Mum or Mom

You say potato, I say potato…

You may wonder why the title “Missionary Mum’s Meeting Place”. Well, firstly, for the benefit of my US friends, and without getting too far into the spelling habits of Aussies, the word ‘mum’ in the title is spelt correctly from my perspective. That is the way we do it down here, so no apologies will be forthcoming.

Secondly, I narrowed the focus to mum’s because in my home I am the designated email writer of the family. I am the one who has the most contact with our missionary – there being only one degree of separation between us (and that being the technology). For the rest of the family there are two degrees of separation – sometimes more.

I qualify this by stating that my husband does send, what he terms his ‘Father’s Counsel’ email once every couple of months. But I’ll be addressing this in future posts; so I don’t want to give too much away.

So, while this site is open for all family members of missionaries to participate in and visit, I suspect that the majority of visitors will be mum’s.

But of course, if you are not a mum, and are happily visiting then I would love for you to give me a shout out and put me in my place…

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What you can expect…

It seems that every month or so I will get an email from my daughter that reflects some kind of discouragement she is experiencing. Whether it is with those she has been teaching, a lack of teaching opportunities, or just discouragement about her personal progression, there is always an opportunity for us to give her some added encouragement.

This is one of the reasons I started this blog. I am sure there are plenty of mums out there who have had similar feelings, or similar questions.

So the other day I sat down and started jotting down some ideas. Just some ideas of things I can talk about on Missionary Mum’s Meeting Place (MMM). Before I knew it I was up to about 50.

So here are a few from what I have come up with so far…just to wet your appetite.

  1. You call that an email? Ways to get your missionary to write better…
  2. Mum, I think I landed on another planet! Handling culture shock
  3. When your mission is cut short. Perspectives from a mother.
  4. Why is it that father always knows best? The importance of a father’s counsel.
  5. When marriage takes precedence. This one’s for the girls…
  6. Carry neither purse nor scrip. The lengths we go to, to dress our missionary.
  7. The Romney Affect. A quick call out for how Mitt Romney has affected missionary work.
  8. 10 things I love about missionaries. From my precious YW

But, what is motivating me the most is that I get to have lots of guest writers. I certainly don’t have all the answers or all the experience, so I am going to mix it up a bit and invite lots of friends and fellow bloggers to contribute their perspectives.

I am really excited to start. So I will sign off now and get writing…