What Can’t You Live Without Doing?

“To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.”
– Mahatma Gandhi



Before I could adequately spell or pose for photos without flashing my googly eyes, I liked to make breakfast and pretend our kitchen was a restaurant, hand written menu and all.

Here I am two decades later, still cooking, baking, and sharing fellowship around the table. It’s a passion that runs deep and it’s not meant for me alone. It’s for you.

I’m here for you.

To show you how to foster fellowship and restoration in your life – one meal at a time.

I know you’re here for me, your community, and our world. Because what would we do without each other? Our journeys are meant to intertwine.

The gifts and passions we’ve been given are for the benefit of each other.

Want to build camaraderie?

Have you ever noticed that our lives have a passionate rhythm that runs throughout?

I encourage you to be aware of your passions and invest in the things you can’t live without doing. Because giving yourself to things that bring you joy will make a worthwhile difference in the lives of those around you and in turn will help camaraderie spring up before your eyes.

My passion will always be feeding people well, listening to their stories around the table, and pressing into restoration.

Childhood Breakfast Menu:
FaissT TosT and
Proon and APrKIsI and
Podr StoGr and
PeegH SruPP and Warnus

Breakfast Menu Translation:
French Toast and
Prunes and Apricots and
Powdered Sugar and
Peach Syrup and Walnuts

My family has been laughing about my ‘menu’ for ages. I just might have to invite you over and make this for breakfast. How do you feel about prunes?

What brings you joy? What passions will you pursue to build camaraderie?

4 comments… add one

  • Merritt April 3, 2014, 5:18 pm

    Oh my goodness…this is hilarious!! I was trying sooooo hard to read what you wrote, but I just couldn’t get there. “Syrup” was the only word I could translate. I LOVE IT that you have this picture!!

    And I appreciate you writing about camaraderie. This topic has been next on my list for TMRP and I’ve felt stumped by it.

    This, I LOVE:
    “Because giving yourself to things that bring you joy will make a worthwhile difference in the lives of those around you and in turn will help camaraderie spring up before your eyes.”

    Wow. That’s just perfect.
    I find myself doing what needs to be done and sacrificing the things that bring me joy–like being with people who matter–all for the sake of “because I have to.”
    Praying that hanging out with you will help me move the needle the other direction more often.

    Grateful for you!

    • Alysa April 3, 2014, 6:18 pm

      I’ve always been a big cooking nerd…lol. I had to mine the memory banks for what that breakfast actually entailed in order to de-code the writing.

      Glad you’re writing about camaraderie for TMRP! If you ever want to talk more about it to get ‘un-stumpped’ before you write – let me know.

      Doing what needs to be done can become such a habit, one that I fall into at times. Being with people gives me such joy too, so that’s my go-to. Putting aside the “should dos” for the joy activities makes all the difference in the world.

      Grateful for you too Merritt! You’ve shown me so much about ‘eternal perspectives’ this week.

  • Katy April 4, 2014, 10:33 pm

    This is just adorable. I LOVE that picture! I also love, “Our journeys are meant to intertwine.” Very encouraging. Reading your posts is like receiving a good, gentle, bear hug from Life.

    My passion is and has always been singing. I hope it helps others. I feel it did when I was teaching. I know absolutely it helps me. Sophie (my 3 year old) was asking why I had “to go sing” one evening on the way to choir rehearsal. She was bummed that I leaving to sing rather than stay home with her. Without thinking, I immediately said, “I have to go sing because it makes me a better Mommy.” It was the truth. I very much hope that I can use my passion to help others throughout my life.

    • Alysa April 14, 2014, 9:31 pm

      Aw Thanks Katy!!

      I adore your insight. Singing DOES make you a better mom, I’m sure of it, and I’m overjoyed that you’re embracing that. Your passions are so unique to you and I already know you’ve touched others’ lives, mine included. You’re making a difference for mothers and ears (people who hear your beautiful singing voice) everywhere.

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