From Loneliness to Vulnerability – By Rhianne O’Rourke

Cold cups of tea I grew up in a big family. I’m the oldest of 4 and we constantly had lodgers and students and foreign exchange kids come through our doors. I was most definitely used to noise. I moved to a new city after getting married and was not prepared for how quiet my life suddenly felt. I got married before I started university, so right off the bat I was that weird student who married young. We were the youngest in our church by a long way, and it wasn’t until 6 months after we were…

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101 Things to Do (With or Without The Kids) When You Feel Stuck At Home

Finding Hope Regardless of What We See & Hear At the beginning of 2020, we declared the core theme for The Hope Table Sisterhood would be 'friendship'. The problem is most of us can't even see or visit our friends right now! With countries slowly clamping into lockdown, kids being sent home from school, people being told to self-isolate and advised get to grips with social-distancing for the foreseeable future, we might not have the joy of entertaining one another in-person for a while. Do…

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Becoming a friend you want to be friends with – By Ammie Black

What would it look like to become a friend you would want to be friends with? Do you have a criteria in mind? An "ideal" friend, maybe?  Childhood Friendships vs Adult Friendships  Consider kids. Most kids make friends rather easily. They meet someone new, and in 5 minutes they're playing and laughing together like they've always known each other.  As adults though, friendships get harder to come by. There are various reasons for this. Work and home responsibilities may not leave much time for…

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An Exploration of Friendship in 2020 – The Hope Table

I tossed my head back with roaring belly-laughter taking me from one position on the sofa to another as I spoke to my sister-cousin on the phone. I could hear she matched my mirthful euphoria with her equally bellowing laughter as we shared views on my plan to explore the 'F' word in 2020. As we chatted about the 'F' word, mixed in with the harder and challenging elements and questions, were jokes and memories that sparked this heart-tickling joy! Both the good and the lousy of the 'f' word…

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From Loneliness to Vulnerability – By Rhianne O’Rourke

Cold cups of tea I grew up in a big family. I’m the oldest of 4 and we constantly had lodgers and students and foreign exchange kids come…

101 Things to Do (With or Without The Kids) When You Feel Stuck At Home

Finding Hope Regardless of What We See & Hear At the beginning of 2020, we declared the core theme for The Hope Table Sisterhood would…

Becoming a friend you want to be friends with – By Ammie Black

What would it look like to become a friend you would want to be friends with? Do you have a criteria in mind? An "ideal" friend, maybe?…

An Exploration of Friendship in 2020 – The Hope Table

I tossed my head back with roaring belly-laughter taking me from one position on the sofa to another as I spoke to my sister-cousin on the…