Monday, October 17, 2011

Every moment a teaching moment...

On the way home from church yesterday, Brooke became sold on the idea of having a lemonade stand in the front yard and quickly her entrepreneurial wheels began spinning.
Brayden was half in on it, not totally sold on the idea,
but it quickly became a family affair.
A little incentive never hurts.
Their second customer left an awesome tip!
($5.00 for two measly dixie cups of raspberry lemonade)
As the occasion began taking shape,
so did the conversations of our hearts...
Like the importance of taking care of your things and your business...
making them "pretty" and inviting.
How hospitality extends much farther than the four walls of your home...
that it's often an attitude, a posture of grace and "being a blessing".

The kids ran out of disposable cups, so we had to think quickly on our feet, we decided to offer our customers free candy and the option to wait for more cups to arrive (via Daddy).
This led to us brainstorming ideas for future endeavors...hot cider and donut stand, hot cocoa stand, giving away these things for free just to show God's love and put a smile on someone's heart. Not expecting anything in return, but still feeling joyful and fulfilled.
We talked about how important it is to be responsible and to keep things clean
(like the stash of wrappers from candy you've consumed
that is littered around your work space)
And to appreciate others and give generously...especially when it is unexpected.
And this last photo sums it up...a glimpse of
their last customer walking away satisfied and with a smile.
Such importance...the servant's heart of gratitude.
Our steady and continuous offer of thanksgiving.
Today was not a day of lemons, but we sure did make a lot out of our lemonade.
The kids earned $8.25 and learned a few important lessons along the way.

Colossians 3:23
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,
as if working for the Lord."

This day was such an unexpected gift.

3 comments:

  1. So cute, and so pretty with the background of Fall. Love the "we appreciate" sign. Made me smile

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  2. LOVE this - it makes my heart happy! Your family is PRECIOUS!

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  3. What a beautiful post - I remember my mother and father working hard to instill these things in us and now my desire burns strong to do the same for mine :)

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