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December 5th Meeting


Hello Mamas! I cannot believe that November is nearly over! I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

Looking forward, the stearing team has decided to move our holiday party to our next meeting, Tuesday, December 5th. We will be cancelling our formal meeting on 12/19, however, we are planning an informal get-together that night. This will be discussed at our next meeting to decide on what to do.

This is the plan for our next meeting: MOPS and MOMSnext will be staying together!!
Meal – provided by Jennifer Grant – yummy!!!
Activity – GIFT BASKETS: We’ll be putting together gift baskets for our volunteers, Esther & Dianne, and making cards for the nursery helpers.  If you would like to donate a gift to one or both of the baskets for Esther or Dianne please bring it to the meeting. Esther and Dianne do not get paid to be with our kiddos during our meetings so we like to show our appreciation for them during the holidays and at our MOPS Sunday breakfast in the spring.
WHITE ELEPHANT GIFT EXCHANGE: Bring a wrapped gift for our annual white elephant gift exchange. This can be a re-gift, an item you no longer want at home, or a purchased gift $5 or under.

Let me know if you have any questions! I hope to see you all next Tuesday night!
5:45 PM at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland

If you haven’t read the fall edition of our newsletter, you can read it here! MOPSNewsletter-OCT

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2017-18 Theme – Free Indeed

By now most of you have received your MOPS registration packets in the mail filled with goodies for the next year. I have been diving in and I am so incredibly excited to share it with you, learn more about each one of you and share more of myself with you. Our mothering tribe is so near and dear to my heart and I am so grateful to share this journey with all of you amazing ladies!  Here’s a sneak peak of what this year’s theme is all about 🙂 ENJOY!  Love Kathy

Dear Mom Who’s Trying to Do It All…

Cut that crap out.

Take a break.

Stop trying to be perfect. Stop comparing yourself to others. Stop trying to meet everyone’s expectations.

You can’t fix all your kids’ problems and have all the answers. You can’t heal all their wounds.

Sometimes, you have to let things go.

Sometimes, you have to let them have six hours of screen time a day… for two weeks straight.

Sometimes, you need to say, “No, I don’t want to play Candy Land… or Chutes & Ladders… ever.”

Sometimes, you have to pick up McDonald’s on the way home… for the third time that week.

Sometimes, they need to get their own Band-aids and kiss their own boo-boos… especially when there’s no blood.

Sometimes, they’ll have to miss that class they love so dearly because sometimes, other things just come up.

Sometimes, you need to stop listening to the cacophony of other moms telling you the “right” way to raise your kids. There’s always someone available to tell you the polar opposite.

Sometimes, you need to let the dishes sit and ignore the spaghetti sauce splattered on the stove and up the wall. Give the kids chores. Don’t expect perfection; expect arguing. Then ignore it.

Sometimes, you need to put your ear buds in and listen to that music (on level 10!), watch Mad Men, go out for that grande mocha, stop at that garage sale.

Sometimes, you need to serve ice cream for breakfast.

Sometimes, you need to ask for help.

Sometimes, you need to give yourself permission to be an OK Mom. The harder you are on yourself, the harder it is on your kids.

Sometimes — or rather all the time — you need to not take your kids whining, complaining and manipulating personally. It doesn’t mean you’ve done a bad job, it just means they’re trying to get their way.

Sometimes, you need to say no and not feel guilty about it.

Sometimes, you need to remember that no mom knows what she’s doing. If they say they do, they’re lying.

Sometimes, showering is overrated. Makeup? Pfft.

Most times follow these four words: Sweatshirt, ponytail, yoga pants.

And remember: Kids are resilient… especially when they know how much you love them.



P.S. This is basically a letter to myself.


A version of this post originally ran on Can I Get Another Bottle of Whine? You can connect with Kate on Twitter or Facebook.

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