Picnic on a Boat

Picnic on a Boat

One evening we nabbed Hoppi (Thursday Night Dinners), telling her that we had a surprise for her, and drove to meet our friends. We headed to the lake, hopped in their boat and jetted out to quiet waters. Then the best part began. First the tablecloth came out of...

Fire Magic

Fire Magic

What is it about fires that we find so mesmerizing? Paul and the boys love to build fires and Abby and I love to join around them. Some find them warm and cozy.Some find them relaxing and tranquil.Some find them fascinating and intriguing. Our family enjoys nestling around our...

Stress-Free and Spur of the Moment

Stress-Free and Spur of the Moment

I got an inspiring email from my friend, Faye, who has years of entertaining under her apron. I loved her idea and thought I’d share it with you! We had an intergenerational ice cream party yesterday afternoon for special friends, their grown son, his wife, and two daughters (6...

Essential Ingredients

Essential Ingredients

I wouldn’t have had a dinner party last week if my girlfriends hadn’t come! Each Lady who came was the essential ingredient needed for a successful evening! All six of my friends, with our connection being through our daughter’s elementary school, brought a salad and, “Wa Lah,” our dinner...

Monday Night Dinners

Monday Night Dinners

How could I have been so pre-occupied with my life for 9 years, that I never noticed Howard? Howard Pugh was a 98-year-old man who lived at the end of our street. All we knew about Howard was that he lived in the pink and brown house, he drove...

Mexican Perspective

Mexican Perspective

Our son, Elliot, went on a missions trip to Mexico this summer, with our church high school youth group. The stories he shared with us about Mexican hospitality, and the wealth that we have in America, made me think of this story: One day, the father of a very...

A Deeper Connection (and Zucchini Relish)

A Deeper Connection (and Zucchini Relish)

The eight of us girls go back forty to fifty years. We have a deeper connection than we’d have with an ordinary friend. We are first cousins. Last week we came together, at my house, for a quick luncheon. Although the food was tasty, what we really savored was...

The Gift of Today

The Gift of Today

My heart swells when I hear the excitement in my elated daughter’s voice, saying, “Oh, Mommy! Mommy!” She can also cause my heart to ache, while crying out those same words when she is in pain. She asked me a few weekends ago which name I prefer to be...