A friend mentioned to me yesterday that it was sweet that Emily wanted our family friends over for her birthday. She seemed impressed by that.
I was not surprised by that at all. My kids love and respect our family friends. They consider the adults as their friends as well. Partly it is because of home schooling. They are around a wide variety of people for most of their lives, and don't get locked into a "peers only" mentality.
However I believe their is another reason for this as well. I believe it has to do with our practice of hospitality. We always practice hospitality as a family. Even if we only have adults over, our children have been taught that they are not just mine and Dads' guests, but they are guests of our whole family. They do their part to make the time pleasant for everyone. One child might want to make place cards, one child likes to give tours of our home. All the kids, visit with our company until we either tell them to go and play or until they ask to go do something and we give them permission. The older girls often stay with us the whole time. This is normal for our family, so I think that has lead the girls to enjoy hospitality and to like to practice it themselves.
Emily couldn't have been happier, than she was Sunday night. The only thing that would have made it perfect is if our family, that live out of state, could have been here!
I want to encourage you to offer hospitality - we have been so encouraged and blessed when we do this. Your home does not need to be large, or magazine perfect. In fact we would have people over even when we didn't have trim up around our interior doors. People did not seem to notice - in fact they often would comment about how warm and cozy our house was!
People love to be invited. They like that someone has noticed them and wants to get to know them better! It is a way of showing God's love to people.
I am so delighted that my children love hospitality. I look forward to the day when my children are hosting people in their own homes. Right now I love what our multi-generational hospitality looks like.