Take Them a Meal

A few months ago I received one of those group email announcements that a friend had her baby, and “please sign up to bring this family a meal.”  Of course I signed up, no question about it.  But then when the actual day to deliver the food arrived I panicked.

The thought of serving this friend of mine and providing a meal for her family in the midst of post-pregnancy hormones and the stress of so many things new while still attempting to balance the rest of her family was unquestionable.  Yes, of course I want to help.

But what should I make?  What will her family enjoy?  What do her other children like to eat?  What can I make that will look awesome when it arrives at her doorstep?  What can I actually cook without screwing up?

This is where I realized I was going about this all wrong.  I have 5 children and in the past have been blessed by some really awesome friends who have provided meals for my own family in those first exhausting, precious, stressful, beautiful (and in my case, painkiller induced) days at home with a newborn.

And this is what I realized.  Over 16 years and five children, I received many meals.  Honestly, I could not tell you what any of those meals were.  But, I can absolutely remember every single sweet soul who took the time to prepare and deliver a meal for my family.  Ultimately, whatever recipe you decide to prepare does not matter.  The fact that you chose to serve another person and their family is what is really important.

Just in case you are wondering, for this family I chose to bless them with Chicken Pot Pie, Fresh Cut Fruit and a Key Lime Pie.

Ten Days of Art, Part 5 – Don’t Try This At Home

Today was just one of those days.

I have seen so many different recipes for various homemade paints.  They all seem like such a great idea.  Who wouldn’t want children’s paints made with real products as opposed to the chemicals found in store bought paints?

Well, we gave it a try.  I made finger paints.


It was easy.  The consistency was perfect and it was a breeze to make quite a bit of paint.

Although, I am not certain I am sold on this chemical free alternative.  Before letting the girls stick their fingers in the paint I stuck my hand in first just to make sure it wasn’t still too hot.   After washing my hand it was still bright red.  The food coloring in the paints absolutely stains your hand.

I am all about making a mess, but the thought of red food coloring stains was not really on my agenda for today.

We will try something different tomorrow…