There are so many things in this world to be thankful for. Family, friends, children, jobs, life...why is it so hard to translate that into a lunch? Well, because these things are not tangible. They're not guaranteed. They're gifts from the universe that can be fleeting.
I often feel a bit geeky and like I have far too much time on my hands when someone I know in real life says they're overwhelmed or feel inadequate when they see my lunches and meals. I have this to say to them: I make time for this. I make time because I need to. I make time because I like to. Much like they may enjoy reading their book or watching a movie, I enjoy making these lunches and then snapping a picture of them. Please do not feel inadequate or like you'd never be able to do it. You could, if it were something you enjoyed doing and then scheduled time for. I work about 28 hours a week. I don't have my children in a ton of extracurricular activities and honestly, I'm beyond thankful that I have discovered this creative outlet for myself. It's not for everyone. But if I can inspire you to think outside of the same old lunch, then I am thankful for that.
I am beyond thankful that the Bento Bloggers and the internet group I was so sweetly invited to join found me when it did. These people have no idea of the impact they have had on me and my life over the past few months. They've helped me through a pretty deep depression and basically saved my life. I won't go into the details, but I was beyond low.
Who can say that a lunchbox saved their life? I can. And I especially want to thank Kelly Lester, the singing CEO of Easylunchboxes for giving me one, albeit small, reason to wake up every day. Her light shines through my internet connection on a regular basis, and her enthusiasm and praise and appreciation for everyone who uses her products makes it all the more special. Thank you, Kelly. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
The lunch I made for this hop is quite simple...as I try to keep my lunches. Sometimes I go overboard (like the Angry Birds or my Walrus). I wanted to keep this lunch simple because it's more about having the time to show my kids I love them and be thankful that I have the ability to make these special meals for them. It's about the lunchbox...not the food.
It's a deconstructed sandwich made with homemade bread. I recently dragged out the bread machine we got as a wedding gift and started making bread. 12 years later, and it still works. The bread is awesome and makes the house smell so homey and wonderful. If only they made a baked bread scented candle...maybe I'm on to something there. There are tomatoes, grapes, graham cookies we got at IKEA and bologna roll ups. The mustaches are still a hit around here...and they basically revived this years lunch making, so I'm thankful for mustaches. And again, thankful for my ELB.
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