VEO Gala Recap + Weekly Menu Plan

Hello Friends!  Happy Monday!  Last week was a rough one- with Scott and Ben both home sick all week (strep for Ben, upper respiratory infection for Scott), AND Valentine’s Day, AND life and work that didn’t stop, so when Friday arrived, and the boys were starting to feel a bit better we were glad for a break!

Brantley had her first softball practice of the season, so we spent a bit of time out at the ballfield, and got home to start getting ready for a really fun event on Saturday night- The VEO Gala.  The VEO, or Veteran’s Empowerment Organization, is one that I’ve spoken about a few times here, and an organization that is very close to our hearts.  The mission of the VEO is to enhance the quality of life for all veterans on their road to self-sufficiency.  As their website states, “The VEO is the true triage for homeless veterans on their journey from the streets to an empowered life.”  Since 2008, the VEO has provided housing, supportive services, job training and placement to over 4000 veterans and their families, with an 85% success rate!  And they are privately funded, so they don’t have to deal with the red-tape and limitations of government bureaucracy.  You can (and should) read more about the VEO here.

So we were excited to attend the gala, which is one of their biggest fundraisers each year.  And, I mean, just being honest here, I was also excited about getting dressed up for a fancy date night!

I ordered my dress from Rent the Runway, since I don’t have a stockpile of gala-appropriate dresses in my closet!  I LOVED it.  And Scott had not worn a tux since our wedding!  I thought he looked awfully handsome.

Tyler Bowser, the VEO Community Outreach Ambassador is a good friend of ours and a big reason that we have been working closely with the VEO on a personal and a business level.  His story and testimony are incredible and just shows exactly what the VEO can do and why the mission is so important.

There were several speakers in addition to Tyler, that spoke about the difficulties that veterans face as they reacclimate to civilian life after they return from deployment, or after they are discharged, or as they hit bumps in the road and have nowhere to turn.  As Americans, we simply owe it to these brave men and women to give them a chance and provide help and assistance as they strive to become strong and productive members of society in new ways.

It was a beautiful evening, and we enjoyed the company, the meal, the mission, and a night out in the city!

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Last week was the first in several weeks that we didn’t utilize Blue Apron.  And honestly, I missed it!  As much as I love meal planning, I struggled with meal ideas (I think my brain was just drained) and I didn’t even really like the ones I came up with.  I didn’t end up ordering this week’s meals either, but I’m going to make sure I do for next week!  I think we’re going to try Hello Fresh, though, for something a little different.  I struggled with meal ideas again this week too, but am looking forward to several nights (especially the salad on Tuesday night!).  I need to take a look back on weeks past and pull from some family favorites, but it’ll be a lot easier when 3 dinners are already decided for me from the meal delivery service!  Anyway, here’s what we’re eating this week:

Sunday: Black Bean Burgers and French Fries
Monday: Pizza (I’ll be out at a work event)
Tuesday: Nancy’s Chopped Salad and French Bread
Wednesday: Mexican Street Corn Tostadas and Mango-Jalapeno Coleslaw
Thursday: Stewed Pinto Beans & Collards with Cornbread
Friday: Mushroom Spaghetti and Caesar Salad

I hope you all have a wonderful Monday and a great week!

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