Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Announcing... Our New Theme!

This year we'll be following the theme from MOPS International! For those of you who have been a part of our group before, this isn't going to change the content or the format of our meetings. Rather, it will be more like a symbolic backdrop to our year. (And inspiration for decor and details!)

This year's theme is....

Starry Eyed is…

Seeing the light in the darkness and choosing to live courageously in both.
It is opening our eyes to wonder and choosing hope over fear.
Starry Eyed is significant acts of kindness that send ripples of light into the world.
It is a choice to live fully and wholly and to breathe our way back to life.
If you feel anxious and don’t know why …
If you are busy and distracted from the things you truly care about …
If you are restless for an unexpected encounter with God …
If you long to feel alive, to regain a sense of wonder, to hope a little freer and to be a powerful force of kindness in the world, then we’d love for you to join us in becoming Starry Eyed.
This year we will run wildly toward wonder, hope and kindness because We Are the Starry Eyed and we choose to see the light.
I hope you're as excited as I am about starting our new year! If you haven't already, be sure to RSVP to our first meeting on September 13th!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Good Old Days

There's a quote from the final episode of The Office that I've been thinking about lately:

It has especially been on my mind as I put together our family scrapbook for 2015. But it's easy to recognize the good old days when you're compiling actual pictures of beautiful moments and memories you want to keep. It's not so easy when you're dealing with a tantrum because you told your 18 month old he couldn't unwind all the toilet paper at grandma's house.

True story.

Obviously, each moment in this season of parenting isn't going to be scrapbook-worthy, isn't going to make us twinkly-eyed with joy. But the sheer number of older parents who tell me to enjoy this stage (as irritating as that kind of statement can be) makes me wonder if there's some kind of important perspective I should have right now.

I'm not going to burden myself with the task of LOVING every mind-numbing, stress inducing, anger producing, exhaustion-filled moment of parenting. That's not even realistic. But I think I could benefit from slowing down a little more, of being present, and of taking notice of the little things.

I want to take stock of each joy-producing moment of parenting as it's happening, instead of being distracted by my to-do list. To enjoy sticky kisses and spontaneous hugs as they come. To really watch my kids as they concentrate on their play. To find the humor in what they're telling me. To relish the feel of them on my lap as we read a book. To linger in their bedroom after they're asleep for the night, just taking in the sight of them clutching their stuffed animals in bed.

It's a fine line between wanting them to grow up already and wanting them to stay little forever, and I want to walk it well!

Monday, August 8, 2016

MOPS Book Club

You're officially invited to MOPS book club, starting up this fall! I'm giddy excited about it. Let me tell you what it's going to look like.

You know those book clubs that are super serious, where people discuss literary techniques, use big words, and only read thick classics with tragic endings? That's not the vibe I had in mind.

And you know those book clubs that only tackle the latest beach read, where half of the people don't even read the book, and where the discussion devolves into swapping potty training horror stories? That's not the vibe I had in mind, either.

I'm hoping to strike a happy medium: one part social, one part literary, where discussions focus on how we related to the themes in the book. If that sounds like your cup of tea, I hope you'll join us! Believe it or not, you CAN still read with little ones underfoot (the trick that works best for me is to ignore my housework).

Here are the details:

And now for the exciting part: selecting our first novel! Below are the three novels to choose from, please click on each link to read the summary. Scroll to the bottom of this post to put in your vote!

Blueprints (416 pages)

First Frost (320 pages)

They each look so good, I'm pretty sure we can't go wrong! Cast your vote below; you've got until Saturday, Aug. 13th before the winner is announced.

UPDATE: We'll be reading "The Status of All Things" as decided by popular vote!