Operation Christmas Child

Every October our MOPS group (and many around the county) runs one of our favourite meeting sessions of the year- packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We love pooling our donated items and packing the boxes together over coffee and conversation. The chance to spread love and kindness to an unknown child brings us so much joy. Continue reading “Operation Christmas Child”

Encouraging New Dads

At MOPS we are all about mums! But we are also about supporting families, and we acknowledge fathers’ important role in their children’s lives. We have just celebrated Father’s Day and, for some people, it can be a day full of mixed feelings. Grieving a father they have lost, or the fact they never had a good father figure can make the day a hard one. It’s tough, as fathers have such an important role in our lives. That’s why we must be encouraging new dads to be the best they can be.

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Strong Girls

When I initially offered to write a blog on the topic of strong girls, the first thing that came to mind was to offer advice on how to ‘handle’ strong-willed girls. I have one of those. My eldest seems to be a perfect combination of both a strong will and stubbornness, which she gets from my husband and me (though I won’t reveal as to who possesses which, or both!).
But on further contemplation, I’ve decided to instead offer encouragement to all mothers of daughters. Because I think at the end of the day we would love for all of our daughters to grow up to be strong. Continue reading “Strong Girls”

Legacy of love

When I die, there will be no monument erected in my honour. There will be no State funeral or a big news story to tell of my passing. And I am okay with this. I am okay with this because I desire to leave a legacy of love in my sphere of influence, no matter how small it may be. Continue reading “Legacy of love”

Perfection is my undoing

Aiming for perfection has become my undoing! How often have you found yourself thinking ‘once everything is in place then I’ll be ready to enjoy this moment’? Once I have finished the to-do list, sorted the washing, or made the beds! The lists are never-ending I know! Why do we set such high expectations on ourselves before we can really be present in each moment? Continue reading “Perfection is my undoing”

Motherhood Triage

When I was a mother of preschoolers, my own mum gave me wonderful advice on ‘how to do it all’. The short answer is – you can’t! Some people will tell you whilst the baby is asleep to clean the house – it’s so quiet and peaceful.  Others will say, no, that’s the time to have a sleep yourself! Then there are the debates on sleeping (co-sleeping or separate? Crying or soothing?), feeding (bottle or breast? Pureed food or baby-led?), toilet training (from birth? When they ask?) and a myriad of other choices that can loom large in a mother’s mind. Continue reading “Motherhood Triage”