Monday, April 16, 2012

Family Conversations

I love having the whole family sit down together in the evening and having dinner together. I love the conversations, the closeness it brings, and the things we learn together. At least, that's the way I think it should be. I don't know how it works in your house, but some evenings, way too many evenings, when we sit down to eat we're all tired. Some of us are bringing stresses from the day, some of us are relieved the day is almost over and there's some quiet time right around the corner. Others just feed off the atmosphere and get either silly or grumpy. Some evenings sitting around the table with kids ages 5, 12, 13, and 15 I wonder if I inadvertently walked into a snarkiest comment contest. Other evenings I'm convinced it's actually a speed eating contest. 

So, I've been giving this a lot of thought and decided to make some changes in how we run our evening meals. I had started to do this several months ago and somehow got sidetracked and never followed through with it. But I'm ready now and we're starting tomorrow. Here's the plan.

At the beginning of the meal I want each person at the table to tell us at least two blessings (two good things) from the day. I will write down those things and post them each Monday as part of Ann Voskamp's Multitudes on Monday's community at A Holy Experience. 

Also each week we are going to work on a memory verse together as we eat. Feeding the soul while feeding the body just seems appropriate to me. I will also share the verse and insights on the verse that we have learned as we memorize it together.

The last item on the agenda will be a daily question for conversation. This question may be lighthearted or serious. I'm planning to cover a wide variety of topics with these questions and I think it's going to be fun. I will be sharing parts of these conversations here as well. 

Each Monday I'm planning to publish a post here covering the previous week called Family Conversations. I think this is going to be a fun growing experience for us and I hope you enjoy it as well. 

I'm looking forward to seeing you back here next Monday for Family Conversations.

1 comment:

  1. I meant to comment on this the other day, but got a little sidetracked. I had to laugh at your first paragraph because it sounds a lot like my house. My kids must live to make each other miserable with their catty remarks and snarky comments. It drives me up the wall. I like how you intend to resolve it. Tell me how it works.