Friday, November 19, 2010

Gettin' Ready

On December 3rd, we're hosting a formal seated dinner for our Sunday School class...what we didn't realize was that the final head count would be over 100 people. 

And we're trying to finish the library so we can clear tables, etc. of books and restore a slight semblance of order in our home (which will be absolutely fantastic!)...

We're preparing to move and stack most of our furniture in our bedroom, including the bed in the downstairs guest room...'cause we need space for lots of tables.

Because even with many who won't be able to come (we did put RSVP on the invitations) , it's sure to be a large party.

I'm pretty excited. The Engineer is laid back and go with the flow. THANK the Lord.

The "to-do" list is a mile long.

Our desire is that God be glorified in and through this evening. (Which also means I should treat my family with kindness in the days leading up to the event...)

So it's kind of busy 'round here. I can't wait! My mind is racing with ideas and excitement!

It's been a good week. Sister has made some significant progress in reading - which THRILLS my heart! Little Man had his Thanksgiving feast. Little Bit is cutting molars and that has been something terrible. The Engineer is still running. Woo hoo! He is lookin' so fine. I am still struggling to embrace the mornings sans caffeine. Oh I miss it. 

I came across this list of "cannots" written by Reverend William John Henry Boetcker. 

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. 

I rather like it.

Happy weekend y'all!


  1. Sweet Little Bit! How did she get so big??? I'm excited for you about your party! I'll keep y'all in my prayers hoping that you are able to get everything done that you want to have completed before it!

  2. These pictures are great! I love little bit's outfit and little man's hair is! Good luck with your party I'm sure it will be great!

  3. That picture of Little Man in the swing...priceless. His face cracks me up. Your party sounds so fun. Looking forward to reading all about it!

  4. Whew - I 've missed you this interesting world of "online" friendships, I was sort of wondering if there'd been some disaster or crisis we wouldn't know I'm relieved. And I will be praying for your party planning.
    With regard to hospitality, remember the world seeks to *impress* with a showy flair and pomp that says "Aren't we special." The Christian seeks to *minister* with a comforting and welcoming smile that says "aren't YOU special."
    It will come off perfectly! :)
    with love,

  5. How wonderful Jenn!! You will do just fine! And refer to Stacie's posts on Hospitality to help keep the focus where it ought to be so you don't stress about it. SO MUCH FUN!! I wish we could be there. :)

    As always the photos of the kids are terrific...they are adorable.

    I will pray for you as you prepare...and do remember to ENJOY!!!

    With Love,

  6. You are so brave! Praying for you as you prepare your home.

  7. You go, Girl!!!! Wow, when you practice hospitality you go for the gold!

    I loved what you said about treating your family with kindness before an event. Guilty of that one. I will remember that.

    What a blessing you can hold 115 people in your home. If I did that, some of us would be eating in the mudroom! LOL!

    I hope it all goes well. I'm so excited for you!

  8. Sounds like fun! Praying that you won't stress! I always think I can do something like that and end up stressing myself out! Hope you have some help with the cooking:)

  9. WOW! You are so brave! Hope it all goes'll have to give a post-party update.

    Love the pic of Little Man in the swing! He's so funny!

  10. I liked your ending! Good words to live by! I am sure the Christmas party will go fantastic! Praying God is glorified in it!!! It'll be fun to hear how it goes!!!

  11. You wrote:

    "Our desire is that God be glorified in and through this evening. (Which also means I should treat my family with kindness in the days leading up to the event...)"

    And now I'm feeling very real pricks of conviction. Thank you, dear friend, for this reminder... Lately, it seems, I've been slacking in this area.

    A formal dinner for 100+ - WOW! There's one way to find motivation to finish a house project.

  12. In my family we always say..." you have to have a party to get stuff done around the house." And its so true!

    I know it will be wonderful and I hope you enjoy every step of the process. A 100+ - very impressive and exciting! Can't wait to hear about it.

    Beautiful pictures! I love little bit's outfit.

  13. Whoa, can't wait to see THOSE pics :)
    When it's all said and done, you'll have to start a blog just to give advice on how to feed and entertain large amounts of people!
    Love the list of "cannots".

  14. Oh. My. Goodness! Wowzers you are a brave lady! I'm sure the evening will feed more than bellies. Sounds like a dear group of people you are inviting that will minister to each other.

    Happy Thanksgiving!