Welcome to 52 Sunday Suppers.
Last fall, my friend Susie and I were roomates in sunny California at the Re:Write Conference. Early one morning, clad in our pjs over coffee and prayer, an idea began to percolate. An idea that combines our shared passion for meals. And family. And faith. We have lots of shared passions.
We started wondering about family meals. Not just our family meals, but yours, too. Susie and I realized we were definitely Sunday supper girls. We love the time honored tradition of a good, old-fashioned Sunday supper. We started asking around and it turns out you like Sunday suppers, too!
But, (and you knew there was one) it seems that for every cheer we heard for Sunday supper, there was a hesitation. Even confession.
Life is so busy. I don’t know what to cook. Sundays aren’t the best days for us.
I get it! Our family eats together almost every night. But, (see, here’s mine) our suppers have gotten sloppy. Manners have slipped, we rush through our meals, and some nights we are just downright skimpy on gratitude. Lately, after plates have been cleared and I’m alone in the kitchen washing dishes and sweeping crumbs I wonder, Why is my biggest passion—gathering family and friends around the table—such a challenge? It’s time for a change.
Meals matter. Family matters.
I believe this with all my heart and I know you do, too.
Take a minute and think about your most recent family meal. What does your supper situation look like? Maybe you aren’t eating together as a family as frequently as you would like. Perhaps, your children are grown and you’d like to share your table with neighbors and friends. Maybe you find yourself in a recipe rut and just need some encouragement and fresh meal ideas.
Susie and I made a commitment to encourage and hold each other accountable this year. We are challenging ourselves to 52 Sunday Suppers in 2013.
Take the challenge with us! Join us in a revival of the Sunday supper. Speaking of Sundays, maybe that’s not the best day for you. That’s ok! Our family has a Friday night Sabbath supper, which as you remember is my One Word for 2013.
How can you take part in 52 Sunday Suppers?
1) Make sure you are subscribed to my blog via email. It’s free and when you subscribe you’ll receive the weekly 52 Sunday Supper recipes, Mealtime Prayers, and encouragement.
2) If you haven’t met Susie Davis, go visit her blog and sign up to get her blog posts too. Trust me, you will triple heart love Susie.
3) Pick a day of the week for your Sunday supper. Although we eat dinner together most nights, we are going to be more intentional about our suppers on Fridays. (But, that might change during high school football season. Who knows? We may switch to Wednesday morning pancake breakfasts!) There’s a ton of grace here, friends. Do what works for you.
Join Susie and I each week for 52 Sunday Suppers. We’ll share recipes, conversation starters, prayers, even an occasional playlist to inspire your Sunday Supper experience.
Happy Sunday, friends!
Natanya @ Fete & Feast says
What a wonderful idea! Sunday supper is one of my fondest childhood memories and I love this focus on returning to a true family dinner.
Thank you, Natanya! I hope you’ll share some of your favorite childhood recipes with us. We’ll be having a link up soon. So glad you stopped by. 🙂
This is really a creative way of sharing table time with new food ideas! Thanks to you and Susie for such an inspiring idea.
You are welcome. Hope you’ll join us this year!
Great idea!! Looking forward to it.
Yay! Love it when you stop by the cafe, my friend. xoox
Jen (Balancing Beauty and Bedlam) says
Thrilled for you sharing this passion with others. I often mention that we have to fight for our family meal time and this is such a fun way to get others excited about it. 🙂
Jen – we are kindreds, friend! 😉
Be still my heart Kristin–you’re doing it. This right here reminds me of the song I sang today:
“You make beautiful things. You make beautiful things out of dust. You make beautiful things. You make beautiful things out of us.”
This. The table. The meals. The family.
These are beautiful things He is using! You are beautiful!
Kamille – You know what would be beautiful?!? Is sharing a table again with you. I have half a mind to jet out to the PNW and just show up. You know, if it weren’t for the Husband and four Littles. 😉 Miss you, friend. Thanks for putting one of my favorite songs on my mind today.
glynis wood says
Hi Kristen! Count me in :). Would love to join in on the fun! Hears to a happy, healthy, grateful New Year.
Glynis – So glad you are on board! We’re going to have fun at the table this year! 🙂
Yay – so excited for this! Pray about a February coffee at HP to promote it!
Christy – Susie & I would love to come to HP. What fun! 🙂
YAY! I definitely want to follow along! We’ve gotten SO lazy about suppers- in front of the tv with sandwiches way more than I want to admit. 🙂
Kelli – So glad you’re going to join us! And, I’ll be sure to include some gluten-free and allergy friendly recipes too. How tired are y’all from AMTC? I think I’m making breakfast for dinner tonight just to trick myself into staying up a few more hours. xoxo
I’m loving this. Will definitely be following along.
Meghan – So glad to have you at the table!
Love this idea!
Just went to Susie’s blog as you suggest. Oh my. I want a friend like that. You two make a dynamic duo. Cannot wait to follow along for 52 Sundays. Once again, you’ve got me wishing Austin & Nashville were neighboring cities! Love & Blessings, Kim
Isn’t Susie the best? Trust me, I know how blessed I am. Austin & Nashville are closer than we think. Plus, we need you to start the mealtime revival in Nashville for us! Love to you, friend.
I live love love this idea/concept! I have often thought the same of our supper time moments. A hurried wrote prayer is said, they eat, they leave. Wham Bam. Thank ya ma’am- I miss our table talk and devotion time, but life doesn’t always seem to allow. THIS, however is do-able! One night. Designated togetherness and being present… Truly present! Love it!!
Thanks ladies!! :). You rock!
Kristy – Glad you are at the table for 52 Sunday Suppers. It’s going to be a great year!
Mary McRoy says
My girls are grown with families. We are having at least one Sunday meal a month. I am looking forward to having the time to slow down and enjoy each other plus a great meal. We had Sunday dinner with their grandparents when the girls were growing up.
Mary – What a great tradition you are continuing. Please chime in and keep us posted on your Sunday suppers – I love perspectives from all stages of family life!
Shelly Miller says
Now that I finally clicked over and read this I am really excited. I’m observing true Sabbath this year, writing about it this week and this just fits perfectly. I’m going to share it on my next post. Doing a Surrendering to Sabbath Society on my blog. More to come. Sending lots of love.
Oh Shelly! We need to talk. We are truly kindreds. Sabbath is my One Word for 2013. I’ve been trying for 3 years and finally decided to listen to the call. 😉 I will definitely be part of your Surrendering to Sabbath Society.
I just came across your bog on Pinterest. I am so excited about this! My hubby is a pastor and meal times can be crazy for us, especially on Sundays! Looking forward to some fresh meal time ideas!
Tara, Susie’s husband is a pastor too. We know all about how Sundays can be crazy. My family actually has our Sunday supper on Fridays! (And the leftovers are even better on Sunday) I’m so glad you are joining us.
Kristin!!! Do I get your round wooden table with the 52 suppers??!?!?!? You know how I L-O-V-E that table (and you too of course!). How do I sign up? My family thanks you advance! : )
Love always – Jdave
JDave – I’m so glad you are going to join us! Did you subscribe to the blog – there’s an email form on the right. You’ll get my blog posts delivered to your inbox. Susie & I will send Week One of 52 Sunday Suppers out this Sunday.
I’m IN! I’m SO IN! Love this, and more than that, love that way that you are allowing God to bless your Schell Cafe world — a big hug sent your way!!!!
I want a real hug, friend! Hoping the Lord sends you our way in 2013. xoox
Steph P. says
i signed up to be part of Shelly’s group, so i’m definitely signing up to get in on this!!! my Sabbath’s definitely need saved. no doubt about it.
looking forward to these ideas!
Steph, Welcome! I’m so grateful for Shelly and the Surrendering to Sabbath Society.
Sabbath is my One Word for 2013, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store. And our 52 Sunday Suppers are a big part of that for me.