• the eyes are the window to the soul

    Bringing Joy to the Brokenhearted

    It was his eyes that made me do it.   The soft smile on his face did nothing to mask the deep loneliness in his eyes—the type of loneliness that comes from experiencing the death of a beloved spouse.   “Would you be interested in joining our family for dinner…

  • Teaching Kids About Food

    Teaching Kids About Food: Awesome Advice For Parents

    **When I learned that Sam from The Kitchen Professor is passionate about creating connections in the kitchen, I knew I had to invite her to guest post on my blog. After all, authentic connections are most easily made when surrounded by food, and what better place to find food than in a…

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    Extending Hospitality: Everyone has a Story to Share

    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…

  • the-profound-impact-of-ones-name

    The Profound Impact Of One’s Name

    Have you ever stopped to wonder about the beauty and power of a name?   Each name has a story.   Maybe you were named after a grandparent, your mom’s best friend, or a character in your dad’s favorite movie. Or perhaps you weren’t named after anyone at all. It could…

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    Risotto And The Connection Between Food and Family

    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…

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    The Secret of Hospitality

    The secret of hospitality is often evasive. The planning of an event is always unpredictable, with unexpected twists and turns along the way, but, somehow, through means I don’t fully understand, the event always turns out perfectly. The planning of a recent Fall Potluck proved no different. Case in point.…

  • 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…