if:table {june 2014}

I wasn’t really sure WHAT to expect when I invited these ladies over for dinner.  (I don’t even know what to expect from this point forward!)  What I DO know is that I was captivated by THIS and had a desire for real-life connections.  Real people.  Real stories.  After watching the video in that link, I felt a tug and started praying about it.  I made a list of ladies I wanted to get to know better.  While I had some sort of connection with all of them, none had a connection with each other.  Strangers.

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Then I invited them over for dinner.  Which was sort of scary.  But I like to cook and had this tug and knew it was supposed to happen.  And if these dinners turn out to be anything like our bi-annual weekend scrapbooking retreats, friendships will surely be made among strangers.

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We shared a meal that included Jerk Burgers w/Mango Salsa, Basil Cucumber Salad [recipe link to follow], and Grown-Up S’mores Torte.

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And as I shared in the original post, we were give four questions to discuss.  This month’s topic centered on “rest” – the importance of it, making time for it, and struggles we have surrounding it.  It was thought provoking and inspiring.

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Two rich hours in more ways than one.  😉

The faces may change from month-to-month depending on others’ schedules.  My goal?  To have six at the table each month.  This may mean a rotating list of invitees over time.  It might mean a BIG gathering at some point to keep connections going, I’m not quite sure – after all, I’m just following a tug!

Kathie - June 24, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Thanks Tina for hosting a fun evening! It was a beautiful evening filled with conversation, great food and meeting new faces. 🙂

Marci - June 25, 2014 - 11:33 am

I love this idea!

Tina - June 25, 2014 - 11:51 am

I’m so glad you were able to make it, Kathie! Happy we could turn our virtual connection into a REAL-LIFE one!!!

Tina - June 25, 2014 - 12:09 pm

It would be so nice to have you down for one when a spot opens up, Marci!!! You so graciously hosted the French dinner and my feast with Amira, it seems only fitting. 😀

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