As moms, we raise our children to the best of our ability. We read to them and get them involved in play groups and other activities such as MOPPETS and KidsGames. For me, I was looking for a loving place for my child, where I could actually get some "me" time, or have a conversation without an interruption. I never knew the impact preschool, Kids Games, and MOPPETS could make on me, my family, and my daughter until Fall of 2010. You see, my husband received the news that every family dreads-his brother had unexpectedly died. His brother left behind his parents, two brothers, two sisters, a handful of nieces and nephews, and many good friends who loved him. Obviously this was devastating to our family.
My in-laws, understandably, struggled with it most. Could they have done something to prevent this? Why did this happen? How is it possible that they outlived their child? And, would they ever see him again? These were questions that haunted them. After making all of the final arrangements, my in-laws returned home to Solana Beach. Those unanswered questions consumed my mother-in-law. The day of Josh's memorial service, my mother-in-law was in her garden with my 5 1/2 year-old daughter. She started to cry. My sweet little girl asked, "Nana, why are you crying?" My mother-in-law responded that she was sad that she would never see Uncle Josh again. Without hesitation Reagan responded, "but you WILL, Nana! You will see Uncle Josh again! When you die and go to Heaven you will see him there!" My mother-in-law was so taken back by those words and beliefs that her very wise granddaughter was certain of. My mother-in-law later pulled me aside and told me about her encounter and asked me where Reagan would have learned this. I told her that it must be from the teachings of Christ through Solana Beach Presbyterian programs such as MOPPETS, preschool, and KidsGames. We are beginning to approach the one-year anniversary of Josh's untimely death and my mother-in-law still thinks about and is amazed by the wise words of her granddaughter. Those words, as innocent and simple as they seemed at the time, have brought her some peace.
I am so thankful and grateful for the dedicated staff members and volunteers for not only loving our children each and every day they are here, but also providing them with the teachings of God. There is no doubt in my mind that had my daughter not had her experiences here, that conversation would have been much different. Like so many parents, I was unaware of what was really taught, discussed, and retained by my children. Every once in a while I catch just a bit of what goes on during those 2 1/2 glorious hours at MOPS-a time that I have to actually nourish my body and mind. It might be a song, a story, or maybe a Bible lesson like the one little Reagan provided my mother-in-law in the garden.
If you would like to volunteer or get more information regarding MOPPETS, please contact Emily Kates at firstname.lastname@example.org or go online to our website.
If you have seen God at work during worship, other events, or in your own life, we'd love to have you share your story. Please send it to Erin at email@example.com.