Dinner Smells Like Family


I protect dinnertime. It’s the few moments each day when my family can catch up with what is happening in each other’s lives. My husband and I have the opportunity to instill Christian values into my children, and the conversation is always interesting.

But my children are growing up. Dinnertime is harder to schedule. There are music lessons and sports practices going on in the early evenings. Countless other events are scheduled around mealtime also. What’s a mom to do?

I love to cook, but I work full time, so preparing tasty meals was getting tricky, or so I thought. We just had meatloaf and mashed potatoes the other night. Last night it was chicken. When the kids came into the house to wash up, my daughter could smell the potatoes browning. She had a twinkle in her eye when she said, “I know what’s for dinner!” It really wasn’t the best meal I ever prepared, but she could smell the love in the air. I could tell she was looking forward to dinner.

Dinner conversation was wonderful last night. My daughter volunteered to say grace. We learned about new friends at school, some new scientific facts from my son, and planned our Christmas trip to see grandparents.

Dinnertime is not about the meal. It’s not about how it tastes. It’s about the family.

I’ll continue to protect dinner-time like a mama bear.

Blessings on your mealtime.

8 thoughts on “Dinner Smells Like Family

  1. Sis, your post was so inspired me. Someday when I have children I definitely will do the same way like you did. You have an awesome and inspiring family,sis. Blessings to your family.

    • Sis, I am very blessed. God has given me a beautiful family, but they keep me so busy.
      I’ll be slowing down on my writing for a while. I have to work on the press release and marketing stuff. I’m already on Amazon.com, but it won’t ship for about 3-4 weeks. I would rather be writing…..

      • Woow I am so glad heard you already on amazon I will check it out soon. I dont know how to say, what a timely moment, I have been consider to not too active in writing. My parents need me for their new business and need my hand. Even more, I should to prepare my self to take my Phd program. It is been my big dream and God has answered my long prayer for my dream 🙂 maybe this week will be the last week I am posting articles. By the way, congratulations to you,sis. Maybe this God’s answer of your prayer as well. I hope we can keep in touch through another media. I will give my email here. karina_susanto@ymail.com
        Blessings to you and your family,sis.

  2. Good for you! I know how hard it is to make that happen but the effort is surely worth it! You’re right. There is so much more than meatloaf going on there! God bless you and your dear family as you continue to make mealtime, family time!

  3. meals are vital times of sharing as old az humanity. my single-dad method to have dinner ready, kitchen cleaned, catchup with kids started, etc. and sitting down to the table within 45 minutes is …. think it through on the way home. rehearse the sequence of actions several times, and you can execute at blinding speed yet effortlessly. for the times when i opt to stay close to work, i make sure (in advance) to have cooked food in the fridge for my “ever so busy” teenagers. for what it’s worth, it works for my situation. ymmv


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