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Precious Priority: Family Mealtimes

Ahhhhhhh—Thanksgiving. It reminds me of a simpler time.

I love Thanksgiving because it’s the one time of year that beckons us home, but without the pressure and expectations of gifts.

The memories without the mayhem, if you will.

I tell my children of my love for Thanksgiving and they remind me that they love mealtime at our house.  Not just the fancy meals, either. Their appreciation comes from a certainty that at the end of the day, we’re together. Candles lit. Music playing.

Toddler fussing.

Milk spilling.

Teenagers talking.

Daddy praying.


We live in a culture that has largely forgotten the power of a shared meal. There is something missing when we rush from one hurried day to the next. We think we’re saving time to rush through the drive-thru again. But really, we’re not saving anything. Days turn to weeks. Weeks to months. Months to years.

Where we spend our time is a window into our hearts: it’s an indicator of where our hearts are.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matthew 6:21

For me, Thanksgiving is a reminder of how fast my life is going by.  Each holiday that passes I know I am another year closer to a quiet house. Mealtimes are markers for me.  I think just last year, I had a babe inside me and a preschooler vying for my attention as I muddled my way through learning how to use my slow cooker.  Mmmmm.  No, that was not last year. That was nearly twenty years ago.  Can we really s l o w  d o w n?

Mealtimes beckon.

Time is passing. That’s probably the real message my heart receives as I plan Thanksgiving dinner. Again.

I ask myself, “Where are your priorities?  What is truly precious in this life?”

And in my heart, I know the answer.  The best memories we share will never be found in the drive-thru of life.

The best memories are more of a “sit down” affair.  An affair of the heart. An investment. An open-door, company-for-dinner, home cooked investment.

Doesn’t have to be perfect.  Mac-n-cheese at the table is just as beautiful to your children as filet mignon 🙂  It’s not about the food. It’s about the priority.

If you’re looking for a place to start making an investment into the heart of your family, the dinner table is a very, very good place to start.

Heidi St John Guide to Daylight

Saturday is for Sprucing Up!

Thanks Go_Cleaning_Oz from Flickr


Spring is here! Doesn’t that just get you in the mood for organizing and cleaning?

Here are some links that I thought you might find interesting and helpful. ‘Cause we can all use a little inspiration!

As a homeschool mom, homeschool organizing can be tricky! This gal created a wonderful post of ideas just for you!

Want to do some spring cleaning but need to do it fast? How about these shortcuts?

And look what I found over at BHG.com. Now these are great ideas for a quick weekend pick-me-up!

Let’s get real here. How is your kitchen organization? Truth is, I think most kitchens could use at least a little bit of inspiration. Check out these fun printables for your kitchen. Me like!

And I really did save the best for last. Have you seen Cozi? Oh. My. Word. This is one of my new favorite online tools. Wow! They even have a place to keep all of your recipes online! ~ Swoon ~


Heidi St John Guide to Daylight