Settling into Fall

Y’all. Today is going to be short and sweet because the past six weeks have been FULL. Full of good time with good friends and family (read about 10 days of this season here). Full of travel. Full of hosting. Full of fun and good conversation. But FULL.   Yesterday I got to hike up … Continue reading Settling into Fall

Gluttony

I’m a glutton for books.   I have to keep myself from going to the library every week because I snatch books off the shelves and pack them in my arms until they are overflowing—not unlike a kid with her first birthday cake smeared across her face, arms, and hair.   I walk out in … Continue reading Gluttony

A Broad Hospitality

It’s hot. So, so hot. I’m standing with blisters forming in my Chacos as sweat pours down my back and soaks through the thin, green, cotton blouse I’m wearing. I step into the shade and enter into a completely different sensory experience. It is cool, breezy, people smile and offer me handfuls of snacks. I … Continue reading A Broad Hospitality

Windy City Hospitality

Saturday morning, I was watching Windy City Rehab. Let me back up. Friday afternoon, I was watching Property Brothers. Let me back up. Monday evening, I was watching Home Town. Let me back up. Obviously I like home renovation shows—always have, probably always will. So, Saturday morning I was watching Windy City Rehab and being extra … Continue reading Windy City Hospitality

hospitable spaces

I’ve always loved having people over to my house. Some of my favorite early memories are from when my mom hosted holiday parties. I LOVED when the house was full of special food and lots of people. I remember following her around as she set out dishes of meatballs and tiny cheesecakes, hoping folks would … Continue reading hospitable spaces

little specs of light

I wrote a blog post last week and then didn’t publish it. Everything felt too raw and uncertain. To be honest everything still feels a little raw and uncertain, but I’ve found that when I speak things out into the open they tend to get less scary and I tend to feel less alone. I’ve … Continue reading little specs of light