If you are after an exciting post about mops to wash the floor with – then I’m really sorry – this post is not for you 😛
If you would like to instead have an update on how I’m doing… then read on… I will get to that 🙂
Firstly may I just say – sheesh – what a lot of traffic over here at my blog over the last couple of days!!!
-Do you want to know a secret?! I had no idea when I wrote my “big spill” of a post on Sunday that that I was going to be part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway… And if I HAD known, I really doubt I would have had the guts to put it out there…
Um, let me clarify – I had enquired to be part of it on Saturday morning but had missed the cut off. They didn’t get back to me so I assumed that I hadn’t enquired in time…
I forgot all about it….
Spilled my guts like never before…
and low and behold I get added to the giveaway list…
Luckily I found out really quickly! Enter me running around like a looney trying to summon up a giveaway post. What a shemozzle!
Do you know it took all my strength after that not to take that post down!! But I’m so glad that I didn’t. Over the few days it was out there, and everyone was coming for the giveaway, I had some heart wrenching emails from other people thanking me for putting it all out there, because it was exactly how they were feeling too! They were appreciative to know they weren’t the only ones feeling that way… So I resolved to myself that even if I helped one person by letting them know that they’re not alone in those feelings, it was worth the small dent in my pride to do it. Still, not exactly what I’d planned. God sure has a sense of humour!
Anyway on to MOPS…
MOPS is a new group that I went to for the first time today and stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. It is a group that is run by the new church we are trying and it exists solely to support mums. Today I went along for the first time and all I can say is WOW…
Firstly – diet coke, chocolate muffins, friends & a craft session – what could be more up my alley?!
But secondly, I got a really practical lesson, in just how much God is providing for me at the moment and has my back…
Due to some really unfortunate circumstances the program that was scheduled for today had to be changed at the last minute. And guess what the session was all about instead:
– A mothers web of support.
**Ding ding… SO where I was at!!
And do you know what else?
It seemed to be SO where everyone else was at as well… !
I got to meet a whole bunch of other mums who were looking for the same thing I was – friendship, surrogate family & support! It was humbling to hear their stories. Hear their struggles. Share their struggles. Feel their pain. And in the process forget about my pain!
It was a reminder that to have a good friend, we must first be a good friend.
I met other mums who were also from elsewhere and finding it tough without family nearby. One who had only been here a few weeks. And guess what – her husband works away in the Navy! 2 small children, no support network, husband away… There’s an opportunity to be a good friend and help out someone else right there!
So I’m feeling good as I go back home to NZ for a visit. Confident now that I will be strong enough to come back again.
And thank you Mrs T for reminding me that that is not an option and that you will never forgive me if I don’t come back! Good to know ;P
So it is my prayer to you, that if you are feeling isolated and lonely like me; share it with someone. Don’t keep it to yourself! Write it down even if you can. There is no power in keeping a “brave face” but there is power and cleansing in getting it out there. And ask for help.
Lots of love
PS this was our craft this week: A cute wee journal. – I think I may have just found my favourite day of the week! 😉