Confession time. I’ve never really been a good household manager. As a young working wife, I could quite efficiently handle the day-to-day dealings of taking care of “he and me.” Yet, when babies started arriving – 1, 2, 3 and…
When Kacy Hagerty – host of popular NBC show “Better Nashville” – contacted us wanting to profile one of our members in a feature about dinner planning, budgeting and grocery shopping, we knew exactly who to ask! Kimberly Thomas is one of our most ardent supporters and menu plan followers. Her life works well, and her family finds a regular connection around the dinner table with her E-Mealz plan in hand. She loves to share E-Mealz with her friends and anyone she encounters who express frustration with grocery budgeting and meal planning… I was there to document and encourage Kimberly. But as it was, Kimberly and Kacy encouraged me! They were both amazing, articulate and enthusiastic. I thought you would enjoy a view behind the scenes. Here is a glimpse of the day…
We’re perfect parents. We never make mistakes and our kids always clean their rooms and get straight A’s in school and have bright white teeth that will never need braces. Not really, but that’s often the assumption I make about every other parent in the world. They know some trick, they have some special formula, they’re perfect parents and I’m just Jon.
“Rut-tine” (pronounced rut -teen) is a play on words conceived by my sister-in-law, who has quite a way with words. It’s how the word ‘routine’ should be pronounced. Routine isn’t a bad thing. But, sometimes it helps to get out…
My wife does not measure calories. She has not been known to count the number of legumes in each recipe she makes. We have very few conversations about the amount of lycopene we eat. But she does have one rule when it comes to eating healthy:
Life is too short for stale cake.
As a mom of four scattered, school-age kids, it is quite the feat to magically make dinner appear each night, even on the best of days. Add to that spring sports, the drive thru temptation, and the food budget will take a fatal hit. So here are some things I’ve gleaned along the way that may help us all curtail the disappearance of dinner – no matter what the season.
That’s why dinner is never really just dinner. It’s you sitting down and putting time and attention and hopefully love into the bucket of everyone else at that table. It’s you saying, “You’re important to me. Life is busy and hectic sometimes, but you matter to me.” And when someone’s bucket is full, you know.
When we travel as a family, I have one simple request. I want a GOOD FOOD MOMENT… GFM, for short. Of course, you don’t have to stop at one, but, that is the goal… some GOOD FOOD! Every family chef out there… isn’t it true… we just want someone ELSE to cook it… someone ELSE to serve it… and someone ELSE to clean it all up!
Today marks the end of week two of the dinner challenge. (You can read about the first week “Dinner Unplugged” right here.) This week, we decided to mix it up a little and in addition to eating together, add a “family game” to the mix. My five-year-old will crush you at UNO given the chance so we tend to avoid that particular game. Here’s what we ended up doing instead.
My marriage is better, when my wife and I spend lots of time together.
That’s shocking, right? Who knew that being connected, connected you? Who knew that hanging out, talking and making time for each other were critical parts of growing a healthy marriage? I am dropping some bombs today!
Great marriages don’t just happen. And neither do great families.
Days gets busy. Schedules pull at the seams of the fabric of family life. Soccer practice, business trips, after work meetings, the list of things that compete for our time is extensive. That’s why a few weeks ago on my blog, Stuff Christians Like, I decided I wanted to bring dinner back. More than just wish and hope my family had time for each other, I decided we would make time for each other. Starting with dinner.