RELAXING & REMEMBERING

RELAXING & REMEMBERING

As our family of 5 sat on the front row at our Christmas Eve candlelight service, an elder came by and lit Paul’s candle as the lights dimmed in the building. Paul then passed the flame on to Garrett, who passed it on to Elliot, who passed it on...

3 GENERATIONS OF APRONS

3 GENERATIONS OF APRONS

I grew up with my Mom wearing aprons. Some of her aprons were used for everyday work like cooking, baking or canning. Some were fancier and reserved for special occasions like serving guests for a Sunday or holiday meal. My fondest memory was of her handmade red and green...

Wreaths & Faithgirlz

Wreaths & Faithgirlz

Today I didn’t feel like giving. But I knew what was scheduled on the calendar and I couldn’t back out now! Eight mothers were expecting me to pick up their daughters right after school (early release today). It was our bi-monthly scheduled Faithgirlz get-together where I meet with the...

PROGRESSIVE DINNERS & FRIENDS

PROGRESSIVE DINNERS & FRIENDS

“What matters in the end is that we love.” Those were the words from my husband driving home from our friends’ house last night. We both decided, after 5 hours of intimate, cherished time with our friends, that in the end this is what really counts. Through our weaknesses...

ORNAMENTS & MEMORIES

ORNAMENTS & MEMORIES

We pulled the Christmas boxes out of the attic this week. As my daughter and I set up our tree (2nd year to have a fake tree, but we compensated for the lack of a fresh smell with a new yummy smelling candle!), my mind went back to the...

LESS IS MORE

LESS IS MORE

I believe less is more. No party is out of reach including Thanksgiving Day! It requires skillful planning (I love lists!) that includes portions of the dinner be made ahead of time and delegation to each family attending. I recently traveled to Madison, WI (see photo of my husband...

HOSPITALITY IN HARD TIMES

HOSPITALITY IN HARD TIMES

This last week I lost a good friend to breast cancer, after a long 7 year battle. Here is something she wrote in the back of her bible, which was read at her memorial: I saw a vision in the clouds or just the form in the clouds of...

PERFECTION & HOSPITALITY (Roasted Chicken Recipe)

PERFECTION & HOSPITALITY (Roasted Chicken Recipe)

Perfectionism can be a robber of relationships! People who are perfectionistic often believe that making mistakes makes them less successful, less likeable, and even less worthy of people. Let me tell you a story … I was a young mother of one son with one on the way. My...