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Hosting House Guests Part One

Hosting House Guests Part One

By Natalie Bardwell Photo credit : Hannah Siegrist There have been times in my life when I have walked down to my living room to find a lump of human sleeping on my couch.  Sometimes even a few of them.  “Who is that?” I wonder to myself before scurrying along so as not to wake […]

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Interview Wednesday: Rachele Johnson, Event Planner Extraordinaire

Interview Wednesday: Rachele Johnson, Event Planner Extraordinaire

Today I take great delight in introducing my lovely friend Rachele Johnson.  Beth and I have both known Rachele since she did her YWAM DTS in Kona, about 5 years ago.  She has lived with my family for a few years since and has recently moved to Virginia to study and work as an event […]

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Interview Wednesday: Tessa Gillespie

Interview Wednesday: Tessa Gillespie

Interview With Tessa Gillespie , by Bethany Reid This week I have the tremendous pleasure of interviewing my own MOTHER,  Tessa Gillespie. As a Missionary Mother to 7 biological children and many more ‘grafted in’ she has serious authority on the subject of gathering around the dinner table. It would be accurate to say that most […]

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Stress-Free Hosting, is it Possible? by Natalie Bardwell

Stress-Free Hosting, is it Possible? by Natalie Bardwell

Yes.  Yes it is. I host a lot of events.  Small family-style dinners, graduation dinners for 200 people and of course, weddings.  I have a repertoire of tips and tricks to plan, host and clean up after these events without the added stress, because we all know, it can get STRESSFUL!  Like, rip-your-hair-out stressful.  And […]

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Creating Community within Your Community - by Melody Haldeman

Creating Community within Your Community – by Melody Haldeman

‘Creating Community within Your Community – what this looks like for me’ by Melody Haldeman Melody and her husband live in Pennsylvania with their two small boys. As an active an healthy mama she is exploring ‘clean’ eating with her family and has seen dramatic results in her boys. You can read more about this […]

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5 Tips For Spontaneous Gatherings

5 Tips For Spontaneous Gatherings

by Natalie Bardwell  Our family is spontaneous. And by spontaneous, I mean, we get out of a meeting at 3, invite our friends for dinner without checking the fridge, discover there isn’t enough for everyone, come up with a plan and run to the grocery store with kids in tow. This probably happens twice a […]

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The Dinner Table

The Dinner Table

I love the Guest Blog section of CommunityEats. Today my friend Natalie Bardwell shares beautifully on the Dinner Table. I can’t wait for you to read it! Natalie and her husband live in Harrisburg, PA. with their 4 kiddos. Together they lead a YWAM base that trains missionaries for both local and international mission, with […]

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on being relaxed about having people over..

on being relaxed about having people over..

photo by Jake Mason Living in a very affluent community (and Nation), our homes are beautiful… or we feel they must be. We view our homes as an extension of ourselves… if they are messy or unfinished it’s a bad reaction of who we are right?  Having friends over can be a nerve-wracking event, one […]

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using your Table... to Practice Gratitude.

using your Table… to Practice Gratitude.

Gathering a large family, small family, or a group of friends around a meal is such fun. It’s also loud, messy, and often difficult to actually have a decent conversation!    (my siblings gathered around the Table… ) We have experienced how speaking out Gratitude increases Faith, brings Joy, heals hurting hearts, and shifts the […]

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Any service for the Lord...

Any service for the Lord…

  “Any service for the Lord, no matter how menial, can become a joy-filled, meaningful assignment if we keep focused on the magnificent Master who has directed us to serve Him by serving others” As I read this The Lord immediately took my mind to Cooking and Hospitality. It gives such clear perspective for WHY […]

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