The folks at our church are wonderful. They held a pounding for Ri and Superman last week and we had such a good time. For those of you who may not know what a pounding is, it's kind of like a shower (complete with a couple of really cute games), but instead of household gifts like blenders and towels, you bring non-perishable food. I told her you could tell we went to a church with lots of large families because she is well supplied with rice, pasta, and beans, instead of things I've seen at other poundings, like hamburger helper and boxes of macaroni and cheese. Some of the ladies included a favorite recipe with all the necessary non-perishable ingredients she will need to make it. Two of the families had their offerings in laundry baskets and one had theirs in one of those cute market baskets. In addition to all the beans, rice and pasta, she has all the basic baking supplies (including chocolate chips - for us, they are considered one of the basics), quite a nice quantity of canned food, all the basic herbs and spices, and I got her some of the blends we use most, in addition to some of her favorite herbal teas. So her pantry is pretty well supplied. She's relieved; she knew he doesn't cook much at all, and she was afraid they'd have nothing to eat until they went grocery shopping, and that the first trip would cost a fortune.
We have such a great church family!!