What would we have done without the people who invited us to their homes, who took us under their wings, who introduced us to more people we are blessed to also call our friends? Not have they change our lives, saved our lives, they've taught us to do and be the same. They've taught us to say "How can we help?" and "Come over for dinner!" and "Oh gosh, it's no problem at all. You would do the same for us." Would we really have done the same for them not so long ago? I'm not sure. But we do now. We do now. Because our friends have not only made our lives so much better, so much easier, they've also made us better people.
Maybe I don't talk about them enough. Maybe I've started taking them a little bit for granted. Maybe it's become too easy for me to say "Oh, I bet V will know the answer" and "A will do it. She loves doing stuff like that" or "Do you know B? She's so great. Let's ask her to take care of it." I don't want to ever take them for granted and I don't want to ever stop paying their kindness forward as much as I am able. You know that thing they say...that "If you want friends you have to be a friend" thing? I'd heard it my whole life, but until we moved here and made these friends, I didn't really know what being a true friend looked like. I couldn't be a friend until I saw how it was done. And you know, I'm still learning. Still blessed. Still grateful.
One of those friends told me the other day that the first thing she used to do back when her kids were little and they had moved to a new town (This happens a lot. You are not alone!) was to join MOPS. It helped her connect with other women, to learn about her new community, to feel a part of something when she had been feeling a little...lonely.
If you'd like to be a part of MOPS but have been putting it off or had never heard of it until now but are interested in getting your toes wet, leave a comment that says you'd like to enter. If you don't want to enter but have a good tip for getting comfortable in a new community or as a new mom, please share it! You never know whose life you might change.