I love football season. I love watching my boys play. I love videotaping their games so I can share them with others. I love getting to know all of the other parents while cheering on our boys. I love how our town comes together and supports the team. I also love that it's only a season and we don't have this hectic of a schedule year round because I don't like having to fight so hard for family time!!
About this time every year, I start looking forward to the end of the season. I start looking forward to just hanging out at home watching movies on Friday nights and sleeping in on Saturdays. I start looking forward to family dinners when all 6 of us can sit down together more than once a week! Of course the picture I have in my mind never really happens at my dinner table!! But a girl can still dream!!
I know that soon the season will end and we'll be spending so much time together that we'll be driving each other crazy. We'll spend time adding leaves to our thankful tree and focus on being grateful for all that God has done for us this year. We'll spend hours in the car together as we travel to visit family for Thanksgiving. Then we'll move into the Advent season as we prepare our hearts and minds for celebrating the birth of Jesus.
Until then, I'll be adamant that we make Sunday dinner as a family a priority. Just the 6 of us sitting around the table talking about what we learned at church that morning. Just the 6 of us laughing and arguing over stupid little things. Just the 6 of us being a family. Not everyone will understand why Mom's making such a big deal about a meal. But that's ok, because I know that I'm fighting for more than just a meal together. I'm fighting for the connection between 6 people that will last a lifetime.
What about you? Do you have lots of activity in your house that interferes with family time? How do you stake your claim on family time?
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.