My dear friend Sophie has three beautiful children. One four-year-old daughter from a domestic adoption. One three-year-old daughter from an international adoption. And a year-old biological son. She recently found out she is pregnant with identical twins. She is my hero.
She shared a story of her daughters, Zoelie and Azalea, finding common ground. Zoelie is Hispanic and Azalea is African. Zoelie was showing Azalea her tiny brown moles and pointing to them said, “You see, here I am brown like you. And here. And here too. We’re a match.” Azalea then, in turn, opened the palm of her hand widely, finding her lightest skin and said, “And look! Here I am yellow like you!”
I was instantly reminded of the song Jesus Loves Me. “Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight.” I think common ground is what is so special and so critical to a strong MOPS group. While we all come from different backgrounds and places in our lives, we all share the same story. Motherhood brings us together and we find similarities and solidarity in doing the best we can each day to love our children, one another, and ourselves.
I am thankful everyday for the group of women I’ve found within Beaverton MOPS of St. Matthew. Women who share in the same struggles and the same joys that come with parenting young children. Thank you for loving me and accepting me, just as I am.
I encourage you to reach out to a fellow MOP this week. Send a card. Make a phone call. Take a meal. Let her know we are in this together. We are strong women, working toward a common goal. WE ARE A MATCH.