My children enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, but when it comes to dinner time, you would think that they have never tried a vegetable in their life. My children used to watch Yo Gabba Gabba and let me just say, there was an episode that made me want to laugh and be afraid at the same time. It was all about eating those healthy foods, which is awesome. But, they sang this song and the food started talking about going to the party in this character's stomach and it made me laugh. Then, as my twins were two at the time and watching this with a scared look on their face, I thought how scary for a young child to watch their food talking to them.
Now my girls are three. Yes, they will be four in May, but I do not do the whole my child is three in a quarter, three in a half, or three and three quarters. Not that I have a problem with any parent who does, but I have been getting asked lately if they are almost to the next age. Honestly, I am just trying my best to cherish each age and when my children have a birthday, then I am ready to move forward. For now, they are just three and my son is just six! It works for me.
Now, onto dinner last night at my house.
My husband and I enjoyed dinner last night with our children. At the beginning, not so much, but by the end I could hear angels singing, the drummer boy drumming and the Holy Spirit softly whisper in my ear! Yes, it felt amazing and brightened my spirits tremendously.
I tried a new chicken recipe called Crispy Ranch Chicken, which we had with fresh steamed broccoli, mashed potatoes and homemade buttermilk cheddar biscuits. Very delicious! But, sometiomes kids do not like the idea of something new and having patience was what I needed. My husband, son and I ate our food, while the girls refused to try anything. Instead they wanted a snack. Poor girls. In my house you can have a snack in the evening, only after you have eaten your dinner, not as a replacement. Very calmly they each were taken to their room, because it would not be fair to take time away from our son and family conversation.
Well, not to our surprise, the girls decided to come back to the table and eat their dinner with us. See, it was not so bad and someone really liked the new tasty chicken recipe.
Patience is something needed not only during dinner time, but all of the time. I know it sounds like a lot when as adults in this fast paced world, some cannot wait that extra five minutes at the grocery store, or drive the normal speed limit because they need to put the pedal to the metal, only to find themselves next to me again at the stop light. It is true, we all could use more patience in a world of wanting everything to be done right now. We just need to slow down and enjoy each moment.
Everyday I find myself striving to be just a tad bit more patient and it is paying off.
2 Peter 1:6
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness
I'm trying to be like Jesus and be more christlike each and every day. What great patience he had and how his love showed thru this. That is what I am striving for. Being a wife and mother has helped me along this journey and I would not change a thing.
Dinner tonight was amazing, as everyone loves nachos. We did try a new chicken marinade that I named Fiesta Lime Chicken and it is one we will add to our recipe book!