So, how do I keep things simple so that I do not become an anxiety ridden mess, driving my family crazy in the process? First of all, I am keeping my menu simple.
Chili with assorted toppings
Raw vegetable tray
Cornbread with butter and honey
Blueberry Peach Crisp with vanilla ice cream
Lemonade or decaf iced tea
Other hostesses are much more elaborate, others have had food brought in. I finally realized that it didn't matter so much what we were eating, it was the friendly atmosphere that we all craved.
I am also not stressing about the state of my home. Quite a few of the others in my group have large, professionally decorated homes. My home is quite lived in as we are here learning together most every day.
We're a diverse group. Only one other home educates her children. Most of the ladies work outside of the home, at least part time. We all have our own struggles. Yet, we all love one another and accept one another's limitations. No one is going to care about the weeds in my flower bed along the side walk, or care that the walls of my home are still a bland white that now really need painting!
I've been a part of this group for more than five years. We've been through a lot together. They are worth the effort I will make tomorrow. And next month when I go to one of their homes, it will be all the sweeter!