Tuesday, February 1, 2011

After Dinner Story: The Jesus Storybook Bible


We've started a new tradition in our house.

Our wiggly little boys want to jump up from the dinner table while their last bite of food is still in their mouths. Can anyone else relate to this? It's something about having a Wii waiting in the next room. Or unfinished Lego projects begging to be completed. Or a play kitchen that needs to be tidied up.

In order to keep them at the table until dinnertime is over, my husband has begun reading them a story from The Jesus Storybook Bible each night as soon as we finish dinner. It's their favorite book, and their Dad is their favorite storyteller. Now, instead of rushing from the table, they finish their meal, and eagerly wait in their seats for us to finish eating so that they can soak up the next story in the book.

They love the stories.

We love their faces and their questions and the precious family time we're enjoying together each night.


  1. What a great family tradition to begin! You are giving your family a beautiful foundation that will stay with them for years to come!

  2. What a great thing to do! I love that book - I was just looking at it again the other day.

  3. Look at Max's face! He's transfixed!

    I love this Bible. It's so well written. I'm glad you told us about it.

    And I think your tradition will reach hearts. :)


  4. This is great...what an amazing family memory :)

  5. We had our family devotions after dinner every evening with our sons until they got into high school sports and it was just too complicated. I loved that part of the day. You are off to a great beginning. Keep it up.

  6. we've been doing this too sarah! although my 2 littlest ones don't/won't/can't sit tight! we are just reading stories in the Bible that correspond with the stories in their childrens Bibles at the moment. it is good fun!

  7. We did this too when the kids were younger. It gets harder to do when they get to be teenagers with their busy schedule. Keep it up as long as you can. The kids will remember those stories has they get into their teen years. May God bless your family - what a treasure you have.

  8. I really like this idea. We don't have children yet, but when we do I want to make family time a high priority. I grew up eating dinner at a real table (almost) every night and I want to make it a time for learning and sharing.

  9. That's super cool! However... I think it would just extend our already long dinner time! Our son starts eating before we do and finishes long after we are done... and no amount of bribing or hurry usually makes it any better! ;)