COOKIES WOULD MAKE ME FEEL BETTER

"Cookies would make me feel better." That was the calculated reply of my three-year-old son to his grandparents as they were leaving the hospital.  His baby brother entered the world that morning, and after meeting his 7 lb 8 oz sibling for the obligatory photo op, Corey was heading home to spend the night with … Continue reading COOKIES WOULD MAKE ME FEEL BETTER

BECAUSE COMMUNITY ISN’T A SYSTEM OF EVEN EXCHANGES

"I can't believe that you let me sign your table the first time I came to your house for dinner.  I'm surprised that you don't want to be sure that I'm going to come back." "Of course!" I replied, "Everyone who shares a meal with us at our table is invited to sign it regardless … Continue reading BECAUSE COMMUNITY ISN’T A SYSTEM OF EVEN EXCHANGES

PRACTICING HOSPITALITY TO MYSELF

Anyone who knows me at all knows that hospitality is my jam.  My table is where my purpose, passions, skills, resources, and the needs of my community intersect.  Hospitality has grown to be about so much more than hosting overnight travelers or having company over for dinner.  It isn't something I practice for one-time events … Continue reading PRACTICING HOSPITALITY TO MYSELF

HURTING & HEALING IN COMMUNITY

Last night I gathered around my table with the community of young women who have become my family.  It is hard to believe how much has happened since we last met.  It seemed appropriate to take a break from our current book discussion and spend the evening sharing about how we are feeling about the … Continue reading HURTING & HEALING IN COMMUNITY

SHEPHERDING OUR WORK

"I am still learning how to shepherd this long work after the initial burst." This is the quote that leapt from my laptop screen yesterday, as I read a post entitled "The Ministry of Saying Goodbye (and Sticking Around)" by D.L. Mayfield. The "burst" she's referring to is the whirlwind of publishing her first book, … Continue reading SHEPHERDING OUR WORK