Monday, January 31, 2011

dare to LIVE LIFE {fully} right where you are

During these past two years I have enjoyed the writing over at a holy experience. I even participated in her 1000 Gifts project....where bloggers, writers, readers, anyone really, kept a running list of all that God has blessed us with. The simple, everyday, beautiful things. Gratitude...consciously acknowledged, written down to give thanks to God. I will honestly say that I often get in the way of seeing the gifts in my life. But I have learned that {gratitude} is an important practice in becoming a disciple of Jesus- and living fully, right where you are. It will give you new eyes and change your heart.

So the writer of this beautiful blog now has a book: One Thousand Gifts: a dare to live life fully right where you are. If you are interested in intentionally {giving thanks} and starting your own list, take a look at it! If you are interested in reading this book in community, as part of a book club, check out the Bloom Book Club online, they will begin posting videos and online conversations on Feb. 6th. The author, Ann Voskamp, will be involved in the online discussions & video. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

I have participated in the Bloom Book Club in the past. It is great because you can fit it in whenever you find some down time to read and watch the videos online (in my world it was during my toddler's nap time or bedtime) in the comfort of your own home.

So please leave a comment if you are planning to read this book! I would love to know what you think.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

God Cares About the Details

Ever had those days when you felt you were throwing up emergency prayers that seemed unimportant in the big scheme of things?

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About MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPS International exists to meet the needs of every mom - urban, suburban and rural moms, stay-at-home and working moms, teen, single and married moms - moms with different lifestyles who all share a similar desire to be the very best moms they can be! MOPS recognizes that the years from infancy through kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship and are filled with unique needs. (taken from the MOPS International Website, 2010)

Meeting Times

Every other Thurday
September - May
Presbyterian Church of the Master
26051 Marguerite Pkwy · Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Fee: $75 for the semester/no childcare

$99 Mom with one child in childcare

$119 Mom with two children in childcare

Payment plans and scholarships are available.
Please email kjersten.damron (at) gmail (dot) com for more info.

2011/2012 Schedule

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Spring Semester 2011

Febrauary 10 {Professional Hair and Makeup Tips for Busy Moms}

February 24 {Tea and Testimony}

March 3 {Floral Design}

March 17 {Service Project for Mary's Shelter}

March 24 {In House Panel -Tips From Our Own Experts}

April 14 {Identity and Body Issues}

April 28 {Pediatrician Dr. Eric Ball}

May 12 {Open House * Bring a Friend to MOPS!}
{Author Susan Peterson: Fun (& Educational) Places to Go with Your Kids in SoCal}

May 26 {Pops Panel - Dads Tell All}

Friday, January 28, 2011

{Worthy Exploits}

Most of the moms in our group have been blessed with baby showers and hand-me-downs as we embarked on the journey of motherhood. This is our chance to shower love onto moms who have not had such a start. Throughout this semester we will be collecting baby, toddler and mom items for Mary's Shelter, a maternity home for pregnant teens and their babies.

Mary's Shelter empowers and equips vulnerable teen mothers and their babies for lives of hope, dignity and self-sufficiency. Learn more about Mary's Shelter here.

What {W.E.} Can Do
During the semester, you can drop of your items at the Take It or Leave It Table in the Great Room during MOPS. Items needed at Mary's Shelter are:

For Babies and Toddlers

•Crib sheets Car seats Toddler training pants
•Diaper bags Strollers Toddler underpants
•Swim diapers Snugglies Changing pads
•High chairs Sippie Cups Toddler spoons, forks
•Mattress pads Onesies Booster Seats
•Pacifiers Bottles Baby food
•Pull-ups Diapers (Size 3- 6) Baby Wipes
•Swings Infant Tylenol Infant Dimetapp
•Child's brush Nail clippers Medicine dispensers

For Teen Mothers

•Disposable Cameras Scrapbooks Scrapbook materials
•Alarm Clocks Back packs Luggage/Duffle Bags
•Gift cards for CVS, Target and Mervyn's for clothing and birthday gifts

For Mary's Shelter Homes

•Toilet Paper Paper Towels D Batteries
•Paper Napkins Trash Bags Light Bulbs
•Laundry Detergent Dish Detergent Dishwasher Detergent
•Gift cards for grocery and home improvement stores