Being a mom is not easy.
The challenges of raising children can be overwhelming at times, and for those moms just having some time to be with others facing the same struggles can be a blessing.
That is what a group known as Mom Time is all about, and any mom who would appreciate a little time of food, fun, fellowship and faith is invited.
“All moms are welcome,” said Nancy Dean, one of the moms who serves as a Mom Time mentor. “There is no limit on the age of children. Any mom currently raising kids is invited.”
Dean and the rest of the Mom Time core planning group, which includes Dawn Irlbeck, Adrienne Danielson, Kelly Krause, Laura Horejsi and Randi Hubert help plan events for the group which meets twice each month during the school year from September through May.
The meetings are held at Redwood Alliance Church on Second Street in Redwood Falls on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 9-11 a.m.
According to Krause, the group of moms meeting today started as a mothers of preschoolers group, but as the moms in the group saw their children getting older they recognized the value in continuing to get together to talk, learn and grow in their faith.
Irlbeck said it is nice to know there is no age limit and no time in which a mom has to leave because their child is too old.
For Danielson, Mom Time is a great opportunity not only to enjoy the fellowship of other moms but also to have the opportunity to share thoughts and concerns in a safe environment.
“This is a place where you can come and share your joys and your tears,” said Danielson.
With an emphasis on the faith element, the group spends time at each meeting in prayer, and once a month a special speaker comes in to help the moms on their personal journey.
Krause said during the other meeting, there are special activities planned. That might mean having a lesson on baking, doing a craft, having a spa day or learning about gardening.
Moms from around the area are involved, with some coming from as far away as Sanborn, Milroy, Morgan, Springfield and Belview.
The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 21, and all moms are invited to come and see for themselves what Mom Time is all about.
Childcare is provided for those who come.
There is no charge to be part of Mom Time.
Danielson said Mom Time has also been a nice way to network with other moms and to schedule other times to get together.
“Even if you are not part of a church we want you to come,” said Dean.