Our kitchen remodel is finished! Back in April the demo began and in May I shared a little bit of how not having a kitchen impacted my world. (Here’s the link if you missed it!) Now that this project is over, it’s a little like childbirth, I’ve forgotten how hard it was. And also like childbirth, I have a terrific result I want to show you. Teehee!
We updated our kitchen mostly for the resale value. But I discovered I also wanted a comfortable heart to our home. I missed our kitchen, and now that I have moved back in I realize how true it is. I love having a center to our house, a place where family can gather.
Last Sunday our extended family came over to see the new kitchen and join us for our first dinner party. I was thinking of all the details: Is the chicken done? Do I have enough napkins? Did I make enough veggies? I need flowers for the table! Then I remembered my own best advice. In fact I wrote a book about it, Come On In, Taking the Hassle Out of Hospitality. The message of the whole book is:
Hospitality is about your guests, not your clean house or what you offer them to eat.
It’s YOU and your GUEST nothing more is actually necessary. The trick to hospitality is to be there for your guests and enjoy their company. That’s it.
I relaxed. My family was there to help me celebrate a new living space. After all, they had listened to me complain about the process, and even fed me dinner once in a while we had no kitchen. It was my turn to say thank you and treat them. We had a lovely evening. It was so nice to catch up. We rarely can all get together at the same time.
This experience has been a great reminder that my new kitchen is not about the fancy light fixture I love or the built in desk by the window. Nope, my new kitchen is about feeding my family love in heapin’ helpings!
Is the kitchen the heart of your home, too? How do you extend hospitality to others? Share in the comment section for the chance to win a copy of Come On In, Taking the Hassle Out of Hospitality.
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