Best Lunch Box Sandwich Ever Reveal

So Monday, I teased you with a description of the the BEST LUNCHBOX SANDWICH EVER, but failed to give up the actual contents of the sandwich.  The MOMent of truth has arrived. Drum roll please…

How to make the Best Lunch Box Sandwich Ever:

100 % whole wheat tortilla

Lavish spreading of humus on tortilla

Chopped veggies:  red/orange/yellow peppers, carrots, celery, scallions, tomato, lettuce

Lean meat of choice: turkey, chicken, tuna, salmon

Optional:  Finely shredded cheese of your choice.

Roll and enjoy taste sensations experienced when fresh, healthy and tasty are rolled together and savored!

For younger one’s slice and lay on a plate sushi style with their favorite dipping sauce – kids love to dip!

You are welcome!



A Mom’s Treasure

“Mom – pay attention to me!”

I think my children would love to shout that to me at times. You know the times, the times when we are busy with our own agenda and we push our children off to the side. Not in a mean sort of way, just in an “I’m too busy right now” sort of way.  Either way – it’s uncool.

Join me over at MomLife Today where I am sharing my take on what it is our children really want from us on any given day!


(And yeah, no fair, BEST LUNCHBOX SANDWICH EVER reveal must wait until tomorrow – but I do have pics and ingredients I will be sharing.  Once again my son picked up additional jealous lunch table guests who watched him eat THE BEST LUNCHBOX SANDWICH EVER today! At this point – he rubs it in their face that they don’t have one! I see a small business in the works here. Until tomorrow…savor the possibilities!)

Best Lunchbox Sandwich Ever

Forgive my absence…due to travel maxi-mus time in February I chose to go on hiatus here on the old personal blog and concentrate on family – and ministry over at MomLife Today.  I got a real life lesson in there are only so many hours in a day and has always been my policy, the home front comes first! And though I was not here, I have still been visiting YOU and am warmed anew by all God is doing in and through YOU in the blogosphere – blog on amazing friends!

I do have something earth shattering to share with you today though…The BEST LUNCHBOX SANDWICH EVER!

In an effort to “protect” my children from unhealthy lunches we have made it a habit around here to prepare good old fashioned sack lunches for “at school” days. Due to the picky nature of my daughter and her desire for continuity she was always happy with PB&J or a simple turkey and cheese sandwich with a piece of fruit, bag o chips and a sweet treat. Boring and not ultra healthy – but better than fast food fodder.

My son, on the other hand has varied tastes and now that big sister has gone off to college – and I am subsequently in, “How can I love my other child well before he goes off to college in three short years?” mode – I have been participating in lunch experiments.  I have thrown together all types of interesting concoctions – in search of taste and health sublimeness! (oops – that awakened my spell check – cool word, I’m stickin with it!)

As a result – I am proud to declare that I have discovered the BEST LUNCHBOX SANDWICH EVER. As declared by my son – and various lunchtablemates he gathers with each day.

Evidently, on the days I make this sandwich, upon it being gingerly lifted from it’s lunchbox cocoon…a crowd assembles, a faint drum roll can be heard in the distance, a slight group inhaling of breath is audible as he gently lays it on the table. As careful separation of the aluminum foil protective covering occurs, the eager crowd leans in just a bit closer…breath held, anticipation mounting. As the piece De resistance is fully revealed an audible gasp is heard and a faint Hallelujah chorus emanates from somewhere in the lunchroom distance. There before a crowd of dazed and drooling onlookers lies what will go down in small town folklore as the BEST LUNCHBOX SANDWICH EVER.

At least that’s what I’m envisioning…

Oh my, I’m at nearly 400 words now – I guess I’ll have to make the “big reveal” tomorrow.

And that my friends, is a lesson in how to leave people wanting more – or tick people off due to a bait and switch.

I hope you’ll be back tomorrow for the “skinny” on how to make the BEST LUNCHBOX SANDWICH EVER!

Cruisin N Smoosin!

OK – so maybe that is not even a word up there!

But hey…I was very blessed last week to spend five days on the Love Like You Mean It Cruise meeting and greeting people and being all around tropical and active! I committed to totally ignore all social media while spending time with my husband and ministering to other couples…and it was awesome!

Hubby and I had the pleasure of emcee’ing the nightly entertainment on the big stage and that was so much fun! I kept asking him to pinch me as I stood chatting with crazy amazing entertainers who love the Lord and minister to others through song, humor and magic!

I also had the amazing joy of spending lots of time with my fellow contributors over on MomLife TodayCrystal Paine and Dannah Gresh!  Too, too much fun!

Since I have been home I got right back into my momlife.  A college visit weekend with my daughter and then today…I had the EXTRA amazing fun of sitting with my son at the DMV as we waited, and waited, and waited, and waited … and then waited some more – but I am happy to announce we now have another driver in the Eyster household. So much for my new found “stardom” on stage, momlife is alive and well back here on dry land – HA!

My son thinks having a license is real glamorous too…but he will be in for a big surprise because what having a license actually means is I now have license to send him out to get milk, run errands and all around be my “go get it” guy!  That’s a whole different form of cruisin!



RoMANtic Done Right

Valentine’s Day is approaching…are you filled with anticipation?

I get that we women long for romance and wonder what our husband’s might be planning for us, but how about a change of plans this year? How about this year you plan something special for him?

Something you can both enjoy is a nice bottle of something fizzy. I recommend looking at Oddbins' range of champagne to find that perfect extra something.

Maybe just suggest to him this weekend that you are going to make all the Valentine’s Day plans – whether you prepare a meal at home, or make reservations to go out, you take the initiative to create a romantic interlude.

I have always preferred the at home route…our children enjoy a pizza and movie picnic in a separate room for our romantic dinner at home. The best part of the night are the giggles we would get when they’d peek around the corner and see their parents enjoying a quiet dinner together!

Modeling loving each other well is a wonderful Valentine’s gift for your children – and one they will carry with them into adulthood!

Looking for the perfect gift for hubby to top the night off? Are you aware you could do this at zero monetary cost?

Get a medium sized box, put nothing in it, wrap it up in extravagant red and white wrapping or with simple white tissue paper and a big red bow. When he opens it give him a knowing smile and let him know that’s your new night gown.

Simple…but effective roMANce!




Teen Watch

Raising teenagers really is a wonderful thing and the relational bond made through the years serves as an anchor in times of tumult.

In so many ways we as parents are given the opportunity to help our teens understand and navigate the world around them. Now, more than ever, that navigation requires intentional steering and a hand always at the ready to toss out a life preserver of truth.

Teens really do want to be spoken into, even if they initially roll those eyes, they are longing to be part of a conversation that enlightens and advises.

I recently read an article that discussed a disturbing social phenomenon that “pretty” is no more, now it’s all about being “hot” – and sadly that observation is true.

From the time I was very young I have been adept at people watching – you learn a lot about others by simply observing. Find an opportunity to observe the kids that your teens (and pre-teens) hang out with. The next sporting event you attend don’t watch the players on the court or field, watch the players in the stands.

Join me at MomLife Today to learn why observation leads to great opportunities to steer your teens towards a better course.

Stay The Course?

When your first born goes off to college there are so very many challenges.
Letting go, trusting God, an empty bedroom, a smaller ketchup bottle, no more long brown hair stuck in the vacuum cleaner brush, one less place setting, a sad cat, less conversation – I could make a lengthy list.
I could cry me a river too.
But I choose not to – I have spent the last 19 years training her for this time in her life and quite frankly, she is ready. She has stepped into her new life and is thriving. She has chosen friendships well, she is chasing after God, she is loving others, she spends time in the school library often…and the chapel. And down in the creek bed – she’s always been drawn to Him in creation.
As parents we hope and pray that what we teach them daily, what we model to them daily will become their own.
It has…and more.
Moms – keep pouring into your children. Before you know it, you too will be sitting on an empty bed, hugging a worn and well loved stuffed animal.
I assure you that every single MOMent you spent giving of yourself to her will be worth it.
Stay the course.

Sufficient Courage

Last week I wrote a post sharing the fact that I am sometimes unable to do or say what God is asking me to do and oddly this used to not be an issue for me.  But I have been plagued by this desire to hide, rather than allow my light to shine. I am consistently finding myself paralyzed by fear and though intellectually and spiritually I know that is a wrong attitude…I still seem to go there.

Yesterday God through a brick at me.

In the form of the sermon at church and the music we sang during our praise and worship time.  I mean really…did the Pastor read my blog and build his sermon around my post last week?

Suffice it to say I am now spending time intently studying Philippians 1:12-30 as it so directly is related to the battle I have been in for the past several months.

I do want to be courageous and speak the words God has given me to speak, understanding that in doing so I will encourage others to speak of His goodness and truth.  I need not concern myself with others, or their motives, I need only speak and realize that as long as Christ is shared I should rejoice.  I need to in no way think I am unworthy to speak, or be ashamed – it is Him speaking through me.  I will let the joy that surges through me be evidenced as Christ’s joy and not hold back for fear of offending or calling attention to myself.  It is not me, it is Him through me.   I will stand firm for the gospel and not be frightened by what anyone thinks of me.  I will believe, I accept what has been granted unto me for Christ’s sake regardless of the suffering.  I will boldly glorify God with my life.

I will not believe the enemy and his lies, I will trust God.  My joy influences people for the Father and joy is the enemy of the evil one…I will not allow the evil one to steel my joy.  I will persevere, I know the truth about how to have joy and I will share it and no longer be silenced.

Joy is the intense fulfillment of carrying out God’s’ intention for me.  I know what His intention for me is and I will joyfully speak and bring Him glory!

It is all about Him and I have sufficient courage to obey!

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