and my friend(s) can be complicated, especially with kids getting sick in the winter.

But really, this week I was thinking of posting on Facebook, first one to respond, come have dinner at my house Sunday night.  I remember when I was a kid after church on Sunday we'd run around to all our friends seeing who was free to come over for lunch.  It was the best.  We've never done that now, it always has to be planned in advance.

I wonder if anyone would even respond if I put out an open invitation...

We know what people are up to every day with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and still sometimes email, but there's something about having the chance to be in the same space that makes it real.  And that's super complicated for those of us with small children right now because you can actually have a better conversation online without the every.30.seconds.distraction of the kids needing something.  It's just not quite the same though.

So, another small goal for this year.  Attempt to connect with more people in real life.  And if you're reading this, you're welcome!

Five minute Friday is now hosted over at Kate's place. As always please join in or leave a comment!


  1. I LOVE that idea!! I might steal it... I love having people over. It's not always easy; kiddos have to go to bed and whatnot... but it's always worth it, I think, to open up your home and heart to people. Thanks for this post. It made me smile.

  2. We started a weekly Friday Spaghetti a few months ago. We've revamped it for the new year. 2 a month, one on Friday and one on Saturday. (alternating between spaghetti and chili) An open invitation for whoever can come. Some would say it's not been very successful because we've only had one family consistently, but we've gotten to know this family so much more than we did before.

    I do like the Sunday idea too! Go for it!

  3. I was just thinking the same thing! Perhaps if I start inviting people home for Sunday lunch, I might get to have a clean dining room table all week?

  4. I'm the same - halfway between extrovert and introvert! Neither fits me exactly right. ;)

    I have the same memories of spontaneous lunch invitations after church from my childhood! Now that you mention it, I'd definitely love to re-create that kind of tradition somehow.

    P.S. Our family would totally say "yes." :)


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