My Community {And Finding Yours}


Last week, someone asked if I had seen the Prime comedy show, “Community.” I had not even heard of it but did a little research since I like me some Chevy Chase and looked into watching it. The theme is centered around a group of friends who are part of a study group at a community college and the funny things that happen among their group.

I have put the six seasons on my “Watch Next” list and will watch it after I binge The Office just one more time.

But it got me thinking about my community.

my community

What groups of people do I fellowship with, share common interests with and share the same goals and attitudes?

I am part of a faith community.

It shapes who I am, what decisions I make and how I live my life. It also is my job and weaves itself into every part of my life.

I am part of an adoption community. 

Since adopting our two youngest, our lives have been intertwined with so many others that want to adopt, need help financially and emotional support.

I am part of a college community.

I carry with me the bond with so many that I went to college with. We still keep in contact and can relive any of the amazing moments that happened in the four years we grew together.

I am part of a parent community.

Having four big kids and now two little ones, I am part of a community of parents that want their children to learn and grow and become a wonderful part of our society.

I am part of a mom community.

Insert this platform that you are reading this post on, Dayton Mom Collective, that I have been part of for over three years. This mom group that I have been blessed to be part of supports one another as women and as mothers.

I am part of an Alzheimer’s cure community.

My mother fought valiantly as she lost her battle with this crippling disease. I’ve joined thousands of others in helping find a cure over the last eight years by raising money and walking to find a cure.

Some pretty amazing communities that I get to be part of. Yet, I want to do more. I want to be part of every community.

But it’s impossible for me to be part of all of them. I may love the ideals of other communities and want to be part of it, but is it doable? Can I be part of every community?

I have to work and develop my community and fight for those goals that are dear to me. I celebrate my community and I celebrate yours.

What communities are you involved in? Go and make a difference in them now!

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Hey local mommas! I grew up in Centerville, but I now live in Wilmington with my husband Tony. Together we have 6 kids, Joe, and his wife Allison, Austin, and his wife Hannah, Sydney and her husband Hayden, Andrew and his wife Lauren and our littles, Max and Eli. Did I mention we are a little nuts starting over with this parenting thing when we are 45+? We are officially adding new titles to our names in 2022- Tiki and Jeep (our version of Grandma and Grandpa). My husband and I are both ministers, and we get to work together in a local church. We were both married before and brought our families together in 2010. After a few years of marriage we felt God's leading for us to adopt. We added Max to our family in 2014 and Eli joined us in 2017, our quiver is officially full! Blending our family has been an adventure! Add some ex-spouses and two birth mommas and we have ourselves a crazy crew! Coffee is my love language. The beach is my happy place and I long to have my toes in the sand. I love being part of the team at Dayton Mom Collective.


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