Brave Mom: Building Community

I have been a MOPS mom for 2 1/2 years. I found MOPS when I was in a very lonely, fragile place emotionally, spiritually and paternally. Luke was 6 months old, he was feeling healthier after figuring out his health problems and was finally sleeping for more than 40 minutes at a time.

After spending so much time and energy healing Luke’s gut via my diet and chiropractic treatments and then teaching him to sleep once he was feeling better I was a sleep deprived, emotional shell of a woman. I knew that I wanted to start taking care of myself spiritually because I knew that it would help me to feel better in all other areas of my life. So I began to search.

Just the two of us #swing

During this same time we were searching for a new church. My midwives’ apprentice had told me that her sister-in-law attended the church just down the street from our home. She said that there was a great group of moms with young children who met regularly and were all involved in each other’s lives. But with everything going on in our lives, we hadn’t taken the time to attend a service there yet.

That same church had a sign out front advertising a morning Women’s Bible Study. I drove by this sign multiple times per week and always thought that I should check it out when I wasn’t so exhausted. So, finally I got the motivation to check out the church website. As it turns out the church offered free childcare during Bible Study – I was all in. While on the church website I also noticed that they hosted a MOPS group. I had no idea what MOPS was, but clicked through to the group’s website and was instantly captivated.

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Baked Pumpkin Pie Breakfast Casserole

Yesterday we talked about this pie. Unfortunately, I can’t share the recipe with you, because it is from The Balanced Plate cookbook. Although, I did alter the recipe quite a bit (to use gelatin and coconut flour), however, it needs additional testing before sharing with anyone beyond my family. For some reason the other night when…

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Pumpkin Pie Porridge

Happy Veteran’s Day! Thank you to all of the men and women who have diligently served our country and risked their lives for us. We are all so very grateful for your service. God bless you! ——— It snowed yesterday! The boys enjoyed playing in the snow while I attempted to shovel the snow that…

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Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Since the air grew colder and fresh produce has become more expensive in our neck of the woods, most mornings the boys and I enjoy a smoothie for our mid-morning snack. This time of the year I find that frozen fruit from Target and Costco is less expensive than fresh produce, and just as (or more)…

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Pumpkin French Toast

A few weeks ago while Allan was traveling, Matthew asked if we could have something other than eggs for breakfast. See Matthew is a very smart boy. On the week days Allan makes breakfast for the family while I workout and get dressed for the day. Matthew knows that when daddy is making breakfast it…

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