I really lucked out marrying Joel because he has some of the greatest friends. Literally, my life in Oxford is filled with his hand-me-down friends from college who I claim as my very own. I’ve even enjoyed connecting with his high school friends when we are in his hometown. Today you get to hear from one friend of Joel’s I’ve so enjoyed getting to know online and in person, Josie Ortega. (Doesn’t she have a movie star name?)
This summer when we were driving to see my parents and stopped for lunch at a Chick-fil-a in Nashville and just so happened to bump into Josie and her adorable fam. It was fun to catch up with them over waffle fries and Ice Dreams. One of the things Joel asked them about was how they’d found community amidst the grind of raising small children. When Josie explained their Sunday night routine I KNEW I had to have her guest post and share this magically, genius idea. Plus, her writing voice and personality are just so cool, so you’ll enjoy that too.
I know you’ll be inspired to try a Sunday (or Thursday) Supper sometime soon!
The why and how of Sunday Supper:
We were new to the great city of Nashville, and when I read this article about a family’s weekly spaghetti and meatballs tradition—“Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life With Pasta,” I immediately passed it on to my husband Israel. We knew they’d laid a finger on something we wanted. Though we had various friends and connections in our new city, we longed for more of a community feel. I think it’s challenging, in any case, to make and maintain friendships as adults (no one told me that!). And when kids are thrown into the mix, the logistics are even trickier. We wanted to have a social life with small kids, and had already learned that oftentimes hosting at our place can be easier than loading up the troops to go elsewhere. So, we said: weekly dinner, let’s do it.
The rubber hits the road:
I’ve read all about how routine and structure benefit kids, but as with so many parenting topics (eating healthy, anyone?) I find that the adults may benefit just as much as the littles. Food-wise, we could eliminate decision fatigue even further by narrowing down our Sunday Supper menu. The family in the article that inspired us used a passed-down tried-and-true meatball recipe for their weekly gathering, with friends providing salad, bread, drinks, dessert, etc. We settled on serving a soup each week, at least in the fall, winter, and into spring. Not as simple as the same meal every Sunday, but still great: flexible for numbers, easy to save leftovers, only bowls and spoons required. (The summer was even more relaxed: pasta salad, tacos, grilling burgers and hot dogs.)