1. Invite them over for meals. I'd like to get better about this because it's such a great way to get to know people. Have them over for a BBQ or a quick lunch!
2. Give them little gifts for Christmas (or other special occasions). This is one thing I'm actually pretty good at (humble-brag). Our first year in the neighborhood, I made our immediate neighbors (those next door and across the street) homemade candles. Last year, I made two sets of hand-warmers each. One of our neighbors told me he uses them in the mornings when he goes outside to put seed in his bird feeders. This doesn't have to be anything expensive, just something simple to let them know you care.
3. Say hello and start conversations with them; be friendly. Even just waving at someone as you drive by is a kind gesture. My husband is really good about waving to a kid who waits for the bus every morning when we drive by. Just being friendly with your neighbors is a good way to start building relationships.
4. Pray for them. I encourage you to pray for your neighborhood and for opportunities to be missional.
5. Offer to keep an eye on their house while they are out of town. It's really nice to know that your neighbors are willing to look out for you while you're gone.
6. Invite them to church events and share your faith with them. This doesn't have to be done in a pushy way. Get to know your neighbors first, then use the opportunity to share the gospel.
7. Be visible. Take regular walks, sit out on the front porch after dinner, and work in the yard! Make yourself visible to your neighbors.
8. Share extra vegetables from your garden or eggs from your chickens. I'm really looking forward to when we finally get chickens so that we can start sharing some of them with our neighbors! You don't have to have a garden or chickens to share. Going on a long vacation? Stop by your neighbors house and offer them your excess produce! They might even agree to watch your house!
9. Remember people's names. Those people you met on the street the other day? Remember their names (and their kid's names) so that you can properly address them next time you see them.
10. Keep your house looking nice and don't be too loud. Be a positive influence in the neighborhood. Invest in making your home appear inviting. Also, if your dog barks incessantly, consider keeping them inside when you're not home.
How are you intentional with your neighbors?
I'm so excited to be introducing Anne to you all today. Anne is one of my favorite bloggers. She's such a genuine soul. Not to mention this lady writes some of the best blogging posts I have ever seen! I hope you'll stick around and get to know her a little better.Love the Here and Now. My corner of the blogosphere has a variety of topics. I love to talk about blogging and share tutorials but you will also find that I share the day to day moments of life, from books to recipes and everything in between. I'm not only a blogger, I'm also a wife to my high school sweetheart and a mom to 3 beautiful daughters. I was a stay at home mom when my daughters were younger but I currently went to work full time at our local library about 4 years ago. I like to think that I can relate to many different people because of all of those roles. I'd love to have you follow along as I share my life as it's happening...here and now.
1. What are you passionate about?
My true passion lies in my daughters. I want to raise 3 daughters that have the self confidence that will guide them through life with their heads held high. That's not an easy task to do in this day and age. My daughters will always be my biggest source of pride and my greatest accomplishment in life.
2. If you could travel to one place in the entire world, where would it be and why?
That depends....if I can conquer my fear of flying I would love to go to Paris and Capri. Those 2 places are definitely high on my list right now. If I can't get over that fear, I would say Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket. There's just something magical to me about a quaint seaside town.
3. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be and why?If I could go back and learn a new skill I would definitely want to learn web design. I would love to have the confidence and knowledge to make any changes I want to my blog and to be able to design blogs. I think that would be a great way to flex some creative muscles.
4. Would you like to know the day you’re going to die ahead of time? Why or why not?
Oh gosh...what a tough question. I would have to say that I would want to know. That would enable me to accomplish everything that I want to do and be able to say all of my goodbyes. I know we should live life as if today is your last day but quite frankly, with working and a family and everything in between I don't always have the time to live life spontaneously. I do have to say though, I am quite pleased with what I have done in my life thus far. If you and I are to be friends here's what you need to know: I may come off as shy at first; I like to take things in and assess the situation before I dive into anything. But don't let that cautiousness fool you; once I'm in, I'm IN.
5. What’s something you wish everyone knew about you?
If we are to be friends, you must be fluent in sarcasm and you must be willing to have my back as I will have yours no matter what. It helps if you enjoy laughter and prefer nights in relaxing with friends vs. nights out. If that sounds like something you can relate to, join me!