Learning To Love Your Imperfect Home

Almost six years ago, I moved with my husband and two little girls from sunny Southern California to rainy Western Washington. When we relocated, I figured that the rental house we moved into would be temporary, but almost six years later we still live in that "temporary" home. Life doesn’t always go as planned. My husband and I have lived in three homes during our 12 years of marriage. We owned the first one and rented the other two. I know what it’s like to feel like your home isn’t ideal and that you’re stuck with it. Over the years, ...
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Money Tips for MOMcon 2020

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Have your heart set on MOMcon, but you or your MOPS group are strapped for cash? No worries! We’ve put together a list of fundraising and budgeting tips from fellow mom campers:

What To Expect at MOMcon 2020

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So, you’ve never been to MOMcon?! Well, are you ready for THE BEST, MOST LIFE-CHANGING weekend?? OK, OK, we admit – MAYBE the birth of your child comes first. But we’re definitely up there!  While ...
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Tips for Bringing Baby #2 Home

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The transition from being responsible for ourselves to having the honorable duty to care for a little human is overwhelming. NO, it’s earth-shattering in an amazing and terrifying way. Now, let’s insert child #2. Why ...
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It Was Never About the Mustard

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I like mustard. My son likes mustard.  When my parents drove to town to take my oldest son to celebrate his belated birthday, they told him to pick his favorite place to eat. We arrived ...
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The Comparison Cure

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The “comparison game” is one that most of us are familiar with playing and the key to beating, even the hardest of levels, is different for everyone. For me, the answer to my longing heart ...
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Morning

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The stillness of this morning caught my mind. Each day of the week we hustle and bustle about this tiny place. Always thinking about what our next move is. Filling his bottles, making his food, ...
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Boycott Mom-Shaming

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Mom-shaming begins as far back as conception of our little people. “Did you conceive naturally? Did you go through fertility treatments? Use a surrogate? Adoption?” It continues through birth. “Did you get an epidural? C-section?
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The Three Elements to Transformation

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If you know anything about building a fire, you know it takes three elements for a fire to burn: a fuel source (e.g. wood, gasoline, plastic, etc.), heat (like a spark from a lighter), and ...
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Second Grade Dreams

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Some kids dream about growing up to become athletes, singers or doctors. Me? I dreamt about college. I recall with great detail the day when my second grade teacher talked to our class about what ...
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MOPS International Statement of Faith

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MOPS International has been made aware of a new blog and companion podcast posted this week criticizing MOPS’ theology. We are saddened that these Christian bloggers did not contact us directly with their concerns. Solid ...
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Scales and Arpeggios

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Growing up, I took several years of piano lessons and my least favorite part was practicing my scales. It seemed so tedious. Did it really have a purpose? Turns out there was a purpose. Practicing ...
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Slingshot Fun

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"We have to reinvent fun back into our American society or we are going to serious ourselves to death." - Alice Cooper https://vimeo.com/271905836 The MOPS International staff taking a much-needed fun break from the work ...
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Money Tips for MOMcon 2020

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Have your heart set on MOMcon, but you or your MOPS group are strapped for cash? No worries! We’ve put together a list of fundraising and budgeting tips from fellow mom campers: Restaurant Give-Back Night ...
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What To Expect at MOMcon 2020

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So, you’ve never been to MOMcon?! Well, are you ready for THE BEST, MOST LIFE-CHANGING weekend?? OK, OK, we admit – MAYBE the birth of your child comes first. But we’re definitely up there!  While ...
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A Casual Invitation Changed Everything

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I am the mama of a miracle. I was at the beginning of my second trimester with our second child when we received a phone call with news that no parent ever wants to hear ...
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3 Things I’m Reclaiming in 2020

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Let’s preface this by saying everyone is in a different season of life and that's OK. Resolutions are important, focusing your energy is important, and being held accountable is important – but sometimes these things ...
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Great(er) Expectations

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It happens every December 25: There’s the inevitable buildup (starting now in SEPTEMBER), the anticipation, the climax - and then, the letdown. I wish I were talking about something else - like a vacation, my ...
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Our Holy No

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We were two months into being empty nesters when our youngest son started sending me a flurry of texts. He was attending a college nearby and desperately wanted my car for the weekend. Instead of ...
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