When you’re married to someone who doesn’t work a 9am-5pm job but rather more like 8am-midnight, finding each other at dinnertime can be tough. When you’re BOTH in a job that is more of that 8-midnight schedule, finding each other to share meals can sometimes be near impossible.
Christian and I have pretty odd schedules; we work at odd times and while both of our offices are in-home, when your jobs are creative, you basically work when the creative bug bites you. Since it’s just the two of us for now, it would be really easy to kind of do our own thing for meals, especially dinner. It would be easy for us to come and go in the kitchen as we please, taking our food back to our offices and continuing to work while we eat. Yes, it would be easy – but I’m so glad that we refuse to let that be the way.
Today, I am especially grateful for family dinners – the ones shared with family and the ones shared with friends who’ve become family.
Christian and I have always made time for each other over meal-time; some days we come together for lunch, other days it’s for dinner, but we always make sure to meet each other at the table for at least one of the two. This is the time when we leave all electronics in our offices, we don’t talk about work or our to-dos, and we simply catch up, pray together, and enjoy one another over a meal. And I have to tell you, it’s one of my most favorite times of the day. No, it’s not always easy but we decided early on that this would be an important part of our relationship and therefore, we choose to make the time, we choose to make it happen because we know how important it is.
The truth is though, people’s schedules – especially these days – make it really hard to gather around the table together for meals, which is why I LOVE the idea of working to change that – for everyone. When I first heard of Billion Family Dinners, I immediately wanted to be a part of it. Billion Dinners is about recognizing that coming together over a meal is not only important, but can have lasting effects on relationships, the day-to-day, your mind and health, and yes- your life. Billion Dinners is essentially a movement, and a place where the rest of us who agree that yes, this is important, can gather together to not just hold each other accountable, but to share our special family dinner moments together – across the world – in a social way. You all know how much I love challenges and the challenge within this movement is SO easy: track the minutes spent over family dinner & share it via social media & with the DinnerCall app.
And because I want ALL of you to take part in this 2 week challenge with me, here are the official details:
- Follow DinnerCall on Instagram and/or Twitter
- Download the FREE DinnerCall app (avail for both Android & iPhone)
- Sit down to 10 family meals (does NOT have to just be dinner!) in the next 2 weeks, track them using the DinnerCall app, and then share them via social media by tagging me: @embergreyblog & @DinnerCall – along with the hashtag #billiondinners
The bonus to this challenge is that in a few weeks there’s going to be a raffle where one lucky winner will win a $50 gift card to their grocery store of choice, as long as that person has shared at least 10 meals within the two weeks using the app. If you would like to be included in the raffle, you must track your meals using the DinnerCall app and be sure to tag me @embergreyblog & BillionDinners so it can be tracked 🙂
And listen to me, if you’re sitting here thinking, “Alright well, I’m single so I don’t fit into this movement” – I beg to differ. I’m sure most of you would agree that family is so much more than relatives – I have quite a few friends I would absolutely consider family. So invite some friends over; cook a meal together. Or, make it easy on yourself and order pizza, pick up some Chinese food, or open a bottle of wine and a box of Oreos (trust me on that one). Talk, ask questions: What are you grateful for? What’s been going on in your life? How can I pray for you? Deeper conversations with the people in our lives – face to face conversations – can and truly should be happening more. (I LOVE this shot from Lululemon of the group meal – so fun.)
I hope you’ll join me in this movement with Billion Family Dinners; I’m looking forward to seeing your shared meals & sharing my own special moments with you all this next month. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see one billion dinners tracked in just two weeks?? 🙂 Let’s get this going!
Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries! This linkup will be open until Friday!
1. Link up to your Grateful Heart post, not just your blog’s homepage, and please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or GH button) so that others can link up too! *Any posts that do not have to do with this GH topic or those that do not link back up to this blog will be deleted.
2. If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog