Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dreaming of Cheese Slices

Welcome to Almond Place! So sorry that things have been a little quiet around these parts, but it's all for a good cause I promise!

While I live in a massive city in the desert, I have often found myself feeling alone, isolated and lacking a strong sense of community....all things I did not experience growing up in a small town. Making friends when you're a legit grown up, working, married, with kids, is hard. We live in a society where BUSY is worn as a badge of honor and emphasis is no longer placed on quality time, friendship and simply enjoying life in the moment. It's sad, really.

Although I attend what would be considered a Catholic "Mega-church"...(we have 6000 registered families), the Catholic church as a whole is not nearly as organized as our Mormon or Evangelical friends. We have not had an active MOMs group at our church in a couple of years and even then, it was difficult to get women to participate.

I've been yearning for a faith based group of moms at MY church. After several months of prayer, a friend of mine and I have relaunched our group.  So, there you go...that's what I've been up to this past month.  We had our first session last Thursday and it was great!

Our theme was Encouragement. I was struggling to find a funny story that might help break the ice, help other moms relate to each other and keep things real....this is what I shared.



We are all busy. We have so many things to keep track of. Appointments, jobs, keeping up with friends, maintaining a healthy marriage....tending to all of our kids' needs, making sure everyone eats well, sleeps well, doesn't watch too much t.v....you know how it is!

I was feeling particularly proud of myself last week when I had successfully kept all my kids happy and in bed on time. It was just one of those days where I felt like SuperMom! I went to bed on time and was off in la-la land in no time.

SUPERMOM.

Until I woke up....and realized I had spent all night sleeping on a full slice of cheese....that was now mushed into my bed.

awesome.

So I get everyone up, lunches made, backpacks packed and everyone out the door on time....still laughing at myself for the cheese slice...jump in the shower and get myself ready for work.

I'm sitting at work when I get an itch. I reach down to scratch my leg and it feels oddly prickly. Replaying my day, I distinctly remember shaving my legs. I reach down to feel the other and voila...silky smooth.

People....I shaved ONE leg.

Sigh. Supermom was just thrown off her mountain.

Honestly, between this and the cheese slice I couldn't help but laugh. I mean, who does this?!

THIS is why we need MOMS. Who are FRIENDS. Who can be there to laugh with you and who can share their very own cheese slice-one shaved leg story. Encouragement. Knowing we're all in this together.

If you're missing a group, I would encourage you to seek one in your area. If there isn't one that can suit your needs? Go ahead and start one. It takes a little prep work, a lot of prayer and some organization but it can be very rewarding when nearly 30 people show up looking for the same thing.

Happy Tuesday! May you have cheese free beds and remember to shave BOTH legs today ;-)

Mandy

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2 comments:

  1. Cute! Love your honesty and transparency.

    Dee from www.thecsiproject.com

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  2. Funny story! I've shaved only from the knees down just to save time before. Sad.
    Erin | It All Matters Mom

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