One of the hardest things about being a stay at home mom is the isolation that occurs postpartum.
Jasmyn is a disabled Army veteran. After she was honorably discharged, she struggled with manic depression and anxiety.
Her and her husband started a family, and she stays at home with their three children.
The life of a stay at home mom is fulfilling and challenging. You are able to witness all the little moments that you would have otherwise missed out on if you were a working mom. You create an unbreakable bond with your children and are able to connect with them on a deeper level. You have chosen to make yourself easily accessible, available and present for your children. These rewarding moments do not come without struggle; especially for new moms.
You are with your children, but feel completely alone. You don’t have any adult interaction during the day.
Jasmyn felt isolated and alone. She joined a group at her church called MOPs (Mothers Of Preschoolers). MOPs is faith based program designed to support mothers by having them connect with one another. The moms inside MOPs are able to connect with each other for a few hours during the day. Moms are able to relate, encourage, and pray for one another.
Jasmyn was able to find friendship and sisterhood through MOPS. The friendships that she made through MOPS gave her a sense of self worth. It also strengthened her faith in God and taught her to rely more on Him and His plan for her life. Seeing how much success she had with the MOPs ministry, Jasmyn joined the leadership team and has been outreaching and helping other mothers struggling with their own motherhood journey.
Jasmyn is currently seeking help for her manic depression and anxiety. When the days are hard to get through, it is encouraging and comforting to know that she has a tribe of mothers who love and support her.
Regardless of what I face or fear, my faith in God supersedes the fears that I face.”
This is the tightrope that Jasmyn walks.
What tightrope do you walk?