Day 30: The Gift of Listening

So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are listening not only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.   -Jiddu Krishnamurti   One of the greatest gifts we can give someone is the gift of listening. […]

Belonging Day 4: You’re Not the Only One

Hey there friend, Are you ever lonely? Me, too. Do you feel like everyone around you has friends—the kind of friendships that you crave? Ones where you go deeper than talking about the weather, the kids and your schedule? Me, too. Do you stand at the sink in the kitchen and look at the window […]

On Love and Leaving: Moving Away…Again

Photo Credit: Tara Fletcher Photography By the way…this is stream of consciousness writing. It’s not great, I didn’t really edit and I am o.k. with it. But I guess not o.k. not to say anything. I haven’t gotten to blog in several weeks and just wanted to let you all know what’s going on! XO […]

HerStory: Meet Rachel

Rachel is my absolute oldest friend. We’ve known each other since we both moved into neighboring circa 1960’s tri-level homes around age 5, the makings for an immediate friendship in our corner of a mundane Northwest Indiana suburb. We also were in church and AWANA together (she rocked the crazy purse night), had sleepovers where […]

The Gift Of Letting Others Cry

A Guest Post by Nikki Douglass A few months ago I spent an evening with a group of ladies discussing a book we all read. At one point, a woman began crying—sharing a few of her own fears and struggles. These ladies weren’t best friends—everyone knew each other’s first names at least—but this wasn’t a […]

Friendship

I hosted  a Bible study at my house for a few weeks this summer and one thing emerged as a theme. Though we had a group of bright, warm and intelligent women assembled, I was surprised to hear that nearly all of us were still hungry for deep friendship in our lives. If you looked […]

The Beauty of Community

com·mu·ni·ty: \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\ 1. a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood) 2. a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc. A couple of weeks ago, some fun and creative family friends of ours held an “art show” to display their daughters’ art and sell […]