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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 ūüėČ ). ¬†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‚Äôs 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 ūüôā

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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!


Giving Back to Single MOMM

Each holiday season, Leland MOPS/MOMSnext participates in a service project for the local Single Moms Ministry. ¬†The Single Mom’s Ministry¬†is a relational ministry that seeks to help single moms acquire a healthy sense of self-awareness, create a wide base of community support, become invested in parenting, strive for economic wellness, and recognize themselves as a contributing member of society.

Every holiday season, Single MOMM puts on a Holiday Party Event for all of the single moms during a time when they are most often forgotten, left out or most vulnerable. ¬†During this event the Mom gets to have a HOT meal served to her (a real treat for any mom, am I right?!) and is pampered while her little one(s) get to “go shopping” for gifts for their mom for Christmas. ¬†These gifts that the children “shop” for are donated or made by volunteers. ¬†We have made gifts for this event for the last few years. ¬†It is really a great time for all involved.

This year, we decided to make Body Scrub for the event. ¬†During one of our meetings in November we banded together and made 48 jars of Sugar Cookie Body Scrub. ¬†The room smelled heavenly and we had many laughs to go around as well! ¬†Here are some photos of that meeting…if you look closely, MomConnie even participated! (The recipe for the scrub is at the bottom of this post!)

The Single Mom’s Ministry is still looking for volunteers for their event in December (below are the volunteers that they are in need of).

They would like help setting up the Santa’s Workshop¬†on Friday, December 12th. If you can’t make it to either one of the events and would still like to help out, you can bring cookies or applesauce to our meeting on Tuesday and Natalie will bring them with her on Friday.

If you can’t make event or will be out-of-town they are still collecting $20-25 gift cards from Kohl’s or Toys R Us (or monetary donations to go toward this).

The event is a 3 hour event from 5-8pm (volunteers need to arrive at 4:30pm to pray) on December 13th at the Church of the Living God (1514 Birmley Road).  Please look at your schedule and talk with friends, fellow small group members and others that might be able to help.  Having enough hands and hearts to safely love on these beautiful children is a biggest need.  Also, those that would welcome our new moms (from 4:30-6:30pm) and help in the kitchen.  Please see below and let them know ASAP if you can help.  They can only pull this off with an army of servants!!

Greatest need:  2 -3 more people in the 3-5 year old class

More Volunteers Needed:

  • 1 more person in the nursery
  • 1 more person in the toddler room
  • 1-2 more people in the 6-8 class
  • 1-2 more people in the 9-11 class
  • 1 more person in the 12 and up boys
  • 2 more people to serve the kids food (4:30-6:30)
  • 2 more people for¬†new mom greater (4:30-6:30)
  • 4-5 women helping in the kitchen
  • 3 folks helping with take down of tables and chairs (8:00-9:00)

All of these jobs are very important.¬† Please step up if you are at all able. ¬†They¬†get many non-believing moms and kids at this event… it is an awesome time to truly show them the real meaning and reason for this season.¬† Serve as a family, as a couple, neighbors, or small group.

If you would like to help out, please contact Heather Muha at

For more information on the Single MOMM on Facebook HERE or visit their website HERE.




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Here’s the recipe for the Sugar Cookie Body Scrub that we made for this event. ¬†Find it on Pinterest HERE!


  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 half pint mason jar (8 OZ Jar)
  • Label (with a sticker back)


  1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine your brown sugar and white sugar. Whisk them together until they are completely combined.
  2. Add in your olive oil and vanilla extract and mash together with a fork until all of the oil is combined into the sugar mixture.
  3. Pack the mixture down into your mason jar.
  4. To finish, tie a bow around the mouth of the jar (optional). Create your own label and stick it on the front of the jar or on the lid. Now, it is ready for gifting or for immediate use!
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