Welcome home. How can you welcome well? Though I am focusing on teen children, this applies to everyone who passes through your door.
There are elements of welcome…
a spot of beauty
a clean home
of welcome says a lot, like acceptance. Love.
when they walk through the door seems small and may be inconvenient but actually speaks volumes. You are important enough I left every thing I was doing to say I am glad you are home! If we lose track of the time, no worries. The dogs with welcoming barks of anticipation warn me.
A spot of beauty
may be a small arrangement of candle light and flowers.
Our girls come home from the world each day that is full of underlying tensions of teasing boys; cranky teachers, pressure to do well, to be accepted. It may be hidden or so obvious depending on the day. It is not always pretty.
A haven is needed to refresh if only for a few minutes.
is always a good thing for growing kids. On days when I plan well, there is FOOD. They are always hungry!
A clean home
is appreciated even if it doesn’t always show in their rooms or backpacks. When the house is clean and tidy, they notice. If I am working in the study and don’t come immediately, they’ll fade into homework, games or naps. I miss my chance to connect! This is the time we can.
Setting the tone of a home with creativity and order isn’t all that hard. It just requires a bit of attention and planning. It doesn’t have to take extra money. If you work out of the home there are ways to welcome in absentia.
When it is done
it shouts love and caring.
When it is not,
the whimper of disregard
creeps into our souls that long for
acceptance and welcome.
How do you prepare your home for welcome? Do you think it makes a difference or not? Why?
Love to hear from you and your thoughts.
Candle and butterfly shakers from TJ Maxx, spring flowers from our yard