Savor Food and Special Family Moments Filled with Love


When was the last time you had a meal you really savored as you ate each bite? Tonight was the first time in quite awhile that our table was free of extra stuff. We used placemats, and actually put each serving dish on the table. There were four of us, but I think one of us chose to really savor her food.

Let me explain.

Because of a lack of space and various other reasons, my son needed to use the dining room table for his art and computer. So for months, we either ate at a cluttered table or in the living room. This week we set up an art desk and a table for the computer right next to the shelf where he keeps a lot of his supplies. It’s almost perfect, looks so much better and is practical for him.


With the table freed up, we took the last leaf out to have a smaller table that still seats about six. But now it is clean and can be used as it was intended. Tonight’s meal might not have been that savory or even that great, but we ate it at the table. There were four of us including my 4 year old granddaughter. And we enjoyed it.

As I stated earlier, one of us was very excited as she savored her food. I served beef roast with broth, carrot/raisin/apple salad, and a green salad. It reminded me of my mom, because she almost always served carrot salad with roast. It wasn’t the best or the worst meal I’ve served, but to my granddaughter it was special because we all sat together at the table.


As our meal began, we held hands and prayed, thanking God for our food. She declined the green salad but savored the other salad and the meat. As she tasted her food she kept exclaiming, “This is sooo good!” Of course that did my heart good, but the best part was seeing her so happy.


About halfway through the meal she said she wanted to pray again. So we held hands and said, “Thank you, Jesus, for the food. Amen.” Then she wanted to pray it by herself, still holding our hands. It was such a precious moment.

I wonder how many times we miss special moments during ordinary events on ordinary days. Our meal tonight wasn’t anything special, but to a little girl it brought a lot of joy. I don’t think it was just the food. No, it was more than that. It was family enjoying time together, slowing down to enjoy the happiness of a sweet child.

May I remember to savor each moment with family. None of us know how long we have to live on this earth. Instead of rushing or wasting time arguing, why not learn to savor the time together. This is another granddaughter, the older sister, and I got to spend time with her this past Saturday.

savor the moments
a special time


We can even savor moments in nature, sometimes unexpectedly. One afternoon I was walking around our property and discovered the moon. It looked almost full and I paused to snap a photo.

savor nature moments
a full moon in the late afternoon

How about you? What are you finding to savor these days? I’d love to hear from you!

And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. 
For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. 
And always be thankful. Colossians 3:15 NLT

I’m linking up with Five Minute Friday where the prompt word is savor.

14 thoughts on “Savor Food and Special Family Moments Filled with Love

    1. Oh, yes, children are so full of wonder and get excited at the simplest things and we grownups could learn a lot from them. My little granddaughter has taught me so much about slowing down and enjoying life. Blessings to you, Melissa! xoxo

  1. Oh Gayl, these are such special moments that God blessed you with! Thank you for sharing them with us, and encouraging us to watch for moments to savor also. I love your precious photos with your Granddaughters. I am sure they will savor those moments too. Blessings and love to you Dear friend!

    1. Yes, Bettie, and I cherish each of them. God is good to me and I love my grandchildren so much, as I know you do yours. Blessings and love right back to you! xoxo

      1. This post brought me so much joy. Oh that precious heart and smile. And the photo of your special time with your eldest granddaughter at the end also. Thank you so much for sharing this, Gayl. May God continue to cover you all in His mercy, bringing smiles and laughter daily, when you need it most.

        1. Thank you, dear Anna. Yes, both events were so special. I love them so much. And thank you for your love and prayers and encouragement. Blessings to you! xoxo
          Oh, and just a correction – this granddaughter is the younger one’s older sister, but not the eldest granddaughter. I actually have one who is graduating from high school this year and will be 18. And I wonder how the time went by so fast!

  2. As a working mother, sometimes my children complain that I cook the same meals over and over again. My 15 year old daughter is at a stage where she’s trying her hand at cooking and baking. So she’s got all my recipe books and trying different things. They all come out delicious. So when she cooks we all enjoy what she prepares and savor every bit of it.

    1. How fun to enjoy recipes made by your daughter! You can savor those precious times along with the great food. 🙂 Yes, we mothers sometimes have to just do what easiest and familiar. So it’s nice that your daughter pitches in that way. Blessings to you!

    1. Yes, Laurie, it’s always fun to have more family at the table and to actually eat at the table! I love these special moments. Blessings to you!

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