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Although my oldest is 10 and I have been invited to many MOPS groups over the years I didn't start going until we moved here about 2.5 years ago.  It always sounded like a lot of work just to go do some dumb craft.  That's what I thought about it!  The times I had been invited before, I was at a stage in my life that I had relinquished the idea of doing anything crafty.  This was partly because I was exhausted but also because I thought a lot of crafting was pretty corny.  And, I did not consider myself corny by any means.  It was a dumb reason not to go, but I can't change it now.  It was my loss.

The church we moved to had a MOPS group and that was just convenient enough for me that I decided to start going.  I needed to make some friends and this seemed like a good opportunity.  I had taken sewing up right before we moved and was a little more open to the idea of crafting as I had seen a lot more modern DIY things that I liked.  That winter I had a lot of fun finding ideas online and made a ton of Christmas decorations for my house.  I don't remember how it came about, but they asked me the next year to do the crafts for MOPS.  I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of asking me of all people.  The craft snob.  God really does have a sense of humor.  So, I accepted the challenge and had a lot of fun coordinating the crafts last year.  Well, this summer we had a transition in our leadership team and I had the opportunity to become the coordinator for the group.  I was thrilled about the idea.  I had spent a lot of time praying over the previous year about how God was going to use me in the group.  I am a visionary and it's sometimes hard for me to be a "sidelines" person.  I can do it, it's just not always my favorite position!  I have the fun privilege of being on a team with some of my closest friends and we have had a great time planning, praying and putting together a vision for this MOPS year.  We have a great team of supporting mentors and I am thrilled to see what God is going to do with our group. 

I have a new perspective on the importance of MOPS.  If you are considering going I would encourage you to try it at least once!  There is something quite relaxing about 2 solid hours without your children and surrounded my moms in the same stage of life!  If you're interested in finding a group near you, check out the MOPS website. If you're local, here's a link to our church's group.  

I will be posting the articles I write for our monthly newsletter here as well!  I have really enjoyed having an opportunity to write again and Zanna, our newsletter creator has done an excellent job of putting it all together. 

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