MOPS Newsletter Volume One!

downloadWELCOME

Welcome back to all of our returning moms and welcome to all of our new moms that are here and those that will be joining us this year,
we’re delighted to have you here. We are looking forward to a sensational year here at South Valley MOPS; we are so excited to start
our second year and look forward to many good times. Drop off your little Moppet(s), grab some coffee & breakfast, sit down and enjoy.

What is MOPS?

MOPS stands for “Mothers of Preschoolers” – but don’t let that confuse you. MOPS is about meeting the needs of every mom of a
child from conception through kindergarten with local groups of moms just like you. Whether you’re urban, suburban, rural, stay-athome, working, teen, adoptive, special-needs, single or married, MOPS is for you!Being moms is what brings us together and allows us to build a community, and a MOPS group allows you to meet and build friendships with moms in your local community. The early years of being a mom are just as foundational to you as they are to your baby, and those years are filled with unique needs that other moms instinctively understand. MOPSInternational.org2013-14 MOPS International Theme A Beautiful Mess: EMBRACE YOUR STORY Verse:

Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

It’s true we are a mess.

And this scripture reminds us we are indeed beautiful. “A Beautiful Mess”Moms live in messes. The toys, crumbs, and spit-up are their natural surroundings. Moms often feel like a mess. They are exhausted, under-showered, and hormonal. Their past and present circumstances and decisions can leave them feeling inadequate for God’s love and purposes. A Beautiful Mess — reminds moms that beauty can come out of their difficult spots. The grime of mothering young children brings the beauty of motherhood. The
bruises of life can bring God’s redemption. Embrace Your Story — reminds moms that their past, present and future can be used for good. God knows where each of us has been, where we are today and has set in motion where we are headed. But what does it mean to Embrace Your Story? EMBRACE, to put your arms around and hold tight, to give a bear hug, that says, you are mine. All mine. I take you just as you are. A beautiful mess. And it’s YOUR story. You know it like no one else does, you are the expert. No one can deny your life’s experiences, your feelings, the You of who you are. They are unique. No one else has lived it or ever will. And it is a STORY, it has a beginning, a middle and an end. But you find yourself today in the middle. You can examine the beginnings, understand them, embrace them. You can see how the early chapters impact where the story is today. And you can plan for the next chapters. You are the main character in it. Co-Authoring your moves with THE AUTHOR of life. The Artist of all creation created you and you are indeed A MASTERPIECE. MOPSInternational.org

Starting School (Back to School) Blues: by Isabel Viscarra

You’ve changed their diapers, kissed away their pain (“ouchies”), tolerated the
terrible two’s and taught them to get dressed by themselves, among so much more.
Now it’s time for another milestone – The first day of school. Nervous? Excited? Don’t
know what to expect? Welcome to kindergarten, mom! You’ve taught and will
continue to teach your child(ren), the Bible says, “ Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them
as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them
when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
Deuteronomy 11:18-19 However, now it’s time to TRUST God, who happens to be our divine partner in
parenting. “Teach your children to choose the right path, and when they are older they will remain upon it.”
Proverbs 22:6 We have taught, now we have to trust God to finish the work He has begun in our child(ren).
The work may not be evident immediately and there will be bumps along the road, but teaching them and
then trusting helps moms hearts to let go. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will
protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” 2 Peter 1:3 Take courage mom, God is in control.

Mom’s TIPS: by Laura W. Burmaster

If you’re like me, I love to hear about ‘tricks of the trade’ that solve life’s problems. When we share our
unique ideas, our job as problem-solvers can become a bit easier. For example,
* Bring baby powder in your beach bag. It’s perfect for getting all that wet, sticky
sand off little arms, legs and feet when it’s time to go.
* Draw a happy face on the insides of your children’s shoes. When they’re
learning to put their shoes on the right feet, just tell them that the faces “talk to each
other”.
* Freeze fresh herbs so you always have them on hand for recipes throughout the
year.
Don’t forget to write your “mom tips” during the meeting so we can share them on our
next SV MOPS newsletter. Thanks.

Book Review/Recommendations

For kids returning or starting school:

The Kissing Hand
by Audrey Penn

Wemberly Worried
by Kevin Henkes

2013-14 Theme Book & Devotional:

The Artist’s Daughter: A Memoir
by Alexandra Kuykendall

Known & Loved:
52 Devotions from the Psalms
by Caryn Rivandeneira

Excerpt from Confessions of an Imperfect Mom: God’s plan for Less Guilt and More Grace

by Julie Barnhill
“…little moments that can make a mother’s heart sing.”
A single sticky hug from a toddler.
A whispered “I love you, Mommy at bedtime (or just out of the blue).
An affirming touch from your husband when you are really at your wit’s end (or
better yet, an offer to hold down the fort while you grab a few minutes for
yourself).
A quick, encouraging cup of coffee with another mom who has been where you
are now, and lived to tell about it…
They’re what keeps us going- those treasured moments of sharing and affection, those times
when heart connects to heart.”

Meeting Schedule

2013
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013
Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
2014
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

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