The month of March is full of celebrations: family birthdays and Easter. Since my husband is a pastor, this is an extremely busy time for him (extra rehearsals, meetings and services). As such, our holiday celebrations don’t really look like they did when we were growing up. Rarely do we spend holidays with our family; our parents live out-of-town. Instead, we’ve had to think outside-of-the-box, change our expectations, and develop nuclear family traditions.
At the conclusion of Holy Week, my husband looks forward to a nice, long nap after services on Easter Sunday, followed by a celebratory dinner in the evening. Although we still indulge in yummy treats, egg hunts and the like, after becoming parents, we desired to help our children understand why we celebrate Easter, and to realize there’s much more to it than bunnies and chocolate. We don’t want to gloss over Who and what we are celebrating during this season. So, we’ve introduced the Christian calendar to our kids. Helping them to see the rhythm of our lives as it relates to our faith. Last year, Jon even wrote a Lenten devotional for the children’s ministry at our church. It was fun going through this with our kids during the Lenten season.
Along with Easter, we have a couple of birthdays to celebrate this month: my daughter’s and my husband’s. Several years ago, my husband began a tradition in our family called “Birthday Week”. Instead of merely celebrating the day a family member was born, we party the entire week. The celebrations are simple, but fun. Family Movie Night and a special dinner at home. Or, perhaps, being taken out for coffee or another favorite treat. Sometimes, the celebration even involves waking up to balloons scattered all over your room with signs hung everywhere. We all look forward to each other’s birthday week! It’s fun to be on the giving and the receiving end!
This year, since my husband’s birthday is on Good Friday, we’ll start his birthday week on Easter Sunday with a special dinner, and continue the party the following week. As luck would have it, the week after his birthday is Spring Break, which the kids have off of school and I have off of work! YEA! We’ll have some fun family time, and at the end of the week, Jon and I will get away for a couple of nights.
Our denominational conference hosts a Pastors’ & Spouse Retreat each year. This year, it’s held during Spring Break. Since my music studio is closed that week, we are both able to attend! And we are REALLY looking forward to having some time together at the Enzian Inn in Leavenworth, WA. It’s some much needed time alone, which we try to schedule a couple of times during the year to get away and connect. Yep, we’re looking forward to it!
March: Meals For a Month
1. Celebration Dinner
2. Salmon, Penne w/ Alfredo, Roasted Broccoli
3. Jamison’s Birthday: Surprise Lunch, Snack Supper/Leftovers
4. Southern Skillet Potatoes and Hot Dogs, Spinach Salad
5. Chicken and Dumplings and Green Beans
6. Snack Supper (make bread and chicken broth)
7. Chicken Noodle Soup with Bread and Sliced Apples
9. Crispy Baked Cod, Sauteed Kale, Cheesy Farro & Tomato Risotto
10. Dinner at Friends’ Home
11. Kids Make Dinner: Homemade Pizza and Veggie Tray
12. Daddy and Kids Make Dinner: Jambalaya, Green Salad
13. Daddy’s Makes Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner: Soaked Oatmeal Pancakes, Fruit
14. Snack Supper- Leftovers
15. Soup Supper and Bread
16. Roasted Portugese Cod, Green Beans w/ Balsamic Brown Butter, Spaghetti Squash
17. Dinner at Friends’ Home
18. Baked Spare Ribs, Corn Salad, and Green Beans
19. Fish Tacos, Mexican Street Salad, Cuban Black Beans
20. Snack Supper/Leftovers
21. Dump Chicken: Honey-Ginger Chicken, Whole Grain Pilaf, Roast Broccoli
22. Sticky Baked Chicken, Roasted Carrots w/ Sesame Ponzu Vinaigrette, Asian Cole Slaw
23. London Broil, 30 Minute Rolls, Green Pea Salad w/ Baby Spinach, Bacon & Dijon Dressing
24. Snack Supper/Leftovers
25. Chutney-Glazed Salmon with Quinoa & Sauteed Green Beans
26. Chalupa, Corn Tortillas, Toppings: Sour Cream, Pico de Gallo, Cheese and Green Salad
27. Snack Supper/Leftovers
28. Tamale Pie & Green Salad
29. Good Friday/Jon’s Birthday (celebrating on Easter): Leftovers
30. Breakfast for Dinner: Waffles, Bacon and Fruit
31. Easter & Jon’s Birthday Dinner: Beef Roast, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes & Garlic Green Beans