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3 Day #FosteringFriendships Challenge

3 Day #FosteringFriendships Challenge

Summer provides a lot of opportunities to foster our friendships. The warm weather and long nights allow us to gather after work, get outside on the weekends and enjoy time together. But to nourish and encourage the depth we want in our friendships, we will need to be...
The First Steps to Making New Friends

The First Steps to Making New Friends

So you are new to town or you just started college or maybe you’ve just decided it is time to step out of your comfort zone and meet your neighbors. At different seasons in our lives, we will have to repeat the steps of making new friends. I wish the process got...
How Does Gathering for Cake Transform Your Community?

How Does Gathering for Cake Transform Your Community?

We have been celebrating Cake Day for quite some time in the Hurley Homestead and we can begin to see the fruit of consistently meeting together with our community. First, if you are unaware of Cake Day, it is a gathering that happens on the first of each month where...
Do Good Together: May Day Baskets

Do Good Together: May Day Baskets

When I was growing up, we practiced the tradition of leaving May Day Baskets on our neighbors’ porches. It usually consisted of baked goods or flowers, sometimes even paper flowers I had made at school. We would place the basket on the porch with a little “Happy May...
Five Ways to Create a Rooted Marriage

Five Ways to Create a Rooted Marriage

Tim and I are approaching our third year of marriage and we certainly don’t claim to “know-it-all” but we would love to share with you some things that have significantly impacted our relationship and how we communicate life in our home. Preemptively Set Expectations...
The Best Book List for Your Faith-Based Book Club

The Best Book List for Your Faith-Based Book Club

Calling all book worms! It’s one thing to spend time with our friends, it’s another thing to engage with your friends’ minds, ideas and faiths. If you want to take your friendships to a new level (or just have an excuse to get together once a week), consider grabbing...
What is the Role of Technology in Friendship?

What is the Role of Technology in Friendship?

My husband and I picked up a book called The Tech-Wise Family this winter and began to intentionally set boundaries around our technology use. We still love a good television show and can certainly bond over a funny YouTube video, but we felt like there was this...
Interview with Author, Melanie Shankle

Interview with Author, Melanie Shankle

Sometimes to encourage our efforts in friendship, we need real examples of women who are cultivating deep, life-long relationships with one another. Author, Melanie Shankle, celebrates her twenty-five-year friendship with her best friend Gulley in her memoir: Nobody’s...
How to Be Forward in Your Friendships

How to Be Forward in Your Friendships

I told her, “I’m all in.” The music was loud and I wasn’t sure she heard me so I said it again, “I really want this to be a lasting, real friendship. I want to hold each other accountable. Meet regularly. I want to come to a place where we can text each other about...