When you have a house full, someone’s always hungry, and it seems like there’s always a team in the midst of either making, serving, or cleaning up! Oh, and taking care of the little ones. Keeping the kids happily occupied so the parents can get the food prepared might actually be the most challenging job of all… especially since kids seem to get hungry about every two hours(like some fathers I know…Alan didn’t say Jonathan ate like a shrew when he was little without cause 🙂 ). We tried to serve lots of traditional American food & discovered some real hits: German children don’t eat corn on the cob. They eat it already cut off…but the kids loved chewing corn off the cobs for themselves! We roasted hotdogs and toasted marshmallows, and we discovered that “smores” aren’t common in Europe, but still Europeans like s’more too! Samuel also really loved our “pirate food” (which he explained is anything you can eat with your hands…like a pirate)! Linda’s family brought some special ingredients from Germany to our home too, and one day they prepared us an unforgettably delicious German dinner! And, I do mean “one day,” because it took most of the day to make enough extraordinary food to feed all fifteen of us. Also, according to their generous hospitality, there was more than enough of everything that anyone could possibly want.For instance, Linda master-minded not just one cookie-sheet-sized apple strudel but two! (And, yes, they had both been devoured by the next day.) While some of the adults “slaved away” tirelessly in the kitchen, others kept the children busy (and safe 🙂 ). Mid afternoon, there was even quite a lovely swim time to cool down.Aunt Brianna and Samuel put together another high chair for us. And, Aiden oversaw his big brother’s workmanship (under Uncle “Dole”‘s watchful eye). Finally even the watched pots had all boiled (or simmered, as some recipes necessitated), and it was time to serve up all the marvelous dishes! Uncle Johannes carved the roast beef. The masterpiece was complete: all hot and done perfectly at the same moment/1Our family is very informal and generally eats buffet style, which is so simple! It saves dishes, makes serving a snap…and if you want more of anything at anytime, it’s just so easy to get yourself more whenever you please. 🙂 We waited until after the children were fed and put to bed before enjoying our dessert and tea. The apple strudel and ice cream were “to die of” delicious (as Alan would say). Thank you, dear ones! We loved every bite.
Did you know that “The Golden Rule” (“Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you”) is not actually a verse that can be found in the Bible? Still, I believe it is a golden rule, and I couldn’t help but think of it as I sat at the table that night, enjoying all the love and hard work that went into preparing our scrumptious German dinner. Hard work is fun when it’s done for and with people you love. In fact, all of life becomes a joy when it’s a labor of love. Thank God for the joy of giving and receiving love!
“A new commandment I give you, That you love one another, as I have loved you” (John 13:34).