Last week District MotherHued squad up for a Momsgiving. The co-founders Nikki and Simona took time off to live their best life after hosting the Mommy En Blanc in August. However, they are back in stride again and we were excited about this event.
While on break Nikki found out she is expecting a baby girl, and Simona said I Do. So major! We celebrated and shared virtually but there is nothing like a meetup.
In recent years Friendsgiving has become a big thing; but the way District Motherhued is set up we had a Momsgiving, because we are the DMV Mom Tribe. Friendsgiving = friends + Thanksgiving. A blend of the two around a large meal eaten with friends near or on Thanksgiving. According to Google, it dates back to 2007 on Twitter.
The weather was funky that day and I wasn’t sure if I was still going to go. Earlier that day I attended a funeral, my neighbor’s son died at the age of 29. The service was beautiful, but it gave me PTSD the minute I walked in and I felt like I was standing the podium of my cousins funeral again. I pushed passed my own trauma in support of my neighbor, my heart hurt for her. I went back home all in my feelings and kept going back and forth on if I would attend. I was playing photographer that night so I had to keep my word.
I’m so thankful I did, sometimes God puts us right where we need to be even though we don’t know how much we need it. That was one of those moments for me. I needed to be loved on by women who had their own trials and tribulations in life. Women who keep going despite adversity while shouldering their families. I needed to be around people who would get me even though they had no idea what I had going on within. They made me laugh, they celebrated me and we celebrated each other.
60 melanated Mom’s mostly millennial but certainly others mixed in the bunch came together for a night of giving thanks.
Ariel gave us a word of prayer over the people and the food. She is on fire for the lord.
After our family-style Thanksgiving dinner, each woman in attendance stood up and said what they were thankful for and what they were celebrating. One by one until everyone was done. It was a safe space and we held nothing back.
Mom friends are the life jacket that keeps your head above water. It takes a bit of vulnerability and courage to make friends in adulthood but you want to know the best part about having mom friends? Sharing in the struggle with empathy, support, transparency, and belly laughs. Tonight was good for the soul! – happilykia
We had to have dessert, and these mini sweet potato pies were cute and delicious. Thanks, queenbeeconcierge
It isn’t a District MotherHued event unless there is a photo booth. Looking good Moms.
Cheers to God being in the neighborhood, oh and #RiceTheDuck
We chatted, we ate, we shared, we laughed, and we grew the tribe.
No matter what hand you are dealt there is always something to be thankful for.
I am thankful for the continued support of District MotherHued, they provide a safe space for Moms of color!