Our House, Your Home

Micah and Ellie with buddy Jarel in Micah’s trashed out room:)
I was thinking yesterday as the kids played with their buddy Jarel that I am thankful I grew up in a home that was always teaming with other people. There was rarely a day when we did not have visitors sharing our lives with us and that desire to share our home has rubbed off on my sibling and I. In all honesty, I could never imagine living life in any other way. My home may never look like the pages of a “Martha Stewart” magazine. It will rarely be spic and span. Noise is inevitable with 3 little ones under 4…but, by golly, our home is your home. Don’t worry about taking off your shoes, bring your stories and be real. There is no such thing as being fake and all put together here. You can say whatever you like and “hush-hush” subjects such as politics and religion are embraced in these walls so, if you like deep discussion, don’t censure yourself!

If you come in the morning, expect to be asked if you want a latte made from fresh Gorilla coffee beans. If you have kids, our snack food is their snack food. When lunch time roles around, whatever we’re having is yours as well. If your kids trash Micah’s room, no problem. It was probably half trashed already!;)

Our home is the unofficial neighborhood hangout spot for area kids and that is the way I love it. It might mean more messes but it brings numerous rewards. Micah and Ellie learn the value of sharing their belongings on a regular basis, they see our home is not only about us but about others, even if that means things are broken or messes are made. They are learning to truly love people and community. Everyone who comes in our door is important to them and Micah especially has learned to see each visitor as a special part of his day and life. It is beautiful. His recent habit has become walking people to the door with me, saying bye to them numerous times and then, after the door closes, he says to me in all sincerity, “I had fun with _” or “that was a great time!”
So, if you like real, if you don’t mind being around three lively little people, some noise and confusion, please come on by. Our house is yours as well!:)

Jessica, doula extraordinaire, paid me a postpartum visit yesterday!:)

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8 Responses to Our House, Your Home

  1. helms family says:

    Lovely words. And I know them to be true of you and Rick. Kepp it up! You are good at what you do!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wish I could be there a whole lot more taking advantage of your wonderful hospitality…Love, Mom

  3. Rick Rose says:

    These pictures are amazing! And one correction: coffee is never limited to the AM hours in the Rose household! =)

  4. Johannah says:

    Your home sounds like a healthy home, and I mean that in the deepest sense. I can't wait to be a part of it for a day or two.Love, Jo

  5. Anonymous says:

    I'm proud of you for keeping an open home, probably the most effective, long-term means of evangelism. Dad

  6. Grace says:

    Susanna…you may already know this but you take awesome pictures! We always feel welcome…you are so easy-going…hope I can practice this as our family grows!

  7. Brittany White says:

    I know this is true, Susanna! I'm still not over that quiche you got for us when I taught you how to knit. How's that going, by the way…? :)

  8. Lulu says:

    Thanks for opening up your home! I can't tell who has more fun when we're over! :) I love my Micah and Ellie hugs, and Carolina absolutely LOVES rocking out with them too!

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