Earlier this week I shared a post about the community of people who were My People when I was a teenager working as ride operator at Six Flags Magic Mountain. If you missed it, you can read that post here. During that time I learned a lot about developing community, even though it just seemed … Continue reading COMMUNITIES NEED RITUALS
It's been one of those weeks. Life is busy and meals have been simple. Monday night dinner for the girls was: 4 jars of Tikka Masala Curry Sauce that I bought (with 20% off coupons) in the Cost Plus World Market Pantry at Bed, Bath & Beyond. heated with pre-prepped rotisserie chicken from Costco. Jasmine … Continue reading SEMI-HOMEMADE TIKKA MASALA DINNER
I love telling my story about hospitality, hosting community meals, and the joy I feel because of the relationships that have grown from these dinners. In response to this, people often make the same comment. So many people have the desire to practice hospitality - but they feel stuck in the not knowing of how … Continue reading FOUR IMPORTANT LESSONS I LEARNED ABOUT GETTING STARTED
This fall the community of women who I host on Monday nights are reading and discussing a book called "Perfectly Imperfect: Character Sketches from the New Testament" by David Busic. It is a very fitting book for many reasons. The most ironic is that my home is far from perfect. For example, when the weather … Continue reading PERFECTLY IMPERFECT
Yesterday was our final book discussion for the 2014-2015 season of Monday Night Bible Study. We will of course be celebrating with a party in a couple of weeks, and then continue to meet for dinner & outdoor movies until the fall. But for now, we are breaking from our intentional time of study to … Continue reading A SUMMERTIME TRUTH ABOUT COMMUNITY
Mama K. In 2010 that was the nickname given to me by a high school student a couple of days into our short-term missions trip to Corozal Town, Belize. Mama K? I was only thirty-eight years old and suddenly college students and post-grads were calling me "Mama K". The first few times that I … Continue reading WHO IS MY COMMUNITY?
For most of my life I have been horrible at good-byes. I really do dread them. I would like to believe that everyone I know and love will never leave so that I can remain closely connected to everyone I have ever cared about. Forever. My husband refers to this as "Wendy's World" - a … Continue reading THE GIFT OF SENDING