Bucket Lists & Back to School

Two summers ago my first-born was about to start kindergarten. I was thrilled, and a little anxious, and I thought about how I could make the most of his “last” summer. What I came up with has now become a tradition. A month before school starts I pose the question to my son, “what are things we haven’t done yet this summer that we NEED to do before school starts?” Based off this question, we come up with 3-5 items for our end-of-the-summer bucket list!!

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Hospitality When You Don't Like Having People Over

A friend of mine said this to me a couple of weeks ago…

“Ok, talk to me about biblical hospitality and opening up my home. We love going out to eat with people, but we just don’t love the stress of getting the house cleaned up just to have people over. Do we have to invite people to our home??”

The short answer is not really. The long answer is…well, just keep reading :)

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Home Away From Home

This week I’m at one of my favorite places in the world. Mapleridge Ranch is located in the Southern Tier of New York. It’s a summer camp located on over 200 acres and even in the summer the weather is just right! Since our friends run the camp, my husband gets asked to be a speaker once a summer usually. We get to stay in the guest house and the schedule is super relaxed. It feels like home away from home. Our friends perfectly balance giving us the space and freedom to relax and including us in all the opportunities camp provides. The guest house is cozy and warm, the coffee is serve yourself anytime, and naps are always supported! It is the essence of hospitality!

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A Few Father's Day Thoughts

“Fathers, be good to your daughters
Daughters will love like you do”

These are lines from one of my favorite songs - “Daughters” by John Mayer. It’s a beautiful reminder for both fathers and mothers to be aware of the impact they’re making on their kids. Father’s Day, like Mother’s Day, can be tricky for many.

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