SMALL STUFF… BIG DEAL…

Family meal times are one of the special parts of the day I always look forward to.

Maybe a small thing to some but it’s a big deal for me.

Three reasons I look forward to it (not exhaustive)…

1. DOWNLOAD.  That’s the time of the day where we can all gather and talk about what happened to every member of the family’s day – friends, school, disappointments, exciting stuff, future trips, memories from previous trips, Bible, experiences, real life stuff, etc.

2. UPLOAD.  This is a moment where Jenn and I can ‘upload’ some stuff in to their hearts during their most unguarded moments.  From Bible verses to conventional wisdom… values to vision for the future…

3. FILE SHARING. This can be anything to everything.  Crazy stuff.  Fun stuff.  Insane stuff.  Time where we watch Nathan moonwalk (or at least try to) like M.J.; where Janina sings her new favorite song; where Ryan… simply becomes Ryan… the funny guy… and Joaquin… well, what can I say about this cute guy.

Below is a video that just happened last night during dinner.  These things I actually look forward too.

Small stuff?  Big deal… at least for us…

Joaquin’s Beautiful Eyes from Paolo Punzalan on Vimeo.

PS. Here are a few links I got about the importance of meal times…

http://family.samhsa.gov/get/mealtime.aspx

http://www.supernanny.co.uk/Advice/-/Food-and-Nutrition/-/4-to-13-years/The-importance-of-family-meal-times.aspx

http://marriage.about.com/od/recipes/a/mealtime.htm

http://www.poweroffamilymeals.com/Mealtime_Matters/