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!
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
Oh my. It's hard to believe that combining a few simple ingredients can elevate fresh-from-the-oven bread to an entirely new status. Warm, homemade bread is nearly perfect by itself, but the addition of sweet butter and strawberry preserves created something almost magical. So delicious that I had a hard time talking with the friends gathered … Continue reading FEASTING WITH COMMUNITY AROUND OUR TABLES
Thank you Kristen Raney for bringing these amazing cookies to bible study on Monday night! They were slightly crispy on the edges, moist and chewy on the inside, and satisfied our sweet and salty treat cravings. What seems impossible to believe is that these delicious homemade cookies only require 4 ingredients, and a fraction … Continue reading FOUR INGREDIENT PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
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
On a recent Sunday night, I hosted an intimate birthday dinner for a dear friend. And when 10 people gather around the table for a celebratory meal - prepared by three women who all love to cook - you end up with way more food than what can possibly be consumed in one evening. … Continue reading JUST SAY YES TO LEFTOVERS
"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