I say often that we live in “The Land of Making Do”. Doesn’t sound so glorious. But, it is. To us, anyway. With a few drawbacks of living in the country, there are many good things. Quiet. Peace. Solitude. Not complete solitude, though. We have neighbors on our ordinary gravel road – three couples, children grown and gone from the nests. Our not-so-distant future situation.
Our neighbors are a blessing – Mennonites who care for others. They are kind, considerate, and they would do anything to help us (and have!) when the need arises. We share a common bond – our faith. Although different in many aspects and in lifestyle, they accepted us openly when we “worldly people” came to live among them. We established quickly the similarity of our core belief in Jesus Christ as our Savior. No better commonality, y’all.
The Mennonites have shared much with us – their table, always filled with delicious foods, their families, and their traditions. One tradition we enjoy is the greeting we receive when appearing on their doorstep. They open the door with a warm, joyful smile and a “Welcome Here!” greeting. Always the same, no matter which Mennonite we visit. It’s a wonderful thing!
When thinking of your front door or entrance decor, do you consider what it says to visitors? Does it say, “Welcome Here”? Or, is it drab, unfriendly, and uninteresting? When you visit someone, do you see their personality displayed in their outdoor decor? Does it draw you in, welcoming you?
Sadly, I found this perfect example of an uninviting entrance in my own archives. With dormant grass in winter as we moved in, nothing planted, not even one bush! Looking back, I didn’t realize how far we would have to go in making it look like home.
We want our entrance to be friendly, inviting, and charming. A pot or two of flowers, an American flag, a wreath on the door, etc. A little time sweeping up, knocking down spider webs, and pulling weeds around the entrance can go far in showing we care for our home, the family living inside, and the friends that visit. I believe in being a good steward of the blessings we’re given by cleaning and maintaining those blessings, caring for them, and contributing to their longevity.
A freshly painted front door makes the biggest statement for the smallest investment. I begged HH for a red front door, which looks very cheery on a white house. But, he resisted. He liked the stained door farm-house look too much to give it up. Eventually, I finished the door and moldings in a darker stain that was much more pleasing to me, then coated it with a polyurethane-type finish for weather protection.
Six years of adding little touches of color, rockers, plants, window shutters, etc., and it’s a little more inviting and comfortable for gathering to chat with visitors. Still not perfect, but it shows our personality here and there.
What about the welcome factor at your back door entrance? We don’t think about that entrance as much, because we think it’s “just for family” and not important. But, putting thought and care into our family entrance shows our love and care for them.
What is your “attention area” for 2013? I’ve decided mine should be the back door/garage. I want my family to know I care about them. They are “Welcome Here!” too, y’all.