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Calls for Submissions – The MOPS Blog

Submission Deadline: Monday, August 7  Permission. Sometimes we need permission to cut ourselves a break. It’s OK to feel embarrassed, to fail or be rejected. We are not perfect and can’t possibly be fully conscious of everything around us or live up to the expectations placed on us. There’s no shame in a restart or a “do over” – with yourselves or with your spouse, kids, neighbors or acquaintances. Give yourself permission to make mistakes, learn from them and move forward. When we ease up on ourselves, we’re more likely to ease up on those around us. This may be the very ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, To be honest, my family has been in a season filled with teenager angst clouded by my own insecurity. I’ve been putting up a smokescreen pretending like I know what I’m doing. Taking off ...
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Letter to My Hair

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Amena Brown is the author of the upcoming release How to Fix a Broken Record, spoken word poet, speaker and event host. The video, "Letter to My Hair," Copyright © 2016 by Amena Brown used ...
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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 typically ...
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Calls for Submissions – The MOPS Blog

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Submission Deadline: Monday, August 7  Permission. Sometimes we need permission to cut ourselves a break. It’s OK to feel embarrassed, to fail or be rejected. We are not perfect and can’t possibly be fully conscious of everything ...
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Letter to My Hair

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Amena Brown is the author of the upcoming release How to Fix a Broken Record, spoken word poet, speaker and event host. The video, "Letter to My Hair," Copyright © 2016 by Amena Brown used ...
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Getting My Body Back

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I can’t wait to get my body back. I think this thought constantly as the days, weeks, months tick by. I can’t wait until I’m not a slave to breastfeeding. I can’t wait until I see a ...
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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

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Hello Mama, To be honest, my family has been in a season filled with teenager angst clouded by my own insecurity. I’ve been putting up a smokescreen pretending like I know what I’m doing. Taking off ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, Have you been able to embrace a slower schedule and savor poolside conversations, or has your summer schedule accelerated to a breakneck speed and frantic text messages coordinating kiddos from one activity to the ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Mama, Father’s Day can be bittersweet if you’ve already lost your dad or if your kiddos are fatherless for one reason or another. Either way, I hope you had time to pause to remember and ...
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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 typically ...
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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 Collective ...
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