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Happy National Sibling Day! :)

10 Apr

Today, April 10th, is National Sibling Day! I take that as a reminder to stop and be grateful for the siblings (and those who are so close to us that they’re like siblings!) that God gave us.

I really appreciate reminders like these because often times, for me, life just feels like it’s going by so FAST and I forget to slow down and look around. Loving those around me is one of my most important jobs here in Earth, and I admit that it’s easy to stray from that because of the business of life.

Laundry, making dinner, bills, taking kids to and from school and dr appointments, cleaning the house (I’d say my least favorite!), etc…. the list goes on. The crazy part is that as soon as I cross something like this off my list, another things goes on there! And not only that, but pretty soon after I’ve crossed something like laundry off my list…. it goes right back on! All of these things will always be on our lists.

We don’t know how much time God has given us with our loved ones. So today, be sure to take the time to tell those you love how much they mean to you. Sit down and write a few thank you cards that have been on your mental to do list (or is that just me that needs to do that ;)). Call or skype family or friends who are out of town. Laugh with your family tonight. Laughter is SO healing. A happy and joyful heart brings health to the bones… truly!

I know that’s what I’m going to go do… I’m headed to call my sisters! 🙂

Here are a few cute printables I wanted to share too….



a cheerful heart is good medicine



Information Please

23 Mar

My grandmother shared this story with me, and it truly touched me… I had tears streaming down my face by the end! It’s just an amazing reminder to be intentional with this life that God has given us!!! You can make a difference!!

When I was quite young, my father had one of the first telephones in our neighborhood. I remember well the polished, old case fastened to the wall. The shiny receiver hung on the side of the box.

I was too little to reach the telephone, but used to listen with fascination when my mother used to talk to it. Then discovered that somewhere inside the wonderful device lived an amazing person – her name was “Information Please” and there was nothing she did not know.

“Information Please” could supply any body’s number and the correct time.

My first personal experience with this genie_in_the_bottle came one day while my mother was visiting a neighbor. Amusing myself at the tool bench in the basement, I whacked my finger with a hammer. The pain was terrible, but there didn’t seem to be any reason in crying because there was no one home to give sympathy. I walked around the house sucking my throbbing finger, finally arriving at the stairway.

The telephone! Quickly, I ran for the foot stool in the parlor and dragged it to the landing. Climbing up, I unhooked the receiver in the parlor and held it to my ear. “Information Please,” I said into the mouthpiece just above my head. A click or two and a small clear voice spoke into my ear.


“I hurt my finger…” I wailed into the phone. The tears came readily enough now that I had an audience.

“Isn’t your mother home?” came the question.

“No body’s home but me,” I blubbered.

“Are you bleeding?” the voice asked.

“No,” I replied. “I hit my finger with the hammer and it hurts.”

“Can you open your icebox?” she asked. I said I could.

“Then chip off a little piece of ice and hold it to your finger,” said the voice.

After that, I called “Information Please” for everything. I asked her for help with my geography and she told me where Philadelphia was. She helped me with my math. She told me my pet chipmunk, that I had caught in the park just the day before, would eat fruit and nuts.

Then, there was the time Petey, our pet canary died. I called “Information Please” and told her the sad story. She listened, then said the usual things grown ups say to soothe a child. But I was un-consoled. I asked her, “Why is it that birds should sing so beautiful and bring joy to all families, only to end up as a heap of feathers on the bottom of a cage?”

She must have sensed my deep concern, for she said quietly, “Paul, always remember that there are other worlds to sing in.”

Somehow I felt better.

Another day I was on the telephone. “Information Please.”

“Information,” said the now familiar voice.

“How do you spell fix?” I asked.

All this took place in a small town in the Pacific Northwest. When I was nine years old, we moved across the country to Boston. I missed my friend very much. “Information Please” belonged in that old wooden box back home and I somehow never thought of trying the tall, shiny new phone that sat on the table in the hall. As I grew into my teens, the memories of those childhood conversations never really left me. Often, In moments of doubt and perplexity I would recall the serene sense of security I had then. I appreciated now how patient, understanding, and kind she was to have spent her time on a little boy.

A few years later, on my way west to college, my plane put down in Seattle I had about half_an_hour or so between planes. I spent 15 minutes or so on the phone with my sister, who lived there now. Then, without thinking what I was doing, I dialed my hometown operator and said, “Information, please.”

Miraculously, I heard the small, clear voice I knew so well.


I hadn’t planned this, but I heard myself saying, “Could you please tell me how to spell fix?”

There was a long pause. Then came the soft spoken answer, “I guess your finger must have healed by now.”

I laughed, “So it’s really still you,” I said. “I wonder if you have any idea how much you meant to me during that time.”

“I wonder,” she said, “if you know how much your calls meant to me. I never had any children and I used to look forward to your calls.”

I told her how often I had thought of her over the years and I asked if I could call her again when I came back to visit my sister.

“Please do,” she said. “Just ask for Sally.”

Three months later I was back in Seattle. A different voice answered, “Information.”

I asked for Sally. “Are you a friend?” she said.

“Yes, a very old friend,” I answered.

“I’m sorry to have to tell you this,” she said. “Sally had been working part time the last few years because she was sick. She died five weeks ago.” Before I could hang up she said, “Wait a minute. Did you say your name was Paul?”


“Well, Sally left a message for you. She wrote it down in case you called. Let me read it to you. The note said, “Tell him I still say there are other worlds to sing in. He’ll know what I mean.”  I thanked her and hung up. I knew what Sally meant.

*This story has been circulating around for quite some time now. It was first published in Readers Digest in 1966.*


A New Arrival!!

1 Aug

Hi there everyone! A few new exciting things happening here…
First, our 4th child was born on July 20th- he’s just precious! His name is Deklan Eugene, and he weighed in at 6lb and was 20.5 inches long. Welcome to the world, little Deklan!

We have amazing friends and family who are bringing us dinners, and they’ve been so wonderful! We’ve gotten mexican stuffed shells with salad and muffins, bbq sandwiches with cheesy potatoes and brownies, tater tot casserole with ice cream and homemade fudge (yummy!), spaghetti and salad with these amazing raspberry shortbread cookies, lasagna with bread, and we even had pizza delivered to us! We just feel so blessed to have such great support around us, and we’re being fed VERY well. There’s just not much better than having meals brought during a time like this. The last thing I’m thinking about is making dinners- really, I’m just trying to stay awake enough to take care of my 4 kids! This is quite the transition time, and I know these sleepless nights and raging hormones are only temporary (thank goodness, for my sake and my families sake!) So yes, Zach and I are super tired, but more than that we’re just amazed that God could create such a beautiful baby and thankful for our friends and family!!

Also, I just came across a column that was written on (one of our local news stations), and it featured foodtidings in the article! Click here for the link if you want to check it out (it’s about 3/4 of the way down the article.)

Keep on helping others by bringing them meals, and in any other way you can- you are making a difference!!!

Foodtidings Featured In Ladies Home Journal Magazine!

12 Aug

We just found out that foodtidings was featured in an article in the Ladies Home Journal Magazine! It’s from the May 2009 issue. We really had no idea that this site was going to be such a huge help to so many people- it started as my husband trying to help solve a problem I was having with trying to create meal schedules using email. And I was getting SO frustrated with it!I would say, hit “reply all” when you sign up for a day, so everyone knows what day you signed up for. And inevitably, someone wouldn’t do it- and I would have to send out a mass email, letting those people know. It was such a mess! Anyways, he called up a couple that we’re great friends with (and he’s an amazing computer web designer), and together, they created Foodtidings. And I was just so excited that now I wouldn’t have to deal with all the headaches that come with creating a schedule using email. Little did we know that word would spread so quickly, just how easy to use and helpful this site is!

Look Inside >>
Foodtidings Featured- Ladies Home Journal May 2009!

The Search Feature

6 Mar

For a few weeks now we have been trying to figure out why some of your schedules didn’t show up in the search results. That time is now over 🙂 I am sure you are just as glad as us, and we can officially declare the search feature “working”.

Remember, searching for a schedule is not a way to have people sign up, but a way to get in touch with the coordinators and request a link be sent. We still feel the personal information contained within each schedule should not be made publicly accessible, in order to help maintain the privacy of the families involved and keep them safe.

New Meal Schedule Quick Search

19 Dec

A few people have asked about searching meal schedules. While we understand the need, especially since we all delete/lose emails easily, we still care about the privacy of the families/people whom the schedule is for. That said, we are going to be rolling out a new search tool that will allow you to have limited search for existing meal schedules based on the schedule title. Usually, the title has the families name included.

This new search feature does come with some limitations however. We are restricting the search results to include only the title of the schedule, the zip code of the drop-off address and the email contact for the coordinator. What this search tool allows is for people who heard about the schedule but didn’t receive an invite, they can request the link from the coordinator. Also, people who lost their invite link can now search for the schedule and ask the coordinator to resend it.

We expect this feature to be rolled out in the next week or so! I will post to the blog announcing that it is ready.

Password Request Feature Added

18 Dec

Sorry about the gap in new posts. As of a few weeks ago, a new password request tool has been added to the site. Now you can request & receive your password instantly, and I can have more time to add more important things to the site (like searching for Meal schedules…almost done!) If you find any issues, please let me know.

On The News!

16 Dec

Hey everyone, foodtidings was just featured on the news in North Carolina! Click HERE to check it out! Exciting stuff!!!

What’s In The Works for

11 Apr

We have gotten a lot of great feedback recently from all of you on ideas & improvements to the foodtidings web site, and I just wanted to take a moment and let you know what to expect in the next few weeks. Here’s the top 3 things on our to-do list:

  1. Address book/contact management: yes, you will be able to edit, delete and add people into your invite list just like an address book.
  2. Search for schedules: A simple search feature that will allow you to find the schedule for that friend who’s email invitation you accidentally deleted 🙂
  3. Automated Forgotten Password System: Yes, I know you liked getting those personal emails from me telling you what your password was, but, so many of you are signed up now that it is taking forever to scroll through the list of accounts!

We hope to roll out these changes in the next few weeks, and I’ll be sure to post an update to the blog for each one letting you know. Don’t forget, if you have ideas on other ways we can help you send them to info[aT]!


7 Apr

Well, all I can say is that I’m truly excited that foodtidings is up and running now! Zach and I have been married for almost 6 years, and we have two children (ages 3 and 1 1/2) with one coming next month. And after I had my first two, one of the coolest things was having meals brought to us during that transitional time of our lives. There are so many new things happening with a new baby, and making dinner was pretty close to the farthest thing from my mind at the time! And it was a great way for our friends and family to get to see the new baby too. I just felt so cared for and loved having meals brought to us. And I got some great ideas from others for new recipes too! Now that foodtidings is here, it makes it that much easier to organize meals for others who are in a transitional time in their lives as well. Yea!