What is it about the dinner table that somehow encourages us to lay our hearts right there next to our food? Clearly I’m speaking metaphorically here but when I think about some of the most important or meaningful or sweetest conversations I’ve had in my life – I’d say 90% of them have been at the dinner table. My favorite snapshot of the soul moments? Most of them happened over food, at the table. Maybe this is because we tend to talk slower, with more thought in-between our shared thoughts, as we eat and listen and eat and then speak.
A few weeks ago I shared that because Christian and I have odd work schedules, sometimes the only times we truly see each other is at the dinner table. And when I say “truly see each other” I’m not talking about passing each other in the hallway or as we meet in the kitchen to fill up our coffee cups for the hundredth time; I’m talking about quality time, looking into each other’s eyes while we catch up on life. I’m talking about having those deep, sometimes-hard-conversations… and having those hilarious can’t-catch-your-breath ones too 🙂 It’s usually more of the latter, but I will say – if anything makes the sometimes-hard-conversations easier it has to be food. (Or a big glass of red wine. Let’s be real.)
I have had so many grateful heart moments over the years while at the dinner table, pausing to acknowledge my dinner partner or party… slowly taking it all in. I have watched loved ones share their own thankfulness as we pray over our food. I have shared in laughter as we reminisce, and I have shared the tears as we remember those who no longer sit beside us. (My sweet Grandpa Bob, we still toast to you any chance we get – I hope you can see us from up there, that you join us.)
I have clinked glasses with friends who have become so dear to me over the years – friends I consider family, no doubt. I have shared so many dreams, mostly with my husband, while at the dinner table. We have dreamed out loud together… many of those dreams involving the highchair we can’t wait to have in that currently empty spot to the left of me and the right of him. Oh how we are so ready to have our little person join us at the dinner table! I have laughed til I cried over the many ruined dinners I have attempted to cook – Christian eating every single one. And I smile when I think about our very first date, sharing chips and salsa at the corner table located inside the famous New Rebozo – a restaurant we deemed as “ours” and the first of many best conversations I would have with the best man I’d ever meet.
These are the every day moments that make for ever lasting memories.
This morning we close on our new house – the first home Christian and I will have bought together. Oh yes we are moving once again, Jesus help me, thankfully to the neighborhood right next door and I smile when I think about new dinners to be made and new conversations to be had in our special new place. I have lived in many different places in my 31 years of life, but take comfort in knowing the dinner table will always be a place that remains a fixture in what’s important each week.Being a part of the Billion Family Dinners movement has been such an awesome experience, truly. It hasn’t always been an easy one, but it’s definitely been an incredibly important one… and I think reflecting back on all of these memories proves just how important it is. Have any of you taken part in the challenge? The challenge is to share (at least) 10 dinners with your family in 2 weeks & to log them on your phone with the Dinner Call app as you go. It was pretty cool to go back through all of my logged dinners last night as I was gathering them to share with you guys. Check out my last few weeks…
If you missed out on joining the challenge in the Billion Family Dinners Challenge these last two weeks, you can start TODAY. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win $50 to your favorite grocery store, as a thank you for taking part in the challenge. (PS- If you have already been logging your meals, you can still enter the raffle below – just enter your email address in the prompt & continue logging in your 10 family dinners!)I encourage you guys to make time for each other around the dinner table. And if that’s just not possible, grab your phone and FaceTime over dinner with a friend you haven’t talked to in far too long. Because that works too 🙂
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