A piece I wrote about the connection I experience through hospitality and my work in hospice was recently published on (in)courage, an online faith-based community created for connection, equipping, and encouragement. You can read my guest post here: "THE HOSPITALITY OF BEING PRESENT"
We need each other. This is a truth I know, and yet in the routine busyness of daily living I can still be surprised by the power of this simple reality. A few weeks ago Emily flew across the country from her home on the east coast to stay with us for a week. Emily … Continue reading THE POWER OF SIMPLE REALITIES
I felt frantic when I looked in the mirror and saw a small blob of beige make-up on the front of my black dress. No amount of dabbing or wiping would remove the smudge left by a spilled drop of liquid concealer. In a desperate attempt to clean my dress I pulled it over my … Continue reading STUBBORN STAINS & SWEET MEMORIES
One of my favorite Old Testament stories is found in the Book of Exodus. The Israelites are under attack and Moses tells Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought … Continue reading KEEPING STEADY
Yesterday I published "TASTE & SEE". A piece about what I learned from contrasting the meditative solace of making this bread with the flurry of my family's consumption of the sweet, braided loaf. This is my adaption of a recipe that I originally found on the Tastemade app. NUTELLA BRAIDED BREAD ingredients: 1 envelope active … Continue reading NUTELLA BRAIDED BREAD
It's Saturday morning. I finally feel the space to simply be rather than do. And so I make homemade bread. There is something about the slow place of bread making that is rejuvenating to my soul. As I smell the earthy yeast; knead and shape the soft, silky dough; and create something beautiful out of … Continue reading TASTE & SEE
From the kitchen of Diane Bolles: Combine these: 1 Cup Butter, softened (Diane actually used shortening, but I prefer the taste of butter in a cooking) 1 Cup Brown Sugar 1 Cup Granulated Sugar Add: 2 Eggs 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1-1/3 Cups All Purpose Flour 1 teaspoon Baking Soda 1 teaspoon Baking Powder 1/2 … Continue reading DIANE’S COWBOY COOKIES