I’m back! And I know all you blog friends are dying to know about my dinner with Meredith! So I’ll get right to it.
Who is Meredith?
The story of Meredith is this. We’ve been blog friends for a few years, and we were finally able to meet this weekend in Nashville. Meredith has a very popular, practical blog called Like Merchant Ships. What attracted me to her blog was she wrote short, meaningful posts on frugality and hospitality. She also included photos – all from her point and shoot camera! So the suspense was killing me – the anticipation of meeting her and her lovely family.
A total surprise
I never thought I’d get a personal invite to her home for dinner. Never! Not only did she come with her 3 children to pick me up at the hotel – and after a very special time in her home and a delicious dinner - she drove me back to the hotel! That was a lot of driving for a mom of 3 (baby of 4 months!). Meredith in my mind is the Queen of Hospitality! Meredith, you rock!
Beautiful ham dinner and lovely side dishes, served buffet style
Bright, gorgeous table setting with fresh flowers
Kids keep it real
My favorite part of the night was when Meredith’s oldest son brought Legos to the dinner table. Why not? I could so care less. In my mind, this was real entertaining!
It’s all about connection
I was there for connection and getting to know Meredith and her family, as we took turns passing her darling baby around the table! (What is it about babies crying at dinnertime?) So when her 1st grade son got up to bus the dishes, and then to serve a scrumptious pineapple sorbet with fruit on top – I knew right then that we were true hospitality sisters! (He is in 1st grade!)
Mentors are important
Meredith spoke at Blissdom ’09. It was no surprise to me that her talk was a packed out audience. People wanted to hear her simple message. It was inspiring and relatable. This post reminds me of posts I have written in the past, where I have talked about the importance of having mentors.
Do you have a hospitality mentor?
I think if I lived in Nashville, I’d be looking up someone just like Meredith!
Success and balance
Oh, and one other inspiring talk at Bliss? Nester and Melissa talked about successful blogging, intertwining it with living a balanced life. I’m all about real, so I feel these ladies could have been the key-note speakers!
Roommate and friends
My roomies were so awesome! Not only were they witty and charming women, but also very talented, classy, humble – again true sisters (Emily, Nester and Melissa).
I was fortunate to meet so many beautiful women this last weekend, all of whom I consider very special new friends! And many who've I asked to be guest bloggers, to share about how they keep entertaining real in their homes! So stay tuned! (Emily, Rhoda, Jen, me, Melissa, Kimba and Nester)
(Addition! I also want to thank Kim, who in true Nashville-style, was very hospitable to all of us girls, driving us out to dinner Saturday night! She was another lovely new friend that I met!)