Sunday Lunch at the Maxwells

(I, Sarah, will need to work on getting a whole family photo better without a wide angle lens. I’m going to try for a photo from the kitchen. It’s simply impossible to do from the edge of the dining room and get everyone!)

On Sunday after church, we have the delight of the family joining together for lunch at our house. The girls and I do the meal preparation work because we want to give the mommies a break. Typically we have the same simple menu, one we started years ago when Steve wanted to make Sunday more of a rest day for me. Steve, with the help of the girls and me, makes up a huge batch of burrito beans every few months that we freeze and defrost for Sunday lunches.

Green salad
Bean burritos with fresh homemade whole wheat tortillas
Chips and salsa

Recently we moved to buffet style and paper goods to simplify. We reached the maximum size of our dining table seating18—and have a high chair at each corner of the table, and we are still a few more than that.

Our Sunday lunches are happy, loud, and a sweet time of family connection.

Trusting in Jesus,

Abby and Bethany often help Sarah make tortillas. Abby has been Sarah’s apprentice for so many years that she can easily roll them out herself.


Since we’ve overfilled our table, Anna sat with Ruthie here, and also got some baby-holding time in.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity!”
(Psalm 133:1)

25 thoughts on “Sunday Lunch at the Maxwells”

  1. Precious! Family gathered with a simple Sunday lunch sounds good to me.
    Could you share the tortilla recipe?

  2. Dear all,
    What great time for family fellowship and fun, than around the meal table.
    We love your big table, and it’s full! Praise the Lord.
    How nice that you too, Terri, get to have a rest!
    Would be interested to know how you make your yogurt as in the previous blog, great lot of pictures again by the way :).
    Sending our love to you all.

  3. What a special time of family fellowship (and good food!). 🙂 I enjoyed seeing these photos, too.
    Love, Mrs. Patti

  4. Great pics and a great tradition! My parents do this once a month for those of us who live nearby. They do keep it simple but vary the menu- Big pots of chili or gumbo, pot roasts, or chicken pot pie in the winter and usually grilling out in the summer. After the meal, we put the youngest kids down for naps and the rest of us play games. Board games in the winter, volleyball, soccer, bocce ball in the summer. Time spent with the family is such a wonderful thing and the kids will have such awesome memories!

  5. Are Anna and Mary back now, or was this taken before they left?

    I really enjoy all these emails. You all have been such an encouragement to me to keep making changes in our home to better glorify God and to make the best use of the time (finally had a “twins’ picnic” on Monday, by the way!) Thanks for the good work!

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