I’ve never been a very good feminist. And I’m not all about girl power.
But, first with infertility, then pregnancy, and now with the birth of my first child, my life has drastically changed in the last few years, largely based on the fact that I’m the woman and the mom. And it has really made me change the way I see my gender.
Too often lately, I’ve had to say to friends, “getting pregnant, staying pregnant, having babies, and raising babies should be the easiest most natural thing in the world – and for too many women, it just isn’t.” And beyond it being hard and frustrating and heartbreaking – we feel like we aren’t supposed to think any of those things and that we aren’t really supposed to talk about it. So many of my girl friends are silently suffering about what they were biologically created to do. We feel alone and disconnected – because of things we are all going through.
I’m not down with that.
Connection and openness and vulnerability and unity have been on my heart lately. So much. It’s good for the soul. It’s good for you and your family. And that makes it good for our town, our country, our society.
As we’ve dreamed about how the new Purpose Coffee space in Dalhart could be used, I’ve wanted it to be a way to connect and unify women in this town.
I love that the space is already being used for book clubs, sorority meetings, baby showers, and club business meetings. Women are coming in with their girlfriends to catch up over a cup of coffee. Every time I see it, I can’t even describe how happy it makes me.
The Purpose Dalhart team met today to plan a few more events to help foster that kind of unity and connection. Here are the details – and we would so love for you to join us!
Community Women’s Bible Study
We will meet on the second Thursday of the month, both in the morning and the evening – so you can join us as your schedule allows! First up, we will be reading and discussing Jen Hatmaker’s For the Love.
If you’re able, join us for fellowship, coffee, and treats at either 9:30am or 6:30pm. Discussion will start promptly at 10am and 7pm. We will offer childcare for the morning session at the Hillside Kids’ building, for $5 for the first child and $3 for each additional child in a family.
Our first session will be on October 13, and will be a general fellowship, get to know each other, introduce the study kind of session. We will have books available, or you can order on your own. Then we will meet November 10, December 8, January 12, and February 9 to discuss the book. So, mark your calendars now!
A Farm Wife’s Harvest Celebration
I don’t really know what to call this one. We laughed about “Ladies Night” – with $1 shots (of espresso). But, that’s not exactly what we are going for! 🙂
We just want the opportunity to encourage y’all. Whether you’re feeling like a single mom because your husband is working a billion hours with harvest, or you really are a single mom, or you just need a little love and laughter – stop by on October 27 for some Fall treats and a cup of coffee or tea and let us say “good job,” “keep it up,” “way to go.”
Please share with your friends and join us. We are so looking forward to connecting!