October 30, 2008

MOPS

I have the privilege of being a table leader for the MOPS I attend. Since this church is located near military housing we have several military moms. Almost half of the MOPS in attendance are military wives, so our table is military specific (6 Navy, 1 Marine). I know I sound like a broken record, but this has been one of the best experiences of my life! Specifically, for the first time in my life...

1. I live in walking distance to friends! It's SO fun to walk a block to a friend's house or meet at the community playgrounds (w/in our housing) every day. I'll be driving home from somewhere and see friends at the playground, and stop just for the opportunity to get some girlfriend time (oh, yeah, and for the kids!)

2. I have military friends who are also Christians. And the honest truth is I just haven't had many military friends. My first 7 yrs as a Navy wife I lived pretty "civilian", and I'm still learning the terminology and the "life". It's been a wonderful blessing to know people who not only have the same stresses that I do, but choose to turn to the Lord to be their guide.


Here is a picture of my table. One woman was missing this morning (Baby Bella is standing in), but we had to get a picture today because next week I lose one of my moms and two weeks after that I lose another! Life of the military. Susan (2nd from the left) is going home to spend the last 2 1/2 months of her husband's 1 yr IA assignment with her family. As a woman who moved home for an entire 8 month deployment, I understand! And Amber (3rd from right) is transferring to Hawaii, and if I had any power in the world I would stop it! Martha is our amazing Mentor mom and the wife of a retired Navy captain. He was in 28 years. She's experienced it all!

So I have to explain the ferris wheel in front. Our theme this year is Adventures in Mothering...think amusement park. So each of our tables is a different ride. We are the sunwheels, which is the name of the Ferris Wheel at California Adventure. Amber thought of making it out of tinker toys, my hubby engineered it, and I put it together along with the added color. I'm most proud that it spins!!

Today we had a famous speaker by the name of Pam Farrel. If you've been to a Family Life Conference you've heard of her. She and her husband wrote "Men are like Waffles and Women are like Spaghetti" and dozens of others. Today she talked about a book entitled "Red Hot Monogamy". She had some great ideas that I think could help couples in this particular area (you know, THAT area) of their marriage.



4 comments:

Michele said...

That is so awesome and I love that you have a military group within your MOPS! I get together twice a month with other wives from dh's work and it is really important to be able to talk to people who understand!

Courtnie said...

I am glad that you found my blog! It's nice to meet other cf moms.

The books you mentioned look great. I think that I am going to have to read them :)

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

This has nothing to do with your post.

You look great!! I think you mentioned recently that you've been exercising and it shows. LOVE the sun-kissed look of your hair. And the style/length is great also. And the outfit!

Anyway, just wanted to say how great you look (not that that is most important or anything). = )

Maddy said...

That's a lot of talent to make them spin. I think that feature would win me over too!

As for the sizzle factor.....maybe I should take that one off the back burner?
Cheers