The only downside I have been struggling with has been connecting with other mothers in the church. For a while I considered leaving this church because I felt unconnected on a personal level. The most disappointing interaction was with a young Nigerian mom with a child that is Abby's age. I was sooooo excited after meeting her. I had visions of play dates for the kiddos and girls night out for the mommies. Over the last several months I have invited her to several things: the mall playground, the little gym, library storytime, strawberry picking, dinner, etc. I got turned down every.single.time. It was discouraging. I never even received a reciprocal invite. I think this interaction bothered me so much because she is Nigerian and deep down I had hoped to recreate a friendship similar to the ones I have with all my amazing Nigerian mommy friends in Houston.
Jonathon encouraged me to not give up on finding a church family. I listened and tried harder. We have started going to the new member classes which I absolutely love. I have also made an effort to be more friendly during the meet and greet portion of the church service. I'm not the world's best social butterfly, but I am trying and my efforts are being rewarded. I met another mom who has been so nice! She has two little girls. The youngest one is only 7 months older than Abby. We went to her birthday party today and had a great time. I feel encouraged and am excited for Abby to start having female friends her age.
|Big sister cutting the birthday cake for her little sister.|
|Abby and the sweet J sisters!|
|Post birthday party pit stop at Primrose School of Hope Valley Farms for their summer carnival!|