{Jon Acuff} Bringing Dinner Back Week #10 ~ What’s your story?

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Jon AcuffWe’re already at week 10 of the dinner challenge! This week, in the midst of moving to a new house, my wife and I made a decision that is going to impact a lot of our other decisions.

What we learned: We want to make lore decisions.

A few months ago, my wife and I started looking for a house to buy in Franklin, Tennessee. When you read that sentence, it sounds like a simple process, but let me assure you, it is not. For some reason, the entire population of Franklin, Tennessee has never been made aware that the housing market has changed in the last five years. I feel like that information has been communicated on TV, the Internet, in newspapers and magazines and even via pigeon at this point, but I could be mistaken.

But alas, the price for a house in Atlanta is significantly different than the price for a house in Franklin. So the last few months have been an adventure. During that time, we looked at dozens of houses and had three different offers rejected. In Atlanta, where we use to live, if you even say the word “offer” out loud, people will tell you, “I’ll include both of my cars for free if you make an offer today.”

During this process, we made a pretty important decision about the way we’re going to make decisions. You see, we found a perfect little cottage that was near an elementary school. It’s so close to the school that the girls can walk every day instead of riding the bus or getting dropped off.

The house is absolutely adorable and we love it, but it’s just not as big as some of the other houses we looked at. Some of the other houses had bigger living rooms or more closet space or newer kitchens. But in picking the house to live in, we decided that when it comes to our life, we’re going to make “lore decisions.” We’re going to pick the option that someday will enable our kids to tell really great stories, the option that will add to the lore of their childhoods.

That probably seems a little silly, but for me it’s not. I know when my kids are grown up, they will not tell their friends, “You know what I loved about my childhood? The ample closet space we had.”

No, they will say, “When I was a kid, we could walk to school. On the weekends, we’d ride our bikes to the playground and play kickball. In the morning before work, my dad would walk me and my sister to school.”

The words might change, but they’ll hopefully be able to tell great stories because we made great story decisions.

Choosing to eat dinner together is a story decision. Choosing to sit around the table and unpack the day as a family is a story decision. Choosing to make that a consistent part of your week or month is a story  decision.

It might just feel like a meal sometimes, but dinner can actually be the start of a story.

Our favorite E-Mealz meal of the week.

We’re doing the Publix Meal Plan right now. This week and probably the next two weeks, we’ll be sticking to some of our favorites from weeks gone by. We’re moving right now and going with favorites from the E-Mealz plan is how we’ll be rolling. This week? Best Beef Tips. We discovered those a few weeks ago and still consider them worthy of the name “Best.”

Our dinner record for the week.

We went 5 for 7 this week. On one night, I had a video shoot downtown at a Southern “Meat and Three” place. We were running late for my oldest daughter’s school event so I had to eat a piece of fried chicken by hand while I drove. It wasn’t a drumstick. It was a pecan-encrusted filet. It was one of the classier things I did all week.

How about you?

How many nights this week did you eat dinner with your family? Did you beat me?

What was your favorite E-Mealz meal?

What’s the story you want your kids to tell?

6 thoughts on “{Jon Acuff} Bringing Dinner Back Week #10 ~ What’s your story?

  1. Jodi

    My favorite meal from the “Any store for two” plan was the Easy Warehouse Soup. My husband’s favorite was the Summer Taco Salad. We’re 6.5 for 7. There was one night we ate dinner together but the Phillies were on so we ate in front of the TV…. but together. I know, not the same.

    What do you plan on doing at dinner time when the challenge is over?

  2. Kerri

    We started e-mealz in February, coincidentally right after I had a baby in January, and had no brain cells left to make a menu and a grocery list. We are loving it! I have also enjoyed your posts on bringing dinner back, as it is a ’cause’ near and dear to my heart.

    We went 6 of 7 this week, with the 7th being date night, so a great week for us. It helped that it was spring break and all the extra activities were on hiatus.

    We’re on the Publix plan and everyone loved the Taco Calzones. Definitely a keeper.

    And I just want my kids to remember that we laughed A LOT at the table. Some legendary stories have been born at the dinner table and they are the leftovers we savor most.

  3. Charlie Chang

    We did roast beef with veggies in a crock pot. It was delish. Sadly this was the last great meal I had before I got sick. The night I was laying on the couch I just hear my daughter say, “Is daddy going to eat with us?”

    That’s a good feeling.

  4. Jill Pruett

    My husband and I are shopping for a house in another city, and, after this, I will look for the features of a house that make for the best stories and memories. In the end, that’s all you really have.

    BTW the house buying is on the Dave 100% down plan!

  5. Karla Worley

    Jon, we live in that same neighborhood, about a block from you. We’ve lived here for 21 years, raised three boys. Thought about moving for bigger bathrooms, fancier kitchen. Our kids wouldn’t let us. We have a LOT of lore here! And family dinners!

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