I did marine restoration for The Nature Conservancy. My days were all rubber boots and marsh mud, coming home smelling like the sea, and feeling like my work was making a difference in the world.
I was about 7 weeks pregnant when that picture was taken. I remember worrying a bit as our skiff bounced along the waves of the Mississippi Sound. Can I do this? It was just a passing thought, calmed by the careful plan I had already written out for my 6-week maternity leave.
Then this happened:
Can I do this? That question ran through my head like a daily mantra. Can I get out to that sea grass bed, finish my work and make it back before day care closes? Would I have any time to just be with my baby girl when we got home, or was it going to be spent juggling her in one hand and a spatula (or grant report) in the other?
I was a lucky new mom with a better-than-average support system. Even so, most of the time the answer to “Can I have it all?” felt like “not really”.
I would have kissed a Dinner Elf if they had walked into my kitchen during that season in my life. I would have welcomed help nourishing me and my family during all of the seasons where I:
- had just brought a baby home
- was helping to care for a sick family member
- wasn’t feeling so great myself
- was up to my ears in boxes after a move
- was working on a pressing deadline at work.
I started this company because when my daughter grows up, I want her to feel like she has resources within reach to help balance work and her family.
It’s my hope that your Dinner Elf will:
- improve your family dinners (a huge benefit for kids),
- give you an easy way to help friends in seasons of need,
- and give you a little more time in day.
We look forward to cooking for you anytime it’s a help!
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