I love Deb’s simple table activity that brings three generations together and ends with: “I know I love you.” Gourmet sharing and a simple crock pot soup recipe — a savory combination! –Sue
Some of my favorite times with my family have happened around the dinner table.
The television is turned off, the phones are set aside, tablets are left in the other room, and we all stop our busy schedules for just a moment look at each other and talk.
Three generations discussing life with a little humor and a lot of love.
Our grandson is six years old and in kindergarten. The last time we were visited, he included us in their every night family conversation.
It’s so easy and is an equal opportunity exchange for everyone – regardless of age, opinion, or experience.
“Tell me three things about your day.”
Good, bad, or ugly.
So, we went around the table. His mommy and daddy shared a little bit about their work day. T usually talks about who he’s played with at recess but since he’d spent that Spring Break day at Science City with Grandma and Grandpa, he talked about digging up fossils and testing his strength.
Rev and I shared our favorite parts of the day.
The third thing. Something they say every night.
“I know I love you!”
Whatever has happened that day. Fun or not so fun. One of the most important things to remember is, “I know I love you.”
I am so thankful for Jesus’ reminder…
“I give you a new command: Love each other. You must love each other as I have loved you. All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.” John 13:34–35
It’s a blessing when that love is evident at home.
And sometimes, even though we know how much we love each other, home becomes the place where we stop, hang our best behavior at the door and “let our hair down.” Where our pent-up bad attitude from a crummy day finally comes pouring out in frustration and impatience.
But Tell Me Three Things About Your Day helps because…
You know your family will listen and care.
You provide a safe place to talk . . . nothing is off-limits.
You teach your children to use words to express their emotions. It’s better to say, “I had a frustrating day” than it is to show it.
You will help to build your children’s conversational skills.
You show the value of being a family.
You know what’s going on and how you can pray for each other.
You can talk about the ways you see Jesus at work in your life.
Then end the meal with a prayer of thanks and ask God to help with any of the challenges you’re facing.
One more thing…
We prefer easy and one of our favorites is a crock pot full of Potato Soup. (See recipe below.)
Deb is a passionate blessing counter who loves study the ways faith and life intersect. This year at Counting My Blessings, she is sharing The Relationship Project – How One Relationship Affects All Others. Deb lives in Missouri with her husband and furry child, Sadie now that all of their human children are grown and have little ones of their own. And yes, being a grandparent is the best!
- 1 bag of frozen diced potatoes
- 1 container of vegetable or chicken broth
- 1 can of evaporated milk
- ¼ cup dehydrated onions
- 1 - 2 cups of corn, frozen or canned (Optional)
- Season to taste - Deb uses garlic and herb seasoning, and salt and pepper
- 4 to 8 oz. cream cheese
- Shredded cheese and bacon bits for toppings
- Dump it all in the Crock-Pot and cook on Low all day or on High for four to six hours.
- Add 4 to 8 oz. of cream cheese about 30 minutes before serving. (I use 4 oz, a half package)
- We like a thick soup, so I thicken it with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch mixed with ¼ cup of water and stirred in slowly.
- Top each bowl with shredded cheese and bacon bits.
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