We’re Out of Bread!


We’re out of bread!


Maybe that seems like a simple issue. Go to the store and get more. But what you don’t know is that I went to the store three times last week. Yesterday my in-laws came for a visit and brought tons of yummy treats. Still…We’re out of bread.


My goal is to always be prepared and have extra of anything possible to store. In our garage, we have a second refrigerator and two freezers. I fill these with backups whenever that item goes on sale. With two teenaged boys and two growing girls, we need a lot of food.


But still, this morning, my husband looks at me and says, “Hey, we’re out of bread.”


Don’t misunderstand me. I love being a wife and mother. Taking care of my family is a privilege. It’s the grocery store I’m not fond of. Now that our local university is back in session, Fred Meyer is packed like a clown car at a circus. I actually had to drive around looking for a parking place. All this for the honor of pushing a cart with no tread on one wheel and an intermittent, high-pitched squeal. And when I get to the end of the journey, yep, that’s when I get to hand over all my money.


The other option is one of those huge, mega-warehouse establishments. It feels less crowded, at least until you get to the check out, but the fruit is only fruit in looks. One bite of that shiny apple and you know you’re tasting some kind of man-made replica. There’s no flavor. I don’t know how they do it, but this store has actually sucked the flavor out of their fruit.


All right. Deep breath. Here we go.


It’s time to accept my fate. We’re out of bread.


Today, I’ll be going to the grocery store.


What will you be doing?




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Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and award-winning author of six books, including More Than We Remember, What Happens Next, and the Christy Award-winning The Way It Should Be. She is the mother of six children and is passionate about helping others find hope after trauma.


  • Donna Moore

    I totally understand the feelings toward the grocery store. We have a small one in our town that charges outrageous prices for not great quality so I drive to the next town over to go shopping. Every trip feels like a huge waste of time. While you are out you should probably go ahead and pick up milk and eggs. You know those always are low too.

  • Grandma

    My Mother would by “tons” of bread and put it in the freezer. My brothers would come home from school and it’d be gone in no time. Ya see, they each had to have 1 loaf of toast just before dinner. Then of course there were the bedtime snacks.

    I use to make bread – 4 loaves at a time – and it’d be gone before the day was over. Didn’t have a bread machine then either. That special treat didn’t last very many months cause we spent way more than the cost of buying a loaf.

    Sorry, seems like it’s just part of the kiddo scene. Oh, and don’t forget what Donna said cause those things will be soon gone too. Maybe you could pick up another chocolate milk since I’m sure someone besides you found it in the fridge.

  • Heidi Chiavaroli

    You’re not alone, Christina! I’ll be heading to the store today, when I just was there two days ago for a quick run to get shortening. *sigh*

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