Monday, September 21, 2015

The Secrets to Successful Parenting

We have an exciting opportunity! Our church - the very same room we meet in for MOPS - is hosting a positive parenting expert to teach a 5 week course on "The Secrets to Successful Parenting" All the details are in this flyer. 

Also note that the childcare is optional! If you don't need it, you won't need to pay that $25. 

Be sure to RSVP to Hilde ( by October 8th. You won't want to miss out!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Fierce Flourishing

Our MOPS theme this year is "A Fierce Flourishing."

This particular season of Motherhood can feel more like surviving than flourishing. It can feel like you're a lone lily in the desert. How are you supposed to bloom when water is so scarce? When the kids are very little and are so utterly dependent upon you for everything ... when they rely on you to meet every need, to wipe every tear, to set every boundary, to play every game, to read all the books, to prepare every meal, to even BE the meal! - it becomes very easy to go into survival mode. To constantly count down to the next naptime, to the next bedtime, to when they're finally sleeping through the night, to when they can feed themselves, to when they're finally out of diapers. To when, maybe, if ever, this parenting gig will get easier.

But what would it look like if we chose to flourish instead of survive?

What if we embraced the chaos and the mess and chose to enjoy this season of life anyway? What if we sought out everyday moments to celebrate? What if we were on the lookout for the goodness right in front of us? What if we claimed all of the opportunities for rest and connection that we could? What if we realized we weren't just any lilies, we were desert lilies? We were made to flourish right here where we're planted. Right in the midst of whatever desert is yours: your "spirited" child; your husband deployed; your family too far away to help; your special knack for breeding non-sleepers. There can be so many impediments to our joy. So many reasons to live our lives in survival mode.

This year, I invite you to choose to flourish. It won't be easy. It might even be scary. It will involve a fierce determination to look at our everyday lives with a new perspective. To reach out to other moms for friendship, connection, and encouragement. It'll take a fierce determination to rediscover joy amidst the drudgery, beauty amidst the mess, and purpose in the chaos. But I believe we'll emerge the better for it, for even trying. Because one day I want to look back on this particular season of motherhood and be able to say "It was hard, but it was GOOD."

So thanks for helping me get there, ladies! We're better together!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Bathtime Fun

Our air conditioning has been broken for the last few weeks. In an effort to keep the kids cool yesterday, I turned to Pinterest! I threw the kids in the bathtub and mixed up some bath paint.

I took shaving foam (Barbasol original worked well for us) and mixed in two drops of food coloring. It was very easy to rinse off when the kids were done playing.

My boys loved it!

It was a great sensory experience for my youngest, and my oldest loved to "see what happens" when he mixed colors together, or dropped some in the water. Best of all, they were able to stay cool!

Highly recommended activity! 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fresh Start Parenting

Wendy Snyder, who some of you may remember from her excellent talk to us last year on preventing and handling power struggles, is running a positive parenting class.

Here's all the info:

I highly recommend Wendy, she was a MOPS crowd favorite last year! Be sure to check out her blog, too!