I'm a MOPS Mom

Being a Stay-at-Home Mom (SAHM) is a unique experience.  I will definitely hop on my soap box to talk about it in a few weeks or so.  It's not what everyone thinks it is, and it certainly is NOT easy.  I think that for me, the worst part has been loneliness.
Since I moved to a new city shortly prior to having Marco, I didn't have many friends.  Ok, I only had ONE friend... Thank GOD for Carol!  And, since I didn't have a job, or a church, I had a very difficult time making friends.  After living here for a full year (and a bit), I finally feel like I'm getting acquainted with some women.  I still don't have "friends"... you know, the friends you call up to tell them that your pee just smelled funny, or to ask what to wear.  I just have acquaintences that are mainly surrounded by my baby being the same age as their baby.
So, when Marco was about 3 months old, I decided to join MOPS (Mothers of Pre Schoolers).  It's a Christian organization that meets regularly and is a great way for SAHM's to begin connecting with other women.  I'm able to drop Marco off (at the provided childcare) and spend 2 hours getting to know other Christian women and (get this), NOT just talking about BABIES!!!
Sometimes it reminds me of a Christian Baby Shower.  We have food, we talk, we play games and we make crafts (which I'm always horrible at).  It's been wonderful hearing some of the women's testimonies and seeing what God is doing in their lives.  Through MOPS, I've gained some perspective in realizing the kind of mother I want to be.  I've been able to analyze who I am and decide who I want to be.  It has been a wonderful experience, and I look forward to participating again next year.
So, if you're a SAHM and feel that you need to get connected beyond play dates and library time, check out the MOPS site to see if there is a meeting in your area.  I'm sure that they will welcome you with open hearts and arms!