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    Emotional Connection: The Missing Puzzle Piece For Boys And Men

    For the past decade, I have been passionate about bringing women together in a spirit of friendship, unity, and authentic connection. For me, this was a divine commission. Together, women of all ages and in all walks of life have been reminded that we are not meant to walk this life alone, that we were made for connection, and that the small things in life are really the big things: eye contact, a friendly smile, a listening ear. We also discovered the power food has to bring us together. Potluck dinners, lunch dates, and tea parties fed our bodies and nourished our souls. Surely, few things are as powerful as gathering together around a table. No words can adequately express…

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    Summer Barbecue

    I loved the Facebook message I received in my inbox recently from a friend who has a heart for connection: We are are BBQ-ing this evening and want our friends to join us! We’ll have homemade ice-cream too!! Here are the details: Time: 5pm  Address: ***** Bring: Your own meat and buns for your family and a side to share. We will have watermelon, potato chips, and chips and salsa. The kids can jump on the trampoline and play. It will be fun to see you!! Comment or text me if you intend on coming. Thanks!   Thanks for the inspiration, friend! I’m already plotting how I might incorporate a similar idea into my summer schedule. Family. Friends. Food. Fun. Necessary…

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    Extending Hospitality

    Everyone has a story to share, though I didn’t always realize it.   There was a time when I hid in my house behind locked doors, blind to the happenings of others. Why? Out of shame for my own story. Shame for certain things in my life that I preferred to keep hidden. “Yes, remaining hidden would be best,” I thought. Until one day…   One day, a peculiar thought entered my mind. I felt I should invite someone over for dinner. And I knew exactly who. There was a young family at church who had a child the same age as ours. I would invite them. I would somehow build up the courage to invite them into our home.…

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    The Joy Of Hospitality: A Reluctant Husband’s Perspective

    My husband has never been what I would call hospitable. While he lovingly supports my efforts to invite people into our home and around our table, it has always made him feel a little uncomfortable. He prefers to reach out to others behind the scenes, where it feels a bit safer, a bit more…well, comfortable. When it comes to reaching out to others, he prefers to be ‘up and doing’, rather than sitting around a table.   For me, it is a kitchen table chair that fans the flame of my hospitality. Our family of five sits at a table built for six. The empty sixth chair sits, glaring at me, directly across the table. “We should make more of…

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    The Connecting Power Of Food

    Food. It requires much of our time and effort.   We prepare it. We eat it. We clean up the mess.   Was all that effort wasted, or was it time well spent?   The preparation and eating of food—and even the cleaning up of the mess—has the power to connect us in ways that nothing else can.   We can choose to put love into our meal preparations and invite others to join us in that space. Natalie from www.everydaynatalie.com shares a special memory she has of food and family HERE. She even includes a recipe!   The memories that are created as family and friends gather in a kitchen to prepare a meal together are priceless.   Conversation.…

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    31 Days To An Authentic Life

    Welcome to 31 Days to an Authentic Life!   Authenticity. We crave it. We long for relationships that are authentic–genuine, real, true– but are often unsure how to go about creating them.   How does one actually LIVE an authentic life on a day-to-day basis with the people in their lives? How can one create a close, abiding relationship with God? How can we connect with family members in powerful, lasting ways? How can we be strengthened through friendships? How might we connect with neighbors and strangers in convicting ways? How can we be true to ourselves?   These questions and more will be addressed in my posts this month. I hope you’ll join me in creating a more authentic…

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    How To Throw A Poetry Tea Party {Three Easy Steps}

    Perhaps you’ve already heard, but Poetry Tea Parties are all the rage! We don’t have them as often as I would like to in our home, but that seems to make them all the more special in the eyes of my children. Fortunately, when I do decide to have them, they are a cinch to put together.   Three Easy Steps to Throwing a Poetry Tea Party: Make some tea (or lemonade, fruit juice, hot cocoa) and pour it into some special cups (teacups, small glass cups–anything you don’t use on a daily basis) Provide a simple snack (for instance, cookies or crackers or fresh fruit Grab a poetry book and start reading for 10-15 minutes (borrow a book from…

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    Guest Post: The Connection Between Food and Family (Recipe included)

    The Comfort of Risotto So grateful to Natalie from www.everydaynatalie.com for sharing this guest post about the connection between family and food. What is the first food that comes to mind when you think of family? What is your signature dish? Have you thought about recording those memories and that recipe here for your posterity to enjoy? What better way to connect with future generations than by sharing special memories of food and family? Thanks, Natalie, for sharing a great memory and recipe with us! Risotto is defined as a northern Italian rice dish cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency, but I define it as comfort. In my home, risotto means the comfort of my family gathered around…

  • The Golden Rule

    CONVERSATION DURING CAR RIDE EN ROUTE TO THE EVENT She was nervous and didn’t want to go, and I didn’t blame her. Truth was, I was nervous too. These types of events always force us out of our comfort zones, and this case was proving to be excruciatingly difficult. “But you know what I think?” I asked my daughter. “I think that we’re going to have such a great time tonight that on the car ride home you’re going to say, ‘That was so much fun! Can we go again next year?'” I peered over my shoulder to see her reaction. She looked skeptical.

  • The Time We Hosted A Spring Tea Party Discussion

    Last year my girls and I hosted our first Spring Tea Party Discussion. We invited a few friends and neighbors to our home and kept the preparation simple. The girls dressed up as princesses and sat at their own fancy table outside. The women sat around the kitchen table, which was decorated with fresh flowers and place cards specially made by my daughters. We drank fruit-infused water and ate cucumber sandwiches, fresh fruit and veggies, and cookies while discussing the following questions: 1. What is a favorite Bible scripture or story that has had a positive effect on your life? 2. How can we, as women, do a better job loving one another so that the world would know us…