Our Morning Snapshots

“But the fruit of the Spirit is….joy” Galatians 5:22
This is my joy!

A and JJ staying dry under the awning at Starbucks.

Hot Chocolate
K picking out her shirt for school…excuse her messy closet…we are still working on keeping things neat, including our closets!
Picking out a shirt
JJ playing on the Leap Pad while A works on her English paper.
V decided to do her school work on the couch this morning…whatever works 🙂

Happy Thursday Everyone! I hope you make it a GREAT DAY!!!

Value in a Meal

cooking with mama

“Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:7

Making dinner together as a family can sometimes be a challenge, especially when you have little ones that can’t reach the counter. That’s when we get a step stool and their hands go to work! It’s not only fun to cook with your kids, but I think it’s important to teach them early on how to value the meal you are preparing for the family.

Growing up I remember having big breakfasts together as a family every weekend and every night we would come together again for dinner. This was a time to talk about the day, to share the good and the bad. Our parents were our counselors, they would give us advice, encouragement, and even jokes to blow off the things that weren’t worth stressing over.

Food brings people together, it brings our family together. Our schedules can get busy and electronics suck us in, but when Mama says it’s dinner time, everyone stops and is ready to eat.  I enjoy teaching our children that it’s more than cooking a dish of Lasagna or Picadillo and placing it on the table. That dish is like a glue that connects the family and keeps them close together.

God helps us to see value in cooking for our family. Bless the hands that prepare the meals and give wisdom to the parents as they pour into their children’s hearts around the dinner table and we ask you continue to strengthen and protect our families. In Jesus Name Amen

Proverbs 6:20-23 (The Message Bible)
Good friend, follow your father’s good advice;
don’t wander off from your mother’s teachings.
Wrap yourself in them from head to foot;
wear them like a scarf around your neck.
Wherever you walk, they’ll guide you;
whenever you rest, they’ll guard you;
when you wake up, they’ll tell you what’s next.
For sound advice is a beacon,
good teaching is a light,
moral discipline is a life path.

Below are 10 Benefits of Family Dinners from Webmd.
Toting up all the benefits of frequent family dinners:
-Everyone eats healthier meals.
-Kids are less likely to become overweight or obese.
-Kids more likely to stay away from cigarettes.
-They’re less likely to drink alcohol.
-They won’t likely try marijuana.
-They’re less likely to use illicit drugs.
-Friends won’t likely abuse prescription drugs.
-School grades will be better.
-You and your kids will talk more.
-You’ll be more likely to hear about a serious problem.
-Kids will feel like you’re proud of them.
-There will be less stress and tension at home.