We would talk about our community. Our family, our friends, our kiddos, our acquaintances, our coworkers, our fellow church goers, our neighbors, etc. Even our online community – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, fellow bloggers, fellow freelance writers, editors, etc. And I can’t tell you how many times our community has helped us. Our communities have a huge impact on us. I know ours has!
When I moved during our pregnancy (7 months along!) and my husband was states away, our community came together and carried all of our furniture over to our new apartment. All of it. I cried that night. It was the first time I had reached out to our community to help and the response was unbelievable. So many people! I couldn’t have done it on my own, let alone being 7 months pregnant. Our community helped make our first apartment become our first home.
A few months later, when Lilly was a newborn and cooking was the last thing on my mind, our community helped out and brought us dinners for a week. Can you imagine not having to worry about food for the first week of mamahood? Awesome, right?! Spaghetti, salad, tacos, pizza. All those fun classics and more. Our community fed my family when I couldn’t. Because you know, sleep deprivation and constant breastfeeding.
When I was lonely in those first few months of motherhood (because what do you do with a newborn?!), our community invited me to our church’s moms’ group. I have laughed. I have cried. I have shared. And I have heard the wisest pieces of advice from that group of women, including this one and this one too.
Once a week a friend of mine takes Lilly so I can work on blogging stuff. Without it, it would be hard to focus hearing “MOM!” coming from Lilly’s room every 5 seconds because what toddler likes quiet time? 😉
We’ve only lived in apartments so far which means no washer and dryer. I’ve been doing laundry at a gracious friend’s house once a week for the past year and a half. At the laundromat, it costs me $20 a week to do laundry. That’s $80 a month and $960 a year. My friend and her family save us almost $1,000 a year. That’s $1,000 a year, you guys. One thousand. I have absolutely no words. None.
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
How does your community impact you?