Earlier this week we had our second MOPS meeting. It was a really great time! There were a couple of new moms that came this time. It is always exciting seeing new faces, and of course I love seeing familiar faces as well.
We had a woman come in from our local pregnancy care center to speak to us this time. She talked some about the care center and what they do at all three of their locations. The Endless Mountain Pregnancy Care Center is an awesome ministry to our community and has been a huge blessing to so many moms in this area, this mom included. As well as speaking about the care center she also talked to us about relationships and love. She encouraged us to invest in our relationships, with our families, friends, and God. She also talked about love being a choice that we have to consciously make moment by moment, some moments being harder than others.
As we broke up into our discussion groups we talked more about love and relationships. We also talked about taking time to refuel ourselves, and by doing that we are benefiting our relationships. When we take that time to refuel we are often a better mom and wife. I know that if I don’t get a little bit of time to myself regularly I will become overwhelmed with all my responsibilities. I like to take a few minutes, or some days longer, in the afternoon after the kids are down for their naps to spend some time relaxing. Sometimes it is just eating lunch in peace and quiet. I find that time really does help me reset myself. Also I try to make a point to spend time with my husband on a regular basis without children inturuptions. We need that time to connect with each other. With three children it can be hard to have a regular date night out, but on most Sunday afternoons we take an hour or two and spend time just the two of us while the kids are napping after church. Another way to refuel is to spend time with friends, which is why I look forward so much to MOPS twice a month. Having that time with other moms who I can relate to is such so refreshing.
Investing time in our relationships with our spouse and friends is so important, as well as investing time with our children. I admit that having three little ones does make it hard to get that quality time with each of them, but I do my best. They need that time with their mommy, having my undivided attention is important to them. Lately we have been letting them each take a turn staying up just ten minutes later than the others. They get to spend that time with me and/or Daddy doing something they enjoy. It really does make difference and deepens our relationships with our children.
Most importantly we need to be investing in our relationship with God. When I neglect that relationship I find that all of my other relationships suffer. Spending time with Him is the ultimate refuel. I also see that becoming a mother has changed my relationship with God. I view things a lot differently now. It really does take me to a deeper sense of trusting Him, because I see my need for Him more I think. I also have found a greater perspective of His love for me. I look at the way I love my children and how I would give up everything for them. I can be confident that God loves me the same way, only so much more. I see more of His Father’s love for me.
We did a craft again this time after the discussion groups. I made sure that I had everything with me this time, plus I remembered what I had forgotten last time. Yay!
We made name tags for ourselves to use at our meetings. They will be much nicer than just using the sticker name tags. I showed them how to make a fabric flower by rolling strips of fabric. They came out really nice and it was neat to see them all finished. (I completely forgot to get a picture of them all together, but I will get one for you next time and update it here.) We attached the flowers to laminated paper with our names and glued it to a magnet that will hold it onto our clothing. Our discussion groups are separated by different color flowers. So on each name tag there is color in some way or another to signify which group we are in.