When I wrote this post (about chores and garden work) we knew that we’d be having a dinner party the next night and my whole family had to pitch in to help. What I didn’t plan on was the weather being so blazing hot that we ended up moving the party inside to stay cooler. Even though I’d prefer to be outside on a beautiful summer evening, sometimes you have to make changes to keep your guests’ comfort in mind.

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One of my friends had recently been through a very painful time (death in the family). I knew that being together on this night was going to be very important for our family.

Entertaining is not about me. It’s about us. Our family. Their family. Connection and togetherness.

We live in a period in history which has become both tantalizing and tormenting. We desperately want connection with each other, but also deeply fear it. The proliferation of pain from broken homes, failed marriages, abusive experiences, and profound loneliness creates both desire for, and deep anxiety about, intimacy.

On the other hand, we long for strong connection with each other. Togetherness matters a lot to us, and while we may conceal our needs as we grow older, we cannot deny them. They form part of our God-designed emotional DNA. -David Timm

Easy Fresh Peach Cobbler
2 c. fresh peaches
3/4 c. sugar
1 stick butter
1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk
Combine 2 cups peaches and 3/4 cup sugar. Let stand 20 minutes.

Melt 1 stick butter in 1 1/2 quart baking dish in 350 degree oven.

Sift together flour, 1 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Add 1 cup milk and stir briskly. Lumps will remain.

Pour into baking dish of melted butter; top with peaches.

Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

(I doubled the recipe and cooked for about 20+ minutes longer.)

After dinner we did move out to the back patio for dessert.

I’m thankful for friends that we can “do life” with. Struggles and joys bring us together. When the night did not cool down, we moved over to the pool’s edge and dipped our feet into the cool waters for a long time …

It was soothing.

It was refreshing.

It was a reminder to me of how friendships – both new and old – just feel good.

When’s the last time you had a a hurting family over for dinner to love on them?

(If you haven’t joined the GIVEAWAY excitement over at The Inspired Room, Melissa is giving away a RE books, Hip Hostess apron and tea towel for 2 people!)