I get a lot of “young” moms that ask me about what I put in my kids lunch box every day. I used to chuckle when they would ask me that but then I realized that I probably asked someone too. So, I thought I would share a little bit about what I do in hopes that it gets some ideas flowing for you too.
Listen, I’ve been packing lunch boxes since my kids were three years old and have almost always “struggled” with new ideas for them, but one thing has always been the same…the love and prayers that go over their lunch each and every morning.
I spend the time that I am making their lunchboxes praying over my boys (who are teenagers now). I pray very specifically that these lunches would give them a send of home while they are at school. That the lunch would bring them some peace and comfort in the midst of their busy school day. I also pray that when they eat their lunch they know how very much they are loved.
It sounds simple enough, but the reality is that their bodies need the nourishment of the food I pack for them, but their souls need the prayers of their parents to build them up while they are away from home.
So the first thing I do when packing their lunch is to pray. Then there are a few basic things that I pack every day, and if you look at the picture above, that is actually my 15 year old son’s lunch for today. There is always a sandwich (I mix up the bread between buns, bread, wraps, raisin bread, etc), a snack size chip, a water bottle, a fruit, and a little “goody” for them.
When they were little I would leave notes in their lunch box. There’s a great book called “Love Notes in Lunchboxes” that I used to read to get ideas. Before they were old enough to even read I would draw pictures of their favorite items…you get the idea. Whatever it is/was, it let them know just how special they were (are) to me.
It takes a little more time each day, but I know that it is also one of my favorite parts of the morning. The food may change, but the prayers, love notes, and little “goodies” never do because they come from the heart of a mom.