7/52 small group

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I do not like to bake. More specifically, I don’t like to make desserts. I have this girlfriend–desserts are her jam. Completely. Whenever we go to her home, she has a full-on dessert bar. Picture in your mind a brunch-sized dessert buffet. But, at your girlfriend’s house….

6/52 the Austin family

Cousin fun is some of the most fun! We had a great time hosting my sister, her husband & her kids this weekend. We enjoyed playing games, making musical instruments and getting some long over-do renovation work done on the bathroom project. My sister’s family will be relocating in the spring, so our time together…

5/52 Supper Club Girls

This group of women. They are my people. I could tell you much about each of them, and about our lives together. I could tell you about how extraordinary they are, how much they love God, their families, and each other. About how I see Jesus in the way they live each day–how they sacrifice…

4/52 the ‘Greats’

For about five years now, Griffin’s Grandma, my Grandma, we’ve been doing a little dance. About once a month our phone will ring and sweet Grandma will say, ‘you know, Gayle is coming into town on Friday’. This has become a code of sorts–Griffin’s Aunt Gayle will make plans to come into town, Grandma calls, we clear…

3/52 small group

Six years of life. 156 times around the table.  Countless prayers & hundreds of emails. We’ve rejoiced over babies, longed for babies, mourned babies. We’ve shared great parent teacher conferences, encouraged one another with struggling students and prayed for our kid’s classrooms. We’ve cried over jobs–needing a job, hating a job, wishing for a job and…

what is your dream?

“Where people where hurting, he stepped in to help. Sometimes it didn’t go well, but he kept going. Some days were hard, but he kept going. Love does that, it keeps going. Even when things are dark. Things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be. Isn’t it cool that we can change things?…

2/52 the Bubars

Growing up, I didn’t have an appreciation of the value of being rooted in a small(er) community for a long period of time . I’ve grown to have deep love for the people who’ve loved my people for many years–the countless families who have gotten into the trenches–celebrating & rejoicing in the good, weeping &…

1/52 the Jones family

“I pray that we’ll live with intention, hope, and love in this wild season and every season, and that the God who loves us will bring new life to our worn-out hearts this year and every year, that we’ll live, truly and deeply, in the present, instead of waiting, waiting, waiting for perfect.” Shauna Niequist,…

You brought your kids?!?

  How often have you heard those exact words? You brought your kids??! Or, when you arrive to the party, minus your kids–and see friends with their kids, you’re the one to say it? It’s no secret my husband and I owe a great debt of gratitude to our parents. We’re very blessed to have parents who…

Table52 Project

  oh friends. there’s something big brewing at the Ott house. We’re not quite to the sharing stage… but we’re brimming over with excitement and anticipation. Stay tuned–the big reveal is coming in the next few days. (and no, mom. I’m not pregnant!) #table52project    

5 Winter boredom busters!

Waking to blowing and drifting snow and sub-zero temperatures had mixed reviews from the various members of my family. My daughter was elated, exclaiming, “I bet we’ll not have school again tomorrow!” I found myself wondering if it was possible to ski to Starbucks. My husband, as if reading my thoughts, mentioned that the grocery store…