BECAUSE HOSPITALITY IS BOTH

It's one of the most common questions that I'm asked when I'm sharing about hospitality. "Do you invite different people into your home, or the same people?" And my reply is always, "Both." I believe there is tremendous value in opening our front door wide to invite people to our tables for one time affairs. … Continue reading BECAUSE HOSPITALITY IS BOTH

A BETTER WAY TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE

"Let’s stop introducing the people we love based solely on what they do, who they cash their checks from, or what’s on their twitter profiles. Let’s instead start reminding them of who they are. Let’s start conversations that don’t begin and end with who has the most interesting job in the room." - Cadence Turpin … Continue reading A BETTER WAY TO INTRODUCE PEOPLE

NOT GROSS: A STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS

I said to my husband, "Check the bathrooms and make sure they aren't gross." That was my standard of cleanliness last Sunday when we hosted a gathering for young adults.  Not gross. I had agreed to host this summertime potluck and discussion group months ago.  And I had a great vision for how this time … Continue reading NOT GROSS: A STANDARD OF CLEANLINESS

COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

I'm not much of a baker.  I LOVE to create homemade meals from scratch, but my homemade baking repertoire is fairly limited.  Baking requires a lot more precision and patience, and I seem to be somewhat lacking in both of those qualities.   I can probably count on one hand the amount of times that I … Continue reading COMMUNITY, CELEBRATING & CUPCAKES

WHAT COMMUNITY TEACHES ME ABOUT VULNERABILITY & GRACE

"We can't be brave in the big world without at least one small safe space to work through our fears and falls."  ~Brene Brown   My Monday Night Girls make up one of my small, safe places.  This spring, we are reading and discussing "Rising Strong" by Brene Brown. Her prior book, "Daring Greatly" explores … Continue reading WHAT COMMUNITY TEACHES ME ABOUT VULNERABILITY & GRACE

BECAUSE SOMETIMES A PAPER PLATE IS MY BEST

Paper products and leftover spaghetti.  That was the best I could do for our community dinner last Thursday. My family hit a bit of a rough patch last week.  An array of illnesses (nothing serious, but seemingly unrelenting) temporarily sucked the vitality from my home.  I debated cancelling our weekly dinner.  But decided to enjoy … Continue reading BECAUSE SOMETIMES A PAPER PLATE IS MY BEST