Why We Bought a House & Easter “Framily” Dinner

We have officially been in our new home for 2 months now!  Man does time fly.  We are slowly but surely making the place our own, and there will be plenty of DIY posts and updates on the house to come later.

For now, we really want to share a LARGE part of why we wanted to buy a house.

This past weekend we had our second annual Easter “Framily” Dinner.  We had the privilege of filling our home with 16 amazing people from 10 months to 87 years old, and that is what we have a home for.

We wanted a place to open up to others.

why we bought a house

The outside crew.  We had 3 tables, 2 inside and the picnic table outside.  And yes, that is a fitted twin sheet on the table.  laugh if you want, but that "table cloth" didn't blow away.

The outside crew. We had 3 tables, 2 inside and the picnic table outside. And yes, that is a fitted twin sheet on the table. laugh if you want, but that “table cloth” didn’t blow away.

Yes, we were tired of paying rent.  Yes, we wanted to be able to plant perennials, make a place truly our own, have a garage and a fenced in yard.  Those all add up to half of why we wanted to buy a house AND what kind of house we wanted to buy.

We wanted a place with a more open floor plan for having people over, a nice backyard for cookouts and bonfires, and an extra room where friends and family could nestle in and make themselves at home.

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A long time ago, God really put on my heart (Devra) that the atmosphere of a home is very important and can have a big impact on others if you are willing open it up to them.   Nothing is a surprise to God; He brought a man (Will) into my life that shared that conviction.

We believe that what we have is God’s and we are stewards of it for the time being (Luke 16, Luke 12, Matthew 25, Romans 14:12, 1 Cor 4:1-2, 1 Peter 4:10, John 3:27, and the list could go on….).  Our hose is our largest material possession.  It is the greatest in size and monetary value.  It is also the place we spend the most time (outside of work).   By quantifiable standards our house is the largest gift God has given us on this side of Heaven; so that means it requires the most faithful stewardship.

What an awesome uncle!

What an awesome uncle!

Our desire for our home is to welcome people into it with open arms, to create a place that expresses who are and is inviting/comfortable for all others who come in.  We want it to be a place where people can celebrate, rest, find a listing ear, cry on a shoulder, kneel in prayer, ask for (and give) advice, eat, roast marshmallows, laugh, sing, dance, play, bake, cry, craft, grow, sleep, and most of all experience the grace and love of God.

Easter “Framily Dinner” was a perfect afternoon of all of those things.  Will and his coworker Ben might have had to tie our new picnic table to the top of Kate the Land Rover to get here for people to eat at, but that didn’t stop anyone from leaving with full stomachs and full hearts.

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Easter “Framily” Dinner is especially important to me because I grew up helping my mom host it at our house year after year.  Having 16 friends and family fill our new house made it feel even more like home to me, and I hope that for those few hours our house felt like home to them too.

So if you are ever in Lexington, you are always welcome at our home.  If we don’t have enough table space, we will put some blankets down and have a picnic, and if we don’t have enough beds and couches, we will pitch tents in our huge backyard and enjoy the stars and the creek.

Our house is a gift, and gifts are meant to be opened.

 

 

I love this picture.  This pretty much sums up our family.

I love this picture. This pretty much sums up our family.

Just for you Kim and Theresa!  As a thank you for your clean up help.  You ladies are wonderful!

Just for you Kim and Theresa! As a thank you for your clean up help. You ladies are wonderful!

Izzy's treat from the Easter Bunny (aka the Bluegrass Barkery).

Izzy’s treat from the Easter Bunny (aka the Bluegrass Barkery).

 

I only got pictures of the food that I made.  The rest of our potluck spread didn't last long enough.  Honey Lemon Chicken

I only got pictures of the food that I made. The rest of our potluck spread didn’t last long enough.
Honey Lemon Chicken

Easter Egg Oreo Truffles

Easter Egg Oreo Truffles

Homemade funfetti with Graeter's Blackraspberry chip and hot fudge crunch filling

Homemade funfetti with Graeter’s Blackraspberry chip and hot fudge crunch filling