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SEMI-HOMEMADE CUPCAKES

It seems that there are two types of people in the kitchen, those who prefer cooking and those who prefer baking.  I am one who prefers crafting a great meal that is hearty and satisfying, to the patience and precision pastry work requires. Don't get me wrong, I certainly enjoy eating dessert.  And a celebratory feast doesn't feel complete without a sweet finish.  I just prefer putting the bulk of my efforts into the main [...]

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Recipes|Tags: , |0 Comments

REFLECTIONS FROM MY MIDLIFE CRISIS

Hi there!  It's been a while since I've written.  Not just for my website, it's been months since I've written anything. Like everyone else, I've been busy. But the whole truth is that I've been busy having a midlife crisis.  Not a major one.  Not the kind where I abandon my life and my people.  Nor the kind of midlife crisis where I buy something really expensive to distract me from troubling thoughts and emotions. [...]

By | July 26th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Lessons Learned|2 Comments

A RALLY CRY THAT WE ARE ALL HOMEMAKERS

"Homemaker". It is what I write in the box for occupation. As a stay at home parent I spent my younger years rallying for acknowledgement that I too am a working mom. But as I age and grow - and my perspectives enlarge - I realize how one sided my soap box issues have been. In my early twenties I needed boxes to organize my rapidly changing life.  As I navigated a big, overwhelming world [...]

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Lessons Learned|0 Comments

CLEANING REALLY IS OPTIONAL

Hospitality and entertaining are not the same thing. "We invite people into our home to create moments that matter, not moments that impress." This is one of my mantras. I keep saying it because I believe that it's true.  And it's what I practice. On Easter Sunday we invited our community to join us for a hot dog lunch and backyard wiffle ball.  This was the climax of a very full weekend.  That morning I [...]

By | May 5th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Tips & Advice|0 Comments

TIP #4: HOMEMADE FOOD IS OPTIONAL

I love to love people with food, and this is one way to love guests with pizza delivery. The heart of hospitality is not serving great food to your guests.  It is inviting people into our homes to receive the gifts of care and belonging.  Sometimes I have the energy to do that with homemade food, and some days I don't.  The trick is honestly assessing what can I graciously provide with the resources available [...]

By | January 9th, 2017|Categories: Featured, Tips & Advice|0 Comments

MEET KRISTIN

"I love hospitality but really dread actual entertaining. True entertaining highlights my weaknesses and feels very intimidating to me.  I'm probably the most non-Martha Stewart person out there, and trying to make my home and table look 'entertaining ready' and perfect feels like a huge burden.  Feeding my neighbors is different than entertaining.  Feeding my neighbors and friends feeds my soul." I'm so happy that I get to introduce you to Kristin Pavon.  A married [...]

By | October 24th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Featured Hosts|0 Comments

WHY PERFECT MEANS EMPTY

I love to set a beautiful table.  It makes me happy. But setting a beautiful table is the easy part.  It's a controlled environment.  I can place everything exactly how I want it. However, if I want my table to stay perfect, then it has to stay empty.  And there's really nothing beautiful about that. If I want a full table - chairs filled with people that I love and people that I'm getting to [...]

By | March 31st, 2016|Categories: Community, Featured|0 Comments

WHY COMMUNITIES NEED RITUALS

Earlier this week I shared a post about the community of people who were My People when I was a teenager working as ride operator at Six Flags Magic Mountain.  If you missed it, you can read that post here.  During that time I learned some significant values about developing community, even though it just seemed like silly amusement at the time.  Funny how we just intuitively know some things about group development as teenagers, [...]

By | March 11th, 2016|Categories: Featured, Lessons Learned|0 Comments

WHEN YOU NEED A BREAK FROM COMMUNITY

"How do you manage your prayer life?"  I asked my senior pastor.  "How do you spend time with people and invest in their lives and find time to pray for the growing list of needs and requests that you become aware of?" His wise reply spoke into another need.  One that I didn't even realize I had. He responded that I didn't need a prayer plan to help manage my life.  I needed to spend [...]

By | February 9th, 2016|Categories: Community, Featured|4 Comments

THE PLACE WHERE YOU BELONG

Home is a word that is defined a thousand different ways. Each translation holding significant meaning to the heart that bears the word. "You can take me down to show me your home. Not the place where you live, but the place where you belong." - Toad of the Wet Sprocket, "Something to Say". I heard these words recently on a road trip, listening to one of my favorite albums from the 90's . Today the [...]

By | April 1st, 2015|Categories: Community, Featured|0 Comments