MOPS Snow Day Policy

Not sure whether the weather will affect MOPS? For us, if school is delayed or cancelled due to weather, our MOPS meetings or events are cancelled. If you’re not sure, just check with your discussion group leader or visit our private Facebook group for updates.

Moms, what are your favorite ways to spend snow days with preschoolers?

Graphic by Colleen Hazlehurst


Meeting Review: MOPS Christmas Crafts Day

We spent a morning crafting and connecting at our MOPS meeting on Nov 27. Thanks to Kelly’s and Kristina/Yvonne’s groups for providing the brunch! The food was fabulous, as always (check out this recipe for the Country Breakfast Casserole).  We gave away some great door prizes – this time for Chick-Fil-A ice dream cones!

This was our Thanksgiving-week meeting, so each table was decorated with a Gratitude Tree. The moms were invited to add their blessings to the leaves. The trees were also door prizes for some lucky moms who got to take them home.

Due to a half-day for local public schools, we had a short meeting and it was all about crafts. Our Creative Activities leader, Christin, brought a variety of projects for everyone to try. She did a fantastic job and we all got into the crafting spirit. Take a look at some of the results (with instructions below):

Photos: Colleen Hazlehurst

1. Popsicle Stick Ornaments:
Christin supplied popsicle sticks (plain and in primary colors), ribbon, beads, buttons and other adornments. The moms went to work designing their own creations (here’s a basic tutorial). This one is Jessica M.’s. She made it a special keepsake by adding her family’s names and the year.

2. Felt Christmas Trees:
Christin brought pre-sewn felt Christmas trees, with an opening at the top. The moms stuffed them with batting, tied a ribbon around the top of the tree to close it and hang it, then glued on “ornaments” made from sequins, beads, or buttons.

3. Scented Soy Candles:
Using crock pots, soy chips, and small jars with lids, Christin melted these candles during our meeting. When the soy was melted, a mom could add the essential oil of her choice to a candle, add a wick, and place it in the refrigerator to solidify (we happen to have a kitchen attached to our meeting room). The available scents included cinnamon, “Love Spell,” vanilla, pumpkin spice, tea tree, eucalyptus,and lemon. These were a big hit with the moms. Here’s a tutorial showing a similar method.

4. Felt Snowmen Ornaments:
Christin brought pre-sewn felt snowmen (triangle-shaped) with an opening at the top, and pre-cut scarves and hats (rectangle-shaped). The moms stuffed the snowman bodies with batting, tied the hat on with ribbon to close and hang the ornament, then drew on eyes and glued on other features, like a carrot nose and buttons.

Other crafts, not pictured here:
Moms could also make gift tags by cutting shapes from Christmas-themed scrapbook paper and using rubber stamps to add the “To” and “From.” Also, Christin brought the leftover materials for our birds nest necklaces, so we could make some to give as gifts.

It was fun to see each mom express her creativity. Even though we were all doing the same crafts, no two were the same. It was a great meeting. Big thanks to Christin for all her hard work pulling it together!

Our Next Meeting & Christmas Party – Dec 18

Our next meeting is our MOPS Christmas Party on Dec 18! Everyone is asked to bring a dish for the brunch. Let’s make it a festive holiday buffet!

You’ll want to bring a gift-wrapped ornament to participate in our Annual Christmas Ornament Exchange. Also, Paula will demonstrate a very special Nativity Craft you can do at home later with your children. We’ll also have a fun photo booth, so bring your camera!

Plus, we’ll have lots of great raffles! Tickets will be available at the party for $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds will benefit our wonderful MOPPETS childcare program!

Please look for the event invitation on our private Facebook group (or talk to your Discussion Group Leader) and RSVP by Dec 13. See you there!

nativity craft for kids

Paula will demonstrate this Nativity Craft at our Christmas party so you can do at home later with your children. Here’s a tip: start saving your paper towel rolls now!

MOPS Meeting Review: Shepherding Your Children

We hope you had a good time connecting with other moms at our MOPS meeting on Nov 13. Thanks to Stefanie’s and Sara M.’s groups for providing the brunch! We gave away some fantastic door prizes to Pigtails and Crewcuts – Virginia Beach and the Chilled Ponds Ice Skating Rink. Also, we had our first raffle of the year for a gift certificate for Joe Corbi’s Direct food sales.

Mentor Moment

Mentor Mom Melene started our meeting by sharing Deuteronomy 6:6-8 and a few words about taking the opportunities to train our children at all times.

Shepherding Your Child

Sara M. introduced our special guest Denise H., who presented her ideas about “shepherding” your children, including:

  • Know them – Get to know your child’s temperament, patterns, love language, talents, skills, and desires for their futures.
  • Grow them – Guide them through P.E.A.R. – Principles, Examples, Application, and Rewards. Also, through building their personal character and through teaching them God’s character.
  • Show them – Guide them through daily skill building in the home (cleaning, manners, healthy living, etc) and on the job (sports, building/crafts, work, service, etc).
  • Throw them – Into the Lord’s care by praying daily, memorizing verses, and allowing God to work in your child’s life rather than intervening in every circumstance.

Thanks to Denise for providing fabulous handouts for the moms to keep. The handout included an outline of her ideas, tools we can use to get to know our children, and instructions to work on various character traits with our children. She also recommended the book “Praying Circles Around Your Children,” by Mark Batterson.

Operation Christmas Child

Thanks to all the families who donated gift boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Our members brought more than 50 boxes to add to the collection for Bethel Baptist Church. These gifts will provide joy and hope to needy children across the globe and, most importantly, the children who receive them will know that they are special and loved by God. Thanks again to Dr. Mark Levin and the team at We Make Smiles for donating toothbrushes and toothpaste for our boxes! Also, a big thanks to our Mentor Moms who stayed after the meeting to pack up and deliver the boxes to Bethel’s offices.


Our Next Meeting – Nov 27

Our next meeting is Nov 27 and we’ll be having a “Half-Day Craft Day.” Kelly’s Vivacious Violets and Kristina & Yvonne’s Radiant Reds tables have brunch/clean-up duty. Please look for the event invitation to be posted on our private Facebook group. See you there!

Meeting Review: “A Beautiful Mess – Caught Up in the Busyness of Life?”

We hope you had a good time connecting with other moms at our MOPS meeting on Oct 23. Thanks to Laura’s Glamorous Gold’s and Lara’s Outrageous Oranges for providing the brunch! We gave away some fantastic door prizes – a Tidewater Value Check coupon book and a copy of “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.


Andreia W. introduced two MOPS fundraising efforts that are starting now:

  • Value Check coupon books – $12 each
    These books provide over $800 in food and entertainment discounts from local vendors. MOPS members are asked to sell 5 books each. Unsold books must be returned by Nov 13.
  • Flower Cards – $40 each
    These punch cards are good for a free bouquet from any Norfolk Florist location every month for a year. MOPS members are asked to sell 3 cards each. Unsold cards must be returned by Dec 18.

The top two sellers of each item will win CASH Prizes! Our annual fundraising income is critical to our group, especially for our MOPPETS child care expenses. Please see Andreia to get flower cards and coupon books to sell.

Speaker Laura R. – Mary & Martha

Laura shared the story of Mary and Martha from Luke 10:38-42 and her own story of how she personally learned to slow down to draw closer to the Lord with less stress and greater joy.

Sara M., Christin, and Colleen performed an entertaining skit about a modern-day Mary and Martha (based on this video). Martha is caught up in the busyness of life and her friend Mary helps her make time for what’s most important.

A Gift for Moms – Dish Towel with Verse

Each mom received a dish towel and a biblical verse to think of when she’s working in her own busy life:  “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.” (Colossians 3:23).


A take-away for moms from our “Mary and Martha” presentation: a dish towel with verse Col 3:23.

Our Next Meeting – Nov 13

Our next meeting is Nov 13. Operation Christmas Child boxes are due at this meeting. Please see all the details in our October MOPS newsletter.

Sara’s Gorgeous Green and Stefanie’s Beauteous Blue tables have brunch/clean-up duty. Please look for the event invitation to be posted on our private Facebook group. See you there!

Meeting Review: “Embrace Your Story – Giftedness”

We hope you enjoyed the MOPS meeting on Oct 9. Thanks to Kristina and Yvonne’s Radiant Reds, and Kelly’s Vivacious Violets for providing the brunch! It was so abundant and delicious, we had to add a few new recipes on our Pinterest boards. We gave away some yummy door prize items, too –  a free Papa John’s pizza and vouchers for snacks from McDonald’s and Chick-Fil-A.

Mentor Moment

This meeting was all about giftedness. Mentor Mom Donna started the meeting with Proverbs 2:2-3. She shared that Solomon was asked specifically by God to request anything he wanted. He chose wisdom, because he knew that with wisdom everything else in life would come.

Operation Christmas Child

Next, Sara M. showed a video from Samaritan’s Purse about Operation Christmas Child.  Free boxes are available at our MOPS meetings. Sara invited every member to take a box to fill for a child this year. Sara displayed a sample gift box for a 10-14 year old boy, the group that receives the least gifts.

Then, she shared the great news that We Make Smiles Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics has donated supplies for our boxes this year! (Check out this awesome stash of toothbrushes and toothpaste!)

Guest Speaker – Pat

Our guest speaker for this meeting was our former Mentor Mom Pat, who spoke about gifted children. Pat shared common misconceptions about giftedness, various types of giftedness, and how to recognize giftedness in your child.

A Gift for Moms

Also, each mom received a “gift” from MOPS – a bookmark featuring this image from the Growing a Jeweled Rose blog.


Our Next Meeting – Oct 23

Our next meeting is on Oct 23. The topic is “A Beautiful Mess – Caught Up in the Business of Life?” Lara’s Outrageous Oranges and Laura’s Glamorous Golds have brunch/cleanup duty.


Meeting Review: “A Beautiful Mess – Handling Your Emotions”

We hope you had a fun morning connecting with the other moms. Thanks to Sara M.’s Gorgeous Greens and Stefanie’s Beauteous Blues for providing the brunch! For our door prize, three moms won play passes to Kangaroo Jac’s! Sara E. won the special raffle for moms who prepaid their meeting dues – two passes to Green Bean – Contemporary Child’s Play! Congrats!

Mentor Moment from Dot

This meeting was all about emotions. Mentor Mom Dot shared a devotion about how she learned to handle her emotions. She recommended three books that have helped her in this area: “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, “Healing for Damaged Emotions” by David A. Seamands, and “A Bend in the Road” by David Jeremiah.

“Handling Your Emotions” featuring Lysa TerKeurst

Next, we watched a MOPS video about handling our emotions, especially as moms. It featured Lysa TerKeurst, a bestselling author and speaker who has a great book on the subject, which many of our members recommend: “Unglued – Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions.” Lysa teaches that there are four kinds of reaction types:

  • Exploders that Blame Others
  • Exploders that Shame Themselves
  • Stuffers that Build Barriers
  • Stuffers that Collect Retaliation Rocks

On Lysa’s site, you can take a quick assessment to help you determine your reaction type.

We followed the video with an icebreaker activity based on Lysa’s book, in which we each determined our own “animal” emotional style. We separated into groups and discussed how we handle our emotions based on our style. The animals/emotional styles are:

  • Wounded Bear – I am hurt and unpredictable, so watch out.
  • Crouching Tiger – I may not attack now, but I will strike back when you least expect it.
  • Agitated Skunk – I may or may not create a stink, but the threat is always there.
  • Deceptive Peacock – Who me? I’m not upset. Look at all my pretty feathers.
  • Barricading Beaver – No time to say what I’m really feeling. I’m too busy building a wall between us.
  • Screech Owl – Prepare for a tirade!
  • Other

Afterwards, we got back into our discussion groups to talk with each other about how we handle our emotions. Each mom was given a packet of tissues to take home with a reminder that “Jesus wept,” from John 11:35.


Mommy & Me Pictures – Make-up Oct 9

Thanks to all the moms and children who had their Mommy & Me pictures taken for our MOPPETS directory. If you missed getting your picture, or just want another one, Colleen will be back outside the gym on Oct 9 from 9:00-9:30 AM. All moms (with or without MOPPETS), Mentor Moms, and MOPPETS Workers are invited to get their pictures taken.

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Oct 9. Join us as our guest speaker (and former Mentor Mom) Pat speaks on the topic of gifted children. Kristina’s Radiant Reds and Kelly’s Vivacious Violets have brunch/cleanup duty.  Please RSVP on our private Facebook event. See you there!