When I looked at my cell phone the display announced a message from Heather. Heather and I have been church family for two decades. She brings meals to my home in trying seasons, speaks wisdom into my life in the church parking lot, and faithfully holds me up in moments when the prayers of the … Continue reading TEA & TA-TA’S
STEP 1: INVITE! Step 1 is not cleaning your house, redecorating your dining room, or taking a cooking class. It is simply inviting one, two, or ten people to your home whom you’d like to know better. Preparing a place for loved ones at your table begins with being willing to let people see you, … Continue reading 8 ESSENTIAL STEPS TO CREATING A PLACE OF BELONGING AT YOUR TABLE
Today I hosted a bridal shower for one of my Monday Night Girls. She is also a young woman who I absolutely adore. Colorful flowers in mason jars decorated my patio, beautiful china was set on the table, and champagne flutes were filled with fresh fruit and sparkling Prosecco. It was a delightful afternoon of … Continue reading ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS
"Can I ask you all of my ignorant questions?" This question has opened up some of my favorite conversations with co-workers at the hospice where I work as a bereavement coordinator. I have lived in the same house for 17 years. I have lived in the same community for 27 years. I have attended the … Continue reading CREATING SAFE SPACE TO ASK IGNORANT QUESTIONS
"I’ve done the research & my findings are extremely consistent: if you want to make people happy immediately upon entering your (home), put together an egregiously large cheese board. There are no rules, of course, but I usually start with three cheeses, one soft. Three pickle-y/olive-y things, three kinds of cured meats, two or three … Continue reading PLATTERS & BOARDS
It’s been a long time since I posted anything on my website. The reason for my online absence is that after 20 years of being a stay at home mom, I began working as a hospice bereavement counselor in the fall of 2017. Do you know that the term “hospice” comes from the same … Continue reading HI THERE!
"Homemaker". For 20 years this is what I wrote in the box for occupation. As a stay at home parent I spent my younger years advocating that I too was a working mom. But as I age and grow - and my perspectives enlarge - I realize how one sided my soap box issues have … Continue reading WE ARE ALL HOMEMAKERS