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
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
"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
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