Women gathering is nothing new. We've been doing it since the dawn of humanity. We gather together to compare notes, to watch each other's kids, to complain, to cry, to laugh, to support, to learn... So gathering together is nothing new for women in general.
But this is a new group, a new gathering of women coming together to do these things. We do not claim at all to be doing something out of the ordinary, but it is new for us, these are new relationships and new bonds we are forging. We're doing what women have been doing for millenia, but we're doing it with new eyes. A little old, a little new.
We're affectionately (and perhaps boringly) known as the Monday Morning Moms, or M3, a changing, welcoming, permeable group of about a dozen women with kids who meet at our church for coffee and a couple of hours with no small needy people clinging to our bodies. We've got a lot in common, as you'll see, and a lot of differences. We've got a lot of baggage (not including the diaper bags!). We've been meeting together for a couple of years and have celebrated three new births together and at mourned least three deaths of family members in our group. When we allow it to, our check-in time runs the whole two hours. But when we control it, we also have some great moderated discussions on a whole gamut of subjects, nearly always circling back to God and/or our children, both of which we hold close to our hearts. We thought it might be a worthy cause to capture some of this good stuff, write it down and keep it, at least for posterity if not for use by anyone out in the interwebs that might be so inclined to read it.
It should be noted that we do not share a common parenting philosophy or all hold common theology. We disagree, politely. It is part of what makes us rich. We're a little thrilled and a little frightened about what keeping a blog might look like. Feel free to comment and let us know if you like where we're going and what else you'd like to see us talk about.