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
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
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?