ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS

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 ofContinue reading “ENTERTAINING AND HOSPITALITY ARE NOT SYNONYMOUS”

CREATING SAFE SPACE TO ASK IGNORANT QUESTIONS

“Can I ask you all of my ignorant questions?” This question has opened up some of my favorite conversations with co-workers at Sonata Hospice in San Diego where I work as a Bereavement Coordinator. I have lived in the same house for 17 years.  I have attended the same church that is ten minutes fromContinue reading “CREATING SAFE SPACE TO ASK IGNORANT QUESTIONS”

WHEN PASSION FOR COOKING SURPASSES ABILITY

“On the first morning, when one of the chefs asked me why I took the class, I told him that my enthusiasm for cooking had outpaced my technical skills.” – Shauna Niequist, Bread & Wine: a love letter to life around the table. I have felt this same dilemma.  My passion for cooking far surpassing myContinue reading “WHEN PASSION FOR COOKING SURPASSES ABILITY”

HOMEMADE FOOD IS OPTIONAL

I love to love people with food.  And when life is too hectic to cook, I love guests with pizza delivery. The heart of hospitality is not serving great food to your guests.  It is inviting people into our homes to receive the gifts of care and belonging.  Sometimes I have the energy to doContinue reading “HOMEMADE FOOD IS OPTIONAL”

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 theContinue reading “HURTING & HEALING IN COMMUNITY”