Let me introduce you to our fabulous Moppets storyteller: Amy Karakourtis.
Amy volunteers to come every Mops meeting to teach our children through storytelling. The children love her energy and can’t wait to go to storytime. We are so lucky to have Amy come and share her love for Christ with our Moppets. Here is a little bit about Amy’s family and journey into Mops:
My family: I have been married to Mark for 22 years. We have 3 kids: Drew (17), Katie (15) and Becca Grace (6). All of them have been Moppets. I could probably win some sort of prize for being in MOPS the longest since we have 9 and half year gap between #2 and #3. I have served on MOPS Steering Committees in three different states and I love the ministry it has to moms. When I attended my first MOPS meeting in Omaha, Nebraska Drew yelled most of the morning and the mentor mom was so dear and told me to please not give up on coming. I was suffering from postpartum depression after weaning Katie and coming to MOPS became a lifeline to the outside world for me. It was through that Nebraska MOPS group that I became a part of a Bible Study that truly changed my life. When we moved to Florida I helped start a MOPS group at our church and told my “story” for the very first time to a group. They showered me with much love when I had two miscarriages in a period of time. They were definitely the hands of Christ to me. We moved to Austin in July 2001 and welcomed Becca Grace into our family in 2005. We learned that our oldest had a very devastating disease when she was 13 months old. It was MOPS (again!!) that brought me out of my sadness over Drew to a place of serving in MOPS as a Table Leader. The girls at my table that year are still precious dear friends. I had the privilege to serve on Steering as Speaker Coordinator for two years until my baby graduated from Moppets. Being able to come and share Bible stories with Moppets on MOPS mornings is a joy and pleasure to me. I am grateful to be able to “give back” to a ministry that encouraged my heart through so many seasons of life.
Advice to mamas: Don’t take life too seriously!! I stressed over WAY TOO MANY THINGS!! Be intentional about trying to be fully present in the moment (when you are playing with your kiddos, reading to them, eating an ice cream) and don’t be thinking about all the things you need to get done after “this” is over. People and God’s Word are the ONLY things here on earth that are eternal…let that be your guide on what really matters.
P.S. Paper Plates are also the best invention ever!
Amy is telling the story of David and Goliath here. She used stuffed animals to depict the characters and the children loved it! Thank you Amy for all that you do for our Moppets!