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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

November 4 Recap

The month of November is dedicated to exploring the topic of Help.

We started the meeting with a cute Mommy Mad Libs story and each of the tables had a laugh..or five. The we moved into our Creative Activity. I'm not going to down play what happened...we made 7 lasagnas, 7 broccoli/cheese casseroles, 7 creamy cornbreads, and 7 chocolate pies. We accomplished 7 complete meals in less than 30 minutes. It was so much fun! The meals were divided between Haley's House (a home for 1st time moms that need some support and encouragement), New Beginnings (a half-way house for men to get back on their feet), and one of our MOPS at Real Life moms that most recently had a baby. Thank you to all of the Steering Members that made this activity a success.

The MOPS video we watched seemed to touch a cord with each of the moms. Julie (on the video) was quite candid with her own struggle of when she needed help. Discussion groups were challenged to be honest and real, and take a little risk being vulnerable with one another. The group I attended shared "I am a mess of magnificent proportions when....". Each of us filled in the blank. It was kinda tough to admit (for myself and in front of others), but it was real...and true...and needed. Thank you, discussion group leaders, for facilitating some growth and depth for our MOPS at Real Life group.

The announcements from the meeting are as follows:
- Next meeting: Tuesday, November 18
- MOPS heads to Westminster Nursing Home on 11/11 at 11am. We'll be handing out Thanksgiving cards to 20 residents. Meet at the nursing home lobby at 11am to love on some of the residents.
- Real Life Kids (where our kids are cared for during the meetings) is collecting canned goods. Feel free to bring some to our next meeting.
- Operation Christmas Child deadline is November 24.
- MOPS Int'l Membership is $23.95. See Kelly for further details.
- Did you bring food to the meeting? We'll be doing a Family Portrait Raffle on December 2. One entry per mom, per meeting.