November Gift of Meals

Hello fellow meal swappers ūüôā

Heather shared at the last swap that in November we would be gifting meals to my friend Tina. ¬†I wanted to give you a little background information on Tina and the reason why a gift of meals would be a blessing to her family at this time. ¬†Here is a portion of a blog post from Tina’s blog about her surgery…

“Turns out I have multiple pelvic organs¬†caving in on each other.¬† Which requires¬†some hefty surgery.¬† In addition to a lengthy¬†recovery.¬†¬†Because of my ‚Äúyoung‚ÄĚ age, there is a risk of it happening again after surgery so my doctor has recommended¬†a lifetime lifting restriction.¬† Which will obviously impact my business in a huge way as a photographer used to carrying two bags, two cameras, and multiple lenses to each session.¬† It means¬†never lifting anything heavier than a gallon of milk‚Ķ¬†which has me wondering how I will get the vacuum cleaner upstairs or what my weekend scrapbooking retreats will look like or how I will take care of¬†grandbabies someday.¬† It means needing help to drain a pot of boiling potatoes, the end of winter shoveling, carrying smaller loads to and from the laundry room, and¬†doubling the number of¬†bags I use at the grocery store.

It also means a lot of¬†things that are scary to me. ”

I’m happy to report that Tina had her surgery yesterday and everything seemed to go well. ¬†She is in a lot of pain and will be in the hospital for the next few days. ¬† If you are able to gift a meal to Tina this month I know Tina, her husband & two teenage boys will appreciate the help as the “guys” in the family try to care for Tina as she heals over the coming months.

See you all on the 9th!

October Swap Update

Hi, Everyone –

Happy first day of October!

A couple of things… First, thanks to all of you for your flexibility in being willing to move up the time of the October 12th swap.¬† I’ve heard from most of you that that will work, so we’ll plan for a 3:30 pm swap at my house on October 12th.¬† We’ll return to the 8 pm time for the November meal swap.

Second, a reminder that extra meals for the month of October will go to my friend, Jen, who is on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy.¬† Their baby (a big¬†surprise, and #4) is due on December 1st, but she has already started going into labor, so is on strict bed rest for as long as she can sustain the pregnancy.¬†¬†She and her husband have three little girls between the ages of 5 and 8, so they have a busy household.¬† If this works for you this month, please bring an extra meal to the swap (so bring 11 to the swap rather than 10… Marci is sitting this month out, so we are down one) and I will pass it on to their family.¬† Marci’s friend, Tina, will be the recipient of extra meals for¬†November. Keep me posted if you¬†know¬†of someone we should designate for the month of December….

Third, Megan has contacted me about being interested in¬†transitioning to being¬†an “every other” month swapper.¬† Their family includes two kids ages¬†3 and under, and she’s finding that while she is really interested in continuing with the swap, they are not always getting through all of the meals each month.¬† I’m wondering if there is anyone in the swap who either knows of someone who might like to come into the swap to fill the “other” months that Megan would not be using, or if there is anyone who might like to switch themselves to an “every other” month status.¬† Please contact me if you’d like to talk more about either of those possibilities.

Last, a reminder to please bring 10 paper copies of your recipe to the swap, unless you submitted your recipe to the blog earlier in the month prior to Marci leaving for her Disney World vacation.  Thank you, and I look forward to seeing everyone in a week and a half or so!

Heather