Meal Plan Monday

Need some help with your dinner meal planning? I am sharing our menu that we had last week. Interested in the recipes? I would be happy to share! I hope you get some inspiration, some renewed desire to make meals for your family. For my family, I keep our meals simple and healthy.

Monday - oyakyudon (Japanese chicken and egg dish) and miso soup
Tuesday - lemon chicken tomato pasta, Caesar salad, side of peas
Wednesday - birthday dinner
Thursday - Japanese beef curry
Friday - leftovers or pizza

after work greeting

Question for you - how many of you have spouses who have commented or have let it be known that when they come home from work they like to be greeted at the door with a show of affection? Maybe they highlight the show of affection or just the being greeted at the door? 

Now question for you, reader, as the recipient of the knowledge that your partner likes being greeted at the door, how often do you do this? Do you willing stop in the middle of what you are doing and run to say hi to them? Or do you just yell hi from the kitchen as you continue to prep dinner if around the dinner hour is when your partner arrives home?

I have rarely done this despite the request by my husband that he likes it is if I greet him. Last week, we went out on a talking date, the kind that we discuss and try and work out differences and find out what areas we are doing good in as a couple. 
I decided that without telling Sean I would start greeting him at the door after work every day, putting down whatever I was doing to show him he is a priority to me and I am happy to see him after his work day. 

Do you know how long I lasted? One day. Only one day of saying hi at the door when he came home. Why did I fail the next two days? Because I was being selfish and in my head, I thought "well he is later than he said he would be home so he doesn't deserve a greeting." Geesh when I put out my thoughts into words, they sound down right horrible and rude. In reality where do I get to be the one to decide what he deserves or not. 

So I get back to greeting him at the door after work tomorrow and telling myself to put whatever feelings or hurt I may have because he a) came home later than he said or b)I am grumpy from dealing with kids all day, that it doesn't matter. 
I need to do better so we are better together as a couple.

What are you doing to better your marriage this year?


Back in August, the whole family went up to Big Bear with Sean's cross country team for a few days of running (well them, not us). It was there that I found it - the peace that I had been searching for. In the midst of motherhood and life, which is crazy, busy, and just non stop, I found the peace that I have wanted. I opened up the windows to the cabin in the cooler mountain air, Kate was taking an extremely long nap, Caleb was with Sean and his athletes and I just sat there feeling like I can breathe a bit, relax and just enjoy life for a few moments. I have been searching for that same peaceful feeling or even longing to head back up to Big Bear to experience those few moments again. And then the other day I was convicted. Convicted by God that the peace I am seeking for once is only truly found in Him. It isn't in the cooler mountain air. It isn't found by renting a cabin up in the mountains. 

Motherhood has been amazing. But the chaos of it, the constant touch of kids, the I can't seem to finish a single thought in my head, the beautiful mess but it is a mess has left me in my heart struggling to handle it because I am not accustom to chaos or unleft items or the inability to not always feel like I'm rushing, rushing to possibly be on time somewhere, rushing through the day to make sure everything gets done, just rushing, rushing, rushing...

I have a tendency to not seek God first in the things of life that I am wanting and it is the not materialistic things I am referencing. If you believe in God, do you find yourself doing the same? That is my human, sinful nature wanting to find things that aren't of God to replace what God does provide. I want to find my own answers to my own problems. Does it work? Maybe momentarily but my answers are never for the long term and never fully ever satisfying. 

Here is my solution to the peace that I desperately want to have in motherhood - the Bible, God's Word. It is everlasting. It is for the long term. I will be reviewing all the verses about peace and when I find myself as a mother longing for those few August mountain moments, I will recite a Bible verse to myself and to my heart. 

And I can't start with a better verse than Micah 5:5

I have lots to smile about!

Yesterday, I had to run a quick errand for my dad before they come into town to visit us for Thanksgiving. While I was completing the purchase, I was asked to provide my drivers license for name check with the card I was using. The cashier said, "good for you" after looking at my photo. He then clarified, "good for you for smiling." Then he went into a few minutes of the importance of smiling, how it takes less muscles to smile rather than frown, followed by in a line up of people study, people were more attracted to those who gave even a slight smile versus showing no facial emotion. Then I said something to him that honestly even caught myself off guard. I said, "I have lots to smile about." 

Why did it catch myself off guard? Usually because when I am about and out publicly, I am so focused on what I am doing, completing the task that typically, my head is down and I am on a mission to get my check list done. 

It is 100% that I have lots to smile about. Three of them live with me every day, those are three reasons right there. Plus what they add to my life is already unmeasured reasons. I have a God who loves me unconditionally, despite all the screw-ups and times I have failed, which is every single day. This is just the starting point, I can go on and on but the point is - there is lots to smile about so share with me today. What do you have to smile about?

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