Well, it has been a long winter and I can hardly believe that it has been three months since the last time we were able to get together as a MOPS group. It was so good to be with all you ladies on Tuesday. I truly missed being together. This week our steering team brought together the marriage panel that we had originally scheduled for one of our February meetings and I am so glad that they did.
Barb Kelley opened us up with a mentor moment and encouraged us to learn from our marriage panel but not to feel like our marriages need to be just like those that are speaking to us today. Especially if you are struggling with abuse in your marriage. The answer to abuse, either physical or emotional, is not that you need to pray more or to submit more. She asked me to put the Oasis counseling line onto the website so that if you find yourself in an abusive situation that you would know of a place where you would be safe. Oasis is a safe place here in the high country that offers services to women who find themselves in abusive situations.
Oasis (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter)
828-264-1532 (office. M-F 8am-5pm)
828-262-5035 (24 hr Crisis Line)
If you missed us this week, four ladies shared their experience from married life. So much wisdom was shared and I felt encourage and blessed. We also discussed the coming Hope Pregnancy Baby Shower on March 18th. Check in with your group leaders for the list of things that need to happen for the shower and how you can get involved.
As usual I am terrible at taking notes, so if you would, share below in the comments one thing that you took away from this panel. I think that would be great! Thanks!
Looking forward to the sunshine this weekend. Hope that you can get out with your families and soak up some vitamin D!
This week we packed Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes! It was so fun and actually packed 19 boxes. Then that evening a couple Moms went to the warehouse to help process the boxes. Here are some pictures of the fun times they had.
Today we had the pleasure of listening to Laura Barbee share some practical ways to forgive and how when we forgive we live out the gospel.
One of the main points that Laura stressed is that when we live to please God, then we take the focus off of ourselves and put our focus into honoring and pleasing God. When pleasing Him is our goal we will find several of the instances where we need to approach offenses will resolve themselves. She encouraged us to share and reflect on how the gospel is shown and shared in our homes when we forgive. It was a great time of discussion.
Please add December 4th to your calendar. We will be packing shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child during our meeting and then that evening we will be volunteering in the processing center.
It was so great to see everyone this morning at MOPS. I am so glad that we have started back. I know we missed several people due to kiddo illness and hope that they get to feeling better soon! Anna, our coordinator, shared a little about our theme this year PLUNGE and gave some of her thoughts and hopes for our group this year.
A few new things and one very important announcement. First and foremost, the announcement....MOM'S NIGHT OUT.....is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 1oth at 7:00pm at Dos Amigos in the New Market shopping center. Hope to see you all there! :)
Second. We are trying a new way of signing up for our potluck brunch. Instead of having the care groups trade off different weeks we are going to be sending everyone a sign up sheet so you can choose which meeting days you would like to bring food. Be looking for something from Roberta Edmisten concerning this. We are asking that everyone Mom sign up to bring food for three meetings.
Third. We are also trying a new way of cleaning up (which I thought went extremely well this morning). Every meeting will end at 11:30 but we will not need to get our children until 12:00. This half hour will give us time to clean up from the meeting and work together while we socialize. That way if you need to leave to go and get your preschooler we are completely done (including clean up) before 12:00.
I am so excited about MOPS this year. I look forward to being together with you again soon!
You've made it. It is the end of summer and school is about ready to begin. Whether you have been soaking up these lazy summer days or if you have been craving the return of structure that fall often brings, Blue Ridge MOPS has something for you. Maybe you have been a part of our MOPS group before or maybe your are expecting your first, third or sixth child and you haven't given us a try, we hope that you will join us this year as we look at PLUNGE, our new theme for the year, and explore what it means to love unconditionally and dive deeper into our relationships.
Our kick-off meeting will be September 4, 2012 in the commons of Alliance Bible Fellowship. Our doors open at 9:00 am and the meeting begins at 9:30 am and will go until 12:00. At our meetings you can expect to meet other Moms from your area and in your stage of life. You get a chance to make new friends, in peace and quiet, as your little ones play in our MOPPETS program while you enjoy a cup of coffee and some pot luck brunch. You will also have the opportunity to grow and learn from our featured speakers who discuss any number of issues from how to become a better Mom to how to be a better you, because we truly believe that Better Moms Make a Better World.
I look forward to plunging with you this year and hope to see you on September 4th.
Today in MOPS, we shared ideas today about taking care of ourselves. Everyone also took time to make a coffee sugar scrub. This is the list that was collected from ideas given from each group. Thank you Catherine Barry for taking notes for me!
Ideas to be Refreshed or Energized
1) Light a candle when doing the dishes
2) Lock the bathroom door to have some alone time
3) Walk with a friend
4) Crawl under the covers
5) Care for and make your bedroom a relaxing place.
6) Wear comfy clothes or get dressed up (whatever makes you feel your best0
7)Sit quietly outside
8) Take time to run errands on your own and don't rush.
9) Take time other than alone time to be re-energized (i.e. have coffee with a friend)
10) Take a road trip by yourself around Boone
11) Combine your favorite face cleanser with baking soda to give a facial.
12) Do some strengthening at home that is easy to do without fancy equipment.
13) Send Daddy with children to Lowe's Hardware program called Build and Grow
14) Take a bubble bath
15) Take a walk and observe nature around you.
16) Garden if you enjoy it.
17) Do something that you enjoy. That reminds you of who you are.
Try and make time for yourself today. You deserve it and not only that, in the end it will make you a better mom. If you feel so lead, leave us a comment and let us know what you did today.