Like I said, I haven't even gotten Amy's book yet, but it must be rolling around in my head already because I was wide awake this morning with PLANS and IDEAS and WISHES. See, when it's planned, and ready, and I'm recharged (MAJOR introvert here) I really enjoy having people over. Amy's upcoming book has got me thinking that I cannot continue to be a hermit forever if I'm going to share the love of Jesus with people around me, right?
So I woke up with ideas... that I'm sure Corey will love (once we all fully recover from the flu--VPM did NOT work this time, ugh). You see, the reality of it is, we live in a teeny tiny 1970's ranch house. Just a hair over 1000 square feet . That makes big gatherings really, really crowded and tricky. BUT, we have a HUGE backyard. And a bonus is it was professionally landscaped by the original owners so it's pretty nice when we keep it up (and very weedy if I don't stay on it!).
Anyway, back to what woke me up.
|photo from The Neighbor's Table Facebook page|
I want to do a Neighbor's Table in our backyard. For friends, church members, family, and especially NEIGHBORS. Actually, I don't want to, but I do want to... I'm torn. I have all these worries, fears, doubts and what if's. But I also have this overwhelming desire to make the most of the time we have, the neighbors, friends, and family we have and DO something memorable to share our common love of Christ, or introduce others to Him. Even more than the "don't want to's" and fears bouncing around in my head.
I've been lurking around the edges of the idea for months now. I first heard about The Neighbor's Table from Jon Acuff, he briefly mentioned attending one that sounded like a blast. And then I found their facebook page and fell in love with the huge table, smiling faces, white twinkling lights. It just looks amazing.
But what about a table big enough?
Enter Ana White. We've made a few of her things before and they always work and are long lasting and super sturdy. Corey made a farmhouse bench years ago and it is still the most used piece of furniture in our dining room. So I searched a few of her tables and there are a ton of brag posts of great modifications done to make them extra big. We could totally do this! (I'd want to add tall posts or bars or something up from each corner of the table so we could string lights across the top, to light it up all night if we need to!)
Then I saw a post about a curved bench to go around the firepit we made years ago and, you know, if we're dreaming, let's dream big!
And while Corey and I are building these items, I'd have the boys get to work on making a giant jenga set and a giant checkers set, or just cut some wood rounds and paint a checkerboard on our current patio. My boys even want to invite friends over to help build the game pieces. A party for a party.
So, something like this is going to happen this summer. It may not be as elaborate as I'd like, but there will be a big table, lights, mason jars to drink out of, and a giant jenga set. Then we'll go from there.
So now, here's your challenge. How can you work around your current restrictions (like our tiny house, and introvertedness) to make a difference in the lives of those around you?