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Hi Friends—Popping in for a quick hello on this very last day of July. :) Thought I’d share with you some of my favorites from July. Next month I’ll get back to offering a recipe, and I’ll also have some book reviews and introduce you to some of my writing friends. I’ll probably have some books to give away. :) Hope your summer is going well. Know that I always love to hear from you.

Most of July was filled with people popping in and out and then a trip to CO. How can you not love this view?


But my favorite view remains this one below.  I LOVE seeing a pile of shoes by the door. It says, “We are here to laugh and eat and talk and just enjoy each other.” IMG_2013 2 (1)

But I know you know that hospitality doesn’t always involve a house or food or even a pile of shoes. I wrote about out-of-the-house hospitality earlier this month at (in)Courage: https://www.incourage.me/2018/07/out-of-the-house-hospitality.html#comment-237810

Living connected brings joy, yes, but it also brings sorrow as we get close enough to others to feel their pain and step into their mess and allow them to step into our mess. Truthfully, I sometimes just want to sit inside my cozy house on my comfortable chair. Alone. But my faith in God pushes me to get up and get out. I wrote about it earlier this month on the Arise Daily devotional: https://arisedailydevos.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/in-tune-with-each-other/

And speaking of shoes, I found this darling little lady at a CO thrift store. Couldn’t resist. After all, life is all about the shoes, right?IMG_2068IMG_2067






Cheering you on as you seek to live connected!


The Gift of the Table

I have a “thing” for dining room tables. They pull me in when I walk past them at IKEA. They hold me in awe when I look at them in an Amish showroom. I drool when I watch Property Brothers and see a family getting a fourteen-foot dining room table made to seat their entire large, extended family.

So why the fixation?

Yes, I do admire the craftsmanship of a solidly-made piece of furniture.

But on a much deeper level, I love what happens around the dining room table: laughter, conversation, discussion of current events, a feisty game of Bannagrams®, dessert. . . .

In these days of empty nest, I don’t spend as much time at the dining room table as I have in years past. Most nights I make dinner for two, and often John and I just eat in the family room. (And, yes, sometimes we watch “Wheel of Fortune.”) But I keep the table covered with a tablecloth and set with candles as if to say, “At any moment, my dinner guests might arrive. I want to be ready.”

Last night we did have a dinner guest. By noon I had the table completely set and found that I kept sneaking into the dining room to take another look. Silly?! As I stood and gazed, I smiled in anticipation of our time together. Questions, answers, jokes (John’s department), and laughter. Connection.

Oh, the gift of a table.


Most of our dinner came from boxes, but it still smelled good, tasted good, and facilitated good conversation, living up to all I had anticipated.

santafechicken      cornbread

And now I anticipate another gathering around the table as our son and his girlfriend just told us they are coming for Thanksgiving. Yahoo! Can’t wait to set that table and become immeresed in conversation while passing the stuffing.

Oh, the gift of the table.

I recently discovered an organization that promotes family dinner. Love it! They have some great ideas, including recipes and conversation starters: http://thefamilydinnerproject.org

And next week I hope to have my dear friend and college roommate here on the blog. She is my go-to-gal for cooking questions and hospitality. Join me here next week for a taste of Linda’s wisdom in life and food. And discover one of her favorite quick and easy recipes.

Thanks for reading and thanks for joining me on this Storm Sister journey.