As a 2nd grade teacher, I saw how little time moms had to be creative, find fun ways to celebrate holidays, surprise their husbands, plan meals, etc.
Boogers, bums, and never-ending need for food is kind of time consuming when it comes to little people.
Without a kid on my hip, I had plenty of spare minutes to come up with ideas and share them.
I will never forget the first time someone approached me and asked if I would share my ideas with their group of young moms.
I was nervous OUT OF MY MIND, I way over-planned and over-printed materials, and I probably changed my outfit 6 times the morning of.
But the second I arrived at the facility where I was speaking, all of my nerves melted off (along with my make-up as I lugged 3 carloads of craft samples and inspirations up 2 floors of stairs in South Florida heat).
The reason my knees stopped quivering, though, was not because someone handed me a Mimosa, but because I had arrived at a MOPs group.
Have you ever heard of MOPs???
One word – AMAZING.
Walking through the door I saw a bunch of precious, super real women gathered together with the sole purpose of rocking their God-given Mom calling.
They had come because they wanted to find community.
They had come to laugh or cry (a roomful of pregnant/nursing/or toddler-rearing women? It will happen, people) or whatever they needed to do to feel heard and understood.
They had come for the childcare. 😉
They had come to have a delicious meal that didn’t include shaped pasta or nuggets.
They had come to lift each other up in the face of sleeplessness or breastfeeding issues or to encourage one another through the
stomach bugs and terrible 2s toddler challenges.
They had come to get crafty.
They had come to be mentored.
They had come to be inspired.
That day I went to MOPs I decided that I would be back when I had a kid on my hip because I knew I was going to need those girls in my mommy-ing journey.
5 years and 2 babies later and that statement could not be more true.
I still speak at MOPs groups all over our city and I have loved every. single. one.
I still change my outfit 6 times before heading out for a presentation not because of nerves anymore, but because of spit-up.
Although I have been known to walk confidently up to the platform covered in a little poo or barf because I know they will get it.
At MOPs that kind of stuff is a celebrated part of the dress code. 🙂
One MOPs group that I spoke at while pregnant with the Happy Baby ended up getting plugged into this little blog and followed his story after he was born. Then they actually took a collection of money for our Happy Home at one of their meetings to help cover some of our medical bills!
I had never before been so blessed and overwhelmed by a group’s support during such an uncertain time.
Every young mom needs a community like that.
That is why when MOPs contacted me to share my MOPs story with my incredible readers so that they could donate a giveaway of 3 MOPs memberships (retail value of $23.95 each with a whole ton of awesome benefits), I was like “Ummmmmmm… YES!!!”
Would you like a chance to receive a MOPs membership for FREE????
Here is how to enter this MIND-BLOWINGLY awesome giveaway…
Simply leave a comment below telling me YOUR MOPs story.
Don’t have one but want to find a group and get involved?
There are over 3,900 MOPs groups meeting all over the world (seriously, my sister-in-law attended one when they were living in Germany). Just click HERE to find one in your area and in your comment let me know how winning a membership would help you get connected with those mommies.
I will choose 3 gals to receive a MOPs membership and announce their names on my Facebook page this Wednesday, October 2nd (so make sure you have ‘liked’ the Fairy HERE).
I cannot WAIT to hear what you all have to say about this group that is committed to changing the world (and fashion – spit-up, ahem) for generations to come.
Happy MOPs Group-ing! 🙂
**Make sure you pop over to the MOPs Facebook Page to give them a ‘like’ and tell them the Fairy sent you!**