This morning, as I was making blueberry pancakes, our doorbell rang. I wasn't sure who'd be calling at 8 am, but I went to the door nonetheless. It happened to be our sweet neighbor Anna. We'd meet a few days before and I instantly liked her. She's an older woman, with a heavy Spanish accent, dark hair, and the kindest eyes I've ever seen. She was apologizing for calling so early, but she'd run out of sugar and her morning coffee just isn't the same without it.
She held out a little glass bowl and asked if she could borrow some. I of course had plenty to share. I filled her bowl and we chatted for a few minutes, before bidding each other to have a great day.
As I think back on that simple exchange from this morning, I am reminded of how special it is to build relationships with our neighbors. We are literally commanded to love our neighbors. We live in a time where we don't always take the time to get to know our neighbors and that is a shame. We're missing out on getting to know some pretty fantastic people.
In Henderson I knew our immediate neighbors, but I never really ventured further than that. We'd exchange pleasantries and wave here and there, but that was about it. I'm thankful for the little reminder God has given me to reach out to those around me. Share a smile, a laugh, or maybe a little bit of sugar. We never know who needs a little bit of encouragement or who will touch our own hearts and encourage us.
and on another note....It is 9 am and I have the kitchen cleaned, dinner in the crockpot (deli ham sandwiches. Yum!), everyone is dressed, and baby girl is napping. I'd say that's a mama win for today. I'm not always this put together so soon in the day, but when it does happen...it needs to be celebrated :)