Monday, January 16, 2012


Welcome to the Around the Table Blog!

I am so excited for this new ministry God has given me, mentoring mothers (and dads) on how to connect with their families at mealtime! This has been a vital part of my life and my husband’s life, both growing up and with our four children. They are all almost grown now and we are so glad we spent many hours around our table together.

First, let me introduce myself a little: I’m Sharon and I always wanted to be a homemaker and a missionary. God gave me the desires of my heart! It has been a wonderful life, a real adventure of faith! We have four children, three born to us, one adopted, ALL OURS. We also have a daughter-in-law and a beautiful little granddaughter born in May 2011. We lived in South America for 24 years and find it unbelievable that we are currently residents of the Midwest of the United States. For more about me click here.

This blog is a companion to my book, Around the Table: Connecting with your family at mealtimes available from ECS Ministries. The book tells the stories of our family mealtimes during my years growing up, our stories of raising our four children, and stories my friends have told me.

In the book I talk about:
  • The art of sitting together over a meal
  • Chores
  • Manners
  • Learning to have meaningful conversations
  • Family devotions
  • Rejoicing in daily life
  • Using one’s table as a ministry

And that’s what I plan to do with this blog. In addition to inspiring you to really connect with your family around your table, I’ll give you very practical ideas for 
  • Menus
  • Recipes
  • Centerpieces (they matter!)
  • Conversation starters
  • Ideas for different ages of kids
  • Guest posts from mothers who are still in the thick of it with babies, toddlers, grade school children, and teens (or all of the above!) If you are interested in writing a guest post please see the guidelines here.
  • Hospitality
  • Family Devotions

 All designed to make your family mealtimes fun, enjoyable, and purposeful.

Please take some time to look around this site at what is already up--articles about conversation starters, family devotions, recipes, hospitality, how to make meals a ministry and more! 

Come back often as I’ll be updating regularly. Become a “member”. If you find something you really like, please “pin it” on your Pinterest board and/or the facebook button at the bottom of an entry and post it on your wall. Also “like” my page on facebook to get more info.

There will be drawings for three free copies of my book on the blog and the facebook page! Here’s how to enter:

  • “Like” the Around the Table Blog facebook page. There will be a drawing between the first 100 people to like it for a free copy of the book. (This drawing took place February 2.)
  • Respond to the survey on facebook about what you want. We will be drawing a name from the first 25 people to fill out this survey. (This drawing took place January 25.)

Each of these drawing will take place as soon as we have reached the required number, so don’t be number 26 or number 101 or you will lose out!

And remember, please comment at the end of my articles in this blog and feel free to ask me questions. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I will do what I can to answer and I will call on my panel of experts: my mom, my mother-in-law, and my kids!

I want to hear from you and make this blog something that will inspire you to get your family together around YOUR table.

So do you want to get together around your table tonight? Great! You can do it. You just need something to eat. It doesn't have to be anything fancy. What do you have on hand to make a meal?

      • a can of soup--put it together with some sandwich bread toasted and some salad greens with fruit
      • flour, eggs, and syrup--pancakes! If you have enough eggs to serve them as a side, or some sausage or bacon, that dresses it up. Add some orange slices and you have breakfast for dinner.
      • frozen hamburger patties or bacon wrapped steaks--add boxed potatoes (or baked potatoes) and some frozen veggies
Get it on the table, call everyone and you have a family meal! See, it is a reachable goal to get your family together around the table.

Photo credit: Andrea Black (Lacuna)

Please feel free to email me with any suggestions you have for this blog.


  1. Congratulations!! I saw this last evening on fb and thought that I would like to join you! I am a big fan of Edith Schaefer and Mimi Wilson...also less known, but just as talented in table celebrations is my dear friend and mentor Carol Bramsen.

    Enjoy your opening day and as they say in Albania: Gazzuar! (I don't know how to spell it, and have never been there, but my intrepid daughters tell me that must be said before drinking anything around the table there. Perhaps it is "Cheers!" but used with any beverage.

    May God bless you in your new ministry!

  2. Thanks, Martha! And thanks for joining! Both Edith Schaefer and even more, Mimi Wilson have also had big impacts on my life! In many ways Mimi has been a mentor to me from a long distance mostly, but I've been able to be with her a couple of times in person.

  3. Congrats on your grand opening! I'm looking forward to being part of your blog family.

    1. Thanks, Lori, I appreciate your encouragement!

  4. I'm loving this blog! Thanks for the great ideas - I'd love to read your book too.

    1. Thank you so much, Sarah. If you can't wait for the contest, you can always order the book! :-) Or you can wait and see if you are one of the winners from the 3 contests. If you have Valentines ideas for the family, please email them to me! I'd love to hear ideas from others, too! aroundthetableblog (at) gmail(dot)com



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