This past Saturday was our family’s open house, where we invited close friends and family to stop by and see our new home. It was so nice to do…we have so many wonderful people who have supported us as a family throughout the years and we wanted to them to see our new little life here in Santa Rosa. Also, we have met many new people at our new church in Santa Rosa who we have yet to have over so it worked out perfectly.
Also, like I said in this post, Brandon and I work best with deadlines, and we had many things in the house we wanted to fix or remodel, so having an open house was a great way for us to get ourselves in motion to finish those things.
We had SUCH a wonderful time…so many people came to be with us. It was wonderful. Some people we hadn’t seen for such a long time. It just warmed our hearts that so many people came from towns several hours away to be here with us. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We hope that you enjoyed your time with us and PLEASE know that you are welcome back any time. Our house is your house.
I meant ask my brother in law to be the official photographer, but I was so stressed out the day before that I forgot. And wouldn’t you know it, he didn’t take ONE picture. ha. Oh well. Brandon did snap a few in the beginning so these are the ones he took. I think they give a little glimpse of the day at least…
Brandon’s dad and his youngest sister, Rachel. Auntie Rachel drove all the way to Stockton for just a couple hours as she had a banquet that she needed to be back to in Stockton later that night. She was AMAZING. She jumped right in and helped me finish cutting up fruit salad. I couldn’t have done it without her. love her so much.
I was so excited to find a beautiful Paper White in full bloom at the local nursery for just $12. I didn’t plan on buying any flowers for the event but I am SUCKER for Paper Whites. They smell heavenly. They sat by the food. And yes, I served this pasta. How could I not? It’s always a favorite and so easy to make. I decided to go really simple as far as drinks were concerned. I served water, coffee and Pellegrino with lime. Super easy!
Remember I painted Nannie’s side table? Well, here’s how it looks all together with her tea set and beautiful clock. I love it so much. The side table also housed the coffee, in carafes due to the french press. The dessert table. Again, super easy. Chocolate chip cookies with this recipe, Costco apple pie and chocolate cake and some treats from Michelle Maries that my mom picked up that morning. Perfection in my mind.
One of our first guests after Auntie Rachel was Jake’s preschool teacher, Mrs. B. I cannot explain to you how excited Jake was to see her. I have to honestly say, I haven’t seen him that excited about people coming over EVER. He screamed, jumped and danced all around the room. Mrs. B was so touched by it that she cried. It was really probably the most precious moment of the day. She brought a little birthday present for Jake and he was just thrilled to receive something from her. Hopefully you can feel the emotion in this group of pictures….
Some of our good friends who came were Glenn and Tim. Tim and his wife Adaria came all the way from Turlock to be with us. We were very honored. Both Glenn and Tim have been friends with Brandon since grade school.Glenn’s gift. Apparently this hung in his dorm room. I’m sure this will be very useful to our family. ha. Glenn promptly hung it over our fireplace. How nice of him.
It was such a beautiful day. The kids ran around like crazy outside and had so much fun. Thankful for such wonderful, crisp weather on our special day.Another special guest…little Chloe. You might remember her from here. Isn’t she GORGEOUS??? Seriously the cutest thing. Chloe’s dad, Thaddeus, another of our dear friends, poses for a picture.We had several people stay until late at night chatting. It was so much fun. We lit a fire and drank coffee and just connected. So nice. Here’s my mom chatting with my sister in law Bryony.
You know, I have to confess something. The week leading up to the open house I sincerely wondered why I was doing such a thing. While my mom and I were pushing a VERY full cart through the Costco aisles I asked her if it was silly to do an open house. She gave me an emphatic NO!! We started talking about how first century Christians were so hospitable. They would put anyone up in their homes without any notice. But Christians today, well, we tend to be more private. Not as willing to have people over. Too busy to connect with others and break bread together. It got me thinking….and during the open house my heart was full. All different types of people from all walks of life were able to connect at our open house. I felt the Lord smiling. THIS is what Christianity is all about…people loving people. In fact, I loved it so much that I’m thinking we should do one yearly, just to give people the chance to connect. So awesome. Never thrown an open house? I encourage you to do it. You will feel the blessing on your home while you connect with those who you love. And remember we have all that we have because of His grace and mercy. I desire more than anything for our home to be used for His glory. I hope you feel the same. Open it up for others…you will love it!!
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Big hugs everyone. xoxo