I have a few minutes as the chicken for lunch is cooking. Michael is downstairs working on the message for this morning, and the kids are still asleep. I have made the tea for lunch and will soon have a bowl full of chicken salad thrown together for sandwiches after Church. Maybe it's a good time to throw out a few ideas . . . . "thinking out loud" as my hubby says . . .
Thursdays have long been my favorite day of the week--the week is winding down and the weekend is just around the corner. For many years, I have wanted to have Thursday nights be "soup nights." Many times, we go to the park with our supper on Thursdays, and I like that "tradition" as well.
But I keep coming back to "soup night." Everyone in the family loves soup, and if I would just PLAN better, I could make this happen. I have all kinds of recipes for soups--I would like to move away from the wonderful canned soup base as you see in the vintage add above. They are so high in sodium, and that's not good for the pastor. Maybe we could alternate between soup and sandwich night and cook-out night on Thursdays. Virginia and I could compile a collection of soup recipes that work well that she can use with her own family one day. Soup is a strange food in that it is satisfying in any season.
I want to say that more than ever I am grateful for the family life we share. Before too long, surely one of our children will venture out on his or her own. Now more than ever, we need to be thankful for the time we do have together, and we need to make the most of it.
We have a student who is a close friend of the children--she is a lovely young person who loves the Lord. She said to me the other day, "you mean you all sit down and eat meals around the table together?"
Unfortunately, I think this is far too typical in today's world.
I make a lot of jokes about how much the boys love eating at the cafeteria at the college--they really LOVE IT! But, it's more than the unlimited hot dogs and chicken strips--what they really love is what they call "the melting pot of friendship"--this is a group of them that sit together when possible as they eat lunch. The real star at the table is the FELLOWSHIP. Isn't that the family table as well?
The food provides a tasty (hopefully) excuse to be together and share whatever is going on in the lives of the family.
Better fun . . . my chicken is ready!