In a couple of weeks, I will be introducing my beloved baby sister, Caitlin, to you on the Mundane Faithfulness Podcast. I can hardly contain my excitement! We had so much fun recording together; so much, in fact, that I think our producer got a headache from rolling his eyes at our hilarious jokes (he hasn’t told me yet if he’s cutting our duet of “Jingle Bells,” which we sing while keeping our mouths closed—sooooo funny! Funny to us sisters, anyway…). Yet as much fun as we had recording, there was a big, fat elephant in the room—Caitlin was recording from her home in Germany.
From an article originally posted March 9, 2013…
Last week our friends from Denver came down for dinner. While my friend and I were cooking, the guys were hiking, and the kids were playing, the boys passed through the kitchen. Their little boy looked squarely at me and said, “Are you done with the cancer yet?” I wasn’t sure what he said, and he’s so darn cute so I asked him to repeat it. Sure enough, “Are you done with THE CANCER yet?”
As a grand finale to the Just Show Up series over the last several weeks, Jill and I asked a few of the girls to join us in a roundtable discussion about what it looked like to learn how to show up for Kara and do friendship with someone who was dying. These are some of the women you’ve seen in Kara’s pictures, rubbing her feet and laughing with her, sharing her table, caring for her children, just doing life together.
From an article originally posted March 7, 2013
I know I will always be writing about cancer, church planting, suffering, and life with kids, but what I really love is sharing my table! I love what I have seen happen to hearts around a meal. Love it! I always looked for a home where I could have a giant table. This house, well, we took out a wall, and Jason built the table. Build the table, cook the food, and they will come!
Kara loved a good party; scratch that—Kara loved a party, period. And if the party was mediocre, her presence would change it from a meh party to a hooray! party. It’s not that she was the life of the party; she simply brought life to the party. She engaged everyone, she opened her arms wide to include others in conversation, she matched personalities up for instant connections. She built community wherever she went, and parties were a favorite venue for this.