The idea for Reluctant Entertainer all started here, in this purple notebook, over two years ago.

Friends have asked me how I came up with the name for my blog, knowing that I am not a “reluctant” entertainer! I love opening my home, thus my blog’s name 4 Reluctant Entertainers was created – for the person desiring to learn more about hospitality, but also for the seasoned hostess.

A couple of years ago, my husband and I were attending the ICRS (International Christian Retail Show) in Denver, Colorado, promoting our book, Married but Not Engaged(Bethany House 2006). The idea of writing some kind of entertaining book had been brewing in my mind for quite some time – I just didn’t know what or how I wanted to put it together, or who I wanted to reach!

When Paul and I travel, one of the highlights for us is finding intriguing, delectable, restaurants. We always share a meal, we take our time, and it’s always quality time for us. We talk about our marriage, and we always end up talking about our kids. For some reason when you are away from your children, you love and appreciate them more. You regain a healthy balance and perspective on parenting, and for my husband and me, it’s refreshing to come up with new ideas or parenting plans. As the evening progresses, we end up talking about our goals and dreams. What are we here for? What is our purpose? Are we giving back to this world and to God, as He asks us to do?

That is where the purple notebook comes in. One evening, during this trip, as we were finishing with dinner – the idea of Reluctant Entertainer was born.

Because the art of hospitality is dying in our culture! People are too busy, gun-shy because of our perfectionism, and just plain ol’ reluctant to open our homes to others.

Why Me?
I learned the art of hospitality from my parents, and I practiced it in my home. Why not share how it worked for me? It was worth a try!

Why You?
At the time, not even knowing what a blog was, I really wanted to help reluctant people, or maybe those who were rusty and not in the groove anymore, to get excited again about giving to others. I wanted to inspire YOU, so that you could experience the joy that I have whenever I share my life and home with others.

So this is where my great idea began – in my small purple notebook. (Paul and me heading out to find a cool restaurant …)

How about you – do you jot down ideas in notebooks, or journals, and keep ideas fresh and flowing? Or do you use a notebook to organize your day to day activities, appointments and even menu planning?

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