My 21 year old brother arrives tonight for a long weekend. A week after he leaves my father-in-law arrives for the week of Thanksgiving/Nora's birthday. So as we finish up last minute preparations and make a ton of coffee and tea, I'm reminding myself to stay calm. That our home isn't perfect, but it is one where we are warm and welcome in those we love.
I deal with a lot of pressure on myself for perfectionism. I like everything "just so", and struggle to just relax and admit I don't have it all together. It's something I'm constantly working on. But in the midst of that I still want to welcome people in, put a kettle on, and be able to sit down with friends and family.
I'm planning to paint that Union Flag and saying to put in my kitchen. I have the canvas, now if I could only find the time!