November 24th: Fiercely Creative

Meetings, like today’s, I am so grateful for the wonderful women and mothers that attend our group.  They bring an incredible amount of encouragement and love, that they are willing to step up and help one another out through a difficult time or share a piece of their life with one another in order to encourage them. I truly don’t deserve to be blessed by all of these women.  Being the meeting right before a Thanksgiving Holiday,  we are reminded of the wonderful country we live in and the good that we have here. Often, it is easy to get trapped by the consumerism and busyness that life throws at us and we tend to loose our focus on the things that are the most important. Fortunately, Jen Witherspoon, our Hospitality Leader; reminded us that through some of her hard and sometimes tragic personal life experiences that she shared an important lesson that she has learned and it is that we shouldn’t get ourselves so busy that we miss the blessing of our children. We need to take the time to make those memories because they grow up way too fast. This was definitely a great reminder to FLOURISH in the way MOPS is challenging us to do so:

“Embrace Rest, Notice Goodness, and Celebrate Lavishly”!!

In addition to a great reminder to Fiercely Flourish, we had to be Fiercely Creative with the complexities of a difficult craft as the one chosen (sorry :/ ).  Although the process can be hard, the end result will be phenomenal!

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Wrapping paper mache letters is not for the faint of heart, despite what Pinterest says!  Unless you have L, F, or E; you can count on fighting through a more difficult and complex letter and I truly apologize to those who have crazy letters like S or K. No matter what you do, stick with it and it will be worth it!

I have included any tutorials or tips that will help make the process of wrapping paper mache letters easier and embellishments that you can adorn your letter with once complete. I have also included links to some of the best tutorials on the blogoshpere (check them out below!).

 

Please share or comment any tips or your completed project, we’d love to see them!

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Blogs:

Blog 1         Blog 2        Blog 3      Blog 4

Tips and Tutorials:

Rolling a Felt Rose     

Felt Peony Substitute     

Cabbage Rose        

How to Create a Ribbon Rose      

Felt Peony      

Felt Poinsettia

Tips For Wrapping a Paper Mache Letter

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Written by: Andrea Madison, GCBC MOPS Coordinator

 

November 11th: Fiercely Safe

Navigating through parenthood is often a trial and error scenario.  What works with one little person doesn’t with the other and we raise them often hoping that they just turn out right.  Fortunately, we can do some things with the assurance that we are doing them right; one of them being, keeping our children safe.  This is perhaps one of the most important things we can strive to accomplish in this chaotic phase of life!

At the November 11th meeting, Cambree Applegate from Safe Kids Utah came and spoke to us at length in regards to car seat safety and reviewed general safety guidelines we can keep in mind and implement at home.  Many things about keeping little ones safe seem like common sense and would be straight forward, however there are times that things are not.

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We are very appreciative of Cambree for coming and enlightening us on many of the in’s and out’s of carseat safety and we hope that you are able to implement her tips and ensure that your child is kept safe in the event the unthinkable happens.

Speaking to GCBC MOPS about car seat safety

Speaking to GCBC MOPS about car seat safety

If you are interested in having your car seats inspected, please check out the links below.  Many of them require an appointment and various locations have set days and times in the week that they perform inspections.  Having your seats inspected provides the ultimate peace of mind.

www.safekids.org (Utah)

clickitutah.org

To see all the details of our MOPS meeting for announcements, discussion and details, click HERE to read our November 11th Meeting Minutes.

Feel free to CONTACT us if you have any questions or want any further info from this Meeting.

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Written by: Andrea Madison, GCBC MOPS Coordinator

October 27th – Raising Children to Flourish

     Today’s meeting was all about how to raise our children to flourish.  Martha Rudd started the meeting with a devotional about praying for our children daily.  She gave us an amazing handout with 10 verses to pray over our boys and 10 verses to pray for our girls.  If you missed you can find them at the links below:

Prayers for Boys              Prayers for Girls

     Martha shared the verses that she has prayed over her two boys throughout their lives.  For her son Jeremy is “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). and Joshua is “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).  She encouraged all of us moms to find a verse and pray for our children daily whenever we find the moment whether it be while nursing, escaping to the bathroom, or in the pick up line at school.

     We then had a guest speaker Erin Myers.  A mother of eight children ages 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 5, and twins that are 2.  She recalled becoming a Kindergarten teach and all of the tests and exams she had to take in order to prep her for becoming a teacher, but then when she became a mom there was nothing.  They hand you a newborn and send you home.  You instantly start regretting things that you have done wrong as a parent.  She said for her it is funny how everyone says with eight she must have so much patience.  She exclaimed that is far from the truth and that she actually has almost no patience but instead grace.

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     She started the meeting by telling us of three instances where she remembers losing her patience and what that led her to realize.  The instant the resonated with me the most was when she shared that her daughter asked for a cup of water at bedtime.  Not really a big deal, but by the end of the day we are all tired and just ready for them to sleep.  She recalled being so angry that she went and grabbed the cup of the counter and threw it at her daughter.  These instances led her to pray for the Lord to give her peace and patience and grace for and from her children.

     Erin shared with us to two principles and one practical advice tip on how to raise our children to flourish. The first principle is to build relationships with your children.  She shared of course we are with them all the time so that’s building a relationship, right. Wrong.  She encourages us fellow moms to seek the difference between having a physical presence in their lives but to be intentional with our connections.  Take the time to listen to the stories and look at what they have created even when it seems monotonous.  We have to find the balance between our to do list and our relationships with them.

     She encourages us to start building the relationships now when they are young because as they get older the naturally want to separate from you.  She warns if you do not take the time to nurture the relationship when they are young it is even more strained as they become teens.  When they are teens and naturally want to pull away is when we are trying to have the hard adult conversations these are easier if you have taken the time over the years to cultivate a relationship with them.

     The second principle is extending grace to your children when they fail.  She says we need it when we fail like when she threw the cup at her child, but they need it too.  We receive the most grace from our Father, God and in his likeness we should pass this onto our children.  She says when you find yourself wanting to belittle and berate them instead come beside them, link arms and do it together.  You need your children to see that, “I am with you and I am for you.”

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   Lastly, her piece of practical advice.  Pick up a good book and read to them.  The benefits are not only academic, but spiritual and emotional too.  She shares that reading with a child demonstrates love because you took the time out of your day to be with them intentionally.  It is not something you can do in a passive way.  It creates memories with them; things you guys can look back on and laugh about together.

   She shared a story about picking up a poetry book and being able to hear her dad’s voice as if he was reading them when she was a child.  She said read stories that emulate behaviors, virtues, and godliness that you want to see in your children as they grow older.  She shared how when everyone is fighting in her family, they stop and read.  It helps everyone to settle down and it diffuses the tension often letting them continue their day in a much more positive manor.

The last piece of information is that as we all look back on our mother we will find things that we regret, but one thing no one will ever say is I regret the time I spent with my kids.

Thank you Erin for sharing your story with us and encouraging all of our moms on how to raise our children to flourish.