Grateful

 Butternut Squash Soup

Greetings everyone! I know it’s been a little while since I’ve blogged so I just wanted to check in and say “Hi!” A lot has happened since my last post. Support Suppers celebrated it’s 2 year anniversary, I sent my first kiddo off to Kindergarten, we prepared for the first East Coast hurricane of the season, among many other things too. But as the seasons and our mindsets change I wanted to share some of these thoughts.

I am grateful for the Support this community has shown us over the last two years. You’ve restored my faith in humanity and showed me the kindness and compassion that you have for your loved ones. With your words and actions, I came to know an RVA that was different than the one I felt I knew before. If anyone is on the fence about how amazing this town is, give me a call, I can be very convincing and I have a lot of proof.

I am grateful that our community missed the wrath of Hurricane Florence, and am hopeful we don’t have to face another scare this season. I didn’t mind the crowds at Costco or the day off of school because I gained a weekend with my family where I didn’t have to worry about electricity or their safety, or spend my free time bailing water out of our basement and cleaning debris from our yard. I did a lot of cooking (and eating) this weekend, like the Butternut Squash Soup pictured above that was very distinctly NOT a peanut butter and jelly sandwich or cold canned spaghetti o’s like our neighbors to the South may be dining on right now. And I pray that those affected find the community support in their recovery the likes of RVA.

We have a tasty lineup of menus this week as well as our dates and menus for the rest of September and October. Check out what’s cooking and let us help you Support yourself or your loved ones with a delicious meal. Thank you for all of your Support and encouragement over the past two years.

Happy Mother's Day

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We hope that everyone enjoyed this beautiful Mother’s Day. We certainly had a fun-filled weekend laying low and getting some work done but still enjoying a certain amount of fun. 

On Saturday we headed to the South of the James farmers market for the first time this season. We picked up some Yoder’s Donuts, always a family favorite, fresh seafood and peanut and cashew butter from our friend and neighbor at Reginald’s Homemade. On Sunday the boys made me breakfast in bed and then we took a bike ride down to the University of Richmond to see all of the baby ducklings and goslings. This little turtle was our favorite find, but against my best efforts, my husband said we couldn’t bring him home :(.

This week we have two delicious menus to offer and we’ve also posted our dates and menus for June, July, and August. Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for exciting news and adventures starting later this week and through the weekend. Thank you for your Support, Happy Mother’s Day!

Making Mother's Day

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Being a mother of two young kids myself, my daily activities usually involve being around and interacting with other mothers and grandmothers. Many times I will overhear conversations sharing easy recipes, or good places to grocery shop with quick, easy meals that kids will eat and adults can enjoy too. It’s amazing, but certainly not surprising how much energy we put on ourselves to provide healthy, tasty meals to nourish our families and how much of a dreaded chore it can feel like day after day.

I’m in a place now where preparing food is one of the top priorities in my life and it seems very effortless for me to make homemade, creative dishes quickly and easily. Even clean up doesn’t seem to take as much effort as I remembered it feeling like when my work days were long and stressful. So while the meme picture for this Blog post is meant to be funny, maybe there’s some truth for some Mom’s to want to take a day off from cooking.

While we don’t have any meals on the calendar for the actual day of Mother’s Day, our Gift Meals make a great gift for the women in your life to give themselves a “night off” during the weekdays. Our Gift Meal cards are usually mailed but to ensure that all Gift Meal orders placed as Mother’s Day gift arrive on time, we’ll hand deliver or email all Gift Meal card orders that come in after 5pm on Thursday, May 10, 2018 up until 9am Sunday, May 13, 2018.

As always, we have a tasty menu lined up for this week. Check out what’s cooking and let us help with the cooking this week. Thank you for your Support and Happy early Mother’s Day!

Lyrical Poets

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When I started this business, I knew that I would be serving a variety of situations, some joyful, some trying and some devastating. I made the decision to stay empathetic to the people we serve without becoming personally involved. We aren’t the ones sending the dinner after all, we are the link between two human connections supporting one another.

But since I do personally hand-write every personal message, I always read it in its entirety before writing it so I don’t make any careless mistakes copying the words. Some of y’all...cue the waterworks...y’all know just what to say and say it with such thoughtfulness, care and grace. And that’s no easy task. Sometimes I wonder if it just came to them on the first try or if they spent hours on our website writing, erasing and rewriting the message before placing their order.

I’m envisioning myself in this situation, writing a thoughtful, poetic message, maybe even a relevant quotation, then reading it back to myself and chickening out to a safe and simple “thoughts and prayers”. I get it, I’ve been there, I’ve said some miserable things that I wish I could get a REDO on. This article has suggestions for how to respond during difficult situations:

Psychology Today - What Grieving Friends Wish You’d Say

Check out our lineup this week and our Fall Menus through the end of November. Thank you for your Support.
 

The Human Experience

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The weather was unseasonably warm the day after our family dog “Daisy” passed away unexpectedly and my husband and I were sitting outside as our kids rode their bikes in the driveway. A delivery van passed by so we moved the kids to the side waiting for the road to clear again, but the van came to a stop. We watched because my boys are fascinated by delivery trucks, but I was confident it wasn’t for us as we weren’t expecting anything. I watched as the young man emerged from the door with a flower arrangement of all white daisies and broke down in tears. My husband collected the arrangement while I gathered my emotions away from the kids. Without even reading the card, I received the message of Support.

When we created Support Suppers we sought to create a product and experience that helped people Support one another in a similar way. But as I look back at the past year at the feedback I’ve received and reviews you all have shared, I seldom hear stories of the emotional experience, like my own with the flower delivery. The flowers were beautiful, but the gesture brought me to tears.

This week on vacation, I am rereading Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant’s book Option B and as I relate it to my everyday work at Support Suppers, I want to reach out to my customers. Not just those that have ever received a gift from Support Suppers, but those that have sent them too.

What was the emotional experience of sending and receiving a Support Suppers like? Not the meal or the food but the gesture itself or the message in the card from the person or group that sent it. I know this isn’t always an easy topic, and we certainly Support a wide range of different situations in our customer's lives, but if you feel comfortable sharing, I’d love to know. Or if you have any additional feedback, we’d love to hear that too. Please email me at kate@supportsuppers.com. Thanks for your Support.

Sheryl Sandberg On How To Help Someone Who's Grieving

I've never seen anything make people fumble more than knowing how to Support and what to say to someone who is grieving an unthinkable loss. Here is a great read about a difficult topic. ❤️