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Five Minute Friday

This week I’ve decided to join Lisa-Jo Baker’s 5 Minute Friday. 

“Where a beautiful crowd spends five minutes all writing on the same topic and then sharing ‘em over here. Where we just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.
She gives a new word each week, and for just 5 minutes we write.  No extreme editing; no worrying about perfect grammar, font, or punctuation.  No perfectionism.
Unscripted, Unedited. Real
This weeks word?

“Who’s at my door?” said in a sing song voice by a woman I have long admired.  One I want to be just like when I grow up.

We used meet regularly at her home, sweet memories full of family and food.  She would welcome us all, but her most special welcomes were reserved for the wee ones.  They always knew that Nana would welcome them with a smile, a hug and a “Who’s at my door?”

This is the first thing that came to mind when I thought of the word “Welcome.”  I can just see this lovely, saying her greeting as she opens the door, always followed by a hug.  The best of welcomes.

I would like to have my own welcome phrase, said to those who are most special to me when they come to my door.  Maybe it doesn’t have to be a phrase, maybe just a feeling.  And maybe it does not have to be to just those who are most special, but how about all?  Errr…even those I don’t want to open my door to? Hmm.

I wonder– how do I make those who visit my home feel when they come in?  Do I take just a moment to look in their eyes and smile with mine, letting them know they are seen, important and welcomed?

What about the most familiar faces that come through my door?  My husbands.  My daughters…

I decide to think about my own signature welcome.  Might I find my own way of showing them my open heart and a home that is theirs, where, like no other place, they can feel the most welcome.


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  • Christy W.
    October 6, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Today was my first 5 minute Friday as well! I love this – your post reminded me of my own grandmothers and how they always made me feel welcome, no matter what! Thank you for sharing….

  • Jen
    October 6, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Amy, welcome to Five Minute Friday! Thanks for sharing your beautiful words and thoughts. What a great thing to consider….how we welcome someone from the moment they enter. So lovely!

  • Sydney
    October 6, 2012 at 3:59 am

    You got me thinking about my dear grandmother who recently went to rest in the Lord. Her love and even her stern correction always made me feel that I was welcomed and loved. Every summer as a child she would open the doors of her home to welcome my sisters and I in. Very sweet memories.

    Stopping by from FMF. This was my first week joining and it was a great experience. Looking forward to next time.

  • Patty Ann
    October 6, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Love this one. It made me think about what I want my own family to remember about me. Thank you for sharing.

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