MOPS Convention

6 10 2008

I attended my first MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) National Convention this weekend. Look at my beautiful leaders who came along with me! I love these ladies!

Picture if you will a herd, I mean a crowd of 5,000 women. Not just any women, but mother’s of preschoolers, ALONE with NO kids, NO husbands, NO dirty diapers, NO cooking, NO laundry, NO whining and NO responsibility besides making their sessions on time! Can I just tell you, these were probably the happiest and most excited women you have would have ever seen!!! 
There were women in feather boas, light up cowboy hats, glow in the dark necklaces, tiaras, you name it… it was there! 

I feel for any man who was walking around this convention. ha! Even the men’s bathrooms were converted for us. I like how they beautified the urinals.
This crowd was amazing. I couldn’t believe how many women came from all across the United States to learn more about leadership and how to make a difference in other mother’s lives through the word of God. It was such an inspiring trip that I’m getting a lump in my throat just thinking about it. I think I cried more in 2 days than I have in 3 years! ha. The good cry that makes you think about your life, dreams, relationships and what you can do to help others. The speakers, musicians and testimonies were incredible. I learned strategies to organize my family life and why I should live my dreams. I was reminded we aren’t called to be perfect moms, but called to receive from God and give back to our children. I learned that we can’t keep doing and doing, going and going… we have to rest. I could go on and on about what I took back from this weekend!
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The most memorable moment by far was not seeing Lynne Spears (Britney’s mama), Plumb or Avalon, but was when I was called to stand and speak before a group of, well… I don’t even know how many? Let’s just say a LOT, a crowd, a huge room full of women!! Did I ever tell you that my BIGGEST fear is speaking in front of a large group!! Can you say heart racing, pit sweating, panic??? I really don’t remember walking up to the front of the room…. well,  let’s back up a bit.
 
In order to help get over this fear, I signed up for Carol Kuykendall’s Up Front Speaking session. She’s a well known author and speaker who I’m sure will provide wonderful tips. My friend Kerri also comes to this session. We’re excited, so much so that when asked what we think when we hear the words public speaking, I shout PANIC!!! Carol then says, “Who was the person who just shouted panic?” Oh my! She was talking to me! So of course I shot my hand up in the air like Arnold Horshack from Welcome Back Kotter. Ooh-ooh-ooooh! It was me!!! She said to remember I answered this. Mmmmm. Does that mean I’ll get a prize? Oh, I love prizes.  
Back to the session…. Carol then had us roll play with a partner, practice introducing them as a speaker for our MOPS group back home. I thought Kerri and I did wonderful jobs. Maybe we didn’t need this class after all??? Then Carol says,  “Panic, where are you? You and your partner come on up here with me.”  What??? The entire room sucked in their breath. Remember they’re all here because they have the fear also. After Kerri gave me an I’m going to kill you look (ha!)… we were all the sudden in the front of the room. Poor girl got dragged up there because of me, so now both of our hearts are racing like crazy! Did I mention there were a LOT of women there? Wow! Carol wants to hear my introduction. Look at all the women! What am I supposed to do again? I look at Kerri, I didn’t know she could smile and give the I’m going to kill you look at the same time:-) ha!   It’s now or never, so I go for it! Okay, so you know I screwed up my introduction! I totally forgot what Kerri was supposed to be speaking about. I think I did introduce her by name, but that’s about it. I said a few things that made the room actually laugh, then we were back in our seats. Carol went on with her message. Talk about hearts pumping!! Kerri and I were ready to run a marathon! She didn’t say a word and was as freaked out as me! ha. Boy what a scary moment, but what a fun moment all the same. I realized that if I can get in front of all of those women without puking, I might actually do okay someday with the right preparation and prayer.

 

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The weekend wasn’t all leadership sessions and crying:-) We had some fun girl time too! This was the shuttle we took to go out. Just had to get a photo of this sign! ha.
The restaurant brought out little cheesecake desserts for my birthday. These are not shots:-) ha!
I want to thank the leaders from our group for taking the time and money to attend this conference. Also, a big shout out to our husbands!!! If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have been able to have this wonderful experience. Yeah for dads!
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Sunday Thoughts

28 09 2008

Today our pastor explained that contentment means your happiness not being dependent upon your circumstances. When you get what you want, you’ll just want something else. Wow! That is so true. I never realized that you have to learn to be content. I just figured those who seemed content, had that type of personality or had a great life. But in reality, they have just learned to be that way.

I hope you have a great Sunday and learn to be content. I know I needed this lesson:-)

 

Verses of the day:

“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation.” Phil. 4:12 (LB)

“There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it.” 1 Tim. 6:6-7 (NRSV)


You can listen to any of Pastor George’s sermons via internet on his Pod Casts





Thoughts

21 09 2008

My son’s kindergarten teacher is in the National Guard. She flies black hawk helicopters. Very cool, huh?

Tragically, a helicopter from her National Guard unit crashed in Iraq last week killing 7 soldiers.  As part of her obligation – she was tasked with being the Casualty Notification Officer for the wives and parents of the deceased. She received the call around 3 am then had to tell 7 families in one day that their loved one was gone. Can you imagine? My heart goes out to the families of these soldiers and my son’s teacher for having to be the bearer of such horrible news.

That same day, my friend called and had accidentally locked her baby in her car while it was running! Well, her dog hit the lock button with his paw! Luckily, she was able to borrow someone’s cell phone to call for help, because hers was in the running car with the baby and dog! The baby was watching a Thomas the Tank Engine movie and didn’t notice a thing! ha.

Whether it be a life changing tragedy or a small dog creating chaos. It seems we will probably never be prepared for what life throws at us. I am re-assured that through my faith in God, whatever it is, he is there for me.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46: 1





Fear Not

14 09 2008

I hate being a parent! Not for the reasons you may think, but for all the fear that comes with being responsible for these little lives. Life was so darn easy before these kids came into my life!! I could sleep. All I had to think about was if I was going to get to the gym or what we would do that weekend. Well, I’m sure I had more to think about, but these are what I’m imagining I thought about. Who can remember that far back, right? Cut me some slack, I don’t sleep remember?

I guess I was born with that no fear gene. I never really had much to worry about, but having kids sure changed that! All I know now is since being a parent, I’ve had so much fear I never knew could exsist. Even the smallest thing like one of them running near a pointed edge coffee table can cause me to stress out! I remember, after my son came home from the hospital, telling my mom that this whole worrying thing stunk! 

My pastor is doing a series about fear at church and it’s so what I needed right now. I thought I would share with all of you out there who might be struggling with some kind of worry or fear. It’s called Know God, No Fear. I think this is something many of us forget during our everyday struggles of work, family life, teaching our children and the endless loads of laundry. 

You can listen to any of Pastor George’s sermons via internet on his Pod Casts. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the “Fear” series. The latest one about fear of the future will appear soon. 

I’ll leave you with these verses:

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.” Proverbs 3:5-6 

“When you go through deep waters and great trouble. I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up… for I am the Lord you God.”  Is. 43: 2-3 

 

Ramblings:

  • We had a fun slumber party this weekend. Come back to see the fun! I am going to hammer down and get some work done, so I might be late with posts on Monday. I’ll be back soon though.
  • I have been working on the cutest (I think) new FREE download. Check back soon to get it!!
  • Picked up some great Halloween decorations that I can’t wait to tell you about!!
  • My husband just walked by. It’s sad when you get old and actually enjoy the smell of BenGay! ha.

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