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!

H in Process

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!

Completed M

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

Andrea Madison

Written by: Andrea Madison, GCBC MOPS Coordinator

 

March 11th Meeting

For our first March meeting, Rachel Eldeen, our Hospitality Coordinator, gave her life story when her son and daughter were born and the struggles she went through, later to discover it was Postpartum depression.  Her experience with this has proven to be a challenge that she has been able to overcome with treatment and God’s love and grace.

If you struggle or think you are struggling with this debilitating mental illness, please speak to someone or come talk to Rachel, she is a great source of encouragement and information.

On a MUCH lighter note….

Since spring has unofficially arrived, it is time to clean and organize our homes…at least we know we probably should, but then there’s children involved…but nonetheless, we still have to clean our homes at some point!

Getting our kids involved in cleaning the home is not only helpful to us moms, but it is an important step in teaching our children to be independent and responsible.  Not only are they becoming more responsible with good habits for life, but they won’t be shocked later in life when they move out and a kitchen fairy doesn’t magically clean the kitchen or the bathroom fairy doesn’t clean the toilet for them. You can download and print an age appropriate chore chart HERE.

That being said, many cleaners that are sold in the grocery store are not safe cleaners for our children to be using. In order to avoid a call to Poison Control, we made an all purpose cleaner using Castile Soap, Cleaning Soda, Water and Essential Oils.  Essential oils have an amazing potency that cleans and disinfects safely. For more information on the cleaning power of essential oils you can read about that HERE. Purity of oil does effect the effectiveness of your cleaner, the best are ones that are rated Certified Pure Therapuetic Grade to Food Grade. At minimum you need to make sure you purchase a food grade oil otherwise the oils can be toxic.

You can find many cleaning recipes online that incorporate all natural ingredients.  A simple Google search will pull up a myriad of results.  Below is the recipe for the All-Purpose Cleaner that we made in our meeting. This has been a great cleaner in our house, with good results.

all-purpose cleaner pic

Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 8 oz. Spray Bottle (glass bottles preferred due to oils being able to leach chemicals from the plastic.)
  • 1 Tbsp. Cleaning Soda
  • 2 Tbsp. Castile Soap
  • 5-10 drops Essential Oil (ex: Lemon, Lavender, Orange)
  • 1 Cup warm water (distilled, purified water preferred)

Method

In spray bottle, add all ingredients before adding water, close lid, shake until ingredients are mixed.  Be sure to label your bottle and enjoy your little ones getting involved in cleaning around the house!

 

 

 

January 28th Meeting

The 2nd meeting in January was a great time getting to know our new mentor mom, Lori Foreman, and her experiences as a the wife of a husband in the FBI and her complete dependence on God during the difficult times and the times where they had many unknowns and how God sustained them. God is good.

We are grateful for Martha Cardon for coming and talking to us about her experience and survival story of having breast cancer. Martha reminded us that we need to be our own advocate and to educate ourselves; to not take health concerns lightly but to have them checked out. Because she did those things, she was able to catch her cancer at the end of Stage 1.  This experience changed her and has improved her overall health with living a preventive lifestyle.  You can read about some of the changes she made in her health HERE.

During the meeting we were also able to work on a simple, but beautiful craft for decorating around our house.  I don’t know about you, but I’m addicted to doing this now!

We painted glass with Elmer’s Glue and Food Coloring (gel not liquid). Repeating coats of the glue/food coloring depending on the color saturation.  What an easy craft with amazing results.  You can find additional instructions on Pinterest. (NOTE: prevent dripping as much as possible to get the best results)

January 14th Meeting

I enjoyed seeing you all again yesterday! I trust you all benefited from Peggy’s story about parenting her 4 children and their different needs being not at all what she expected for her life. I especially liked how she trusted God’s many promises in God’s Word to get her through the ‘curve balls’ that were thrown her (so to speak) especially this past year.
The song she played at the end was “Promises” by SANCTUS REAL. Here are some of the promises in the Bible she mentioned:

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather
boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults,
with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”

and
Luke 4:18  “He (God) has sent Me (Jesus) to heal the brokenhearted…..”

After Hearing Peggy’s story, we were able to watch the MOPS Video regarding our children; Kid’s Bucket List, and discuss the ways we can connect and understand them more and build them up into who God has created them to be.  If you would like to take your child’s Personality Quiz and Love Language Test, you can do so by clicking the links.  These are great tools helping us grow our children and to have a wonderful relationship with them as well. If you would like ideas on how to connect with your children on a deeper level, Kathi Lipp’s website has many tools that you can use.  If you find these resources helpful to you, you can purchase Kathi’s book: 21 Ways to Connect With Your Kids.