Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Proper Place Setting

from Carrie

You do this, right? RIGHT?!?!

Yeah. I do too. (*Cough*)

Remember as you look around at various Martha Stewart homes this fall season -- food served on paper plates but with a smile is just as delightful (perhaps more so) than the most formally set and perfectly decorated table.

Let's make sure our hospitality spills forth from a proper heart attitude rather than a perfect place setting.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Easy Hospitality :: Take a Hike!

from Carrie

In the past we've discussed various ways to enjoy the fellowship and hospitality of others - particularly those having children that are not as well mannered. I'm not here to revisit that particular topic (although it can always stand to be revisited every now and again!) but to remind you that you don't necessarily need to avoid fellowship with those families but to remind you to be creative in the ways you do it!

Of course, summer provided (provides?) ample opportunity to play outdoors but you might find a few more chances to get out and explore the great outdoors before winter weather sets in. If you're going on a hike some evening or weekend, why not invite friends along to join you? You can walk and talk at the same time and the children can have loads of fun running about exploring the great outdoors!

With limited time left to enjoy decent outdoor weather (at least in my opinion) what could be better than grabbing some friends - or extended family members - and trekking out to breathe in the fresh air?

This past summer/early September we've tried to get out of the house as much as possible. Two or three times we invited other people to join us in our romps through forests and up hills. Once, we joined a group for hiking and then brought them back to our house and we made s'mores over the firepit in our yard. A few different times we invited people to join us for dinner, after which we hiked off the calories. Another time we met people for a walk and then went out for ice cream afterward.

Really, this is a fantastic way to connect with others, get some good exercise and enjoy a treat or two. You don't have to think about coming up with entertainment because entertainment is to be found in crooked trees, long walking sticks, fall foliage and fresh breezes that cool you down as you skip (or huff!) along. The kids run off their energy and the adults also get a chance to clear their minds, unwind and refocus.

Being outdoors is refreshing. Being with others just adds to the blessing. So - take a hike! But take someone with you!

P.S. Happy First Day of Autumn!


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Hello hello hello!

Well, the summer flew by before we really knew it. Here we are looking at the first day of fall (this Friday) already!

Have anything fun planned to celebrate the changing of seasons?

Fall brings a lot of opportunities to celebrate any variety of things with family and friends and we look forward to sharing some new ideas with you, as well as gleaning ideas from you.

If you would like to provide a guest post sharing how you and your family intend to celebrate some aspect of the season, please e-mail Stephanie and Carrie at: offeringhospitality (at) gmail (dot) com

Also, if you have a question regarding some aspect of practicing hospitality that you would like to pose to us and our readers, please e-mail us that as well.

We'd love to hear from you!

In the meantime, we've got some stuff in the works so stay tuned!