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Three Birthday Cakes, a Turkey, and a Veil

Does that sound like the beginning of a bad joke? Three birthday cakes, a turkey and a veil walk into a bar. Or stand at the pearly gates. Nope, it isn’t bad, and it isn’t even a joke. Although, I must admit that seeing humor in it helps diffuse the stress!

Three birthday cakes, a turkey, and a veil is the description of my upcoming week. My husband’s birthday is on Thanksgiving, my daughter’s is a few days after, followed by my son’s girlfriend’s birthday the next day. And then, two days later, the big event takes place – my daughter is getting married!

Oh, I just caught my breath saying all of that! These five celebrations happen within the span of one week. It is going to be crazy! And so fun!

The title for this post probably could have been “Three cakes, Sushi, and a Veil” because sushi is my husband’s favorite, and he gets to choose on his birthday. I love that his special day falls on Thanksgiving from time to time, because honestly, aside from Jesus, my hubby is my biggest blessing. He just camps out, right there, at the tippety-top of my thankful list!

Sushi: three birthday cakes, a turkey and a veil
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Birthday sushi for Thanksgiving? Sure! Why not?

This post is a bit unusual. I have a slightly ulterior motive beyond the peek into my charming chaos. Friends, can I ask your help with two things?

  1. Please pray for me – I don’t want to get so caught up in the craziness of ALL that is happening that I don’t see EACH thing for the blessing it is and the celebration it deserves. I want to cherish each person and the gift they are from God; and there will be so many people. For an introvert like me, it is overwhelming to think about.
  2. Pen a few words to my daughter – I would be so honored if you would take a minute to write encouragement, inspiration, or practical advice from God’s Word. Just a sentence or two, for my daughter and her husband-to-be to read. If you are willing, type it in the comments section below, ‘to Kevin and Mikayla’. I would like to copy and paste your sentiments into a hand-made card or booklet to add to their wedding gifts. I think it would be such a blessing for them!

I know I have access to an incredible wealth of experience, knowledge, and Godly wisdom on this platform. You who visit the Back Porch are top notch! Thank you for coming alongside my family and me in these ways. I am sincerely, from the depths of my heart, awestruck and grateful for each of you.

I have pre-scheduled some posts about different things, so there shouldn’t be too much interruption to the blog in the coming weeks. I look forward to getting back to a regular routine on the flipside of three birthday cakes, a turkey (sushi?) and a veil. God bless you all!

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Moments are Quick but They’re still Mighty! Grab one and Share one – Post 7

I captured this quick moment before it went fleeting by:

Stretching Cat: Quick Moments Post 7
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I suddenly streeeetched in one of those impromptu, involuntary motions on which instinct decided before consciousness gave permission. For that quick moment, sounds were muted, vision blurred, and my mind turned for the briefest introspection of the body under its purview. Arms overhead, muscles, joints, fingertips to toenails – all received an instantaneous rush and reset. In that inkling of time, I was invigorated and empowered. I moved forward, thankful for the miraculous phenomenon which seemed to have broadened my shoulders and lengthened my lifespan. It came out of nowhere and was such a gift!

There is boundless wonder in every quick moment! Tell me about one of yours


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Moments are Quick but They’re still Mighty! Grab one and Share one – Post 6

I captured this quick moment before it went fleeting by:

Woman in bathroom donning a facemask: Quick Moments Series
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My heart quickens and so does my breath. My glasses fog up just as I glimpse a restroom sign on the door to my right. I duck in and pull my mask off and gulp in one deep breath, leaning against the wall. I almost entertain the idea of running away from where I’m headed; away from the doctor’s office and the impending procedure with its promised pain. Instead, in that quick moment, I gasp a prayer heavenward and immediately receive a dose of courage. I reset my mask and step out with renewed determination toward that which frightens me.

There is boundless wonder in every quick moment! Please share one of yours in the comments section below


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Moments are Quick but They’re still Mighty! Grab one and Share one – Post 5

I captured this quick moment before it went fleeting by:

A woman listening: Quick Moment Series Post 5
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My concentration is drawn and perched momentarily on the audible. Above me, the rattling hum of the air conditioner. More distant, the affable voice of my husband too quiet to hear his words, but causing my grandchildren to belly laugh in unison. Collaborative conversation taking place in the kitchen, pocketed by the clinking of dishes, and the muted drone of a TV or two. The clicks of my keyboard add dramatic flair as my heart cherishes the quick moment it has spent immersed in the simultaneous sounds of a summer evening at home.

There is boundless wonder in every quick moment! Please share one of yours in the comments section below


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Moments are Quick but They’re still Mighty! Grab one and Share one – Post 4

My quick moment to share:

Sun Rays: quick moments series
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I walked into the sunshine from a cold, air-conditioned building and my nose and fingers tingled in warm delight. I was the sun’s dance floor for that quick moment and its joyous energy was contagious!

There is boundless wonder in every quick moment! Please share one of yours in the comments section below


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Do My Hospitality Habits Determine Whether You Want to Invite Me Over?

There is a question that has been bouncing around in my head. I wanted to bring it up here to see what you all have to say about it. The question is this: Do my hospitality habits determine whether you want to invite me over?

See, I have been plagued with the notion that hospitality needs to be ‘perfection forward’. I am not a perfectionist, but I have this idea that I need to put forth that kind of effort if I invite someone over. I agonize and stress over it way too much. It pays off, though. My house looks amazingly different 5 minutes before a guest arrives than it did 24 hours prior.

A beautifully tidy living space: Do my Hospitality Habits Determine Whether you Want to Invite me Over?
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At the same time, I have noticed that I am more hesitant to invite my friends whose homes are always show-worthy. I feel inferior and insecure about having them over. I worry they will notice details that I have overlooked and not feel honored, despite my best attempts.

So I have this nagging question about whether other people feel that way too. And if they do, does my desire to make a clean impression on my guests make them feel uncomfortable inviting me over? Does my attempt to welcome my invitees with my best faux-foot-forward cause them to assume I’m a great housekeeper and make them nervous about what I will see at their house?

I wonder if some of the people, who I think are amazing at keeping their homes immaculate, are actually just like me. Are they also barely keeping on top of the mess until they invite me over and then frantically clean for my arrival? Do I make assumptions about all-the-time based on what I see sometimes?

Scattered toys on a table: Do my Hospitality Habits Determine Whether you Want to Invite me Over?
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I’m not talking about my best friends. I know them well and they know the real me. And to be honest, most of them live too far away to get together very often, which is a bummer. I’m referring to hospitality towards people who I am still getting to know.

I’m anxious to hear what you all have to say. Do you feel more comfortable inviting someone into your space whose standards are a bit lower? Does it set you at ease to see a bit of their dust, realizing it might help them understand yours too?

Or is it more honoring to you when someone elevates their standards to welcome you? How does it work in your home? Do you prefer to entertain, and be entertained, with perfection forward hospitality?

Water glass toast at the dinner table: Do my Hospitality Habits Determine Whether you Want to Invite me Over?
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I realize that hospitality is much more than the cleanliness of a home. I would even say it is mostly about the way a guest is made to feel during the time we spend together. Related Post: SuperPower Sunday: Hospitality

I am specifically asking about the preparations that happen before the doorbell rings, because that is where I struggle most, both in thought and in practice. It may be a silly question, but it is an honest one. Do you think my hospitality habits would affect whether you’d want to invite me over?