Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Who Is Around My Table?

Congratulations to Marcie for winning the copy of the book, Invisible Illness, Visible God: When Pain Meets the Power of an Indestructible Life! Marcie wants to read it to "read how others have dealt with illness and death." Thank you to all who entered this giveaway. If you didn't win, I recommend going to Merry's blog to order a copy for yourself.

From the time we married, my husband and I have included others around out table. 

When we were first married we attended a church of about two hundred adults and we set out to try to have most of them over to our house. An ambitious goal! I would guess that in the end we only had about sixty or seventy of them in the year and a half we lived there before they commended us to become missionaries to Lima, Peru. Oh to have the energy of youth again! That's still a pretty impressive amount of guests. I have to tell you, though, that we did have probably a third of them over on Sunday nights for just dessert.

In South America we continued having people over, starting with other missionaries and the young people who could forgive our language faux pas. 

Two memorable ones:
Viko: (in Spanish slowly) What... foods... do... you... miss?
Me: (thinking hard) The cervezas. (I had just said, "The beers" to these young, conservative Christians! I meant to say, "The cerezas." The cherries!)

Jim: (After he made some error in Spanish) I'm so embarazado. (This word that looks like embarrassed, means pregnant!)

We tried to keep a guest book, but the Peruvians and then the Colombians weren't sure what they were expected to write, and besides, we kept forgetting to bring it out, so there's no record of all the people who ate at our table the twenty-four years we lived there.

In the five years we've been back in the states, we've had the privilege of people visiting us from all over the world and hosting fellow missionaries as we have been so wonderfully hosted. (Well, I hope our hospitality is also as fun and refreshing.)

This past week some of my favorite people have been at my table. My older son and his wife came for a four and a half day visit with their two children. My younger son and his bride of five months were over frequently for meals during their visit. My older daughter made sure she had the days off, as yesterday marked one week until she flies to Germany to begin her new life and will become the wife of a German man she met when he was an exchange student here in October. We were only missing my youngest daughter and my future son-in-law.

We also had my parents in-law over for two meals during that time. It was hard to see them, so healthy for well into their eighties, now suddenly dealing with some of the problems age brings on.

To have all these people over and get to spend time going to various parks and discovering fun play structures, and a four person birthday party, a bonfire, a movie night, a wedding shower, and a game night, I had to plan a thorough and organized menu. It worked!

We all love those times together. Everyone pitches in to make them run smoothly and we all get plenty of time cuddling the kids. Once again, I have to say, I'm so glad we've made this a priority in our family.

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  1. It takes a great wife, mom and grandma to make all this work so well. We rise up and call you Blessed!!

  2. Congratulations Marcie! I hope you enjoy the book. Sharon, thanks so much for opening up your blog to many--bringing people to your cyber-table as well! Glad you could enjoy such wonderful times with family. Merry :-)

  3. I've been reading your blog for awhile, but have never commented. Just couldn't resist today, as I could totally relate with the embarrassing language mess ups! I started my life as an MK when I was 13, so it took me awhile to get a hang of Spanish. My friends had many good laughs over my mistakes. :) Thanks for taking time to write down so many practical ways to help meal time be what it should. I've learned a lot from you!

    1. Thanks for writing, Rachel! Your thoughts made my day! I'm sure you enjoyed my language mistakes more than most because you actually understood the Spanish side! Praise God I'm helping inspire you to get to the table!

  4. such a precious family ...

    I'm splashin' around for ideas to splatter some joy into our summer. I would love to hear your creative ideas to add a bit of zest to our scorchin' summer. Join me in splashing.


  5. This looks like fun. Thanks for sharing. We tried that but it was so HOT last night... Linda

  6. That's fantastic that you have been able to host visitors at your table from all around the world. Simply marvelous.

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  7. I love seeing your posts with your family spending time together. Family is the most important thing.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  8. How neat! Will return to pin later! Thanks for linking with us this weekend at one Sharendipity Place!


  9. Just back from a Costa Rica visit two days ago. I can so relate. I did a lot of stumbling around with my limited Spanish, but there were a lot of patient and gracious natives, who accepted my efforts and made me feel at home. I enjoy what you share, Sharon. It sounds like you have a wonderful family to enjoy. Blessings in the week ahead.

  10. I feel like this kind of hospitality is a dying art. And I miss it! Thanks for encouraging people to fellowship around the table! Thanks for linking up to Raising Imperfection this week while I'm a co-hostess! Please come back to Mommynificent on Friday to see if you were featured.
    Have a magnificent day!

  11. Looks like great family times!



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