My husband and I stepped off the plane at Brisbane Airport with our 13 month old daughter full of trepidation. We were excited about the new adventure which we were embarking on, however as a mother in a strange new city, I felt terrified and very lonely.
Our lives in Perth had consisted of family dinners twice a week, not to mention a birthday or party of some kind every other weekend. So we were going from a rather busy, social, family-based lifestyle to a new city where we didn’t know anyone.
That first weekend was full! We celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary, went house hunting and went exploring. All of a sudden, it was Monday, and I was alone. It was time to take action. I had attended MOPS occasionally in Perth and decided to check out MOPS in Brisbane as a way to meet people and make friends. We were going to live northside so Stafford MOPS was for us.
Ultimately Stafford MOPS was my sanity saver. My daughter may have spent the first 12months crying when I left her at MOPPETS (for about 2 minutes after I left the room) but I needed MOPS and everything it offers…
The incredible carers, who cared so lovingly for my busy, separation-anxiety ridden daughter, giving me a couple of precious hours with ADULTS every few weeks.
The wonderful women who never tired of giving me a hug and supported me through my almost constant crying (I think I cried at least once every MOPS day for 20 months), who helped me be a better mum and challenged me to be a better ME.
The fabulous leadership team who saw potential in me and encouraged me to use it…
This was my “Brisbane Family.” These incredible women who are more than friends, whom I love as sisters – who I am going to miss TERRIBLY! We have spent 20 months based in Brisbane and are now being sent back to Perth.
The 23rd of June was my final MOPS at Stafford. There was cake and I, of course, blubbered like a baby. I was so upset I did not say a quarter of the things I wanted to say to these wonderful women, so I will say some of it here because think it is relevant to all MOPS groups…
“Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you have ever imagined.” I don’t know who wrote it but it is so true!
We are fearfully and wonderfully made and are specifically chosen by God to mother our children even though it is hard sometimes.
Psalm 139:8-10 says, “If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
That scripture has been so true for me. God has been there even when I felt alone. He made sure that these wonderful people were here just when I needed them. I pray that I have blessed them even in the smallest way because having them in my life has blessed me beyond measure!
outgoing Discussion Group Coordinator, Stafford MOPS, QLD