Family meals are a hugely important yet often overlooked (or sacrificed) part of life. Kelsey and Robby Nixon recently found out just how important they can be.
Like most families out there, the Nixons strove to sit down and have breakfast together with their 4-year-old son Ollie and 3-month-old daughter Nora. Like most families, the general hectic pace of life often got in the way of those plans.
This past February, the mother of two saw first hand what broken dinners, lunches and breakfasts had done to her family. So she decided to try something new and start a breakfast meal routine that would allow them to connect and rebuild.
2 years ago in 2015, the couple lost their son Leo and like most mothers, Kelsey didn’t know how to process her grief associated with the loss of her son. It also meant that she let go of her second biggest life passion, cooking. Saying, at the time, “I no longer found joy in cooking for the people I loved most and seemed to have fallen out of love food.”
“So we began relying heavily on convenience foods and delivery, and we rarely sat down at the table together.”
Soon after that, she explained that, “I began to recognize how this was affecting us. Family meals had almost always been at the core of our greatest memories, celebrations and traditions, but they were becoming a rarity. I knew better, but I was also in a state where I was thrilled just getting from one day to the next.”
But a light bulb went off and Nixon decided that she wanted to bring her family back together and created the family breakfast project. Of course like any family, some mornings were very successful while other ones didn’t really work. But the ultimate goal Nixon explained was for her family to break bread together.
That simple decision changed everything because it gave the foursome a fresh start. Check out the full, moving piece here.
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