Join our local MOPS group or “Why I’m lucky to have such bossy friends”

by Melody on August 14, 2011

The first six months or so after my first son was born felt like the longest six months of my life.  I felt like the days stretched ON and ON with no end in sight as we just sat there trying to figure each other out.  I had  a few friends with kids the same age (or close to) as mine, and we did our best to talk as much as possible and get together when we could, but we couldn’t always make our schedules mesh.

Then my friend Kristi came barreling into my life, in a series of very random events and moments.  She was the coordinator of a local MOPS group and basically told me I was going to start coming.  Short of actually picking me up in the morning and holding my hand while I walked into the church, she is THE reason I started to attend.

I had always heard about MOPS, but was really reluctant to even find out additional information.  I thought I wouldn’t fit in, that they might not accept me, that we would sit around all day and talk about how I need to be more involved with the church.  Plus, I didn’t know anyone who was involved with a local group and I was NOT about to just throw myself out there.

Let me tell you about a typical meeting with our group:

We may have a speaker talk about something fabulous related to health and nutrition, discipline, taking time for ourselves or making our marriages work.  We have a delicious breakfast and coffee.  We have extremely well-supervised and safe child care.  It can be utter chaos with women all talking at the same time about anything and everything related to motherhood (or not related at all).  Somebody cries because they are overwhelmed (oh wait, that might be just me).  Nobody, not even once, has thrown a bible at me and insisted that I start coming to church 7 days a week.

We meet once a month from September to May on the second Tuesday of every month.  We have playdates during off-weeks and fun activities for the kids, like going to the pumpkin patch during the Fall.  We have an enormous children’s consignment sale.  We do service projects to help out local agencies and local families.

Why am I even telling you all this?

I am now starting my 3rd year and am in charge of our group’s newsletter.  I have made some amazing new friends and could find someone with kids of similar ages to mine to hang out every day of the week if I needed.  I have people to call when I’m overwhelmed.  I have found my voice as a mother.  I am a better mother.  I am a better wife, friend, daughter, sister and probably even blogger.  I know when my breaking point is approaching and know that there is someone on the other end of the phone line that understands.

I have now become Kristi.  I’m starting to insist that my friends join our group, as I am abundantly grateful every day that I have such a bossy friend.

If you want more information about our group at Columbia Community Church in Richland, WA (meetings start 9/13), please email me at beautifulfrugallife {at} gmail {dot} com.  If you want to find a group in your area, ask all your friends with kids or search the MOPS website.

I would love to hear about your experience with MOPS or any other moms or parenting group you belong to!

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