Learning Hospitality Through Play

This morning, the Friday of the first week of school, Elle and I visited yet another park. Nearly every day this week, we've explored our favorite playgrounds, trying to fill the void left by Bea's absence at school. Normally, I bring a book along so I can read while Elle climbs and digs and scampers … Continue reading Learning Hospitality Through Play

Front Yard Living

At the beginning of the summer, during our daily Quiet Rest Hour, the energy in our house changed. I looked up from my book and felt that it had gone from Quiet Rest “Quiet” to eerily and suspiciously “Quiet.” I closed my book and walked upstairs where I found my oldest daughter obediently and happily … Continue reading Front Yard Living

One Word: Threshold

Maybe it was early last year when the word threshold first came across my radar. My brother and I were chatting about life and that feeling that, when looking back on this particular season there will be a sense of, Oh! That's when it all happened! You don't see it at the moment, only in hindsight. Months later, a friend … Continue reading One Word: Threshold

When Hospitality Becomes Reality

Even though I wrote this for the MOPS blog well over a month ago, we've just come off three solid months of houseguests. As we head into the holiday season, I hope you find these words encouraging! When we were searching for a house three years ago, one of the pieces of my wish list … Continue reading When Hospitality Becomes Reality

Tithing as Hospitality

Frank and I were talking the other day about our finances. Now that we've moved into the house and things are settling down, we decided it was time to look at the budget again. We're also at an age (this sounds so old!) when things like retirement savings enter the conversation. Maybe it's because our parents … Continue reading Tithing as Hospitality

Choosing to Welcome

In college, I was lucky to have a high metabolism and lived in highly walkable Paris. My dinners mostly consisted of soup, half a baguette, and half a wheel of camembert. While this was tasty and decidedly Parisian (in my mind), I did always look forward to "real" meals. My friends and I would host dinner … Continue reading Choosing to Welcome

Embracing Culture Shock

Frank and I are on a movie-watching roll and saw Silver Linings Playbook last weekend. I cringed through the entire movie. The drugs! The fighting! The social awkwardness! Yikes!! Frank thought it was hilarious. While the details are different, the film itself reflected his life growing up in Philadelphia in a loud, feisty, passionate family. Growing … Continue reading Embracing Culture Shock

Garden

"Come! Come, 'Ma'oes!" Bea eagerly led any guests to our home straight to the tomato plants, towering over her 11-month self. Once she discovered our garden, and especially the delicious cherry tomatoes, Bea wanted to share her wealth with others. At any given moment, her small mouth would be stuffed with red (and often green) … Continue reading Garden