May 12, 2013
What a week and weekend! Ellen has been down in Chapel Hill, N.C., this weekend watching her oldest graduate from Tarheel U. As her daughter now steps into her future along with her fellow Class of 2013 mates, this seems a good time to remind them all of Mum’s Guide to Being Prepared that Ellen put together for our young posse friends in March.
Congratulations, eBh! We know that you are prepared to take on the world.
This past Wednesday, I had the privilege to participate in the Carry the Load National Relay that raises money to support our nation’s military families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Turns out that there was a significant Bulldawg presence on our leg of the relay, and it was serendipitous that I had worn my Georgia Bulldogs t-shirt while walking with the family of the man whom I described here.
Congratulations are also in order for Jared, on the left, who graduated from UGA yesterday and was commissioned in the Army at the same time: Godspeed, my new friend.
The individuals whom we met spearheading this grass-roots effort are tremendous. They keep the relay going 24/7 with someone out and walking, American flag in hand, at all times. A logistical undertaking that only military folks could implement, the relay left me with such a sense of pride and excitement over the potential that this organization is creating. Those of us who walked this Richmond leg are already looking forward to the relay’s return to RVA and the East Coast next year. There is still time to donate and follow the relay’s course through May 26th.
Also on Wednesday, did you happen to catch this article in the Food section of The Richmond Times-Dispatch?
It’s the same recipe that we brought you with our suggested Easter menu. While many of you scoffed at Ellen’s suggested Party Pineapple Surprise that reminds me of a pineapple upside-down cake, local food writer Cindy Creasy calls it “so retro and quirky that it’s cool again” and shared her own mother’s recipe in honor of Mother’s Day.
Speaking of Mother’s Day, our best wishes go out to all mothers reading The Gracious Posse. We know how difficult the job of “Mother” can be, but can you imagine life any other way? As our children grow older, we realize that a mother’s worry, concern and love never end and better understand our own mothers everyday. Thanks, Beth and Joan, for always being there for us.
We know that we have been blessed to have mothers who were able to welcome us joyfully into the world and to have been able to do the same for our own babies. What about other mothers who are struggling through unplanned pregnancies? Why not consider helping them out as we, along with the rest of the world, watch one beautiful woman prepare to become a first-time Mum to a royal wee-one. Please join our Royal Baby Shower Benefit or host your own.
The details are here, and we will be bringing you more ideas in the coming weeks. All moms and babies deserve the royal treatment, so let’s help some out who are not as fortunate as Kate and the prince(ss)-to-be.
Enough preaching for now. You can use the next column’s listing of recent posts to help you check out anything that you might have missed on The Gracious Posse this week. We are always so excited to have you stop by and share some of your precious time with us. We also love it when you spread the word about what is happening on our site.