I don’t know about all of you but 2019 was certainly a big year for me! As a rather emotional being, I always get a little sad when a year comes to an end. BUT there is always much to look forward to in the year to come. Including the MOPS theme for 2020 “To The Full”! Continue reading “Farewell 2019! Welcome 2020!”
When I was growing up, the only day we had bacon and eggs for breakfast was on Christmas day. It was the same with my children until a few years ago. However, my kids have also grown up having birthday cake for Jesus with their bacon and eggs on Christmas Day. Continue reading “Christmas traditions with young children”
What a delight and a privilege it has been for the Board to receive nominations for MOPS Awards from MOPS leaders around the country recognising the significant contribution of their fellow leaders. Continue reading “MOPS leaders hit the red carpet!”
We are in the busiest time of the year. We run around with our children, attending Christmas functions, end of school/kindy/sports assemblies. We are closing up studies, school, work and extra curricular activities. At the same time we are running households and family in the midst of trying to make this time special, buy presents, plan the family holiday, do holiday activities and do things to make special memories.
I don’t know about you but I find it hard to look after myself in these busy times. Continue reading “Take a rest from the busyness of Christmas”
I wonder what you think when I say ‘crying babies’. Do you get annoyed at the sound? Do you cringe when it’s your baby? Continue reading “The silver lining to a baby’s cry”
When my twin girls were toddlers, a friend minded them one evening for me. She later relayed a funny moment. When the girls went upstairs to bed, it was noted that dolly had fallen off the edge of the bed and was on the floor. Twin 2, quite indignant with hands on hips, told my friend, “I told teddy to look after her but clearly he wasn’t listening”. Continue reading “STOP! in the name of love”
Do you ever get to the end of your day and wonder if you even achieved anything? “Busy” is our most common response when asked how we are and yet we can still feel like we aren’t doing anything with our days. How can both be true? Continue reading “Always fighting fires – how to avoid feeling “busy” everyday but getting nothing done”
Today is one of those days. The one where motherhood feels all-consuming and I cannot help but be envious of the life I had before the wailing kids, nappy changes, cold meals and exhaustion at the end of a day as a stay-at-home-mum to my two young boys. Continue reading “Wrestling with envy”
Upon entering the SA MOPS conference my heart instantly felt full. The room was full of colour, fun and laughter. Throughout the night we played games that really encouraged us to have more fun, we feasted on lots and lots of delicious food, and shared in great conversation.
I’m a giver by nature. In other words, I get a real buzz out of helping others. I suppose that’s what made me choose to be a teacher, then a school chaplain, a Street Pastor and a MOPS leader. They are all roles in which you can love other people, look out for them, and look after them. I find that when I ask someone, “How are you?”, they tell me their life story. And I’m happy to listen.
However, being a giver comes at a cost. Continue reading “Making room for you”