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Trick-or-Treat 2013

Are you struggling to meet your neighbors? Want an opportunity to meet them? I can’t think of a better opportunity than Halloween! When else do you have neighbors coming to YOUR front door? Can’t get any easier than that!

If you REALLY want to meet your neighbors…

  • Why not greet the trick-or-treators with a big ole bowl of candy? It’s not the night to cut the lights off, disconnect the doorbell, and hide yourself under the covers. It’s not the night to go to someone else’s house, but to stay at home on your front porch with treats! It’s not the night to go to a trunk and treat at your church 5-10 miles away, but it IS the night to stay at home…and meet your neighbors.
  • Why not dress up and play spooky music?  Set the mood.  As we sit on the front porch, we aren’t dressed up, but we do have an iPod speaker and play a Jango Halloween channel…really loud.  Thankfully, we are not annoyed by the constant ringing of the doorbell, but we do ‘force’ the kids to say those 3 magical words!  We also treat the parents and older kids.
  • Why not take your children house-to-house to trick-or-treat, while leaving your spouse at home to hand out candy? Divide and conquer! Bundle up. Grab a flashlight. Include the dog and join some neighbors and walk together.
  • Why not make a game of it?  Whoever can remember the most new friends’ names and something about them wins. Not more candy…but, some other sugar-free treat.
  • What else can we do to make meeting neighbors fun?

A few years ago, Louis and I decided to move off the front porch and into the yard.  You can check out things here>>   Posts of Halloween Past.  The post even includes a simple checklist that I used last year!

If you don’t have anything going on…and you just can bear to answer the door at home alone, come on over and join us in the fun!
Halloween 2013

Guess Who’s Coming to RVA!



5/22 UPDATE:  Tickets are now on sale! Check it out here:  RVA: Under Construction


Every time I mention the name Jen Hatmaker, it seems like every woman wants to be her BFF. After following her blog or tweets for just a few short days (or maybe hours for some of us), we all want to know…is this reeeeaaaally the way that she, Brandon and their 5 kids live? We all want to be there…live and in person…instead of living vicariously through her writings.  In 2014, we will also be able to follow along in their every day walk around lives of loving God, loving others, loving the poor, raising a family of 3 bio kids and 2 adopted, pastoring a church and so much more while renovating a 100+ year old house on HGTV!  Check out Jen’s announcement here>>  Coming to Your TV Set: The Hatmakers , where Jen writes…

Guess what we get to be on network television? Our own selves. We told the people, “Um, we are overtly Christian. This isn’t even a gray area.” And they said, “Yes. We want it all: your family, your prayers, your church, your poor people, your nonprofits, your chaos, your humor. We want you to be exactly who you are.” This feels monumental and special and rare. Our goal is to steward this opportunity with immense care and precision. This little light of mine…we’re gonna let it shine.

Here’s the good news!!!

You will have a chance to spend time with her LIVE and in person here in RVA. We are thrilled to formally announce that Jen Hatmaker is coming to visit and share with us on August 15-16, 2014.  So, go ahead and save the date on the calendar. You won’t want to miss this! I promise!  All the details are in the works and watch for more to come.  Follow this site, so you can be the first to hear about it and get your tickets. Just scroll to the bottom of this page and Follow Into the Neighborhood. Help get the word out, too, by sharing this SAVE THE DATE with your friends.

Here’s the REALLY good news!!!  Keep reading!

In the meantime, join us for Helen Lee on October 19th where we will be giving away 2 free tickets for the Jen Hatmaker weekend.  Register here before the price goes up on October 1st. >>  Helen Lee – Family on Mission.

Missional Moment: Missional Sucker Update

Today was the big day…Louis and I, along with our photog – Terence Talley, and Bella and Wesley (our 2 dogs) set out for the bus stop to greet our old friends and meet some new ones!  In case you missed the original post, check out Missional Sucker.  Enjoy the pics.  You will note that there are no Reeses Hearts in the pictures.  Confession:  Louis and I broke into them over the weekend, which meant a quick stop at the store for some Laffy Taffy (always a hit!!!).  Don’t judge!  🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day!  

I love, because He first loved me!  1 John 1:14 

Missional Sucker

What will a Reese’s Cup (heart shaped, of course) and a sucker have to do with being missional? Not a whole lot if you eat them all yourself!  But, this Valentine’s Day, I will be heading to the bus stop to greet the neighborhood kids with an afternoon snack and a hug!  I’m sure their parents will thank me profusely when they get home after school even more hyped than usual.

Our budget is tighter than it has been in past years.  Hope we don’t run out!  In past years, I have put little Valentine goodie bags together and had them at the house when some of the kids came by.  This year, I’ve decided to go out and meet them at the school bus.  Due to a number of reasons…mainly because a number of them moved last summer and we had a year full of family-related health issues (including our own!)…Louis and I have lost contact with a lot of the neighborhood kiddos.  Now, we are attempting to get to know the new kids who live around us and this is just one way we are attempting to do that.

Looking forward to Easter…we are also planning our annual Southern Barton Heights Easter Egg Hunt for the neighborhood kids.  Can’t wait!!!!

What are you doing for upcoming holidays to meet your neighbors?