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With Love, From MOPS

Hello Dearest, This morning I woke up to a mess: my kitchen, my living room and my streamlined morning routine. This was the aftermath of my evening (turned into late night) dancing with my kids. I traded in clearing the dinner table, running the dishwasher and abandoning work emails for moving the furniture out of our living room to create a dance space, setting up the laptop to follow a video dance tutorial and staying up way too late (even past my bedtime) to perfect the final dance run-through. We had so much fun, but honestly, this morning, I was regretting ...
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Finding My Village

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Following the birth of my first child, I felt as if I had walked through a veil; one that separated me from my previous life. I was in awe of how different my new life ...
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Call for Submissions: July 2017 magazine

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Submission Deadline: April 6, 2017 (600-900 word count) Identity The way we identify ourselves is not always the truth of who we really are. A great part of our identity lies in what we think about ourselves ...
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Rage Against the Loneliness

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Lately the landscape of my mothering has been much less manicured and mostly messy. My life is a constant ebb and flow of laundry-dinner-dishes on a steady cycle of eat-wash-repeat. This lifestyle might not be ...
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Rage Against the Loneliness

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Lately the landscape of my mothering has been much less manicured and mostly messy. My life is a constant ebb and flow of laundry-dinner-dishes on a steady cycle of eat-wash-repeat. This lifestyle might not be ...
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Rebuilding Our Village

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The transition to two children was more difficult than my husband and I expected. This wasn't due to lack of sleep or a needy big sister. Welcoming our second child came with some of my ...
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Life-Changing Tears

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It’s been almost six years since my building principal found me sobbing in the main foyer during the school day. Looking back, my plate was overflowing. My department had a new supervisor and was in ...
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The Unbirthday

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In Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Alice stumbles upon a rather strange tea party in which she encounters the Mad Hatter and the March Hare known by all as utterly nutty. These poor fellows find
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When I Feel I am Too Much

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Guilt is my go-to emotion. It is like that perfect little black dress that goes with anything. I can dress it up, I can dress it down. It works for every occasion! Honestly, I don’t ...
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Magic in the Mundane

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Years ago, I had a dreamlike idea of what motherhood would look like. It looked like the time I babysat a 3-year-old boy at the park and we threw sticks over the side of a ...
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Beauty in Simplicity

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Another Monday arrives, I feel the weight of yet another week coming: how will I keep the children entertained this week, will my activities measure up and am I doing enough as a mom? Will ...
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Into the Small Places

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The world tells us that what matters most is the grand, the visible, the powerful. But Jesus speaks of children, mustard seeds and yeast (an organism so small it’s invisible to the naked eye!). His ...
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The Journey to Good Health

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When my oldest child was just six weeks old, I was sitting in the doctor’s office for a follow-up appointment, flipping through a magazine and reflecting on the highs and lows of caring for a ...
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With Love, From MOPS

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Hello Dearest, This morning I woke up to a mess: my kitchen, my living room and my streamlined morning routine. This was the aftermath of my evening (turned into late night) dancing with my kids. I ...
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Call for Submissions: July 2017 magazine

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Submission Deadline: April 6, 2017 (600-900 word count) Identity The way we identify ourselves is not always the truth of who we really are. A great part of our identity lies in what we think about ourselves ...
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Call for Submissions: March 2017 Blog

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March 2017 – It Takes a Village Sometimes we think we need to do it all and be it all, alone. In truth, it really does take a village to raise a child. However, sometimes that ...
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Finding My Village

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Following the birth of my first child, I felt as if I had walked through a veil; one that separated me from my previous life. I was in awe of how different my new life ...
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Olly Olly Oxen Free

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“Eight, nine, ten … ready or not here I come!” Giggles unmistakably coming from behind the curtains. Doing my best to play along, I feign a search throughout the living room making my way toward the ...
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Red Zone to Green Zone Community

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Ten years ago, my husband and I started playing soccer and helping kids with their homework at an apartment complex in our Chicago suburb. One afternoon, we overheard a police officer refer to these apartments ...
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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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