Dear Mom Friend Wrap Up

Two weeks ago, I wrote a letter to my Mom Friends.  And then something beautiful happened; they wrote back.  The response that flooded my inbox inspired me to ask some dear friends in varied seasons of life, to write their own letters.  The last two weeks have been rich with raw, honest, and hopeful conversations here on the blog.

In case you missed a few, or haven’t reviewed the great discussions that are taking place in the comments, here’s a summary of the guest posts:

Dear Mom Friend,

(from a mother of a one year old) – Ruth Felt

(from the mom of two under age three) – Bethany Britt Morrill

(from a mom-t0-be) – Natalie Robertson

(from all the single ladies) – Anonymous

(from a non-official but possibly surrogate mom friend) – Kristen Nielsen

(from the mother of not yet one year old twins) – Molly Jaeger

(from a mom who found grace through infertility and loss) – Natalie Fletcher

(from a mother of teenagers) – Cindy Evans Badamo

I know we didn’t get to hear from everyone.  I’m sorry that we didn’t get to hear from women who have adopted, women who have had abortions, women who are raising children on their own.  We haven’t heard from mothers of grown children and grandmothers.  And we haven’t heard from men: Dads, stay-at-home dads, single dads, and non-dads.  If your voice wasn’t represented, it wasn’t intentional, there just wasn’t time.  But please, don’t let that stop you – speak up, write your own blog post, get together with friends, and continue this discussion.

I’ve learned a lot through these last two weeks and I hope you have, too.  My main takeaways are this:

* We all need to keep talking – Regardless of season of life, we all need to ask and be asked the hard questions.  So, let’s agree to move deeper than surface level talk once in awhile!

* We all need to have grace – Sometimes we won’t all be on the same page – maybe because we’re in a different season of life, maybe because we differ theologically, maybe we just aren’t on the same schedule – but regardless, grace can cover a multidude of differences.

* We all need to keep serving – regardless of season: Single, married, married with kids, single with kids, stay at home parent, working parent…  serving others (outside of our nuclear family) is a calling we all have, and it seems like we all find joy when we do.  But if we’re all honest, we have trouble making this happen.  Let’s remember to think outside of our normal everyday routines and think about others who could use love, a visit, a meal… 

Thanks for visiting, reading, commenting, and continuing this discussion! 

I know many of you are new to my blog, so I thought I’d take a minute to tell you about who I am and what my blog is all about.  In case you’re wondering about the meaning and pronunciation of my blog name, Mitzvot, you can read here.  I’m a Christ-follower and a social worker who has a passion for justice and mercy.  I’m also very interested in challenging and encouraging women.  Lastly, I love good food, so occasionally, I’ll post new healthy recipes.

Here are some common themes you’ll find here on Mitzvot (click theme for past blog post):

Social Justice

Relationships

Food and Emotions

Spirituality

Women’s Issues

Leadership

Thanks again for being part of such a great discussion!  I hope you’ll come back and join me later this week as I blog about my favorite day of the week and my favorite smoothie recipes!

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