Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Door Is Always Open

Welcome 2015!!

Never a better way to bring in the New Year than with family, good friends and yummy food!  Ended 2014 with just that!  And nope I didn't make it quite until midnight, but real close!  

We had the opportunity last night to do a little reflecting on perhaps what our mission statement would be if we had one, not just in our family but for us as members of the LDS faith, and it was kind of a cool thing to think about.  I couldn't pin just what it would be, but I knew that it had to do with loving and welcoming everyone regardless who they are.  We kicked around a few ideas, and then Jim reminded us of the one that he thinks of about us - "The Door Is Always Open".  Perfect!  He said that when he started coming around here, that is one thing that he was always told. We tell everyone that, regardless of who they are, and we really mean it too!  I guess I didn't really think of it, but we do.  We have always had an open door policy at our home.  The door is always open - La puerta siempre esta abierta!  I love Spanish! 

If you looked at Atwood's Front Porch, what would you see? 

I think back through the years and it has always been this way.  We have learned a few hard lessons along the way, but one thing that we have always tried to keep the same is our open door policy, and I think that for the most part, each of our kids and their friends have felt at ease using this policy.  It is always a great feeling when an old friend shows up just out of the blue and pops in for a visit.  The door is always open, has stuck!

So perhaps for the New Year, do a little pondering, and see what might ring true for your home and family.  What do you want people to think of when they think of you?  How do you want them to remember you?  I guarantee they won't necessarily remember the things that they did with you, or at your house, but they will remember how you made them feel.  They will remember that at the Atwood house, the door was always open for them, anytime, any day.  

The Door Is Always Open!  
Siempre para siempre 
- always until the end of time!

Happy 2015


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