In high school, 30-some years ago, I had one goal — become a U.S. Senator. True story. To reach that goal, I planned to obtain a law degree and then practice as an attorney to accumulate funds to float a political career. My plan didn’t involve a husband or children. I probably wouldn’t have time.
Fast forward to 20-something me. I had a degree in journalism and public relations, was Gary Brick’s wife and Andy and Caitlyn’s mom. Not at all what I had planned in high school. This was so much better!
Through every phase of marriage and parenting, I’ve tried to emulate Christ and his characteristics (sometimes verrry poorly).
Early on, I developed (or God instilled in me), a desire to have fruitful, growing relationships with my husband and children. I didn’t want to leave those relationships to chance. In the 1990s the word “intentional” wasn’t used as much as it is now, but intentional describes my approach to life.
These days, I’m a 50-something empty nester living in Southern Indiana with my husband, Gary, a very good, very busy CPA, and our dog Maggie, a rescue who’s quirky, challenging and loving. I love to read, cook, write, follow the St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts and Green Bay Packers. (But I welcome readers from all MLB and NFL persuasions.) I cherish opportunities to visit Andy & Megan (and the grands) in Denver and Caitlyn & Tyler in Nashville.
Relationships are paramount. I love building friendships through shared story telling. But be prepared; I can ask a lot of questions!
Some of the best conversations I’ve experienced have been around dinner tables. While I love having people gathered around our table, I have to admit steps involved to get there can give me a pit in my stomach.
But I keep trying to take the step of inviting, gathering, breaking bread and sharing.
Please think of this blog as a table I have set for you. Get your favorite your favorite drink, settle in and read my thoughts on relationships, faith and hospitality.
And since relationships grow deeper through conversation, please leave a comment below, or on any page of this blog. I promise to respond. That’s conversation, one of the necessary parts in a relationship. (And finding a comment totally makes my day!)
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Please join me at the table. And plan to stay awhile.