this might sound really strange to yall, and you might want to slap me afterwards, but I’m just going to come out and say it: Mondays might be my new favorite day of the week. as in week week, not weekend.
I know, I know. but it’s so refreshing and beautiful to start a NEW WEEK! I love having my babies home on Monday’s and we usually don’t have any social plans. it’s just me and them. I typically don’t get much “work” done on Mondays, I mostly stay off the computer and do housework. which sounds lame, but my Pricilla Schier Gideon study has really opened my eyes to finding the JOY in the mundane, and loving the “assignment” God has given me.
So Mondays have become what I like to call my “domestic day”. We typically go to the grocery store, drive through the dry cleaners or the bank, enjoy some time outside on the porch, and have a nice morning together. After nap time is usually when I start cooking. I have been trying to bake some sort of breakfast goody once a week for those school mornings. Last week it was blueberry muffins out of a box – nothing fancy, just something yummy to put on the table Tuesday + Thursday morning. So I make that. then I also this past week made yummy baked ham + swiss sandwiches for the kids lunch boxes [and for me…who am I kidding…] and then Monday nights have sorta become our dinner hosting night.
Before we had kids I hardly ever had people over for dinner. The excuses were either ” I don’t cook” or “I don’t have a big enough table”. Well now that we have our lovely White House Table Co farmhouse table + I am already cooking 2-3 times a week for my family, it’s easy and so much fun! I love busting out my placemats, pretty monogrammed pitcher, and drinking glasses we got as wedding gifts. makes me feel fancy. I love trying out new recipes and making a full corse meal – which I don’t typically do during the week. oh, and the best part! after I get everything prepped, before I put it in the oven, or clean the kitchen – I take a little break and me + the kids watch the Pioneer Woman. I kid you not – my kids can be screaming or just throwing a fit + I turn on Ree and they get quiet. here’s proof.
[taking a break to watch Ree!]
It’s been pretty amazing to see who God has brought around our kitchen table. Mostly it’s couple friends who don’t have kids yet. They come over around 6:30 and we snack on appetizers + have a glass of wine or beer while the kids play and then we put the kids down and have a quiet dinner with friends. Maybe it’s selfish – but it’s just so nice to have an uninterrupted dinner conversation every once in a while! and the thing that has been really god authored is all the couples are going through seasons or struggles that either we are currently going through [so we can relate] or that we have been though in our almost 7 year marriage [ so we can speak wisdom and truth]. I just think it’s really awesome and I am so honored to get to share my dinner table with such special friends.
Tears of affirmation streamed down my face as I was reading Shauna Niequist book, Bread and Wine, when she says about sitting around the table: “it’s about what happens when we come together, slow down, open our homes, look into one another’s faces, listen to one another’s stories“. YES, I pray along with Shauna that I’ll gather people I love around my table to eat and drink to tell stories, to be heard and fed and nourished on every level.
what day is your favorite?