This post may seem pretty innocuous and straight forward, even basic and juvenile, for some of you. You might entertain all the time and have overnight company twelve times a year. But when Mr. Steady and I invited a family of 10 to stay for 3 nights with us recently, I wasn't sure exactly what to do. I searched the Internet for ideas and suggestions on how to host house guests and found the results either quite shallow or overwhelming. So I thought, for my own journaling purposes and record keeping, I would share what I did to prepare.
First off, a little background. We have only had houseguests three times previously, we have hosted my mother-in-law twice and a pastor and his wife. I had a lot of fears of inadequacy and insufficiency but I remembered the words of a mentoring friend who shared with me some time ago, "It's about hospitality, not entertaining". Opening your home up to someone is not about impressing them, it's about loving them, sharing life with them, giving them a soft, warm place to sleep and food that comforts and sustains.
Dad & Mom and their youngest son (in a pack & play)slept in our room. The Reader enjoyed putting Hershey's kisses on each pillow. Because the family arrived late in the evening after church services, I made sure to turn on lamps before leaving the house for the night.
The girls slept in the boys' bedroom. Luckily we haven't done any decorating in this room so it's pretty neutral. I spent some time at the library picking out books for young girls - I am not sure if they read them or not but I have been in places where I would have *loved* something to read.