Moving and Change

Moving and Change

Change. We love it. We hate it. It is good. It is bad. It is easy. It is difficult. It makes us vulnerable. It gives us confidence. It shakes our very foundation. It grows our sense of security. It stretches us. It causes us to withdraw. It is frightening....

When Neighbors Move

When Neighbors Move

Two years ago, before we moved to our current home, our friends Jack and Jean who lived across the street from us for 10 years came for dinner for the first time, along with some other neighbors. At the end of the evening I found myself saying, “Why didn’t...

Balcony Girls Summer Kick-Off!

Balcony Girls Summer Kick-Off!

An easy way for me to reach out and show hospitality to young people is through my Balcony Girls group. It is an exceptional group of 8 girls that come together after school, to discuss girls’ issues, relationships and God. We’ve met for almost three years now. I was...

Family Time

Family Time

Family love is like the wind; instinctive, raw, fragile, beautiful. At times angry, but always unstoppable. It is our collective breath. It is the world’s greatest force.James McBrideThe house was full of excitement and laughter, as the neighborhood kids were over for a few hours hanging out, playing and...

Carefree Scrabble Evening!

Carefree Scrabble Evening!

“Friendship is the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful, friendly hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth...

Apples (and winner(s)!)

Apples (and winner(s)!)

Look at the size of this apple! This time of year I anticipate the phone call when my good friend Roger calls to say, “Sandy, the apples are ready!” Sharing apples with our family has been a tradition for years. Sometimes we pick them ourselves, but many times he...

What’s in it for the GUY?

What’s in it for the GUY?

Recently I’ve heard from several readers expressing that their heart’s desire is to entertain, but their husbands just do not enjoy it. Some don’t like kids, and some just don’t enjoy people in general. One reader wrote: I love having people over but my husband really does not. Or...

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...