I was going to title this post: Thankful For Friends but then decided to say who I am especially thankful for today, Hungry Mom On The Run.
|New Years Eve|
I am lucky to know the blogger behind Hungry Mom On The Run in real life. She has been a great friend to me for the past 5+ years. We, like all friends have had our ups and downs, but in the end I know this girl has my back.
|Marine Corps Marathon 2011 – carrying my water for me|
The past two weeks have been rough for me. I wish I had a reason to give you as to why they have been hard, but I don’t. Karen [Hungry Mom] has literally been lifting me up, helping me solve what the root of my problem is and helping me figure out how to fix it.
The other day I tweeted about my son throwing up and my coffee creamer being expired. I needed coffee but couldn’t leave the house. She showed up on my door step unannounced with a soy latte in hand. Who does that? A good person and a great friend. She gave me a hug and told me my day would get better, we all have bad days. I happen to be a very vocal person. I share those bad days, but just because others don’t share them doesn’t mean they too don’t have them. She made me realize how I was being self centered by thinking I was the only one who struggles with raising three children [she also has 3].
Saturday we got to run together – alone. I don’t even know the last time I have run with just her – I’m racking my brain and nothing is coming to mind. Well Marine Corps Marathon is coming to mind, but a breathless two painful miles is not the same as an easy 8.
My dear friend Kelly [who is one of the most beautiful people I know - inside and out] said she would watch baby C for me so I could go on a solo run. I was beaming inside that not only was a great friend watching my son so I could run, but that another friend was taking time out of her busy schedule to run with me.
|Kelly – Beautiful Inside & Out|
On the run we determined that I need to start meal planning. Many of you have asked me what I eat on a weekly basis. I listed out food [Read: Do I Cheat On My Diet HERE], not meals, because the truth of the matter is – I am a TERRIBLE cook. My mom was an amazing chef and made the most delicious meals. I never had an interest in learning how to do it myself because I wanted her food, not mine.
I do make food for my family but when I say make, I use the term loosely. I don’t really cook elaborate meals. A plain chicken breast with a side of quinoa and peas is about as crazy as I get, and while I could eat like this my whole life and be fine with it – my kids and my husband are bored with it.
This morning Karen came over to help me learn how to meal plan. How to figure out what to buy at the grocery store before I get there and how to cook it. This may seem simple to most of you, that’s okay. There are some things I am good at and other things I am not so good at. This is something I am not good at but with her help maybe one day I will be?
I have never MADE the time before to learn how to cook or to learn how to meal plan, but I am making the time now.
As I get older I realize that one of the BEST gifts from others is the gift of time. Everyone is busy so when someone takes time out of their schedule to help you, do something nice or even just lend their ear – we should appreciate it the same way or more so than a material gift.
Thank you Karen for the gift of time……
Is there someone to whom you could give the gift of time to this holiday season?