My favorite season is in the air, the one where our family will enjoy alfresco dining. We love eating outdoors! There is nothing better than Paul barbequing up a great meal, with the kids often helping, throwing a tablecloth on the patio table and a stunning flower in the center. Simple and beautiful to the eye.

I think back to last summer when I got to meet author Liz Curtis Higgs in Denver. I’ve been a big “Liz Fan” for years! What a joy that was. What a joy she is! I love the way she calls me “Sis.” She makes me feel right at home.

Liz recently sent me her latest book, My Heart’s in the Lowlands, because my husband and I will soon be traveling to Ireland and Wales. What a great book, and a completely different read from Liz.

In Lowlands, Liz talks about her frequent visits to New Galloway, a village in the region of Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland, and how she enjoys a tearoom, “The Smithy,” especially for lunch. She says:

“Flowerpots blooming with bright peonies and pine tables in the front courtyard invite alfresco dining on sunlit summer days.”

I can just feel the summer breeze and warmth of the air.

I can just feel the ambience we will embrace, as our family will soon be enjoying meals outside again.

Last night my husband asked if we could eat dinner outside. We all chimed in, “it’s too cold, Dad!” We’ll take every chance we can to enjoy the spring air. The air brings out the child in all of us. We dance to the music, we get all giddy and silly, and our conversation is lively and meaningful.

Hospitality is so unique. It can happen anywhere, in the Lowlands or in our own backyards. I have found that for me, it has to begin with my own family.

How soon in the spring can you start eating outside?

(Photo above of me and Liz in Denver last summer; Peony from our garden; simple alfresco dining in our backyard!)

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