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A widow, a cancer-survivor and a mother of three with only two she can hold, sing to and rock to sleep – these are the women that MOPS introduced me to at my first meeting. My table was lively, bold and wounded. I quickly adjusted my filter seeing things through a new perspective. I held my tongue on the frivolous complaints of life I had been ready to share, and I listened. I listened hard. I listened, because I could not fathom how these beautiful, smiling mothers were pulling off their jobs. I listened, because I was eager to know ...
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Permission to Feel What I Feel

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Small talk is a curious thing. It is often thought rude not to engage in small talk with strangers, but we rarely strengthen relationships or open ourselves up when we do so. I especially struggled ...
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I remember sitting in the butterfly pose on the gym floor of the elementary school. I was wearing a pink leotard with a floral diamond embellishment on the chest and a pink tutu circled my ...
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On Telling the Stories We’re Too Afraid to Share (And How It Can Deepen Friendships- and Hope)

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We met in church nursery – or at least that’s where we reconnected after a nearly two-decade hiatus. Eliza* and I had known each other as acquaintances in childhood, but when our family moved back ...
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conversation, MOPS group, MOPS International, MOPS Blog

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A widow, a cancer-survivor and a mother of three with only two she can hold, sing to and rock to sleep – these are the women that MOPS introduced me to at my first meeting ...
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grief, loss, permission, MOPS Blog

Permission to Feel What I Feel

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Small talk is a curious thing. It is often thought rude not to engage in small talk with strangers, but we rarely strengthen relationships or open ourselves up when we do so. I especially struggled ...
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releve, ballet, shoes, MOPS Blog

Relevé

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I remember sitting in the butterfly pose on the gym floor of the elementary school. I was wearing a pink leotard with a floral diamond embellishment on the chest and a pink tutu circled my ...
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It’s Too Dangerous to Love Myself

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My story is not unlike those of countless other postpartum moms: pregnancy changed my body in ways I didn’t expect, and even once I lost most of the “baby weight,” I struggled to accept that
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The Unbirthday

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In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon a rather strange tea party in which she encounters the Mad Hatter and the March Hare known by all as utterly nutty. These poor fellows find ...
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When I Feel I am Too Much

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Guilt is my go-to emotion. It is like that perfect little black dress that goes with anything. I can dress it up, I can dress it down. It works for every occasion! Honestly, I don’t ...
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Messages of Hope

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Share messages of hope and encouragement with all to see by writing them on this easy DIY felt message board. Materials ½ yard black felt Spray adhesive Frame with backing (any size) Iron on letters: ...
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Beauty in Simplicity

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Another Monday arrives, I feel the weight of yet another week coming: how will I keep the children entertained this week, will my activities measure up and am I doing enough as a mom? Will ...
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Into the Small Places

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The world tells us that what matters most is the grand, the visible, the powerful. But Jesus speaks of children, mustard seeds and yeast (an organism so small it’s invisible to the naked eye!). His ...
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The Power of Your Table

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You don’t have to look far to see weight issues and degenerative diseases like Type 2 diabetes afflicting families everywhere. It’s no longer just adults who are suffering, but now, children are diagnosed with these ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, September is clicking along in the MOPS office. We have been knee-deep in MOMcon preparation, MOPS Leader Certifications, the fall issues of The MOPS Magazine and Connections, and adding some new faces and ...
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Call for Submissions: Winter 2018 The MOPS Magazine

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Submission Deadline: September 25, 2017 (600-900 word count) Be Gutsy Sometimes we don’t take responsibility for our lives. We carry the weight of expectations, feeling out of control over the pace and trajectory of our ...
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Top “Airmom” Moving Tips

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Are you moving soon? It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town or across the country, it is hard to move. And it is a lot of work. We are a military family and ...
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The Path of Most Beauty

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For many years, I believed God’s calling on my life had to be something I didn’t want to do. I’d heard story after story of people who believed they had been called not just outside ...
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I change. You change. Let’s change together.

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Have you ever yelled at a friend? Like actually raised your voice? If not, then you probably don’t want to be my friend. Because in my adult life, I've yelled at more friends than I’d ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really. She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave ...
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