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“That turkey wrap was a nice surprise at lunch today,” he says as he puts the lunchbox on the counter, just home from work.

Making my husband’s lunch is a habit I started when we were newlyweds. Back then I would write a little something on his napkin so he knew I was thinking about him. A cute code message or a simple I love you. Like lots of other things, that habit wasn’t so consistent once children came along. Little growling tummies and empty juice cups took precedence.

Then one day it hit me. Not only was it was the sheer cost of lunches out, I realized something else. This husband and I – we were a family before children came along. I should make taking care of him a priority.


(Lots of Love in a Lunch Box is for children. But I picked up at the Lifeway store on a date night. There are plenty little notes that I can pop in his lunchbox. And the others I can spread around in children’s workboxes or on nightstands.)

So I tried to be better. I’d hastily throw something together before bed or during the morning rush. However, in the last few years I found something that really worked. Maybe it will work for you too.
While I am cleaning up supper I fix my husband’s lunch for the next day. Here’s a handy check list of benefits:

  • I can tuck yummy supper leftovers into a container right then.
  • I’m cleaning up dirty dishes, so it’s ok to dirty a few more dipping a knife into the mayo.
  • Children, wandering by, love to volunteer to help. They offer wonderful, new ideas to surprise Daddy. Little gifts of a mixture of chips. Plus, youngest can reach a water bottle and bring it for me to put in Daddy’s lunch box.
  • Homemade is healthier for him than drive thru.
  • Sometimes when making his lunch, I’ll make sandwiches for the rest of us too. Especially if I know it is going to be a full day the next day.
  • Thinking about his lunch helps me plan better lunches all around.
  • Fresh inspiration from $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook.
  • I can still tuck a love note in with his sandwich.

But really, this act of service shows love. Love in a lunch box. The simple habit of making his lunch shows my husband that he is important to me.


…Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13

Ok, so raise your hand in the comments if you pack your husband’s lunch. What are your easy, lunch box ideas?

-Tricia homeschools five children from preschool to middle school. She’s forsaken life in the drive thru lane for the road home. She’s saving bucks and her sanity with the frugal recipes and sock it away strategies of her Southern roots. You can find her facing that daily dose of chaos at Hodgepodge. Tricia is a.k.a. Hodgepodgemom.