Brittany Bergman five practices tricky conversations

Five Practices to Navigate Touchy Conversations

Dinner conversation looks a bit different than it used to for me and my husband. After our daughter was born, many of our mealtimes were marked by few words – not because we were angry with each other, but because we were exhausted new parents just trying not to fall asleep in our soup. But for the past six months, we’ve been talking more often and more deeply about things like spirituality, theology and politics. Part of this change is because we’re in a gloriously stable season of not being sleep-deprived and overwhelmed. But part of this change is because ...
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Steffani Baker Balance Ordinary Jar

A Balanced, Ordinary Life

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In building my mom community over recent years, I have learned this is one thing we all strive for in our lives: balance. It constantly becomes the topic of conversation. Where do family, friends, love, ...
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A MOPS Story: Dawn

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Dawn almost gave up. No one knew the internal struggle she faced for years. The community and love that MOPS offered helped her through an eating disorder, a debilitating depression and an intent to self-harm. You ...
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Alex Kuykendall Loving Actual Christmas

Let Love Be The Loudest Voice

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I turned my shopping cart down the next aisle and felt a familiar tension creep into my neck. The trees, lights, wreaths, ornaments, candy canes and wrapping paper exploded in green and red. That familiar ...
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Brittany Bergman five practices tricky conversations

Five Practices to Navigate Touchy Conversations

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Dinner conversation looks a bit different than it used to for me and my husband. After our daughter was born, many of our mealtimes were marked by few words – not because we were angry ...
» READ MORE

Steffani Baker Balance Ordinary Jar

A Balanced, Ordinary Life

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In building my mom community over recent years, I have learned this is one thing we all strive for in our lives: balance. It constantly becomes the topic of conversation. Where do family, friends, love, ...
» READ MORE

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Filter Your “F-words”

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I was about to leave the house for a One Direction concert (don’t judge me). My husband was scheduled to come home from work a couple hours early because I needed to catch an afternoon ...
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Why Is It so Hard to Say “I’m Sorry” and Really Mean It?

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It seems easy enough, right? We tell our children to apologize and “mean it.” But we see them struggle to conjure up sincerity when they are still hot from the difficult moment. Moms are sometimes
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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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Alex Kuykendall Loving Actual Christmas

Let Love Be The Loudest Voice

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I turned my shopping cart down the next aisle and felt a familiar tension creep into my neck. The trees, lights, wreaths, ornaments, candy canes and wrapping paper exploded in green and red. That familiar ...
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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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A MOPS Story: Dawn

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Dawn almost gave up. No one knew the internal struggle she faced for years. The community and love that MOPS offered helped her through an eating disorder, a debilitating depression and an intent to self-harm. You ...
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Stewarding The Story

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Kids and The Christmas Story Christmas and kids were made for each other. The main attraction in the story is a baby surrounded by animals, after all. It’s like God wrote this chapter with a ...
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With Love

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Hello Mama, In honor of Election Day, I thought I’d share this with you: Did you know that it was a mother who saved suffrage and passed the 19th Amendment? Harry Burn was a representative ...
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10 Ways to Love A Mom Well MOPS Blog Membership Drive

10 Ways to Love a Mom Well

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As moms, some of our most isolating and lonely moments have been in the middle of the night nursing the baby, in the grocery story with the toddler melting down into full-blown tantrum mode, or ...
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Motherhood Unites Us

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One of our favorite things about our MOPS family is that each of us has a different story, and a different set of hopes, dreams and fears that help make us who we are. The ...
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Mother Tongue

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Ever since I became a mom, I developed what I refer to as a mother tongue. I call every kid that enters my house, “Love,” I utter compilations of words that I never would have ...
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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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