Sorry about the hack!
This Thursday we have the pleasure of hearing from Rebecca Cole. Her website is:
I have attached her hand outs. Looking forward to seeing everyone!
This Thursday Amy Ezell will speak to our group about hiding God’s work in our children’s hearts. I can’t think of a better topic to learn about and implement…especially as we enter a season of the year that is filled with materialism and commercialism. Attached are Amy’s handouts. If you have the chance, print out before the Thursday presentation. If not, they will stay on the blog for whenever you need them!
Debbie Cannon sent this idea to me and said that her neighborhood does this sweet little “BOO” tradition. I thought it was a neat idea and a way to get kids excited about blessing another family as a kick off to the holiday season! The instructions are below. I must give the blog www.skiptomylou.org the credit for this one. The blog has some great creative family ideas worth checkin out!
I’m not sure I can take on getting my whole neighborhood on board with this…at least not this year.
BUT…I do know of a few families on our street who need a little cheer up! I think at the very least…this could be a new Halloween family tradition. We will be preparing a little treat, a kind note and some home made goodies for two families. Then, pray for them before dropping off the loot.
I’m interested to know….any other mom’s have some Halloween traditions that incorporates their faith?
|How to BOO!
Here you go, a free printable how to boo! We love to boo! Each year we come up with a new way to go booing. This year we will use this simple boo sign complete with instructions and gift tags.
First make two copies of the booing instructions. We copied ours on cardstock. Once you have your copies, cut apart the ghost and hang on your window so everyone knows you have already been booed.
I believe a new tradition has started. Our very first Beach Blanket Bunco was an incredible success! Thanks to Shelly Tufts, our Fundraising Chair and Kristin Hanks, our Marketing Chair and the rest of those who donated, participated, and helped with set up, clean up etc. It was truly an example group effort with incredible leadership!
From what I hear…it has been one of the most successful Ridge MOPS fundraisers EVER.
The Silent Auction was INCREDIBLE. I must have scoured the items 10 times! I have listed below the companies and individuals that supported the event with their donations. THANK YOU!!
I’m already looking forward to Ridge MOPS Bunco 2013!
Check out the flyer! Think of one Mom you know who you have not connected with in a while, and who might really need some connection with other moms …and invite her out for Bunco!
Fall is back…even though it is a million degrees outside. I’ve lived in Texas most of my life, yet every year I act shocked by the lingering 3 digit temps in September. My summer wardrobe is boring me…and I’m ready for some soup in the crock pot.
Along with the scorching temperatures our Fall activities have heated up. I was missing structure during the summer, but now that I “have” it, I really can’t call it structure…more of a hectic mess! We have had some meltdowns at my house. I have to admit, my kids are not the only participants.
I am embarassed to say how many nights the past few weeks I have sat at my daughters bedside and said one of the following, “Mommy lost it today, I am sorry”, “Mommy should not have yelled, I am sorry”, “Mommy has been really grumpy today, I am sorry”.
Basically, I feel pretty wiped, overwhelmed and concerned about how this new Fall schedule is going to shake out. Life is crazy with toddlers, and more than likely tomorrow morning won’t be any calmer as I load up my kids and head to the Ridge. However, I know one thing in the morning WILL happen. I will sit with a group of women who will spend this Fall praying with me, learning with me and laughing with me. I’m ready for the PLUNGE.
Since I have been a mother, I have learned that God has a thing for moms. God works through Moms when we come together to pray for our children, husbands and each other. I can’t wait to experience what God has in store for the Ridge MOPS this year. I’ll see you there!
P.S. Speaking of the PLUNGE…please note and consider plunging in to the event posted below. It’s a family fun way to make a huge difference. More on it tomorrow!
Can’t wait to meet ya,
Please join our family in making a difference for children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses this Saturday, Sept. 8th from 10 AM-1 PM at Austin Music Hall. Tickets for sale at the door! Doors open at 9:45 AM The Biscuit Brothers will be performing (10:15 AM), the miniature horses from Mini’s and Friends will be there, there will be a Huge inflatable obstacle course, Amy’s Ice Cream, Fairy and Super Hero Tent, Silent Auction, special performance by some of the kids from the Children’s Blood and Cancer Center and much more! Fun for all ages!
Peyton asked…”are my friends going?” I said I hope so…but if they can’t remember you are making a difference in the lives of kids with cancer!..he said “how?”..just by going and buying a ticket so Ms. Becky can do all she does for the many courageous children at the Blood and Cancer Center here in Austin.
So bring your kids and please help us make a difference!!
We are all BUSY! Please try to attend. Please spread the word. Email friends…post it on your facebook. The Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation is an amazing cause and this is there primary fundraiser so your attendance really does make a difference.
What a great opportunity to have some fun with our children, friends and family and get to show our kids how easy it is to make a difference in the lives of others!
Loving Libbie Memorial Foundation: http://lovinglibbie.org/
Ticket Info: http://
(tickets will be for sale at the door)
I am staring at my 3 1/2-year-old who is asleep on the living room carpet next to our family dog. It is nap time at my house and she is just about to give up her nap. You see, if I let her sleep in her bed, she gets too good of a nap. “To good of a nap” results in bed time being an excruciating Olympic event at our house.
But, if she completely skips her nap, then the whole house falls a part around 4:30 p.m. So, she usually plays quietly for an hour and face plants on the carpet for 45 minutes. This strategy was not in any of the parenting books I read regarding this transitional napping stage…but it is working at our house.
The best part of this strategy is that I get to check out at how sweet she looks sleeping every time I step over her. She looks INCREDIBLY sweet from this angle. Thank you God…this moment must be from you.
Where did the summer go? For some of us we are hoping these days stay long, and for others we can’t wait to get the year started. It really depends on which moment you ask me as to my opinion. The good new is, MOPS 2012 at Austin Ridge is right around the corner! That means reconnecting with old friends, making new friends and learning more strategies on coping, loving and caring for our families that aren’t written in the parenting books….but come straight from women whom we trust and love.
Check out the Fall 2012 Brochure attached…and pass on the Good News. MOPS is back. Boy, have I missed it.
Enjoy these last few school-less days. Now…I think I spot the perfect place to rest…right here next to my little girl and dog. Right here on my carpet…that could actually use a good vacuuming. After my nap.
by Phyllis Patterson
These are the notes from Phyllis’s talk last MOPS meeting.
We would love to hear your comments on great vacation ideas and tips from your family!
Phyllis organized her trips into 3 categories:
She encouraged us to make a trip diary-write it down! Take pictures and write the
funny things that happen, what people said, what restaurants were there,
#1Get Away Trip (Spouses)
They go on an anniversary trip every year on the anniversary-no present, just a
trip! (doesn’t have to be far, can spend the night in a hotel in same city)
NEVER let kids go and stay at a bed and breakfast
She encouraged us to go for an “event”-balloon festival, college football games,
etc. (ex… they took a TEXAS “European” adventure and stayed in all
Tx cities, Rome, Paris, Italy and took a pic at every city limit sign
#2True Blue (friend trips)
-her first rule is to turn the clock around, if you don’t know what time it is, you
won’t be tired!!
-take a trip, even if it is just for 24 hours-you can make it to Houston, Dallas,
-scrapbook all of the activities
-milestone birthdays-get everyone together
When Phyliss’s mother in law turned 75, all the women in the family gathered for a
“retreat”-she bought a little book and sent it around ahead of time
so that everyone could write on a page and they could present it to her on the
-she also gave an example of friends who went as couples on a cruise-they could go and do
their own excursions during the day but would all get together in evening, talk
at dinner about what they did
-GUYS trip, skiing, hunting, 40th bday suprise trip, play golf-encourage them to get
-Women- book a trip with sisters, daughters in law-their moms
-go to all children’s friends weddings-make a trip out of it!
#3 Family Trips
they considered it a success if the boys were happy-gave them a say in the
Examples of trips they’ve done in the past…
-West/cowboys-research websites beforehand-find something unusual to do in town…juggling lessons,
oldest miniature golf course
*make an itinerary-where going, what day, phone #’s
remember this rule: organize clothes and lay out money, “then take 1/2 the clothes,
double the money!”
-put all dirty clothes in one suitcase for the way home, that way, just take one
into laundry room when you get home
-pack travel activities-book tapes, headlights for reading in the car in the dar,
rent an RV-each can play navigator
-go on a trip the week before school starts, “last hurrah vacation!”
-buy postcards, have children write on the back their impression of what they saw
-compose sentiments from every family member, for ex. “the Patterson Golf
Adventure”-they each wrote down their thoughts on each course, fun to
compare and look back!
Goliad-played “Capture the Flag”
-take 3 generations trips-Llano river, fish-NO media, play games
-”Thanksgiving in August” or 4th of July-fun to see all over the country how they
celebrate-from Washington DC to Ft. Davis to Wyoming, to Lake Whitney-compare
which firework show was favorite
-one trip they took, excellent example of learning about transportation, they took a
car, taxi, train, airplane
-saw a Gettysburg re-ennactment
Please tell us your tips on traveling with your families and great places you would recommend!
When my children were seniors in high school I was anxious
about the inevitable fact they would soon be leaving the nest and going to
Occasionally, I would stop what I was doing and ask them, “What have I forgotten to tell you?” The first 3 times I asked they would reply, “I don’t know”. The last 6, 7, 8 times I asked they would reply, “Nothing”!
As we near the end of a wonderful MOPS year I want to ask my
girls, “What have I forgotten to tell you?”