And the gold metal goes to…

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Who of you have already spend hours glued to the tv watching the Olympics? *insert me raising my hand high* It’s different watching as a mom though right? I found myself last night cringing during the half-pipe and getting goosebumps as Shaun White took the gold. Thinking to myself, “aww his mom must be so proud…” and in the same breath, “I could never let my girls do such a daring sport.” I love cheering on our country and watching the Olympians get pumped up. We are bringing the Winter Games to Mops this week! Start stretching now because the competition is going to be fierce. JUST KIDDING! We have some fun events planned that are not all the competitive but there are medals for gold, silver and bronze!

We will also be discussing Mops Leadership 101. Interested in perhaps serving in a leadership capacity next year? Wonder what all goes into being a leader? Make sure to come Friday so you can hear all about the wonderful opportunity to serve.

Last but not least…SPRING FUNDRAISER!! Ya’ll I’m so excited about our fundraiser this spring. When was the last time you and your family had professional photos taken? Well the wait is over! To say the leadership team put their heart and soul into this would be an understatement. Tons more details to come on Friday ūüôā

February Birthdays

Margo Skaletski

February Anniversaries:

Dhen Kuehn

Laura Stockman

Upcoming Events in our area: Check out Macaroni Kid for fun activities!

https://peachtreecity.macaronikid.com/events

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Happy Valentines Ladies! No go eat some chocolate ūüôā

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Stress

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UPDATE: Since we were “iced” out for our last meeting, we have simply shifted the plan for that meeting to this week.¬† Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!¬† We will see you all on Friday, February 2nd!
FYI, the City of Newnan is working on some streetscape projects near First Baptist.  As of this writing the roads are open, but the portion of Madison Street just before you reach the church is one lane.  Please use caution as you make your way to MOPS! (Table leaders have a map to share if you need more info.)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

~Proverbs 3:5-6

This verse speaks to me. How often do we stress out over things out of our control? How often when you are stressed do immediately turn to God? Or do you sit and wallow? I’m extremely guilty of this! Its our sinful nature. However the more time I spend in the word the more I realize He the only one who can bring peace. Where do you turn when you’re stressed? What do you do to eleviate stress? This month lets try and each take some extra time in prayer and turn our stressors over to Him. This Friday we will have speaker Melinda Kantor of Social Enrichment Institute will be presenting on stress management. We are excited to hear her present on this topic!

We will also be making fleece tie blankets at our table to donate to the Pregnancy Center. I’m really excited about this project. What a better way to be a witness to those in our community than take time to make something and donate to those in need.

 

 

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Spa Day

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Breathe in, breathe out. I don’t know about you ladies but the word relax is not a word I use in my vocabulary very often…and when I do it’s usually not in reference to me. We are all hard-working mamas who deserve a lot of relaxation after this Christmas break. Am I right? ¬†Is it just me or has this break from school, Mops meetings and a structured schedule seemed like an eternity?

This Friday we will be having our annual Spa Day!! We will table massages, a nail painting station, Mary Kay makeup makeover, diy essential oil roll-on, dermatology consultations, hand treatments (paraffin wax!) and yoga. Oh and lots of yummy treats provided by leadership. Literally music to all our ears!

PLEASE make sure you read your email from your table leader this week as it will have the link to sign up for the table massage. The spots will fill up quickly!

We are in need of restocking our snack stash for the kids. Please bring a box or bag of peanut-free snacks that we can use for Moppets.

Local Events:

PEACHTREE CITY: PERIWINKLES MOVEMENT AND MUSIC CLASS January session starts Jan 8…check out their website for more info

NEWNAN: Play at Newnan’s Children’s Museum Children Connect, January 6

9:30-4:00pm $5/child

NEWNAN: Baby time at Powell Library, January 9 10:00-11:00am

NEWNAN: Toddler time at Bubbles and Brushes, January 9 9:00 AM Р7:00 PM $3.50/hr

 

Christmas

For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 

This is one of my favorite versus going into the holiday season. How awesome is our God, to have given His son to save us? Us. Take time for that to sink in…and perhaps take some extra time to sit in prayer this week and thank Him. Also reflect on the all the wonderful things God has brought us throughout the year and to look forward to the coming new year.

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This Friday we will have our annual Christmas Paint Party! We are having Bubbles and Brushes come in a help us create a masterpiece. I’m sure it will be something you’ll want to hang above your fireplace ūüėČ RSVP is required for the painting to ensure we have enough supplies.¬† If you signed up at your table last week, you‚Äôre good; if not, let your table leader know if you plan to come and paint.¬† If you can‚Äôt RSVP for sure, you can still come hang out for food and fun! It will also be an ugly sweater party…time to run out to the thrift store or put those crafting skills to work.

Each of us will be bringing food to share this meeting so please bring one of your favorite dishes!

This week instead of giving you a list of activities happening in the area I have listed some Christmas books you can read to your children this month. Take time to sit down and enjoy some time with those kiddos!

Who is Coming to our House? By Joseph Slate

The Crippled Lamb By Max Lucado

Jesus is Born By Debby Anderson

O Holy Night! By Joan Peterson Tietz

Living Lights: The Berenstain Bears and the Joy of Giving By Jan Berenstain

Benjamin’s Sling¬†By Eileen M. Berry

God Gave Us Christmas By Lisa Tawn Bergren

Christmas Devotional

Ya’ll it’s going to be December in three days! I know we all say this but where did the year go? Good news is this time of year bring so much happiness and joy! The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year. But it is also a season of reflection and preparation for that special day when we mark Jesus‚Äôs coming‚ÄĒthe arrival of our eternal God in our own frail humanity. Lets take some time each day to seek Jesus through prayer or devotional so we keep him at the center of our Christmas season.

This Friday, Elise Kilgore from Crossroads Church will be sharing a Christmas devotion with us. We are really excited to have her speak this week. We will also have a Christmas ornament craft! Please bring a picture or a few (or favorite graphic) to decorate it. The following picture will explain how to print out pictures so they properly fit on the ornament. (Or just make sure the picture will fit on a 2″ by 2″ block)image

 

Breakfast will be provided by table 4&5.  This week will be our last collection for the year. Food donations this week will benefit St. Vincent de Paul ministry of St. Mary Magdalene Church. Some of the needed food/non food items: jelly, peanut butter, soup, non-refrigerated milk, canned spaghetti (i.e. ravioli, spaghetti-os), toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, clothes detergent. Most of these items can be purchased at Dollar Tree.

This Friday is the deadline to sign up for the online momtrepreneur expo‚ÄĒsee Katie Morgan to be included!

Next meeting on 12/15 will be our Christmas paint party with Bubbles and Brushes.¬† RSVP is required this year so be sure to sign up at your table this week!! This meeting is always a favorite and you won’t want to miss it.

November & December bdays and anniversaries:

November

Jenny Enderlin (Anniv)

Christy Faircloth (Bday)

Chelsey Hicks (Anniv)

Dorothy Murray (Anniv)

Sindija Palombo (Anniv)

Heather Sewell (Bday)

Elizabeth Thomas (Anniv)

 

December

Dhen Destua (Bday)

Lauren Harp (Bday)

Renee Lamb (Bday)

Rachel Schory (Bday)

Upcoming Events in the Area

Newnan: Barnes&Noble special story time (Polar Express) December 1st at 7-8pm

Sharpsburg: Pancakes with Santa at Willis Elementary December 2nd at 7-11am

Atlanta: The Children’s Christmas Parade in Downtown Atlanta Decemeber 2nd at 10:30am

Senoia: Lights up Senoia December 2nd at 4-8pm

Tyrone: Christmas Tree Lighting at Shamrock Park December 3rd at 5:30pm

Newnan: Drive Thru Nativity at Cornerstone UMC December 8th at 6-9:30pm

also check macaronikid.com for more events!

Clutter free living

The ¬†dreaded C word…clutter. Some of us struggle more with this than others but as mom’s we all use a couple of pointers. Whether its our husbands who refuse to get rid of those old high school yearbooks (seriously?) to a child who must collect every single trinket from Chick-fil-A, we are surrounded by clutter in some form or another. Have you ever found yourself standing in front of the kids playroom and thought, “how? how did it get this bad?” or stood in your closet and thought, “why! why do I still have all 15 bridesmaids dresses hanging in my closet?” If you said yes to either of these questions then this weeks meeting is for you!¬†This Friday will be watching a dvd about clutter free living (cue the angels singing from the heavens).

Not only will be discussing clutter free living we are having our much-anticipated Swap! Yay!! Time to clear out some of that clutter (not trash) and bring it to Mops this Friday. We will have tables labeled so you can put your items out and we can all do a little shopping. It has always been a favorite for the mamas! Anything leftover from our swap will be donated to Coweta Pregnancy Center, a nearby elementary school and St. Vincent de Paul ministry.

Food donations this week will benefit St. Vincent de Paul ministry of St. Mary Magdalene Church. Some of the needed food/non food items: jelly, peanut butter, soup, non-refrigerated milk, canned spaghetti (i.e. ravioli, spaghetti-os), toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, clothes detergent. Most of these items can be purchased at Dollar Tree.

We  will be rotating our tables once again this week so watch for the table numbers when you arrive.

Lastly, we will be holding an online “momtrepreneur” event for all our members who are business owners. Katie Morgan will be taking registrations for this event and sharing more details. Registration will be open until December 1st. This event will take place online December 8th-10th.

 

Upcoming Events in the Area

Newnan: Baby Time at Powell Library November 14th and 21st at 10:00am

Fayetteville: Suessical at Konos Connection November 16th at 5:00pm $10

Newnan: The Santa Show at Central Library November 20th at 10:00am

Atlanta: Target Free Second Tuesday at Children’s Museum November 21st 1:00-6:00pm

Peachtree City: Christmas at the Avenue November 21st at 5:00pm

Newnan: Santa on the Square in Downtown Newnan November 24th at 6:00-8:00pm

Forgiveness

Forgiveness. Such a small word with such big implications. It has the power to ruin your day, wreck a relationship but most importantly, it could stall your walk with the Lord. This week our topic is deep, heavy and personal. The Lord says in Ephesians 4:32, “…be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” If that doesn’t stop you in your tracks what will? We have all been in situations where we must forgive or accept forgiveness. How have you handled these situations? Who do you turn to in time of reflection and forgiveness?¬†This week we will have the personal testimony from one of our members, a time of reflection and discussion. Spend some time in prayer about what your response is to forgiving as well as accepting forgiveness.

On a lighter note…we raised over $700 from our¬†Chick-fil-A calendar sale! ¬†Way to go mamas! For those of you who did not get your calendars last meeting, don’t fret – we will have more calendars there to distribute to you.

This is our last meeting where we will be collecting for Back-Pack Buddies and Pop-Top Meals. If you are able to contribute please drop off the items at check-in. Thank you for all the items you have brought in so far for these ministries!

Lastly, our November 17th meeting will be our bi-annual “swap”! This is a great time to bring in all those old toys, clothes and nick-nacks that are taking up space in your home to swap with other mamas. One woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. Start packing up things now to move them out. More info to come!

Upcoming Events:

Newnan-Toddler Time at Bubbles and Brushes Р November 7th,  14th,  21st    Р  $3.50 All day

Peachtree City- Christmas at the Avenues – ¬†November 7th and 21st ¬†–¬†Santa Photos / Hot cocoa / ¬†Horse -drawn carriage rides

World of Coca-Cola,  Atlanta РNovember 2nd-12th РFree Admission for all Military Families