Hosting on a Budget

A hesitation people sometimes share with me regarding being more hospitable is the expense associated with opening up one’s home. While there are usually some additional costs that come with hosting, there are many ways to keep the expenses low and the quality high! One example in my life comes from my brother, a missionary […]

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Training Children to Help

Do you have any little people in your life—sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren or neighbors? Children can make the world so much sweeter and brighter! But let’s face it; they can also make our homes quite a bit more disheveled! Currently, being in the throes of raising five children has helped me to appreciate how […]

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Big Heart, Small Home

Photo by Grovemade onUnsplash A by-product of living in a city with a moderate climate is that rent and home prices increase more every year, while the room for hosting is getting ever smaller. Fear Not! What follows are some hospitality suggestions for small spaces. Meet Dan and Linette. This couple emulates a heart of hospitality–meaning they recognize […]

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The Gift of Presence

So you invited someone into your home. As the event approached, you determined a menu, you did the last minute house pick-up, then the doorbell rang and you thought, “Now what?” Have you been putting off hosting because you don’t actually know what to do once your company arrives? Maybe you’re an introvert and the […]

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The Heart of Hospitality

I could share favorite recipes and how-to tips with my readers again, but today I’d rather focus on the why of hospitality. Truly, hosting others could be seen as a pure inconvenience. It’s usually an additional expense, it forces us to actually dust our shelves (though, that actually doesn’t happen around the Lodge very often), […]

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Howdy, Neighbor!

This summer, my book group read The Art of Neighboring, by Dave Runyon and Jay Pathak, a short book that teaches the importance of being a good neighbor. The book’s premise is that if we knew more about the people around us, we would likely have fewer misunderstandings and more enjoyable relationships in our neighborhoods. […]

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Getting It Done!

Are you a New Year’s resolution maker? Many people who are determine around this time of year to lose weight and to save money. The beauty of those two resolutions is that they can easily go hand-in-hand with a little planning. Pre-planned, home-made meals are usually more cost effective and easier on the waistline than […]

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Papa Chickens

If there’s anyone who knows anything about hospitality and creating opportunities for fellowship, it’s my dad. If you know him, you’re already nodding your head. If you don’t have that privilege, let me share with you a bit about my father’s legacy and reputation. As you may have already discovered, in my About page, I’m from a […]

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Learning to Say “Yes”

Flexibility is just one attribute I’ve learned to acquire in being married to Mr. Hodge. My husband is quite extroverted, spontaneous and determined. Over the last 10 years of marriage I’ve become accustomed to announcements that look like, “Okay. We’re leaving. Grab a jacket and let’s go.” My children have asked countless times, “Where are […]

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