I often think of the deputation that missionaries to through (deputation is the time period in which they will travel to different churches, usually across the country) to round up support to enable them to go to the field in which God has called them to. When I think of deputation I think of it as a mother. The couples, or families in this case, travel from church to church sometimes stayin in stranger's homes and other times staying in hotels. Lots of driving involved and then think of having little ones. It must be difficult. All I can think about is how my own children become creatures of habit and often will not nap in other people's homes or go to bed easily, oh and how I have one who HATES the car and just screams when in a carseat. So, to be on deputation for months on end would be trying to any mama.
I noticed that the young lady I referenced was carrying her beautiful baby but thought to myself how much easier it might be if she were able to wear him (if you have been following this mama of many for very long you know I am a fan of baby wearing...often out of necessity!) Posts here, here and here. I asked if this mama had a carrier and she did but not one that I would classify as excessively easy for quick in and outs. I asked if I could share with her but as luck would have it my littles became sick and I had to send my teenaged daughter back to church with the ring sling I wanted to share with her. I asked another mama at church to show her how best to use the sling and then hoped it would be a help. This is the same thing that another baby-wearing mama did for me when I had our last baby. I have worn my babies for years but didn't have a good ring sling and a mama just gave me one of hers and showed me how to use it, made a world of difference!
I am hoping the mama I shared with will allow me to share a picture of her baby-wearing when she arrives in India and that after she is done with the ring sling she will either pack it away for her children's later use or she will share it with another mama who needs one. It becomes a bit of a sisterhood of mothering, we share with one and other and encourage one and other. I am consistantly amazed by some of the mamas I meet and what they are set out to accomplish!
Here is the sling I sent to a continent far away, I hope with her permission I may share a picture of that lovely mama wearing this same sling in a foreign land in the future.