I struggle with migraines. Thankfully I get considerable relief from prescription medication, but sometimes I have to take a pretty high dose. For several days I feel like a thick, dark cloud is trapped in my head making every thought and action feel a bit hazy. And while my medication suppresses an incapacitating migraine, I … Continue reading HOW TO HOST COMMUNITY WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL WELL
Whew! The celebrations of the holidays are already fading to a wonderful, crazy blur of festive memories. But memories matter. Because memories give birth to the roots that keep us connected to the sacred and meaningful moments that sprang up throughout the holiday season. So many good times were shared with our Monday & Thursday … Continue reading INVITING PEOPLE INTO OUR LIVES, NOT JUST OUR HOMES
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
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
My outdoor dining table. It is lovingly referred to as "The Table". And it tells most of my favorite stories. Last year I attended a "Storyline Conference" led by Donald Miller. A guest speaker, Sarah Harmeyer, shared about a desire to really know her neighbors that led her to ask her dad to build a … Continue reading BECAUSE THE SIZE OF YOUR TABLE DOESN’T MATTER
Home is a word that is defined a thousand different ways. Each translation holding significant meaning to the heart that bears the word. "You can take me down to show me your home. Not the place where you live, but the place where you belong." - Toad of the Wet Sprocket, "Something to Say". I heard … Continue reading THE PLACE WHERE YOU BELONG