Friday, December 12, 2014

The December 2014 Newsletter is now Online!

Click here to download and read the December 2014 newsletter. This month's newsletter features a great article by Shelley Roten about surviving the terrible twos during her husband's deployment, ideas for fun and crafty teacher gifts, and quick and easy meal ideas from our Mentoring Moms.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Meeting Recap - November 20, 2014

It's hard to believe that we are already at this point in the year and that we only have ONE more meeting for the year! Our next meeting is December 11th and we will be having our annual ornament exchange to celebrate Christmas. Please bring a wrapped ornament for the ornament exchange. Also, please bring small gifts for Moppetts workers as a thank you for taking care of our babies. You will be able to put those in a bag at the beginning of our next meeting.

We have two MOPS moms who have needed to step down from Steering Committee due to personal reasons. Please be praying about who God has to fill these two positions, and pray about if that person is you! :) If you are interested, please let your table leader or Laurie Burke know. We need the following positions:

  • Creative position (craft) – in charge of creative activities and crafts (3 more remain for the year in MOPS)
  • Registration and Finance (contact table leader or Laurie Burke) – mainly a Fall position due to managing the waiting list and registration
Also, please pray for Amber Young going through a hard time and needs support in prayer. She faithfully prays for MOPS moms and keeps new moms fed after babies are born, so let's lift her up in her time of need!

The directory is now available for pick-up. Thank you to Sarah Edens for that serious labor of love.

Nancy Ryalls shared from Ephesians about what it means to be brave - dying to self so that Christ's life can come up from within us. She encouraged us to be brave by quoting scripture and putting our names in the verse: Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you (MOPS Mama) have been saved through faith: and that not of yourselves (MOPS mamas), it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast."

Our amazing speaker, Lynsie of DinnerDivide, is a chef, blogger, and not to mention busy mother of five! She taught us how to cut our grocery bills in half by learning to shop sales, buy in bulk/freeze, and plan ahead. By using her tips, she took her grocery bill from $1200/month to $600/month!
Her plan is based on buying whole, clean foods and not processed foods. She only put things that were on sale in her cart (she shops at Harris Teeter) – she bought $500 worth of groceries for $250. You can find her at 

Classes – minimum of 5 people, can come to your house - $25/class per person.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Meeting Recap - November 6, 2014 MOPS Market Day!

MOPS Market Day was a great success thanks to all of the wondrously talented, industrious, entrepreneurial mamas we have in our midst! I don't know about everyone else, but I walked away inspired and awed by the women in this group! The following women participated to make MOPS Market fun and successful! Thanks for helping us find something to get a jump start on Christmas shopping or a little something sweet for ourselves. :)

 The following mamas participated in MOPS Market Day in case you weren't able to come, or if you want to get more of what you purchased!

Megan Stephens- 21 Threads
Jen Skipper- Jennifer Skipper Photography
Jenn Coon- Jennifer Coon Photography
Gina Langford- Watercolor Designs by Gina
Lauren Byrne- Christmas stockings made by her sister
Leah Wayner- scarves, pillow covers, and baby items
Melissa Walsh- Jamberry Nails
Cari Brown- baby items
Julie Montgomery- printed notecards
Emily Hummel- Scentsy and Origami Owl
Jenny Street- Premier Jewelry
Kristin Roth- Stella and Dot
Sharon Gay- Usbourne Books
Jenn McArtor- Rodan and Fields
Darla Rose- Lia Sophia
Amy Sims - Tea Embassy

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The November 2014 Newsletter is now online!

Click here to download and read the November 2014 newsletter. This month's newsletter features a wonderful article by Jayme Cherry, a welcome to our newest MOPPETS, and a fun craft just in time for Christmas gift-giving.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MOPS Meeting October 23, 2014

Fall is in the air and beauty abounds! I've gone from taking overly exhaustive notes to too cryptic that it says nothing. Bear with me...sleep deprivation is affecting my note taking skills!

Jennifer Coon announced that we have an opportunity to participate in blessing families in need this Christmas season by putting boxes together filled with goodies - clothes, toys, and other small items. Each table will select a gender and age group and put together a box, along with $1 per person per table to help with shipping costs. More will be coming from our table leaders on that, so stay tuned!

We now have a Pinterest page so that we can share recipes, etc! Here is the link:

Greenfield Farm in Ruckersville Mommy-and-Me outing has been re-scheduled for this Thursday, October 30th! From 10am-noon, bring your little one for a fun Fall outing with a pumpkins, corn maze, hayrides, and friends. The cost is $6/person and free for kids under 2. Plan to bring a snack and picnic lunch. If the weather does not cooperate, Laurie will notify us.

Mentor Mom Darla Rose shared her heartfelt testimony with us of her life of prayer and faith. She reminded us of the power of prayer through the challenges of life, and even shared a poem with us that her son wrote her when she was going through a tough time. What an encouragement to see that the seeds we sow into our children now will grow into a great harvest of good fruit one day! One of her favorite verses that has always encouraged her is Mark 11:23: "Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him." Amen!

Melissa Walsh then shared her fun, genuine, but powerful journey of life as a military wife and mom. When her husband deployed for 15 months when her children were young, she said that some days felt like survival was the goal. She learned so much wisdom in that time and encouraged us to find those in that situation now and give, especially since there are so many military wives in our midst, or moms whose husbands either travel heavily or work long hours. That could look like making a meal and bringing it over, having that kind of mom over (that way she doesn't have to clean her kitchen!), praying for her, and asking if you can help. She encouraged us that when we ask that kind of mom if we can help and she says "no," to not take "no" for an answer -- find something you can do to help her and just do it! Tell her you are coming over for a moms' night in and go to her house one night after the kids are down and just hang out, watch a movie, eat chocolate, etc! Thanks for sharing your story, Melissa!


Friday, October 10, 2014

The October 2014 Newsletter is now online!

Click here to download and read the October 2014 Newsletter. This month's newsletter features a great article by Gina Langford, photography tips from Jen Skipper and a delicious recipe for Brownie Batter Dip. Yum!


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September 25, 2014 MOPS Meeting Recap

It was another great meeting on Thursday! Great breakfast, great speakers, great women!

Important Announcements

Don’t forget the Mentoring Mom’s “Momwise” event this Thursday- October 2nd at 7pm at the home of Lori Wood. 7 pm is Mom-Wise. Come for yummy desserts, meeting new friends and discussion on new ways to incorporate prayer in the lives of our children.
Please contact Michelle Cox or Laurie Burke for Lori’s address.

DATE CHANGE for Greenfield (at 29N) outing. Come with your little ones on Wednesday, October 15th  from 10-noon to enjoy hayrides, farm animals, and a corn maze! Bring a picnic lunch or snack. You can sign-up for at the next MOPS meeting- Cost is $6/person, under 2 is free with an adult. 

Amy Vesser introduced “Secret Sisters” – a new thing for MOPS this year. If you would like to be paired with a “secret sister” that you encourage with notes, treats, prayers, and a small token gift once a month, and receive as well, then fill out the "About Me" page at this link:
Send to Amy Vesser at

Jenny Street shared her heartfelt testimony with us. Jenny shared about how there is a theme in her life is “to be brave” and how God has asked her to take brave steps: she served two years as a journeyman in Brazil (this was a major step of bravery for her!), she decided to go to seminary after she returned from Brazil and got her masters degree from southwestern Baptist seminary in FW, she got an opportunity to work with college girls back in Mississippi, and then moved to Monroe, LA for her first “real job” without knowing anyone and met her husband and stayed for 4 years. She got to use her degree to lead Bible studies and spend time with college students. God really asked her to be brave in Louisiana and invest herself there. Then, her husband got into school in South Carolina and they moved there. She also found out she was pregnant with her first baby, Jett. It was a valley for her during those first two years. A few years later, they moved to Charlottesville and God has given them a new beginning here. Being a SAHM has been an adjustment for her after working full-time. She has learned that God is never early or late, but right on time. Jenny looked up what it meant to be brave in the Bible – 1 and 2 chronicles and 1 and 2 Samuel – show warriors who are BRAVE -confident, proficient in how they protect, are outstanding leaders in the communities. We should all strive to be brave in this way.

Chris and Amy Paschall shared about their Journey from financial strife to financial peace. After a series of financial mistakes, they decided to get financially responsible and started Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and began to implement his “babysteps.”
Chris reminded us that money is the most talked about topic in the Bible and is mentioned in over 2000 verses.

Amy shared her Lessons Learned on the road to financial peace and getting out of debt:
  • Submission, giving up the little luxuries (Starbucks, shopping trips); biggest luxury was the laundromat (it was a crucible but He gave her the grace to do it)
  • It’s never too late to start
  • They both had to buy in
  • Overcoming Entitlement (get married, get the big house, get the baby)
  • “Love does not demand its own way” (1 Cor 13)
  • Being out of debt is not the end. It is a constant, daily choosing – putting our future ahead of what we want today.

 Chris’ Lessons Learned:
  • The husband and wife have to be on the same page.
  • The husband is the spiritual head of the house and is obligated to lead in the area of finances as well (love your wife as Christ loved the church).
  • A sense of security is vital for your wife’s well-being; do whatever it takes to foster a sense of security.
  • The vast majority of financial mistakes are not fatal, permanent, or irreversible; while “mistakes with zeroes” can be painful, they can be overcome
  • Money management is difficult because it requires diligence and consistency; therefore, frequent communication is of utmost importance – if you can communicate effectively about finances, your overall communication will improve and your marriage will be incredibly strong

 If you are interested in Financial Peace University, scholarships are available. FPU meets on Sunday nights 5pm-6:40 pm during AWANA.