Five Minute Friday – Welcome

five minute fridayFive Minute Friday is my favorite post each week!

I normally start looking forward to the Five Minute Friday reveal as soon as I hit “post” on Thursday (and sometimes sooner!)

It’s the biggest free-writing flash-mob I’ve found on the internet and I seriously love it! I have fun writing, and I love the community that forms the flash mob.

The rules are simple:  one prompt, five minutes to write, no editing.  The flash-mob is the brain child of Lisa-Jo Baker and is hosted (hostessed?) at her Tales from a Gypsy Mama Blog.

Last week, I wrote about GRASP

This week, the topic is WELCOME

Five Minute Friday – Welcome

Welcome – a kindly greeting.  We say it to show that someone’s arrival gives us Joy.

Welcome – what we say in response to “thank you.”

Welcome – the word on the mat at my front door.

But when I think of “welcome” I see my self with arms open wide, running forward to embrace and welcome the future.  I see myself with open hands, giving freely and without hesitation.

“Welcome” makes me long for a small sitting space that is always company ready, a freshly swept walkway, and a fresh plate of cookies.  I wish that I could always open the door to friends and welcome them into my home without hesitation.

“Welcome” makes me yearn to give gifts (small ones) each day — so that when someone says “thank you” I can respond with a genuine “you’re welcome” and a smile.

It makes me dream of small random acts of kindness — the same kindnesses I would welcome into my own day.

I think of “welcome” and look at my cluttered house, my cluttered calendar, my cluttered mind, my cluttered heart.  Is there space for me to welcome in an unexpected blessing?   Should there be?

If my life is already so full that it is bursting at the seems, is there room to welcome in one more thing?  I yearn to create emptiness so that I can welcome in new friends, new blessings, new experiences, new thoughts, and more.

Welcome, it seems, makes me yearn to be better.

It makes me desire to be the best that I can be.

And I welcome that.


That’s it for Five Minute Friday.

Five Minute Friday

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination for eggs, socks, and books. She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. [/author_info] [/author]

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
Susan Baker
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  1. Spot on! Love your thoughts on Welcome!

  2. Susan,

    I love your post today! Saw you had posted a at FMF and wanted to come on over and get your words of welcome. I like the idea of creating emptiness in order to welcome more…

    • I adore FMF! I never know what I’m going to write, and sometimes I take a step back to read it and go “wow, I learned something.” Today was one of those. I had never thought about creating emptiness to welcome more, but wow is it resonating with me.

  3. This is beautiful. Have I told you that I admire your willingness to write and post without editing? I’m so worried about what I’d say. My filter is critical and always kicks in a little slow 🙂
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