When I was growing up people were always just stopping by our house for a quick visit… just to say ‘hi’. Our house was always full of friends and family many nights of the week. My mom was an amazing hostess and always made people feel welcome. She was the queen of hospitality! She had the kind of personality that drew people in, so generous and friendly. We lived in the bottom half of an old farm house that was definitely not a glamours place to be and she never worried about it not being enough for her guests. She wouldn’t have been someone to worry about keeping up with trending Pinterest pins and decor themes, but there was one time when she wallpapered a pineapple boarder around the kitchen… hey, it was the 80’s after all! She knew that people who felt at home in her heart would feel at home in old farm house kitchen.
Hospitality is true gift and I miss the time when you could just ring a friends doorbell and drop in! Do people even do that? Is it rude to not give a quick cell call ahead? I don’t know. I know that Facebook and IG can be a double edged sword. I LOVE keeping up with friends on social media and I’ve made some great friends through social media and blogs. It is so convenient and really a great way to find people who like the same things you do! But it’s tricky, right. If I’m not careful, I find myself being too lazy on the friendship front because I’m all cozy in bed hitting ‘like’ on a photo from my phone thinking that is enough to keep in touch with friends. It’s not.
This past spring, Scot and I took a little roadtrip to scout some locations for Luke and Rachel’s wedding in Milwaukee. When we finished up, on a whim, Scot rang up his high school friend Brad, who lives in the area. Brad, his wife Liza and their kids were home and up for a drop in! So without warning, we were there on their doorstep, us and all four of our kids just minutes later. (well technically we did give them warning but… hey, FOUR KIDS!)
Liza and Brad along with their kids were the true expression of hospitality on the fly. WOW, was it amazing to to catch-up! It was a great afternoon, our kids had the best time playing and visiting together, Gus especially love all of the attention John-David paid him. We ended up staying for dinner even… talk about guests that won’t leave! Ha-ha… We walked to a wonderful restaurant in their neighborhood and stopped at the park on our way home. The kids had so much fun. Really taking them to new parks has gotten us better reactions than when we surprised them with a trip to DISNEY!
And then the afternoon light was magnificent. It was so perfect, I had to pull my camera out for a couple of quick photos. I’m such a light geek… at one point I turned to Liza and said… Doesn’t this light look the way memories feel? She laughed and sweetly agreed. But in case you were ever wondering why I get so darn excited about beautiful light during photo sessions… I do it in my real life too!
Here are my little location scouters finding cools spots for my wedding party! Doesn’t everyone take their kids on location scouting trips on their weekends off?
Thank you so much Brad and Liza! It was such a nice afternoon, and so unexpected. It’s nice to have no plans and stumble into the best time connecting with old friends again.