It takes a village - Happy Thanksgiving!

For all the things I'm thankful for, today I will tell you why I'm thankful for my village.

This morning, I woke up thinking about the journey of motherhood. Thinking about all the mommies and mommies-to-be out there that don't have a village to share motherhood with. Thinking of all the families, friends, and neighbors of mommies and mommies-to-be out there that don't have that village. 

I'm going to share my story and try to be brief, so you all know where I'm coming from with my thoughts.

When Jacob and I got married, he was pretty much the only friend I had around. It's wonderful to have him as my friend, but a woman needs her girlfriends (and a husband needs his wife to have girlfriends, trust me!). We knew it was going to be an adjustment with us moving to a different town and, specially, with me being from another country.

When we found out I was pregnant, everywhere I looked and everyone I talked with said "it takes a village", and I didn't really get the message until I suddenly had a village. It will look different for everyone, but I will tell you a little bit about my village. 

It all started with the first family of new neighbors that moved in just across the street from us. They are so sweet and outgoing! I was amazed by how polite their boys are and excited about all the fun our families would have together. Then I found out the mom is a lactation consultant. How convenient, I thought! She then introduced me to the mom-to-be that had moved in next door. It couldn't get better then that, right? 

Two new mama friends just across the street was like a dream coming truth to a first time mom-to-be. Our friendship and support for each other has grown and grown since last spring. I am forever thankful. 

These two ladies are part of the amazing village it takes to raising a child (and living life, I would say), and have helped maintain my sanity (and in so many other ways) during this season of life. Because motherhood is hard and so much fun all at the same time.

I have friends and family across this big world and I wish I could be with them during all major events of their lives, when they need someone that attentively listen to them, when they need a real hug more than a Facebook like or heart...

It breaks my heart to know that so many women, so many moms to be, so many teens, so many people out there don't have a village, a close friend, someone they trust that will not judge, but will share experiences, will be there to listen, will offer a hug.

My wish for them is that they have a Kristine and a Nina across the street from them. My prayer is that God will use me to be a Kristine and a Nina to my neighbors in the new community Jacob and I are moving to. 

Motherhood is the most encouraging, terrifying, awesome, frustrating, and gratifying thing I've ever done. It has its ups and downs. Happy moments, sad moments. It's so easy and natural at times and so hard at other times. If I didn't have my village, I would probably be focusing on the hard days, the frustrating experiences, the times I thought I failed.

Today, my heart is filled with gratitude. I have a family and friends that I love and love me. Everything feels to be falling into place and happening just at the right time. I have a village.

It takes a village

Happy Thanksgiving!


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