Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We Don't Always Play Games, But When We Do...We Have FUN!



Stress was the name of the game at this meeting and man do we Moms know about stress!  From sun-up to sun-down we are wanted, needed and pulled in all different directions (literally if we have more than one child).  It's absolutely the toughest job in the world which is why it's neccessary to manage the stress what comes with this Mom Life.  Lindsey shared a few simple tricks that will come in handy when stress lures its ugly head.  Here are a few:
  1. Time out is not just for kids.  When you feel overwhelmed, frustrated or even just tired, don't feel bad to find a spot and just SIT DOWN!  Heck, lay down if you have the luxury (just make sure you get back up -haha).  It's important that you take at least a few minutes every day for yourself.  Resting will allow you to be a better Mom, 10 minutes later when your name is yelled out, AGAIN!
  2. Tools for stress: A) Just breathe.  Breathe deeply (10 seconds) in and out/meditate.  A great tip that Lindsey gave was to close your eyes and imagine being on an elevator at the top floor.  Then, imagine moving slowly down, down, down, until you come to the bottom floor.  It truly helps to have a visual.  B.) When in doubt, dance it out!  Sometimes just a minute to move and be silly with your kids is enough to eliminate stress.  And it's just FUN!
  3. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help.  When your child has thrown toys at you, told you "No!" or he/she/they just won't GO TO SLEEP, stress can loom overhead like a dark, weighted cloud.  But it doesn't have to be this way.  Much of the stress we have in Motherhood is our own fault.  Yes, I said it.  YOU have to stop stressing!  If it's too much, look for ways to lessen the load by asking for help.  You were not meant to do it alone.  If you're married, your husband is a part of your team, ask for his help whenever possible.  You've also got to surround yourself with people in the same walk of life to pull you through.  Often times the only people who can really help you, no matter what you face, is someone who has been there and knows exactly how you feel.  Friends in these early years are absoultely essential.  Which is basically why MOPS exsists.  And last but certainly, not least, God.  He made you AND those little monsters that you Mother.  He knows exactly what you are going through, how you feel and He even knows all the answers to help you- you just have to ask Him.  Don't be afraid to admit it's too much sometimes, that you don't 100% know what you're doing or that you are just spent. Stop, lean on Him and He will carry you through the day.  He promises that "all who are weary and heavy laden" will get rest, and I'm so glad! 

What's the best thing to do after you talk about stress?  Competetive games of course!  We had a great time playing several minute-to-win-it games.  Another great stress relief?  Laughing, and we sure did a lot of that!

Balloon Blower

                         

Unravel

 

Goldfish Toss
   

   

Can You Bite It?

                 

Congratulations to Brittany, 
Our 1st Raffle Winner!
Invite your friends to MOPS and you'll both be entered into our next raffle, 
to be given away May 17th.








Monday, March 13, 2017

LOVE This Best Dish by Ms. Katie Stewart



Let's just say anything from Pioneer Woman is going to be amazing and since that is where Katie tends to find her recipes, Katie's dishes are amazing!  We all were blessed by the Blueberry Crumble Cake and it needs to come back very soon!  Be sure to make this at your next shower, party, get together or even for your family on a Saturday morning.  And when you do, everyone will soon be asking for this recipe...

recipe taken from Pioneer Woman's website 

  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon (additional) Butter
  • 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 cups Fresh Blueberries
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 3/4 sticks Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, and a salt. Stir and set aside.

Cream 1/2 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter with cinnamon and sugar. Add egg and mix until combined. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour mixture and milk alternately until totally incorporated. Do not overbeat. Stir in blueberries until evenly distributed.

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Pour in batter. 

In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients and cut together using two knives or a pastry cutter. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.

Bake cake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut into squares and serve with softened butter.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

'Moms Just Wanna Have Fun!' and We Do!


Mom's Night Out (February)

    
Our Warner Robins MOPS group gets together twice a month for group meetings where we play games, discuss MOM topics, fellowship with other moms and hopefully leave encouraged and rejuvenated.  BUT, did you know that we also get together other times throughout the week?  Yep! The Leadership Team plans monthly play dates and Mom's Night Out events where Moms can get to know each other better to build strong friendships.  Moms, this is where you're going to make those deep, meaningful friendships that you desperately need in order to survive the Pre-K years.  We realize you can't make them all but if you haven't been to one yet you're truly missing out. So STOP the crazy!  Join us at our next event and make a friend...or two.

Here's a look at what we've been up to:

 


Some of our Beautiful Moms 
Super Strong Moms 

Play Date at the Burger King Playground 


  



Monday, February 6, 2017

Cutest Best Dish Winner, Ever!

Kelli's Cheese Ball


Before heading back home to Michigan, this little Yankee Doodle and her cute newborn, Wyatt, won best dish!  This recipe was simply delicious!  No really.  Simple recipe with a deliciously-fresh taste.  You'll want to keep this one around for any get together or party, holiday or just when you want something yummy to snack on.  

Ingredients:

2 blocks of white cheddar cheese-shredded (Cracker Barrel brand recommended)

One bunch of diced scallions

4-6 T of mayonnaise

Raspberry preserves or fresh raspberries (Amount is to your liking)


How to prepare:
Mix together cheddar cheese, scallions, and mayonnaise (to texture).
Shape mixture into a ball or spread evenly in an 8 inch pie pan.
Refrigerate until just before serving.
Before serving top with one jar of raspberry preserves and fresh raspberries.
Serve with crackers (recommended: water crackers)


2016 Christmas Party: Countdown Craft & A Special Story



Ain't No Party
Like A MOPS 
Christmas Party, Y'all!

What an amazing meeting!  Christmas is such a special time of year for so many reasons. The lights, the yummy treats and of course the remembrance of the baby boy, Jesus, who changed the world forever!  Aside from all of those wonderful things, perhaps the most special thing about Christmas is making memories with your family and friends.  


We made a "Days 'til Christmas" chalkboard sign that we hope will be a part of those memories for many Christmases to come!  And no sign was alike - we have some pretty gifted ladies in our group, if I do say so myself!  Check these out!

        

In October and November our group service project was to collect items for Operation Christmas Child, a program through Samaritan's Purse (founded by Franklin Graham).  The items were placed in boxes, then sent to 16 children in third world countries.  For some of them this was possibly the first gift they had ever received.  What a surprise it was to find out that one of our very own Moms had received an OCC box when she was a child!  It was a true blessing to hear of Rosa's experience with Operation Christmas Child and the impact it had on her life.     

In a nutshell: Rosa grew up in Peru where she lived with her parents in a very poor area of the country.  Her parents did not go to church but her grandmother did and Rosa would go with her often.  One Christmas the church was expecting to receive Operation Christmas Child boxes for children attending church there.  However, there were much more children than boxes.  To be fair names were drawn and those children were ushered into a big room and given beautiful boxes to open.  Rosa described how she was beyond excited to be one of the lucky children.  It was bittersweet though, as she was quite aware of the large group of children right outside the church wishing they had been lucky like her.  She described how having that experience as a child then (eight years old), and being on the complete other side of it now, was surreal and amazing!  To see what all goes into sending these boxes and the generosity of people was touching to her.  
She said, "You may think you are doing a little thing, but it's not."  

It was a little thing to give a small toy or a toothbrush.  Just a little thing to us, but to a child in another country, one not as blessed as ours, it can absolutely be life changing!  Not just the object itself, but the power that comes from an act of kindness from a stranger.  THIS is the gospel.  THIS is the real meaning of Christmas.  We hope you were blessed by Rosa's story as much as we were.  
Thank you, Rosa, for having the courage to share with us and for allowing God to use your story!