September 24, 2012

The Invited

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Um, come on in!

We were invited to a fall party at Liz & Jon's gorgeous home and as much as I (think that I) want to meet people, sometimes I wonder if it would be better if it's just us. If we don't let anyone else in and maybe it will be easier that way for everyone... or maybe I really want someone to just show up and crawl under a blanket on my couch and we'd talk and "get" each other but all this having to go out and get dressed and make an impression and stuff is exhausting. So I was wavering on the party thing. 

Plus, I fell the other night and ripped the knee of the only jeans I have, and when I went to buy a bottle of wine to take to the party I found out that Target doesn't sell wine on Sundays! So I got a candle candle! of all lame things to take and when I got home I couldn't find our gift wrap or my nice cards- who knows which box they're in. It was like it was a sign that we shouldn't go. Jeff was out of town, too, so I'd have to take the kids all by myself, with my unwrapped candle. As much as I think I'm present and participating in this incredible life I've been given, I sometimes picture it all quite differently. It almost made sense to just stay home and watch the Emmy's.

But I knew Liz wouldn't care about the candle and I could see into the future that I'd be so happy if I just showed up and it would be good for us already. So we went. And we stayed until it was very dark. And I'm so glad we did.

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12 comments:

  1. I am so glad you did too. Love the legs in the window of the play house. ;D

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  2. I have that same fight with myself before every damn thing I've ever been invited to attend. It's always fine and I'm almost always glad I went. I'm so glad you had a good time.

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  3. Oh I am so glad that you went. Beautiful.

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  4. Looks like some very happy kids! Glad you went and enjoyed.

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  5. Oh, how I can relate to this post! Glad you ended up having a nice time - isn't that usually the case?!

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  6. I get it. I can be so antisocial sometimes. It just seems like so much work. But I'm always glad when I force myself out of my shell.
    Glad you had a good time. :)

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  7. I love it when you end up having fun when you didn't really want to go in the first place. This looks like a very Pintrist Perfect party.

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  8. I have avoided many gatherings because it is just too difficult. But I am happy to say that I now have a circle of friends that it no longer matters if things are going good or bad or what is happening ... we can just get together and help each other feel better and just enjoy our time.

    Glad it worked out for you!

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  9. I'm so glad you came. I can't even imagine how difficult it must be to find yourself in a new environment. I hope you come to understand how much of a laid back person I am! Next time let's get together just us, perhaps the kids, casual cloths and over coffee.

    And I love the candle, which was not necessary. Packaging and cards are over rated and certainly not eco friendly ;)

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  10. Oh how I can understand the whole 'having to get dressed and put yourself out there'!! I'm thankful God blesses our efforts! One day at a time :)

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  11. Hooray! I am so glad you stretched your wings and did something brave. I find it really hard going into new environments without my husband there as a buffer sometimes. All of those new people and those in between moments when you look around for someone to talk to....ugh. It gives me the shakes. But you, my dear, are amazing and need to be shared with the world:))) Remember this...you are a gift to so many that have the absolute dream of knowing and loving you. XO

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  12. oh, i love this. i know that exhausted, can't-we-just-fast-forward-this-part feeling. and i know the unexpected joys of reluctantly said yes-es that are somehow exactly what i need. you captured it perfectly.

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