Mom Life

All Treats no Tricks

I just love Halloween. I love the costumes and the fun of dressing up. When my girls were younger, I loved planning their coordinating costumes. Our first year with two kids, we had a Momma Chicken and a Baby Chick. Holy cuteness, Batman. The next year we had Dorothy and Glenda from the Wizard of Oz (and baby was a cowardly lion). The following year we had three super hero girls, with homemade capes and masks. It was a labor of love making those silly costumes that they don’t remember, but my memories of those days bring me joy. So worth it.

These last few years my girls have had more opinions about their Halloween costumes. I had to let go of my cutesie ideas of coordinating costumes, and let their own personalities shine through. Over the years we have had cheerleaders, flapper girls, Minnie Mouse, and even Audrey Hepburn. It has been so fun to see where their imaginations take them. When I let go and let them choose their own costumes, it usually prevents a battle over costume choices as well. And nobody has time for Halloween drama, am I right?

So this year, my girls got to let their personalities shine through their costumes again. And I just love it.

80’s Chick

 

JoJo Siwa

 

The Cutest Unicorn

Now that I have one more baby, I get to decide one more costume for another year or two. Dressing up a baby boy is fun! Who knew?

Baby Aviator

{Isn’t this the cutest little guy you’ve ever seen?}

I love playing dress up on Halloween…but even more so, I love the idea of people opening their doors to each other and giving away smiles {and candy}. I know it sounds cheesy, but man, we could stand to have a little more “Halloween” in our regular day-to-day. Think about it…on Halloween, strangers go door to door, hoping to receive something in return. On the flip side, strangers sit at home waiting for people they don’t know to come knocking…prepared to give away something for free.  So many analogies here…but seriously. There’s something great about what happens on Halloween.

I want to live my life waiting for someone to knock on my door. Waiting to share what I have. Excited to give something away. I don’t want to be inconvenienced when someone needs me or asks for my help. I want to be expectant of who God is going to bring to my door…

So my challenge to you {and to me!} is this: let’s not only open our doors on Halloween. Let’s continue to open our doors and invite people in all year long. Let’s continue to show hospitality, to welcome people into our lives, regardless of whether or not we agree on everything. Let’s keep showing love, and sharing kindness {and candy if you want}. There is so much goodness to be found when we open our doors and open our lives and let people in.

 

 

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“”The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ -Matthew 25:34-40

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