Moving often, as we have, I am also blessed to continually find myself in the company of new friends. Here in Utah I have my playgroup moms and my karate moms! These are the moms sweating it out (literally in some cases) with me every day. The ones that offer to hold a baby, bring a meal, and tell me how to navigate the crazy world of tae kwon do competitions. They give me recommendations for health care, grocery stores, and things in between. They certainly do not know me as intimately as the old familiar friends, but in walking this road together each day and week we are making new memories. One of my favorite parts of this diverse new group is that unlike many long term friends many of these women became moms for the first time either much sooner or more more recently than I did. They have so much to teach me! I do not doubt that many of these new friends will soon be counted as old friends!
When I am feeling frustrated or alone, it is comforting and helpful to think of the women who surround me in so many ways. Take some time to think of your own mom networks and be thankful for them this holiday season!
(PS: Can anyone name the babies in each of the images from this blog post?)