A couple times a year, I become a cartographer. My husband coined the label, based on a phrase I use frequently when he asks me what I’m doing. “I’m mapping out some things,” is what I say. By this I mean I’m busy making plans, getting dates on the calendar, or putting detailed task lists in writing. So now, when he sees me busy making plans, he asks me how the cartography is going. Clever man, that one.
This past August, while mapping out plans for our fall, I marked off space in our family calendar to allow time for us to intentionally invite some new people to join us around our table for dinner on a Saturday night. This week we have our first set-aside Saturday dinner date, and half the fun for me is picking the menu.
I’m excited to take my time in the kitchen, prepping ingredients, setting the table, enjoying the process of creating space for others to enter and feel at home. There’s nothing like it for me. And it is because of careful cartography, the mapping out months ago, that the process will be enjoyable, creative, and life-giving.
Cheers to cartography, and have a lovely week!
Monday : : : Spaghetti Pie, Garlic bread, Salad
Tuesday : : : Roast Beef Sandwiches, Fruit, Sweet Potato Chips
Thursday : : : Grilled Flank Steak Salad
Friday : : : pizza night!
Sunday Supper : : : Scrambled Eggs, Cinnamon Raisin Bagels, Maple Bacon