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Waves of Change

I’ve always thought I was adept at change. In the early years of our marriage, when jobs and apartments and even regions of the country where we lived were fluid, I embraced new beginnings and found them exciting. If things felt stagnant and predictable, I felt constrained, chafed against the ordinary responsibility of everyday life. If one thing remained constant, however, it was my need to pinpoint my exact identity in relation to whatever was changing. As long as I knew who I was, despite my changing zip code or job title, all was well. Motherhood first came to my husband and ...
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The Case for a Quiet Life

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My grandma died without changing the world. My mom probably will too, as will I. In the world of today, we will have failed. For today, it is not enough to love well, to fight the ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Mama, We’re nearly through the rat race that ensued May 1, most likely rendering us breathless until Memorial Day. It’s amazing how each year, school administrators, piano and dance teachers, sports and church programs, and ...
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Call for Submissions – June 2017 Blog

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Call for Submissions - June 2017 Blog: Adventure Submission Deadline: Friday, May 26 (600-900 wordcount)   It’s easy to forget to live in the moment. How rare is it that we kick off our shoes, feel our toes ...
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The Case for a Quiet Life

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My grandma died without changing the world. My mom probably will too, as will I. In the world of today, we will have failed. For today, it is not enough to love well, to fight the ...
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When the Tides Turn

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It was just over a year ago that I was an almost-married 31-year-old living in Philadelphia, starting my first year of graduate school and teaching a class of second grade littles. My clothes still fit ...
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How Everything and Nothing Changed

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I like to say when I became a mom everything changed and nothing changed. Everything changed because a tiny bit of heaven landed in my arms. I instantly altered my waking and sleeping, my eating ...
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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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Magic in the Mundane

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Years ago, I had a dreamlike idea of what motherhood would look like. It looked like the time I babysat a 3-year-old boy at the park and we threw sticks over the side of a ...
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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: 2 ...
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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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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Mama, We’re nearly through the rat race that ensued May 1, most likely rendering us breathless until Memorial Day. It’s amazing how each year, school administrators, piano and dance teachers, sports and church programs, and ...
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Call for Submissions – MOPS upcoming book

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Submission Deadline: Monday, May 8 (1-2 paragraphs) Want to show up in the next published MOPS book? We are looking for people to interview and share their stories of kindness, building communities of women, moms lifting each ...
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A Little Closer With JJ Heller

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Share your favorite Mom Hack. I learned this from my mother-in-law. Right before dinner, I set out a plate of raw veggies and call them “tasty treats.” The kids are so hungry that they gladly eat ...
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Waves of Change

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I’ve always thought I was adept at change. In the early years of our marriage, when jobs and apartments and even regions of the country where we lived were fluid, I embraced new beginnings and ...
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The Stream That Bears Them Onward

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Writer Gertrud von Le Fort said, “Man signifies the eternal value of the moment; woman, the unending sequence of the generations. Man is the rock upon which the times rest; woman is the stream that ...
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Happy Mother’s Day!

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MOPS believes that moms are world influencers and we’re here to encourage and equip you to live out your best lives.  to celebrate the incredible influence moms have all around the world and remind them ...
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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 Collective ...
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