THM-Friendly School Lunch Ideas

“Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.” ~Orson Welles


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Is this that time already? Is it just me, or does it seem like the summer gets shorter and shorter each year?

Awhile back, I put out a survey, and boy did you respond! Thank you! Many of you have asked for THM-friendly school lunch ideas, but the truth is that what you probably just need are ideas…any old school lunch ideas. Sure, they could be on-plan, but around about mid-October the 987th peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich is looking rather uninspired, and you just want something new. And even though we homeschool our kids, the truth is I need ideas too, if only for packing my husband’s lunch.

The ideas on this post, which are THM-Friendly but just plain, old good lunches, make a few assumptions:

1. Your child(ren) have no access to a microwave or other heating machinery at the place where they eat lunch. While I used to work at a school that did provide microwaves for student use, I know these are few and far between, and I understand why. The ideas here will be presented assuming the food will be eaten cold or from a Thermos (do people even use those anymore?) of some sort. If they do have microwave access…BONUS!

2. Your child(ren) do have an insulated lunch bag/box/suitcase and an ice pack/cold pack of some sort to keep things cool between the time you pack them and the time they eat them. Also, soup and smoothie ideas assume a Thermos or other insulated bottle of some type.

3. Your child(ren) are interested in, or at least willing to, eat food that’s on-plan. Many of the ideas here are just that…ideas. If you didn’t tell the child(ren) they were on-plan, they might not even know. That’s the power of motherhood. Mwahaha.

4. Your child(ren) are sticking with either S or E meals. Creating an S-Helper, Fuel Pull, or Crossover are easy tweaks.

5. That “lunch” is a relative term in post-modernity and “breakfast” items like eggs or “dinner” items like steak can be eaten at “lunchtime”.

6. That this list is not, by any means, comprehensive but is a get-you-started, mix-and-match kick-off-the-school-year list.

7. That I have no idea what your babies are allergic to/like/don’t like, so do what works for them, man!


Sandwiches and Wraps

The variations here are endless. May I submit to you that making and refrigerating Gwen’s Easy Bread be something you incorporate into your weekly routine? Like sweet-tea-making here in The South. Two pieces of Gwen’s Bread make the basis for a great E sandwich. And also this: low-carb wraps. Amen.

Low-fat/sugar-free lunchmeat of choice (mix it up, man!) with low-fat cheese slices, low-fat mayo and/or mustard and choice of veggies on either Gwen’s Bread, Ezekiel Bread or low-carb wraps (E); recommendation…buy meat from the deli…when caught on-sale it’s cheaper than the pre-packaged stuff and they’ll slice it how you like it…we ask for shaved. Shaved’s the bomb.
Two scrambled eggs (not just for breakfast, man!) with full-fat cheese and regular mayo (throw in some meat if you want) on low-carb wrap only (S); wrap in a paper towel and aluminum foil for insulation…should stay warm until lunch
Tuna/chicken/egg/ham/turkey salad (cooked, chopped meat/egg with mayo and seasonings or add avocado too!) with/without choice of veggies on low-carb wrap only (S)
PB&J wraps using on-plan peanut butter and jam…watch your portions (E/S)
Hebrew National 97% fat-free beef hot dogs wrapped in Gwen’s Bread and baked ahead of time with Ranch mustard dip (E)
Same hot dogs topped with shredded full-fat cheese and wrapped in low-carb wraps with mustard dip (S)
Veggies-only sammie with low-fat mayo and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on Gwen’s Bread (E)
Leftover meat wrap (grilled steak, roasted chicken, cooked turkey slices, ham steak, bacon, turkey bacon…endless possibilities) (S)
Mexican wrap (cooked ground turkey breast seasoned with taco seasoning with beans and light cheese and veggies on wrap) (E)


Smoothies

Smoothies are generally best right out of the blender, but they can be good later on. My husband takes his in a Mason jar to work and, when he’s ready to drink it, gives it a hearty shake and drinks it down. Any smoothie or protein shake that you would normally make, pour into an insulated Thermos-type bottle and pack in the bag with an ice pack. When your little precious one is ready to drink it, he/she just needs to give it a quick shake and go for it.
Tip #1: Funky straws are fun for littles (and me, too!). Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells milkshake straws for $1.99 per bag.
Tip #2: Pour ice-water into Thermos or insulated bottle then empty it out before putting shake in. That way, the bottle’s already cold, helping the smoothie keep its temperature.
Tip #3: Throw some greens into your little person’s smoothie. Spinach is a mild-flavored beginner green. Increase the amount gradually over time and, chances are, they won’t even notice. The blueish-purple of blueberries covers the green nicely. Just sayin’.

Soups

My teenager loves the Just-Like Campbell’s Tomato Soup from the book. We make it in batches of four times the recipe and keep individual portions in the fridge. The light Progresso soups are also on-plan, as are any number of soups, both in the book and on Pinterest and blogs. The possibilities are endless.

The technique is simple.  In the morning, fill the Thermos or other insulated bottle with hot, hot water and allow to sit for a few minutes in the morning. Heat the soup separately. Then, pour the hot water out of the bottle, pour the hot soup into the bottle, close the bottle tightly and pack away from the cold stuff. On a day when soup is packed, try a side of some type of flourless cracker or other non-cold items.

Sides

Apple dippers with peanut butter dip (Greek yogurt, defatted peanut flour, sweetener) (E)
Veggie dippers with Ranch dip (Greek yogurt, dry Ranch seasoning) (FP)
On-plan blue corn chips (watch portions) (E)
Flourless crackers: Just-Like Wheat Thins or other from the book or Homemade Cheez-It’s (S); add some Greek Ranch dip for kicks
Mashed sweet potato (bake, remove from jacket and mash with cinnamon and sweetener) (E)
One portion of fruit (E)
Cottage cheese or Greek yogurt with berries, sweetener and vanilla extract (FP)
Side green salad with Ranch (S) or light balsamic (E)
Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips (E)

Leftovers

Don’t discount the power of the leftover in school lunches: leftover Fooled Ya Pizza is especially delicious!
Use leftover, cooked meat to make wraps, salads or delicious egg scrambles.
You get the idea…

Treats

Give the kid a sweet treat, would ya?
Mine love the Peanut Squares from the book or any cookie coming out of Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen.
What about a slice of on-plan banana bread? Or even a half-slice?
These Coconut-Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies are the poo, and the recipe makes a ton. Flash-freeze baked and cooled cookies on a sheet pan then put frozen cookies into a large Ziploc freezer bag. Pop a couple of frozen cookies into the lunchbag and, by lunchtime, they’ll be ready to eat! Do this with just about any cookie.
A small portion of Brownie Batter Overnight Oatmeal. This stuff is like candy, man!
If you’re packing an insulated bag, why not some skinny chocolate?

 Drinks

Any of the sippers would work in an insulated bottle for lunchtime drinks.
Consider a fruit-tea version brewed and cooled then sweetened with on-plan sweetener.
Here’s a cool idea that my mom used to use when packing my lunch when I was a kid. Of course, she packed me a Diet Coke, but you could just as easily substitute Zevia or other on-plan, canned colas. The night before, take one can of refrigerated soda, double wrap in paper towel, then wrap in aluminum foil. Place in freezer overnight. When packing lunches the next day, put cold soda in lunch bag. By lunchtime, the soda can be unwrapped and should still be ice-cold but not frozen. There may sometimes be icy bits…love that!
WATER! 🙂


Does this help you get started? I mean, I haven’t even started talking about muffins yet! I’d love for you to post additional ideas in the comments section below for everyone to see. Mamas helping mamas is powerful stuff, man! Mamas gotta stick together.


DON’T FORGET!

My GIVEAWAY ends this Sunday, August 3! Click here for details.

My sweet friend Sarah’s GIVEAWAY over at Mrs. Criddle’s Kitchen ends Sunday, too! Y’all go show her some love!

The 30-Day Exercise Challenge starts Monday. If you don’t want to join us, at least pray for us, will ya? Jillian’s a BEAST, man!

Family Field Trip: Dry Valley Dairy

“When you grow up on a dairy farm, cows don’t take a day off. So you work every day and my dad always said, ‘No one can outwork you.” ~Pat Summitt, Head Coach Emeritus, University of Tennessee Women’s Basketball


Dry Valley Farm Collage with words

PIN IT, y’all!

Awhile back, Big Daddy and I decided it was time for our now-suburban children to take a pilgrimage to the land of raw milk and farm-fresh eggs. For far too long, Big Daddy asserted, they’d been drinking milk and eating eggs that came from the evil corporate conglomeration known as The WalMart. After seeing a local friend post on Facebook about Dry Valley Dairy, I looked them up online. Big Daddy gave Charles, the owner, a quick call and, before you could say, “Moo,” we had packed up our kids and a cooler and were on our way to get milk.

Real milk. And eggs. From real chickens that we could see with our own eyes.

Here’s a pictorial tour (photo credit: me) and, afterwards, some tips for visiting a dairy with your crew. There’s bound to be one somewhere around you.

Hey, guys...the hay barn's empty. Um, guys? Somebody?

Hey, guys…the hay barn’s empty. Um, guys? Somebody?

 

Conversation.

 

I know you have food in there. And I see you.

I know you have food in there. And I see you.

 

Mooooom! Not while I'm milking!

Mooooom! Not while I’m milking!

 

Prince Charles.

Prince Charles.

 

Texas beauty.

Texas beauty.

 

Twins.

Twins.

 

She thinks my tractor's sexy.

She thinks my tractor’s sexy.

 

Babies.

Babies.

 

Say, "Cheese!" (photo credit: McKenna)

Say, “Cheese!” (photo credit: McKenna)

 

Loving the country!

Loving the country!

 

Teenagers, man.

Teenagers, man.

What to see: Cows, cows, cows. Cows in the pasture. Cows being milked. Cows eating. And pigs! Rabbits. And more cows! Geese. Wide, open spaces. Good people. Cheese. And…cows. Ask Charles to take you in his new cheese cooler and show you his cheese-making room. He was so gracious to explain the cheese-making process to our kiddos!

What to do: We called ahead to ask about milking times. Dairy cows are milked twice a day, usually about 12 hours apart. While we didn’t want to hoof it out there at 6:00am, 6:00pm was okay. We went earlier (around 4:30 or so), so we could see the other animals and tour the cheese room and cooler before the milking. We stayed for part of the milking and left around 8:00pm.

How to prepare: Talk with your kids about where their food comes from. Read books on the topic. Research Dry Valley or your dairy on the Internet. Prepare them for how to behave around animals that can be skittish at times. Borrow a farming DVD from your local library. I bought one at Half-Price Books, and Ty (2) watches that thing about once a day (minimum). He’s hooked on tractors…bigtime.

What to take: A camera is a must!  If the dairy you are visiting sells milk or other refrigerated goodies on-site, be sure to bring a cooler with ice. Dairies are often a bit of a drive for us city-dwellers, so the trek back might be a bit much for cold stuff unless it’s packed in ice. Snacks are a good idea. Convenience stores are not nearby. Also, consider the weather when dressing. Layers are best, unless it’s a Texas summer. Make sure the kiddos (and adults, too!) are wearing sturdy shoes. While boots are not necessary, closed shoes are appropriate. Cute sandals and cow poop do not mix. I took baby wipes for the after-the-touching-of-farm-animals wipedown. My OCD, and all. Don’t forget the money! Dry Valley takes checks or cash for milk, eggs and cheese. The tour is free! Free is in my budget.


NOTEWORTHY

Don’t forget that The 30-Day Exercise Challenge begins THIS Monday, August 4! It’s not too late to join the more-than-500 women who will be exercising together but separately in their own homes (like good introverts). There’ll be daily updates and encouragement, both on our Facebook group and our group Pinterest board. If you need support and encouragement on your own fitness journey, this is the group for you!

The GIVEAWAY ends this Sunday, August 3! Don’t forget to check out this post to learn about how to enter to win!

The Diva Blogs!

The Diva has decided to try her hand at this blogging thing. Should I be proud or intimidated?

Hi guys! It’s the Diva here!:)

Let  me explain:  I wanted to blog, just once. If y’all like it, I will do another one.

Who wants to know some fun facts about me?

FACTS

1.       I love my mom. Duh.

2.       I love the color pink.

3.       I love chocolate meringue pie. I call it chocolate shampoo pie because the meringue looks like sudsy shampoo.

4.       I absolutely hate math. My mom makes me do it anyway.

5.       I love babies and baby animals!!!:)

6.       Cheer rocks!  As for  the people who don’t think cheer is a sport, it’s harder than basketball. Trust me!

7.        I love to draw.

8.       My family’s crazy, but I love ‘em.

9.       The Bubbe drives  me crazy sometimes.

10.   I’m a make-up fanatic!! Ask mommy.

That’s all for now.

The cutest wittle girl in the world (and don’t call me wittle!!!),

Sugar Bear
Baby Girl
Boo Boo
Precious One
The Diva

Twenty Questions

Yesterday, the Diva and I traveled back from Memphis, where we had gone to attend the wedding of a beautiful, gracious, intelligent, lovely, and hilarious friend. Holla, Susan!

As we headed back East, toward our snowy Mecca, the Diva suggested a game.  We had played that game for awhile (until we got to the Taco Bell in Jackson), when the Diva suggested we play Twenty Questions.  You know, the game where one player thinks of something, and the other/s ask no more than 20 yes/no questions in an attempt to determine what the thinker is thinking of.

Here’s a recap. Brace yourself.

Diva: Let’s play Twenty Questions. You go first.

Me: I don’t want to go first. You go.

Diva: No, you.

Me: Let’s rock-paper-scissors for it.

We rocked-papered-scissorsed for it, and she lost.

Me: Ready?

Diva: How do you play Twenty Questions, again?

The truth comes out.

I explained the game to her, and she thought of an object.

Me: Is it alive?

Diva: Yes.

Me: Is is an animal?

Diva: Yes.

Me: Does it have four legs?

Diva: Yes.

Me: Does it have fur?

Diva (thinking): I don’t really know.

Me (laughing): What? How can you not know if an animal has fur?

Diva (laughing): Well, it might.

Me: Okay, does it eat meat?

Diva: Some do, but this one doesn’t.

Me: Does it live in a house?

Diva: Yes.

Me: Is it a dog?

Diva: No.

Me: Is is a cat?

Diva: Yes, but it’s a particular cat.

Me (laughing): What? Cats have fur! Oy.

Diva (laughing): Well, I didn’t know if you call it hair or fur!

Me: You know that white vest I wear that you pet all the time?

Diva: Yes.

Me: That’s fur!  It feels the same as a cat.

(It’s faux, PETA. Calm down.)

Me: And what do you mean it doesn’t eat meat? All cats eat meat?

Diva: Not Sassy (my mother’s cat)! She eats cat food.

Me: Ugh.

***************New Game******************

Me: I’m thinking of an object.

Diva: Is it alive?

Me: No.

Diva: Do you find it in the wild?

Me: Yes, sort of.

Diva: Is it a music box?

Me: Yes, because every time I go out into the wild, I see random music boxes laying around with the little spinning ballerinas in them.

Diva (laughing): MOM!

Me: You asked for it.

Raising a comedienne,

AinW

Learner-Leader Day

In our revolving-door home, we always have at least one kiddo here at the beginning of each school year. No matter who’s here, each child has Learner-Leader Day to celebrate the beginning of another school year. Natural children, international students, whoever!  If a child moves in mid-term, he/she has Learner-Leader Day then.

What that means, in layman’s terms, is that, if you  like this idea, you don’t have to wait until next school year. Do it now!


Early on in our parenting career, we knew we needed a systemic way to impart Biblical truth and infuse good character into our children. When we stumbled upon the Farrel’s book, The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make, we knew we’d hit paydirt.

They celebrate Learner-Leader Day with their three sons each school year. Well, they don’t anymore, I guess. Those boys are grown. At least one has children of his own.

I guess they could, though. I won’t judge them.

But, I digress.

On the nth day of nth grade (i.e. 5th day of 5th grade, 11th day of 11th grade, etc.), each child has a special day. On that day, he/she gets to choose what we have for dinner and a special dessert. Doing it this way allows for each child to have his/her own day, which is important when there are four in question.

On that day, he/she is given a certificate which outlines the new responsibilities and privileges he/she will assume for that school year. You know, washing the dishes and getting a cell phone, setting the table and taking dance lessons, feeding the beast and having the beast. The certificate also includes an appropriate character trait on which to focus for the year, with an accompanying  Bible verse.  Further, the certificate shares with the child a unique gift that God is revealing in him/her that year.

The certificate, which we design using MS Publisher (you don’t have to be that fancy),  is discussed in the presence of the entire family at the dinner table, and both parents and the child in question sign it as a sealing of a covenant (our children clearly understand the concept of a covenant…do what you say you’ll do, read carefully before you sign). The certificate is then framed and hung in the child’s room as a reminder throughout the year.  Further, the Bible verse is one which the child commits to memory. When the child displays the focused character trait throughout the year, he/she is celebrated, and the scriptures are remembered.

Because taking on new responsibilities may not be exciting for a child, the day is topped off with a gift. It’s like a mid-year birthday celebration, an annual rite of passage, in our home, and the children look forward to it with excitement rather than dread.

Aside: We celebrate all kinds of things in our house: birthdays, spiritual birthdays, Learner-Leader Day, Pumpkin Party. Likewise, we have several, recurring fairies and elves which visit us while we sleep: the Pumpkin Fairy, the Panty Fairy (hey, sometimes a Diva needs a visit from the Panty Fairy…do not judge her!), the Christmas Elf, the Winter Wear Fairy, blah, blah, blah. More on fairies in another post.

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming: Big Daddy and I think and pray long and hard about these certificates, as they will determine the course for that child for a year. Since we only get limited amounts of time with our children (18 years, max), each one is critical. Over the course of a child’s time with us, he/she rotates through all possible household chores so that, by the time he/she is emancipated, he/she will be adept at running a household.

The goal for them is independence, right?

Further, we have imparted scripture and infused character systematically, leaving nothing to chance. Always a good thing.

Here are some links to the book from which this idea came, the certificate format we use, and a story on the aforementioned beast, all equally important:

10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make

McKenna’s Learner Leader Certificate Third Grade FINAL

The Beast

Happy Learner-Leader Day!

AinW

About Family Worship

At our house, we have a worship time every night after dinner. Each time this comes up in conversation, the person learning of our nightly ritual is (1) surprised (as noted by the signature lifting of the brows and downturn of the mouth) and, then, (2) curious.

Very curious.

I mean church is that place you go once-a-week, right?  How much sin do you have in your life that you need to go every day? you ask.

We have some very clear reasons for why we do this:

1. Christ died for us, who are of the very unworthy variety. The least we can do is set aside time each day to worship Him.

2. Everyone (whoever’s living/staying/eating in our revolving-door home at the time) understands the importance of regular Bible study and hears the gospel.

3. We “train up our children” by so doing.

4. We continue the traditions of our American forefathers, for whom this was a normality.

5. Each family member develops leadership skills in this process.

6. The discussions are indescribable.

There are other, more Biblical foundations for this; however, the blog’s not long enough for that, and that’s really Big Daddy’s area of expertise. If he wants to write about all those, he can get his own blog.

To be clear, family worship differs from church in that it is a more discussion-based format. During this time, whoever’s in attendance has the opportunity to have questions answered, share observations about the text (of either the scripture or the song/s), etc.

The question we always get is, “What does that look like, in practicality?”

Answer? Whatever works for your family.

After many tries at coming up with a format that works for us, we’ve settled into the following:

We worship together 4 nights a week (Monday – Thursday).

We worship directly before or after dinner, depending on the time constraints.

We open with a prayer, said by moi. I’m a leader of something! Yay, me!

Then a worship song, led by the Diva (aka Jewel) and her guitar. She’s responsible for rehearsing these earlier in the day as a part of her daily guitar practice so that she’s prepared to lead with excellence. We each have our own, homemade song books, originally created by Big Daddy and added to over time, as Jewel had learned more guitar songs. We have guest books, too, because you never know who’s going to be in this house when it’s time for worship.

Next, we have share time. There’s always a reason to share something great God has done for us/in us/through us during the day. Blessings abound. Sometimes the Diva presents her most recent memory verse or a Latin prayer she’s learned, etc. Sometimes I get to tell Big Daddy about how she blessed the Cable Guy. Whatever the blessing of the day is, we share it.

Another worship song. More guitar.

Then, expository Bible teaching. That’s Big Daddy’s part. He’s so good at it. He has handouts and everything! Right now, we’re working our way through Genesis, which is good because we are giving the Diva scripture with which to refute her 5TH GRADE SCIENCE BOOK which is riddled with evolution “facts”. *sigh*

Dog gone John Scopes! Dog gone Charles Darwin!

Big Daddy’s a master teacher. I keep telling him he needs to save up all this stuff and publish a father’s guide to family worship. (Anybody know a good publisher? 😉  He’s patient and well-planned; my two, favorite teaching traits.

Oh, and he’s cute, too, but you already knew that.

When he’s done teaching, and we’re done discussing, Big Daddy prays for us. Then, we stand and sing the Doxology together.

Then, we’re dismissed.

Sometimes Family Worship is over in 20 minutes. Sometimes we’re there for 2 or more hours. It all depends on the discussion. It’s all totally worth it!

Besides breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is one of my favorite times of the day. You should consider yourself warned that, if you come to our house for dinner, family worship is part of the package.  It goes something like, “Fried Chicken with a side of communing with a Holy God.”

And the price is just right.

Y’all come eat!

AinW

My Child Won’t Do Any Chores! A Solution…

At our house, as you know from the quee-chee post, we all do chores.

Big Daddy gets a reprieve from alot of them for two, simple reasons:

1. He works outside our home.

2. We have no grass to mow, and the garbage needs to be handled when he’s at work, usually. Refer back to reason 1.

While he does his fair share, the Diva and I do the bulk of the chores around here, and I don’t mind one bit. I’m so grateful to be able to stay home for the first time in my life and homeschool my daughter that a little sweeping here and there doesn’t phase me in the slightest.  Back in the day, when I was working about 60 hours a week, chores made me bitter and disgruntled, but NO MORE! Like Brooks and Dunn say, “I’m a brand new man!” Wait, I’m not a dude. Oh, nevermind.

Anywho, the Diva still tends toward bitter and disgruntled where chores are concerned; however, chores are a way of life. Adam was placed in the garden to work it (Gen. 2:15), then he and “the woman [God] gave [him]” sinned, and it got even worse (Gen. 3: 17-19).

We bear out that curse today. Can I get an, “Amen”?

The sooner the Diva gets used to it, the better off she’ll be, I say.

“Welcome to a fallen world, Sister!”I say.

The Diva pulls the covers over her head.

Anyway, thought I would share with you the process by which we manage her chores and allowance.

We use a chore chart.

I got tired of saying, “Did you brush your teeth? Did you make your bed? Did you straighten your room? Have you done the dishes?” So I solved the problem. I am a problem solver.  It’s like rocket science, really.

Basically, there are three, main times of the day that the Diva does chores: between waking up and breakfast, after breakfast, and evening.  She is responsible for checking on the chart whether she did it or not. This requires her complete honesty. The penalty for not being honest is bad.

Really bad.

And she knows it.

She may not get to go to Sonic for weeks, and that’s just not something she’s willing to risk.

The Diva’s a rocket scientist, too.

Once a week, on Sunday morning, she brings me her signed chore chart, and I trade it for her allowance. This is the way the world works. At the end of a pay period, an employee brings his/her boss a signed time card, and it’s traded for a paycheck, more or less.

The responsibility is fully on  her.

No reminding.

No nagging.

And never, never any fussing over it.

God forbid there be any yelling. We don’t yell in our house. Yelling makes me nervous. Plus, it isn’t necessary.

Her allowance is a dollar per week per year of age ($10 per week, at current), and she’s required to save 10% and tithe 10%. After that, she can generally spend her money however she wants, within reason. Sometimes reason (aka Mommy) has to step in, but not usually.

Here’s the beauty of this plan, besides a child’s self-regulation: a few weeks ago, when the cable guy came to install our internet service, the Diva got up from the breakfast table and started working on her laundry (she does her own laundry except for reaching down into the washer to get the wet clothes out…she’s too short).

Cable Guy stared at her for awhile. Thinking he might be a nut, I smiled at him as if to say, “Get back to work before I have to put the smack down on you, buddy. You obviously don’t know with whom you are messing.”

He said, “How did you get her to do that?  I can’t get my kids to do anything around our house!”

I smiled and shared the Biblical basis for this exercise (the idea of work…above, and the concept of honoring one’s mother and father).

He grinned and told me he hadn’t been to church in awhile and wondered if he should go back.

I went on to talk about how our recognition of God’s grace in our lives compels us to live with grace.

He was sure he should go back to church.

And take his punk kids.

His words; not mine.

Through obedience to her parents, the Diva was, potentially, able to lead an entire family back to the Lord.

She rocks I Timothy 4:12, I say.

She wonders if that deserves a trip to Sonic.

It is what it is.

Here’s the chart: McKenna’s Chore Chart

Couldn’t be more joyful,

AinW