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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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Hello mamas! It finally feels a bit like fall out there now, doesn’t it?! We meet again on Tuesday 10/17 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland.  Feel free to bring a friend (or two!)…we’d love to get to know more mamas in the area!

Tuesday is a pot luck day…theme: breakfast!!! Below is a list of what we all signed up to bring. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for anything at the last meeting, feel free to pick something and bring it anyway…the more the merrier!
Belgian Waffles – Kim
Egg Something – Alissa
Strawberries – ?
Sausages – Patty
Orange Juice – Casey
Lemonaid – Ashley
Muffins – Mandy
Apple Crisp – Tina

Pancakes – Delayna
Apples – Natalie
Deviled Eggs – Kathy
Juice – Kathy
Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins – Melissa

Please don’t forget to bring your pizza order forms and money on Tuesday!
Also, if you have beads that you can donate to a MOPS craft, please bring them! MOPS moms will be making bird nest necklaces! Fun! Fun!

Let me know if you have any questions!! See you all on Tuesday!
Love Kathy

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Mamas! I want to start this post off just by saying how grateful I am for each and every one of your beautiful ladies.  Seriously, I don’t know what kind of mother I’d be if I didn’t have all of you in my life. Probably a frazzled, high strung and not-fun mom. And my kids & husband probably wouldn’t be as happy as they are (most of the time 😉 ).  THANK YOU for being YOU!

A few housekeeping items about our next meeting on December 6th. This is our only meeting in December!

Our meal will be provided by Jen Grant so no need to worry about bringing any food items.  How blessed are we to have our last 3 meals provided for us? What an amazing host church Immanuel Lutheran has been to us!

We are making this meeting our Holiday Party. It will be SO MUCH FUN you will not want to leave!! (Does anyone ever want to leave anyway? We’re a pretty awesome group of people!)

A few things about the 12/6 meeting:

  • Bring a white elephant gift – either a crafty item, baked goods or that pan that’s been in your truck for 3 months. Wrap it up and we’re going to play a game!
  • Wear your Ugly Holiday Sweaters!!!
  • We will be having a raffle of items that the steering team has picked out just for you gals so don’t miss this meeting! Lots of fun stuff!!!

November 15 Meeting Review

Wire Angel OrnamentThis meeting was a lot of fun as we had our entire MOPS and MOMSnext groups together to make wire angels to hand out at the Leelanau Christian Neighbors Baby Pantry moms that visit the pantry during the Christmas season.  Each one of us has special artistic abilities and each angle was unique which is why I ultimately loved this project. I hope each angel brings a little joy to a mom’s day!  Here’s a link to the project that I found on #Pinterest in case you want to try it out at home.

Wire Angel Ornament



November 1 Meeting Review

DID YOU KNOW… It takes millions of years for a star’s light to reach our eyes, meaning you are seeing stars from long ago. Looking at the night sky is like looking back in time 100,000 years. (reference)

Isn’t that crazy?! So this night the MOPS went just down the street (more like 6 or 7 blocks ha ha) to Talitha’s home where she had warm apple cider & a roaring backyard fire waiting for us. It was a beautiful night for stargazing with amazing women!  The moon was full and the stars were twinkling away. I think someone even saw a shooting star! It was amazing to put into perspective how small we actually are in comparison to the universe that surrounds us.  We also downloaded an app to see all of the constellations and planets up above which is pretty cool. I’ve showed it to the boys and they think it’s pretty awesome too. It’s free and worth a download!

Startracker for Android  Startracker for iPhone

Here are a few pictures from that night 🙂

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Before I sign off on this post, say a quick prayer for Melissa as she’s due to have Baby Girl, like yesterday! Pray for a swift and stress-free delivery and for a healthy baby and mama ❤

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

MOPS & MOMSnext Meeting 10/18

Hello, Ladies! We have our first pot luck on Tuesday! I think the pot luck nights are my favorite because we get to try a little piece of each one of you!! Below is a list of what we all signed up to bring 😀 We will see everyone on Tuesday!!


Main Dishes – Chilli (Delayna) & A Salad (Alissa)

Side Dishes – Pineapple Casserole (Kim), Corn Bread (Mandy) & Fresh Veggies and Dip (Anonymous)

Beverages – Cider (Kathy) & Juice (Emily)

Dessert – Pumpkin Bars (Natalie) & Apple Pie (Melissa)

Kids Meals

Main Dish – TBD (Talitha)

Side Dishes – Apples (Alissa) & Carrots and celery w/dip (Casey)

Beverage – Juice (Kathy)

Dessert – Banana Bread w/o nuts (Tabitha)

Wine Cork Pumpkins

So this is the craft that we’ll be doing Tuesday night. The corks are being donated by Rove Estate – thank you! We do need everyone to bring a hot glue gun and glue sticks if you have one. This will make this craft go swiftly and ensure everyone gets a chance to complete at least one pumpkin! I am SO excited to do this craft!

MOPS Tonight!

MOPS and MOMSnext is meeting again tonight! Same bat-station, same bat-channel (Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland at 5:45PM) !  Dinner and childcare are provided!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like this awesome lady in this video on our MOPS days. Who agrees with me?!

We saw her on stage at the MOMCON this last weekend and she is just as much of an inspirational speaker and she is a flawless dancer!  ENJOY!

Welcome Back! Our first meeting

Welcome back, Ladies! Wow what an amazing and busy summer! I enjoyed my summer but boy am I glad to be back to a routine…who’s with me?!

We had our first meeting of the season last week and it was so great to see so many returning faces and SO INCREDIBLY refreshing to see new ones as well!

This year’s theme is “We are the starry eyed” and we are pretty excited about it.  If you missed our meeting, check out this video from #MOPS that decpicts perfectly what we’re in for this year 🙂

At the meeting we handed out magnets for your fridge with the dates for our year – please contact one of the members of the steering team if you did not get one!

We decided to bring back #MomsNext this year in a formal capacity. Natalie Korson and Kim Gordon will be coordinating – thank you for stepping up ladies!  For those that are wondering what #MomsNext is – it is the next step for those Moms that have children older than five years old. The discussions #MomsNext have are geared toward the older children and the stages you will be facing together. The bulk of what we do with #MOPS and #MomsNext will be together (eating and activities) just the discussions will be separate. If you have any questions on whether #MomsNext is right for you, contact Kim or Natalie.

Our next meeting is on October 4 and our meal is being provided by the church 🙂

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First Meeting 2015

Wow, what a great first meeting to kick off the year! It was so nice and refreshing to see so many returning faces as well as new members, too!


We kicked the evening off with our new pastor, Pastor Joshua Lafeve, telling us a little bit about himself and his family and leading us into prayer. I believe the church and MOPS/MOMSnext will be in good hands with him nearby.

Dinner was provided by the Steering Team and consisted of cookies from Ciceros and sandwiches from The Cheese Shop.  Everything was sooo yummy and it was soooo nice not to have to cook! There was not a shortage of conversations of summer adventures and first day of school stories – it was as if we never had a hiatus between meetings.


New This Year

Thanksgiving Tree – This years theme is all about being thankful for the little and the big things that we encounter in our every day lives. To symbolize this we have created the MOPS/MOMSnext Thankgiving Tree. This tree will be at the entryway of each of our meetings and we encourage you to create an “ornament” out of the black discs provided with something or someone that you are thankful for or any prayers that you may want to share. Share as much as you want! I envision a full tree at the end of the year!


Can Drive – As I mentioned in a previous post, we will no longer be doing the wreath sale this holiday season. Instead we will be holding a Can Drive that is going on now! Everyone has until October 6th to collect pop or beer cans/bottles and bring them to the meeting that night. There’s no selling involved. Just simply asking your friends and neighbors for their recycling. It’s such a dirty job, nobody likes to do that anyway! Well, except for Winston, he loves it. Ha. So anyway…start/keep collecting and I’m sure we’ll have a good turnout.  DOWNLOAD A FLIER FOR FACEBOOK SHARING HERE!

Nursery Help – All of our help from last year has gone off to college (darn that ol’ furthering ones’ education idea!) and has thus left us in a bit of a pickle for the Moppets Program. We have one girl that will be able to help but only after vollyball season ends which is mid-october. Last night we asked for volunteers to help in the nursery during the next few meetings and THANK YOU to all that did volunteer. A member of the Steering Team will be contacting you to see when you’d like to take  your turn. However, we would like all of the Moms to be able to participate in our MOPS/MOMSnext nights so, in that spirit, please pray for a helper in the Moppets Program and/or if you know of someone that might be interested in the position (it is paid – so that could be an incentive!).


Newsletter – Melissa is our resident journalist. She puts out a kick-booty newsletter every month filled with updates, photos, member birthdays (new this year!), recipes and tons more. She’s super creative at it so we never really know what’s going to be in the next issue! SEE SEPTEMBER’S NEWSLETTER HERE. If you have a recipe or announcement that you’d like to share, contact Melissa at

Pot Lucks – Every other meeting we hold a pot luck for our dinner (kiddos, too).  At the meeting prior we sign up for what we’d like to bring and you’ll find that list here on the blog and/or on our Facebook Group page. We will send out reminders as the pot luck meeting nears as if any of you are anything like me, I’d forget my head if it weren’t attached!  Below is the sign up list for next week. The theme? MEXICAN!
9/22 Pot Luck List

Pot Luck – Tuesday May 5th

Hello ladies!  Thank to everyone who has already submitted photos for our MOPS Sunday Slideshow! We can still take some last minute photos so if you have ones of your families, you and your kiddos, any MOPS events, or just your kiddos please send them to and I will forward them to Tina Becker who is graciously putting the slideshow together for us.

At our last meeting we had 2 food sign up lists. One for the Pot Luck for our next meeting and one for the MOPS Sunday Morning.  The lists are below.  Please contact one of the steering team or comment on this post if you can add to these lists.

MOPS Sunday – May 3rd (Plan on about 75 people)

Kathy – Cookies
Brooke – Veggie tray
Erika – Fruit
Emily – Muffins
Rachel – Juice
Kristen Wilson – something maybe? Depends on junior’s arrival!!
Alissa – Eggbake
Amy – Mini Quiche
Melissa – Donut holes and muffins
Natalie – ?

Pot Luck Dinner – May 5th (Theme: Appetizers/Finger Foods)


Kathy – Mini Quiche
Brooke – Something Yummy
Amy – Spinache Artichoke Dip & Crustini
Erika – Something Yummy
Alissa – Hummis & Veggies
Rachel – Lemonaid & Cookies


Emily – Juice
Alissa – Tomato Soup
Kristen W – Bread
Melissa – Veggies
Natalie – Dessert

Holiday Meeting 12/9

Ugly SweaterIt’s that time of year again…the holidays.  We know it is a crazy busy time for all of us with holiday parties, family gatherings, school performances and collecting all of the requested holiday treasures for our little ones.  Knowing all of that, we (the Steering Team) would like to take an evening and pamper you!  You will be served dinner by Allissa, Rachel, Melissa, Natalie and myself (Kathy) which will be catered by Trish’s Dishes in Leland.  Following dinner we will have a white elephant gift exchange ($5 limit or something fun you’ve found in your home and absolutely don’t want anymore).  Wear your ugly holiday sweaters, too!  We’ll be having a contest on who has the most hideous holiday apparel!  Do it up, ladies!

After this December meeting we won’t meet again until January 6, 2015.  We will be excited to meet up again and hear all about your holiday adventures!


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Pot Luck Signup – November 18


This has to be one of my favorite dinners that we do!  I just love Thanksgiving – I’m not sure if it’s the food or the pure gratitude that I have for what I have and the people in my life.  Maybe it’s a combination of both.

Anywho…here’s the list we created last night for the next meeting.  We still need a few items for the kiddos so if you haven’t already signed up and are able to help out, that would be super!

Please keep in mind that we have some Gluten and Dairy allergies in our groupd for the adults.

  • Main
    • Turkey by Kallie
    • Ham by Kristin
  • Side Dish
    • Something Yummy by Erika H
    • Something with quinoa by Alissa
    • Pineapple Casserole by Kim
  • Drink
    • Kristen
  • Dessert
    • Pumpkin Pie Bites by Rachel
    • Gingersnap Cookies by Janelle

For the Kiddos

  • Main
    • Some sort of crockpot yummy meal by Kathy
  • Side Dish
    • Mac and Cheese by Melissa
    • Vegetable by Amy
  • Drink
    • Kristen
  • Dessert
    • Pumpkin Bars by Natalie

Please let us know if you are able to provide a side dish or drink for the little ones!  Thanks!