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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

October 21 Recap

The meeting was so sweet and smooth. I hope that you enjoyed yourselves as much I did.
From the time that you girls start arriving to the Real Life campus, it is hard for me to stop smiling. I get so excited seeing your faces!

Our time together was fun and's just never long enough! Renee's Mommy Olympics idea is a hit! I was quite entertained watching you girls scurry around one another to pack your diaper bags. Mommy Olympics will continue throughout the year. The cards that we made for women that are getting a mammogram will be such an encouragement, whether they are being treated for Breast Cancer or just need a cheerful word to lift their spirit. Janna Wickham was the sweetest highlight of the meeting, with her gentle and soft-spoken nature. You girls were listening to her share her heart about surviving breast cancer with all that you had. I think that I could have heard a pin drop in the room. I am thankful for her life and her story...I hope that she said something that touched each of you deeply, whether it was how her family reacted by drawing even closer together, or her priorities in life and her career are rearranged, or that her faith is what got her through those tough days of pain and exhaustion.

I don't know about you, but I LOVE our new set-up for our discussion groups. It's great to sign-up for one of our five groups at the front door and then be able to sit wherever you want, with whoever you want. Jenn - great job! And our table hostesses are doing a marvelous job, as well. It's so fun that our team for MOPS is growing.

A shout out to all of the ladies that stayed after and helped clean up! It was done in record time - finished by noon! I'm thrilled. I only hope that we can continue to add some hands. :)

Here are the announcements, for those of you that weren't able to join us (We missed you, and we look forward to you being with us at our next meeting.)

**Next meeting: Nov 4 – Election Day (polls open 7a-7p, so be sure to join us from 9:30-11:30am)

**How is the coin collecting going? Keep collecting your change in the piggy banks that we made at our September 16th meeting. We'll be asking you to bring them in soon.

**Reminder: This blog can be used for Classifieds, just email us at mopsatreallife@yahoo(dot)com

**Fall Festival at Real Life on October 31st - click here for details

**MOPS heads to the Nursing Home on Nov. 11 @ 11am - stay tuned for further details.

**Operation Christmas Child is supported by MOPS International. We are encouraging moms to fill a shoe-box-sized container and bring it to one of our November meetings. Container collection deadline is Nov. 24.

**Reminder: MOPS Int’l Membership $23.95 – bring a check or cash to the meeting to register. The amount goes straight to MOPS Int'l Headquarters. Per MOPS' guidelines, we ask that you register by your third meeting. Scholarships are available, so please email us or speak to Amanda or Kelly.

Have a great week, ladies! I'll be in touch soon.