Thursday, August 31, 2017

Interviewing Myself!

Recently I've been doing some interviews on my blog of women at various stages of life and their family mealtimes. Just for fun, I thought I'd interview myself. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might think you know what I'll say, so why not read the question and, before you read my answer, guess what it will be. At the end let me know how well you really know me!

Who is usually around your table?
It seems like anyone from anywhere in the world might be at our table. Our four kids are grown and out of the house, but the nest is seldom empty. Although my husband and I have breakfast and dinner together every day, we are often joined by one of our two children who live in town, a daughter-in-law, and granddaughter and/or one or both sets of our parents. When it's not family, we have missionaries, neighbors, people from church, or contacts my husband has from his ministry/job as International Coordinator of Emmaus International.

What was the first thing you learned to cook?
Does baking count? It was chocolate chip cookies and even though I'm not supposed to eat sugar any more, chocolate chip cookie dough or partially baked cookies is still my favorite guilty pleasure food! (Kids, don't try this at home.)

Good manners are designed to make everyone comfortable and help them enjoy a meal. What did your mom have to repeatedly remind you of at the table?
On the rare mornings we had cereal, my brother and I liked to take three boxes and make a "fort" around our bowl. This drove my mother crazy. She wanted to talk to us! As a mother, I understand her point of view, but as a kid, I thought it was fun to hide in a corner once in a while.

If I came to your house for a meal, what unique thing would I notice?
We sit at the table for a long time. If it's just the two of us, we might be at the table for three-quarters of an hour, but with others we may sit there for two hours enjoying the conversation

How do you handle cellphones and electronics at the table?
Being "Mrs. No Electronics" this is an embarrassing question to answer. When the kids were growing up we didn't answer the phone while we had dinner. The computer was in the other room, so it wasn't a factor. But when we had a question someone ran for the World Book Encyclopedia for more information. Now my kids are grown and often have their phones at the table. They might answer a text or two, but if they were on it continually we would ask them to be more present. But my husband and I often have our phones or tablets there. The thing is we aren't conversing with someone else unless we are all included in the conversation. It's probably there for music, to check the weather or the calendar, and, yes, sometimes to look up the answer to a question. 

If you could bottle anything up and spray it over your table what would it be?
Laughter. Not constant, "canned" laughter, but real enjoyment laughter. Laughing at quirky things, funny jokes, someone's quick wit, and the thing that "you had to be there" to truly enjoy. I believe laughter is a great way to connect.

What would you say to someone who is afraid to try hospitality?
I'd ask them what scares them--inviting (with the possibility of rejection), cooking, having a house good enough, being able to converse and give a good time, non-matching dishes, all the work involved--whatever it is, who is that about? The hosts. But hospitality is about the guests. Most people don't mind any of these things if someone just invites them over. And it's a great way to make a new friend.

Do you have a standard question you like to ask guests?
No, I love a variety of questions, but one that has always interested me about people who didn't grow up hearing the gospel is, "Who do you know that was praying for you before you got saved?" Everyone has always been able to point to at least one person.

What is your go-to meal these days?
It's summer so it's been a nice piece of grilled fish and grilled veggies or a green salad. My husband and I have reached the age where we have to really watch how much we eat, so this is a meal we enjoy. The other one is a $5 rotisserie chicken from Sam's! So easy and so good. I never thought I'd be the person who cut the corners cooking like that, but I guess it comes to us all.

Describe your ideal dinner:
It would include our four generations, with all of my kids and grandkids there. Everyone would be able to hear and even the one-year olds would be calm enough to sit a while. The food would be simple, tasty, and plenteous and there would be lots of chatter and laughter. After the meal everyone would heartily and meaningfully join in a spontaneous hymn sing. I'm praying this meal will happen one day soon.

How do you bring Christ to your table?
We give thanks before the meal and read a chapter from the Bible or a devotional after and pray again. Sometimes we sing (when there are a lot of us.) And we talk about the Lord, about the church we go to, about ministry.

How about you? What's unique about your mealtimes? How do you bring Christ to your table? I'd love to hear what about your family mealtimes! Write to me at:


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  1. Thanks for sharing! Such fun to read about what it's like "behind the scenes."

    1. Sometimes that's as much fun as the story itself, isn't it! :-)
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I so appreciate your emphasis on hospitality! And thanks for sharing pictures of your beautiful family.

    1. I love to get my family all together, the best thing ever!



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