Tag: Fellowship

Why I’m a MOPS Mommy

Years ago, I gave birth to the wildest adventure I’ve ever known: my precious son. I have been perpetually tired since the day he was born. I laugh, I cry, I nap. Some of you know what I’m talking about. Just saying the word “boys” makes you tired. Now I’m not saying girls are easy, I’m just saying that boys are…wide open, loud, non-stop, 90mph whirlwinds of sticky, smelling, bug-collecting, stomping, free-for-all, stop every now and then to kiss you then drive you up the wall, buckets of joy.

He came early and had to be nursed or fed every 2-3 hrs. By the time I nursed, diapered, swaddled, pumped, cleaned everything, and set up for the next round it was time to do it all over again. Ya’ll remember those first moths of sleep deprivation. I was tired all the time. Exhausted, really. Even though my doctor said it is harder for moms to bounce back when they are “older first timers” I was still beating myself up a little about it. I wanted so badly to enjoy every second. I figured, I’ll rest later. Later came and he was crawling, then walking, then running! You get the picture.

Little-boy wrangling, family obligations, home keeping, Church obligations…the world kept spinning while I grew more and more tired. I felt old. I felt worn out. Did I say I felt, old? Old. Really, really old. I felt a little awkward at library day- the other moms were SO much younger than me. I didn’t know it at the time but I had let myself get withdrawn and just a tad bit depressed.

Then it happened. One of the other moms at library day invited me to a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting. Yeah right… a room full of barbie dolls half my age with their perfect little outfits and their perfect little children with no stains or sticky stuff. I was not interested. No way. It seemed like just one more thing to make me feel pressured and inadequate. Since I told her I would think about it, I did. My son is virtually an only child (his teen-age half-siblings no longer live with us) and a homeschooler, I thought being around other kids his age would be good for him. I went for him.

The kids were downstairs and the moms were upstairs at a local church. I felt so insecure. They were all a good bit younger. The voices in my head were saying I wouldn’t fit in but they were so sweet. Everyone was so friendly. Over the next few meetings, I realized they weren’t perfect little moms. Nope, not at all.  They had in-a-hurry pony tails, tired eyes and yucky stains too. The screaming from the children’s area assured me their kids weren’t perfect little tikes either. They were…like me. They were a lot like me. That was two years ago.

Since then, I have developed friendships with some of the most beautiful, caring ladies on the planet. We have laughed, cried, played, and learned together. My son has playmates and playdates galore. This fall I will be assuming a small leadership position within the group. I am so excited to attend the international convention in August.

I am still tired. Are you kidding? The older he gets, the faster and stronger he gets! I am no longer isolated. I am not withdrawn. I know I’m not alone. As women, we are as diverse and unique as we can be. As moms, though, we share the same joys and struggles. We understand each other. We have a sisterhood that strengthens us.

MOPS, is an international organization dedicated to supporting, nurturing, educating, and empowering moms through community building. Their mission statement reads, “MOPS International exists to encourage, equip and develop every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ.”  There are local chapters virtually everywhere. Their web page has a group locator and super resources for every single kind of mom. Even the old and tired ones, like me.

I encourage  you to give it a try. You may be busy, you may be shy, but you just may change your life!  Are you a part of a MOPS group? Have you thought it wasn’t for you? Why? Share your stories with me. Moms don’t let other moms mother alone (yeah, I had to work in the slogan somehow).

Three in Thirty : A Late Start

3in30 I'm In!!

My life and #3in30 got just a tiny bit interrupted during December and January (I’ll post about that later over on Practical Faith for Everyday Life). My overall goals for 2012 are in three broad categories:

Faith
Home & Family
Social Media
My goals for January/ February (a little late than never):
  1. Complete the 31 Days to Pray For Your Spouse Challenge
  2. Create or find an existing gratitude journal utilizing photographs
  3. Publish my post on organizational habits/tips and post about my recent faith trial.
These were some of the things that I wanted to accomplish in January – thank goodness for “carry over,” huh? I’m super excited about the 31 Days to Pray challenge. I’m also so thankful for the privilege of praying for my husband.  He’s truly a God-sent spouse.  I plan to post the organizational post this week here on MommieKate. The faith trial post…well, lets just say that’s a bit of a test for me. It’s hard for me to share the really personal stuff.  I posted about our pregnancy loss a year after it happened. It took a whole year just to work up the nerve.  I started blogging because I wanted to share my faith and encourage other women.  I’ve realized that sometimes I have to dig a little deeper. You can get fluff anywhere, right? Maybe what I’ve been through can bless someone else and the only way to know is to share it. Share it, I will.

Although the little #3in30 break was not planned- and I took a break from EVERYthing- I was able to spend time loving my family and living simply. That’s what it’s all about, anyway!

Twice As Nice

We have added a new curriculum to our preschool: Joyful Heart Bible And Rhyme for 3 year olds. I love this free, Bible-based program.  It includes lesson plans and craft/activity suggestions.  I am still using the Letter of The Week.  I think between the two, we are building a solid Biblical and academic foundation.

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the flexibility to use more than one resource for teaching.  Nothing is set in stone.  I can keep what I like and disregard what’s not for us. I have learned so much this year about what works for us and what doesn’t.  I’m so glad that I started with preschool.  I don’t feel that trial and error (and there have been tons of error) at this point is detrimental to his overall education- I mean, really… he’s just three!
Now that we are using more than one curriculum, I am picking and choosing lessons between the two.  To help keep me focused, I designed my own lesson plan/worksheet. AND…I’m offering this freebie to you (go ahead, squeal if you want)!  There are so many great planners out there.  I just needed something a little more basic.  I like looking at the whole week, too. Click here for Scribd download. (The lines looks a little off in the preview window but “reappear” in the download.)
I’ve included some photos of other things we’ve added to our class room goodies.  
Happy Homeschooling!

Twice As Nice

We have added a new curriculum to our preschool: Joyful Heart Bible And Rhyme for 3 year olds. I love this free, Bible-based program.  It includes lesson plans and craft/activity suggestions.  I am still using the Letter of The Week.  I think between the two, we are building a solid Biblical and academic foundation.

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the flexibility to use more than one resource for teaching.  Nothing is set in stone.  I can keep what I like and disregard what’s not for us. I have learned so much this year about what works for us and what doesn’t.  I’m so glad that I started with preschool.  I don’t feel that trial and error (and there have been tons of error) at this point is detrimental to his overall education- I mean, really… he’s just three!
Now that we are using more than one curriculum, I am picking and choosing lessons between the two.  To help keep me focused, I designed my own lesson plan/worksheet. AND…I’m offering this freebie to you (go ahead, squeal if you want)!  There are so many great planners out there.  I just needed something a little more basic.  I like looking at the whole week, too. Click here for Scribd download. (The lines looks a little off in the preview window but “reappear” in the download.)
I’ve included some photos of other things we’ve added to our class room goodies.  
Happy Homeschooling!

Three in Thirty

For week three encouragement, I offer two of my favorite Bible confessions:

I commit my ways unto the Lord; I trust in Him & He brings them to pass. (Ps 37:5)
In Christ I always triumph. (2 Cor 2:14)
I’ve completed the dreaded storage food container cabinet.  Yippee! Having checked that off my list I certainly feel triumphant! I hope you’re progressing and having fun with your goals this month.  One more week- WE CAN DO IT !

Three in Thirty

For week three encouragement, I offer two of my favorite Bible confessions:

I commit my ways unto the Lord; I trust in Him & He brings them to pass. (Ps 37:5)
In Christ I always triumph. (2 Cor 2:14)
I’ve completed the dreaded storage food container cabinet.  Yippee! Having checked that off my list I certainly feel triumphant! I hope you’re progressing and having fun with your goals this month.  One more week- WE CAN DO IT !

Weight Loss Wednesday

The past week has been productive in other areas but my fitness goals- not so much.  I’ve been a slug.  There.  I said it.  A slug.  I’ve done only half of my workouts.  My husband has been making banana splits.  Yes, I ate one.  It was HUGE.  I did weigh last night (I held my breath).  It’s the same.  That’s better than gaining, I suppose.  Well, yeah…it’s better.  (Loosing is even better, though.)    

Weight Loss Wednesday

The past week has been productive in other areas but my fitness goals- not so much.  I’ve been a slug.  There.  I said it.  A slug.  I’ve done only half of my workouts.  My husband has been making banana splits.  Yes, I ate one.  It was HUGE.  I did weigh last night (I held my breath).  It’s the same.  That’s better than gaining, I suppose.  Well, yeah…it’s better.  (Loosing is even better, though.)