Thursday, November 20, 2014

November 25th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Carol Edwards: Thanksgiving
My name is Carol Edwards. I've been the mentor for the New Ulm MOPS for many years. I've been married to my husband, Rod for 38 years and we have 4 kids who are your age; 2 boys and 2 girls. They are all married and have given us 6 grand-babies, 4 of whom live in Oklahoma City with our 2 daughters. I know about long-distance relationships. One of our sons and his family live in Inver Grove and the other lives near home. My husband is a trucker so I can identify with raising kids alone.

I was a full-time stay-at-home mom until my kids got older. Then I got a part time job at a local independent, family-owned, manufacturing jewelry store and have been there almost 20 years. There is more to learn in that industry all the time so it continues to be interesting and I like waiting on people! I also have a sewing business and recently took up painting as a hobby. I have an artist's page on Face Book: caroledwardsoriginals if anyone is interested. I help out with our church youth group weekly as well as the MOPS times so I keep busy with younger people and they give me energy and joy!

This Week's Reminders:

  • December 9th is our last meeting of the year.  
  • We still have a few more openings so if you know anyone who is interested in joining MOPS, have them download an application on this blog and email it to maplegrovemops@gmail.com 
  • If you write a blog (personal or for a business) and would like have it shared on this blog, email Holly at itsthesimplethings@zoho.com 
  • If you are still not added to our facebook group,talk to your DGL or  request to be added on facebook so that you aren't missing out on all the fun!  

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for November 2014 Theme: Gratitude and thankfulness

Things to note for the week of November 25th:
  • We will be taking pictures this week of our little MOPPETS classes so be sure to have your little ones here.
  • BOZ in time for Christmas! BOZ the Bear is our curriculum for MOPPETS. We will be placing orders for our BOZ bear plush stuffed animal and BOZ CDs and orders must be received along with payment on the 25th. Order form is attached or will be available at your MOPS tables and please make checks payable to Lori Andreen. We will place the orders right away so that we are sure to have them for you by our next meeting Tuesday, December 9th. They will be hidden so your children won’t see them on the way home.

Thanking God is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS.
When asked to thank God during a prayer, young children will typically take a fast glance around and end up mentioning shoes, pictures on the wall, the table and anything else in sight. So, before MOPPETS, help your child identify some of the significant blessings your family enjoys (other than shoes and the kitchen table!). These conversations will prepare your child for our session about a harvest of blessings.

  • Memory Verse: God is good to me (From 1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.")
  • Biblical Concept: God gives me many blessings.
  • Snack: Goldfish crackers

Looking ahead:
  • Steering Team Meeting Moms for Tuesday, December 2nd 9:15 – 11:45. Thank you so much for helping out!!!
    • Angie Milich (Waddler Room)
    • Megan Smith (Cruiser Room)
    • Cassie Borchardt (Sea Mates)
  • Save your bubble wrap for January! Kids love bubble wrap and we have a fun day planned for one of our January sessions (think carpet and jumping and dancing). Bubble wrap is pricey, big or little bubbles are fine. If you have any that you can spare…

We are so thankful for you, and for your children. Blessings to you and your family as you celebrate the all the good things that the Lord has brought into your lives. May He receive all the glory.
Happy Thanksgiving!
-Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
maplegrovemoppets@gmail.com
612.802.1550


Save the Date:

  • All MOPS playdate: December 16th 930-1130, will be a playdate at MGEFC.  We will have a craft for the kids and coffee for the moms!  Be watching your email for an evite where you can respond if you would like to bring a treat to share.  
  • January 20th: A Change to your magnet! Instead of a playdate, we will be doing a Mom's Night In and will be in the evening.  Be watching your email for event information.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

November 11th Newsletter

This Week's Speaker:

Peggy Benicke: Robbinsdale Women's Center

Robbinsdale Women's Center (RWC) provides free services to crisis pregnacies including: lab-quality pregnancy tests with immediate results, confidential pregnancy consultation, and ultrasound services to women and couples who are making decisions about unintended pregnancies.
Peggy will be sharing what RWC is and what their vision is in helping women through a crisis pregnancy. 
Website - http://www.mychoicetwincities.com/services


This Week's Reminders:

  • Don't forget your new (NOT used) donation(s) for the baby shower for RWC.  They are in need for all areas: bathing, sleeping, eating, diapering, clothing etc.  Here is a short list of ideas:
Bibs
Baby bottles
Pacifiers
Wipes
Fleece blankets
Sleepers and Outfits in Boy and Girl  (Newborn to 9 Months)
Notions (Baby wash, Baby shampoo, Baby powder,  Diaper rash cream)
Onesies  (Boy and Girl in sizes Newborn to 12 months)
Pack n Play cribs
Baby towel sets
Baby Monitors
Health kits
Gift cards ( Target, Walmart)

  •  Lori (our MOPPETS coordinator) will be taking group photo's of your kids in their rooms NEXT MOPS (Nov 25th). 
  • Save your bubblewrap!  There is a project in for MOPPETS  that needs bubblewrap.  If you have any, please bring in it and give it to Lori.
  •  We will be placing an order for Boz Bears and Cd's for Christmas gifts for your kids.  We will be taking orders at our Tuesday's meeting. 
  • We are still looking for someone who does nails for our Day of Pamering coming up in February.  If you know anyone, please send their info to Melanie at melanieghaddon@gmail.com 
  • We still have openings!  If you know anyone who would be interested in Joining our group, send them to our blog and have them click on the registration tab.  

This Week's MOPPETS:

MOPPETS for November 2014! Thank you, moms, for helping with our Steering Team childcare! We are blessed by each of you!

Thanking God is the next theme for BOZ Treehouse Time! at MOPPETS.
When asked to thank God during a prayer, young children will typically take a fast glance around and end up mentioning shoes, pictures on the wall, the table and anything else in sight. So, before MOPPETS, help your child identify some of the significant blessings your family enjoys (other than shoes and the kitchen table!). These conversations will prepare your child for our session about a harvest of blessings.

  • Memory Verse: God is good to me (From 1 Chronicles 16:34 "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.")
  • Biblical Concept: God gives me many blessings.
  • Snack: Graham Crackers (Cruisers) plus marshmallow creme and pumpkin pie filling for upper ages to make 'Up-side Down Pumpkin Pie'.

Blessed to have your children learn about God and His love with us. Thank YOU!
Lori Andreen
MOPPETS Coordinator
612.802.1550
  

Save the Date:

  •   Mom's Night Out:  This Friday, November 14th at 7pm.  Join the ladies of MOPS out for a fun night at Dave and Busters!  Please don't forget to RSVP via the evite!
  •  Playdate: Our next all MOPS playdate is scheduled for December 16th.  Watch your email for an evite for event details.