Finer Things Friday: Support System

I had an entirely different topic (or two) to write about last night, and then I couldn’t get to my blog. A blogger not being able to access her blog for technical reasons?  That’s a problem!

What makes the problem bearable?  A support system. You know, friends who understand.  Who can empathize.  Who drop what they’re doing to try to help or to just laugh with me as I navigate the madness.

Living life surrounded by a support system is a finer thing.

Family:  We are incredibly blessed to live under an hour away from both sets of parents.  Our kids get to “hang out” with their grandparents on a regular basis.  In fact, my dad is coming to watch our VBS program today, and then is taking the children home to spend the night with them tonight.  Yee-haw!

Co-workers: No one understands your job like someone else doing nearly the same job.  I consider my co-workers to be other moms who are right there in the trenches with me.  Sharing ideas, commiserating when necessary, picking each other up with a home-cooked meal or a few hours of babysitting.

Faith Life: It’s been said that “Going to church makes you no more a Christian than standing in the garage makes you a car.” True!  But, having a place to go to worship and make your faith life stronger, being surrounded by people who will rejoice with you in the good and pray for you in the trying times, who will challenge and encourage your faith walk… that’s a finer thing!

Whether near or far or under the same roof (my husband is by far my go-to support guy!), surrounding yourself with a support system in all situations makes life tolerable during trials, and blissful during the best of times.

What support systems make your life richer?

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Comments

  1. What you said about going to church is so true, Amy. I always feel so encouraged and recharged after every church service!

  2. I would add to your list of support – MOPS! I had friends from MOPS come to help me (3 moms per day) for the 5 weeks I was on bed rest. These ladies cleaned my house and played with my toddler while I grew our new little one!

    • I’ve heard such wonderful things about MOPS. No group near here, but thankful that so many moms have that resource!

  3. Ooops – put my post on my other blog! I think my newest support system is the knitting group I go to. I really needmy weekly dose of fun and laughter with them and know if I was ever stuck, down or in need, there would be someone there to help

  4. It is great you have such a wonderful support system. I am guilty of trying to do as much as I can on my own. However, it is great to know that if I have a need I have a good support system, too.

  5. I have to agree, our Church family is amazing and has been a life saver on more than one occasion. We don’t have relatives close so we have to depend on our friends. I debated what to share as I have written about this topic as well. Most recently we have been reminiscing though so I linked it. My support post is here if anyone is interested. (http://randomactsofparenting.com/relationships/parenting-should-be-a-group-sport/)

  6. My support system is definatly my grown daughters and my mom. They live close-by and we share everything from blogging to recipes to raising kids…..life.

  7. I love Finer Things Friday! My support system would have to be my wonderful husband. I know I can go to him with anything and find comfort and an encouraging word!

  8. I hear ‘ya!! My husband is my go-to support system as well! I thank God for him!!

  9. So true Amy!! We need a little support group in every phase of life.

  10. This was great to read this morning. Thanks for reminding me that I have a wonderful support system- so many wonderful people in my life!

  11. True to that no one understands your job more than your co-worker, and could be in the same situation as well which makes it a rare and wonderful companionship.

  12. We moved 1000 miles away from family just before my son was diagnosed with leukemia. We were so blessed that our support system from our hometown was willing to travel all those miles when we needed them! You are blessed!

  13. That’s a fantastic list! Support is critical in any endeavor, but MOTHERHOOD? Come on! It challenges like nothing else I’ve seen.

    As for me, I’ve had a frustrating day as mom, and hubs came home from work and just scooped the kids out of the house to give me a few minutes to breathe. The blessing of a supportive husband is too much for words sometimes. God gives us what we need, when we need it!

    Perhaps like your kids on their post-VBS overnight? How great is THAT????

    • Oh, yes. I feel ya on the “too good for words” hubby, and my quiet afternoon after a week with 50 kids? LOVING IT!

  14. God has richly blessed me with a wonderful family (my side & my husband’s side) and many wonderful friends (from church, the gym, high school, etc.). I’m so thankful for their place in my life and value each one of them.

  15. Beautiful post! Isn’t it awesome knowing so many people love you and are there for you!

  16. I have a small play group with 3 other women with babies. They are AWESOME and mean the world to me. I know if I ever need anything – a babysitter for a few hours, a meal dropped off during a crazy week, or just an ear to listen, I can shoot off a quick email and help will come quickly! We are all mostly without close family, so we have been able to fill that need in each other’s lives. Thank you for the reminder to stop and count our blessings!!

    • Sounds so nice, Jamie! Just the opposite of what I have… lots of family here, but not many friends in my situation/stage of life.

  17. I moved back to my hometown a few years ago because I missed my family- my sisters, brother, mom, and their families are the best! But its my immediate family (husband & kids) that are there for me everyday that are the real heros in my life. 🙂

  18. Other than my family, my friends are my favorite support system. They make me feel young again and remind me who I am:-)

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