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With Love, From MOPS

Hello, Dearest,The sparkler began flickering and hissing. Sparks flew, illuminating the darkness right around us. As I kneeled down next to my son in order to take it all in, I noticed that instead of watching the light in his hands, he was looking straight into my eyes. He waved the sparkler from side to side but kept his gaze focused on me. I watched him for a few minutes, curious as to why the sparklers weren’t holding his attention. Then he said it.“Momma, I see stars in your eyes.”Glittering sparks, just like the flickering stars we gazed at every ...
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Laborare est Ludere: To Work Is Play

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Laborare est Ludere There is a Latin phrase derived from the Benedictine motto that goes “laborare est orare” (to work is to pray), often said simply as work is prayer. As an adult, I can all ...
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How Play Can Grow the Imagination

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It was good.  This one word describes God’s creation, the original playground for the first kids.  It was a good garden.  So God's children were free to eat from every tree in sight, except one ...
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Brazen: Pick Pomegranates

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What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65 . . . and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life? —Anne LamottWhen I was ...
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Laborare est Ludere: To Work Is Play

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Laborare est Ludere There is a Latin phrase derived from the Benedictine motto that goes “laborare est orare” (to work is to pray), often said simply as work is prayer. As an adult, I can all ...
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Brazen: Pick Pomegranates

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What if you wake up some day, and you’re 65 . . . and you were just so strung out on perfectionism and people-pleasing that you forgot to have a big juicy creative life? —Anne LamottWhen I was ...
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Mommy Doesn’t Want to Play Right Now

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Please don't invite me to your tea party ...“Mommy, are you going to come to the birthday party?”“Umm … I have a lot of stuff I have to do right now. Maybe later.”Ever feel like ...
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Stop Waiting for Your Sexual Desire to Return

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Most of us know why we’ve lost our desire. No time, too tired, too busy, we’re already “over-touched,” there’s always a kid in the bed, after-kid-bedtime is about the only quiet time in the day
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Making Time for the 24-Hour Getaway

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When the grocery lists, laundry piles, work emails and family parties fill up our days, it’s hard to get to romance, kisses and uninterrupted conversation at home. Even if we are miraculously at home alone, ...
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The Judges in Your Bedroom

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For a population famous for being committed monogamists, Christian mommies sure have a lot of people in their bedrooms with them.I’m not talking about other partners here, but the looming judgments of important figures like ...
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DIY Watercolor Cards

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There’s something about applying watercolor paint to paper that soothes the soul. MaterialsWatercolor paint Watercolor brushes – size 8 round or size 14 flat Acrylic paint brush – with short round bristles Watercolor paper ...
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Get to Know Your Neighbors This Summer: 6 Ways to Connect

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The spring we moved to Seattle five years ago I didn’t see a single soul outside of our house for more than a minute or two. People moved quickly from their cars to their door, ...
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Pizza Party

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Family pizza night is something everyone can look forward to and celebrate without breaking the bank – whether you’re a family of two or twelve!Italian music optional.YOU’LL NEEDRolling pin Baking/pizza trays Saucepan Can opener Pizza cutter or knifeINGREDIENTSStore-bought pizza ...
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2014-11-03.withlovefrommops_banner

With Love, From MOPS

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Hello, Dearest,The sparkler began flickering and hissing. Sparks flew, illuminating the darkness right around us. As I kneeled down next to my son in order to take it all in, I noticed that instead of ...
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A Candid Conversation With JJ Heller

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Our friend JJ Heller is doing a really cool Kickstarter project right now. She made a Christmas album and for every $15 she raises, she is donating an album to a hospital. She was kind enough ...
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Dear Kids

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It is just a random Tuesday, so today is as good as any to tell you all my dreams for your life. I don’t want to wait until your graduation parties or rehearsal dinners or ...
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How Play Can Grow the Imagination

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It was good.  This one word describes God’s creation, the original playground for the first kids.  It was a good garden.  So God's children were free to eat from every tree in sight, except one ...
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5 Ways to Encourage Play in Children

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They only needed pen and paper in order to get started yesterday. Somehow, making lists turned into drawing pictures of fire, and drawing fire turned into a game of Fire Chief for the next hour ...
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Helping Your Kids Develop a Love of Learning

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Helping your kids develop a love of learning is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. What better way to do it than with an activity that kids naturally love, ...
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Brave Collective: Nashville

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Traveling south from Nashville, Tennessee, the green hills are lined with white fences. It brings to mind gatherings around farm tables with home-cooked meals. The mood was set as Dalley Galuzzi, Jackie Alvarez and Mandy ...
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Brave Collective: NYC

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We gathered in a second floor Long Island City apartment. It was a couple blocks from the waterfront and the first subway stop in Queens outside of Manhattan. We maneuvered the table into the living ...
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Encouraging Your Brave Collective

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My four-year-old daughter happens to be the biggest fan of me doing the Brave Collective. No, really.She found a shirt with a feather on it and wears it every time I have a Brave Collective ...
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