While it appears that things have been smooth sailing over here this past month (thanks to the magic of writing and scheduling ahead of time) the truth is my family and I have been struggling. More than struggling. In fact, we have been through Hell.
Almost exactly one month ago we lost our baby. The baby we had been wanting and hoping and praying to join our family. The sweet little soul who should be in my arms. On October 31st, our sweet little Oliver was stillborn.
While it all still hurts so very much; the hurt is softening. I know my life is forever changed but I am absolutely determined to allow this experience to make me more empathetic, more understanding, and a better human being.
Because at the end of the day, all we have is each other. We have friends and family to walk through this journey with us. To celebrate with us and also to grieve with us.
I have discovered over the past month how horribly dark and cold this life can feel.
I have also seen the beauty of humans. My humans. I have felt supported and loved and understood in my darkest of times, and that is remarkable. I have seen the goodness and light that exists in this world, even when life feels so unfair and unjust.
I can truly say, “And through it all I was never alone and always loved.”
I know so many of you have friends or family who are going through difficult times. Perhaps they are grieving or sick. Or perhaps you know a new Mom or an individual struggling with the requirements of daily life.
I thought today I would share with you some easy casserole recipes. I know this seems crazy, but I believe a casserole can change someones life.
Bringing dinner to a friend in her time of need will allow her to feed her family. It will allow her to say, “And through it all I was never alone and always loved.”
It is simple and yet so very powerful. I am asking each of you to please – please – consider making a friend a meal. The power and beauty of such a simple act is what makes this world such a beautiful place.
Here are a few Casserole Recipes I have found that I plan to use soon:
Farmhouse Casserole by Just a Pinch
The Farmhouse Casserole is made of a few simple ingredients like ham, egg, and frozen hashbrowns. This seems like the ideal casserole recipe for a family with kids.
Million Dollar Spaghetti by Gonna Want Seconds
This Million Dollar Spaghetti casserole recipe is a twist on a spaghetti – and really, you can never go wrong with spaghetti. The ingredients include spaghetti sauce, different cheeses, and sausage (though you could easily exclude the sausage for a vegetarian meal).
Potato and Ranch Chicken Casserole by The Country Cook
The Potato and Ranch Chicken Casserole is simple and seems nice and filling. Everything for dinner is in this one casserole recipe: chicken, potatoes, cheese, and green onions. Add a side salad and dinner is served.
4 Ingredient Chicken and Rice Casserole by Spend with Pennies
This 4 Ingredient Chicken and Rice Casserole is an ideal make ahead meal for a friend because … well it has only 4 ingredients. Nice and simple while still being amazingly thoughtful.
Teriyaki Chicken Casserole by Life in the Loft House
I love that this teriyaki chicken casserole is truly a one pan meal. Protein, vegetables, and rice all in one casserole dish.
Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole by Mom on Time Out.
This Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Casserole is pure comfort food. I love that even my little ones would gobble this up and it is absolutely sure to warm hearts and souls.
I know as a Mom it can feel overwhelming to add one more meal to your week. I like to make a simple recipe, like one above, and double it. That way I feed my family and feed the soul of a friend too.
And if a meal is simply too much for you to manage right now, I understand. Please never forget the power of a sweet text message, a warm hug, and an understanding ear.
Thank you for your ongoing love and support as we continue to weather this storm.
Yours very truly,