Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Featured Article: Bittersweet Goodbye

Bittersweet Goodbye
By Jenni B.

So, this is goodbye, my final article as your Coordinator. It is extremely bittersweet.

MOPS has been a part of my life in some way from since my oldest was 3 years old. That's almost 9 years now. I never thought I would love MOPS as much as I do. In fact, I almost didn't return to the second meeting. I didn't think MOPS was for me. Yet I stayed.....and kept going back.

Something drew me to MOPS. Was it the atmosphere? Was it the wonderful smell of coffee brewing? Was it the gentle caring nature of the MOPPETS workers? Was it the compassionate leadership? Was it the other moms who were in the same boat as me?

Was it God leading?

Whatever it was, I'm so glad for it. I am, and always will be, very fond of Indian Creek MOPS - morning group and MOPS International. It is an awesome task they take on; MOPS International....equipping, empowering, and encouraging women to be the best mom and leader sh can be in the name of Jesus Christ! MOPS is an amazing organization and I'm so proud to have been a part of it as long as I have. 

By leading MOPS, God changed me in so many ways. I never before had felt the pull and hart break and responsibility for women's / mother's souls that I did leading this group. I have become a better leader, a better sister in Christ, a better prayer warrior and a better friend because of this group. And for that I am eternally grateful. 

Bunt now it's time to move pass the torch. God is leading me on to other things. I am returning to part time work (actually the same Fire Department job I left in 2003 to be a stay at home mom!); I am also diving into Bible Studies and also applied to become a filed leader with MOPS International. So, when you attend the MOPS convention in October, come find me!

The best way I know to express how I feel is through the words of Fred Rogers. In his book Life's Journey According to Mister Rogers: Things to remember Along the Way, he wrote "All I can say is, it's worth the struggle to discover who you really are and how you, in your own way, can put life together as something that means a lot to you. It's a miracle when you finally discover whom you're best equipped to serve - and we're all equipped to serve in some way." 

I have loved serving you, your children, and your families. I hope that I've challenged you to discover how you can best serve your own MOPS group, your families and community. Be the best "YOU" you can. You are enough. You are needed. You are capable. I promise.

Originally published in the May 2013 Indian Creek MOPS Newsletter

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My Favorite Things: TV Shows

Want to try a new restaurant but not sure where to go?
Are you pregnant and not sure what baby products you really need?
Are you unsure of what to cook on a busy weeknight?

What better place to turn than your fellow MOPS moms for ideas?

Our new feature My Favorite Things - will give you some ideas of where to start.
Each month we will feature a different question and recommendations will be listed by other MOPS moms in the group.

This month's feature is:
What is your favorite TV show?

  • King of Queens and Parenthood - Melony S.
  • Seinfeld - Alisha D.
  • Modern Family - Ashley C.
  • Friends - Jessica F.
  • 48 Hours Mystery - Jane H.
  • Switched at Birth - Stephanie H.
  • Modern Family - Emily H.
  • Castle - Katie H.
  • RHOC - I know it's bad - Heather J.
  • Parenthood - Stephanie L.
  • Big Brother Alicia P.
  • Bones - Lindsay R.
  • Parenthood - Amy S.
  • Pretty Little Liars, Mad Man, Catfish - Raychel V.
  • Project Runway - Laura W.
  • Under the Dune - Kelly R.
  • Castle - Erin B.
  • Big Bang - Karla T.
  • Realty TV - Julie K.
  • Breaking Bad - Jennifer P.
  • Grey's Anatomy - Angela A.
  • Parenthood - Sara B.
  • Friends- Sara K.
  • Son of Anarchy- Carrie M.
  • Survivor - Nicki F.
  • Anything cooking - Hell's Kitchen, Masterchef- Jessi C.
  • Parenthood, The Office, Diners,Drive-ins and Dives - Sarah L.
  • Friends, Modern Family, The League - Nicole P.
  • Big Bang Theory or AGT - Lou Ann C.
  • Parenthood, Modern Family, Shameless- Rachael K.

Want to contribute your ideas for our blog or newsletter? Check your MOPS folder for the My Favorite Things feature!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

From the Indian Creek MOPS Steering Team!  

We hope 2015 brings blessings to your life!

What is Your MOPPET Learning: January

While we are enjoying some time with other mothers, the kids are busy in their classes as well. 

Each month we will post a sneak peak at the MOPPETS curriculum for the 2012-13 year.  

This year the kids will be studying the Fruit of the Spirit curriculum which has been a favorite in the past.

All kids in the Otters, Lions, Ostrich, and Giraffe classes will participate in a Bible lesson, craft, game, music, play time, short video related to the Bible lesson, (such as VeggieTales) and snack.

Here is a peek at the curriculum for the month:

January- Peace
Song of the month- I've got peace like the river
1/15-Lesson- Be a peacemaker
Story- Abram and Lot
Verse- Mark 9:50 be at peace with each other
1/29-Lesson-Jesus brings peace.
Story- Jesus calms the storm
Verse- Psalm 29:11b God gives his people peace.

For a list of the entire MOPPETS Curriculum for the year please check out the "About MOPPETS" tab.