Listening Hearts: Day 11

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is:

What’s your favorite sneaker?

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Asher Checkers Slip-On Sneaker - Kids'

Listening Hearts: Day 10

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is:

What’s your favorite color? Has it always been your favorite?

 

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Listening Hearts: Day 9

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is:

What’s something you always get compliments on?

Listening Hearts: Day 8

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is: What’s your favorite cookie to dunk in milk?

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Listening Hearts: Day 7

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is:

What’s your favorite flower?

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Honey’s favorite flowers are peonies. And our new house has them already planted! We can’t wait to see what color they are when they bloom this spring!

Quick Lunch: Molletes

For a person who loves to both cook and eat, I struggle with lunch. I work from home, which is lovely, but it means that I can avoid making a plan for lunch, which means that I often skip it. Plus, I am usually trying to cram a full work day into the time when my kids are at school, which means I will try to skip lunch to eek out more work time (a bad habit).

Molletes help with this, though, because they’re so easy and good that I’m motivated to take the 5 minutes it takes to make them. They also use up leftovers.

Ingredients:

  • bolillo roll or similar medium-sized roll
  • small pat of butter
  • mashed beans (refried beans, pinto beans, butter beans… whatever you have), heated through if you have time
  • cooked ham, cut into small pieces; chorizo; or chicken or mushrooms or scrambled eggs
  • shredded Chihuahua, provolone, or mozzarella cheese
  • pickled red onions or pico de gallo or salsa.

 

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  1. Slice roll in half. Butter each side and briefly grill in an oven-safe pan.
  2. Spread a thin layer of beans on the cut side of each roll.
  3. Layer a thin layer of meat or mushrooms on top.
  4. Finally, add a layer of cheese.
  5. Broil molletes for 3 minutes or until deliciously gooey.
  6. Serve with pickled red onions, pico de gallo, or salsa or all of these.

 

 

Listening Hearts: Day 6

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is:

Would you rather you best friend call your or text you?

In our family, there is a clear generation gap here, with the adult preferring a phone call and the kids choosing texts.

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Listening Hearts: Day 5

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is:

Do you now or did you ever sleep with a stuffed animal or blanket? Describe it.

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Above, Snowbell, a very precious bear. The kind you turn around and drive back to the hotel for.

Listening Hearts: Day 4

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is:

What’s one hobby that you tried but decided you didn’t like?

Honey: I played the drums for a long time–from 3rd grade through college–until one day I realized, quite suddenly, that I didn’t like it, maybe had never liked it, and didn’t want to do it anymore. There’s something kind of liberating to realizing that you don’t have to keep up at something.

 

Listening Hearts: Day 3

Our family has been working on a new daily practice: listening. Active, reflective, engaged listening that says to the other person. My desire is to understand you as you are, not to correct you or improve you or educate you.

To that end, we’ve been writing questions to help us get to know each other better. Some of these questions are serious; many are silly. Sometimes we laugh at things that are meant to be serious, and sometimes our silliness leads us into serious places. Our goal is to publish one each day on our blog. We hope you find them useful, either as prompts to think about yourself or as questions you bring to the car ride or the dinner table. They’re written by all of us, and you’ll see the diversity of our thoughts and interest in them, so in the questions themselves, you’ll get to know us a little better too.

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Today’s question is:

Would you rather be invisible or invincible?

This question was tough for us, but we eventually reached consensus: If you are invincible, you would remove the pleasure of overcoming challenges. Plus, everyone would want you to fight their fights for them. If you are invisible, though, you could go anywhere you wanted, so most of us eventually chose that one.

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