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May 2013


Confessions Of A Clutter Queen

I have no words of wisdom for today. All I can say is... I am madly appreciative of the amazing community of women at MOPS. They say it takes a village to raise a child. Thank you ladies for being my village. Summer can be crazy. Chaos. Certainly messy, but beautiful. A beautiful mess. I cannot wait to begin next year with all of you & some new faces too! MOPS’ theme coming this fall: A Beautiful Mess! Theme Phrase: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (New Living Translation)

You Are A Good Mom To the mom who's breastfeeding: Way to go! It really is an amazing gift to give your baby, for any amount of time that you can manage! You're a good mom. To the mom who's formula feeding: Isn't science amazing? To think there was a time when a baby with a mother who couldn't produce enough would suffer, but now? Better living through chemistry! You're a good mom.

By Jill Smith {cont on page 2}

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Bitterroot’s Mothers Of Preschoolers September - May 1st & 3rd Tuesdays

A Beautiful Mess Embrace Your Story Fall 2013

Because your need for community doesn’t end when your kids are in school!

You Are A Good Mom {continued from 1} To the cloth diapering mom: Fluffy bums are the cutest, and so friendly on the bank account. You're a good mom. To the disposable diapering mom: Damn those things hold a lot, and it's excellent to not worry about leakage and laundry! You're a good mom. To the mom who stays home: I can imagine it isn't easy doing what you do, but to spend those precious years with your babies must be amazing. You're a good mom. To the mom who works: It's wonderful that you're sticking to your career, you're a positive role model for your children in so many ways, it's fantastic. You're a good mom. To the mom who had to feed her kids from the drive thru all week because you're too worn out to cook or go grocery shopping: You're feeding your kids, and hey, I bet they aren't complaining! Sometimes sanity can indeed be found in a red box with a big yellow M on it. You're a good mom. To the mom who gave her kids a home-cooked breakfast lunch and dinner for the past week: Excellent! Good nutrition is important, and they're learning to enjoy healthy foods at an early age, a boon for the rest of their lives. You're a good mom. To the mom with the kids who are sitting quietly and using their manners in the fancy restaurant: Kudos, it takes a lot to maintain order with children in a place where they can't run around. You're a good mom. To the mom with the toddler having a meltdown in the cereal aisle: they always seem to pick the most embarrassing places to lose their minds don't they? We've all been through it. You're a good mom. To the moms who judge other moms for ANY of the above? Glass houses, friend. Glass houses.

Confessions Of A Clutter Queen

2013-2014 MOPS Theme

A Beautiful Mess: Embrace Your Story

Addressing the felt needs of moms through this theme: Moms live in messes. The toys, crumbs, and spit-up are their natural surroundings. Moms often feel like a mess. They are exhausted, under-showered, and hormonal. Their past and present circumstances and decisions can leave them feeling inadequate for God’s love and purposes. A Beautiful Mess : Reminds moms that beauty can come out of their difficult spots. The grime of mothering young children brings the beauty of motherhood. The bruises of life can bring God’s redemption. Embrace Your Story : Reminds moms that their past, present and future can be used for good. God knows where each of us has been, where we are today and has set in motion where we are headed.

MULTI MAMA GARAGE SALE! KEEP OUR MEETINGS FREE! Most MOPS groups charge a $5 fee for every meeting attended! We like to keep our doors & programs open for everyone to enjoy for no additional cost! (beyond the MOPS org annual membership dues) WHO: Invite EVERYONE!

Every single $ earned through the Multi Mama Garage Sale goes back to our charity fundraiser garage sale! local MOPS group to pay for the Moppets childcare staff, supplies, and WHEN: June 21 & 22 more!!! (and coffee! ;)) 8 am - 2 pm WHAT: A huge multi-family

WHERE: 469 Foxtail Lane Stevensville (corner of Ambrose and Eastside Hwy) WHY: 100% of the proceeds go to our MOPS programs!

TO DONATE SALE ITEMS call us @ (406) 370-5941 Accepting cash, credit, debit, checks on site...


Amanda Scheffel

1) Where were you when you first found out you were going to become a mommy? I was home alone, as it was hunting season & Matt was hunting! I told him over the phone as soon as he called me! 2) What is your favorite part of being a mom? Morning hugs! 3) If you could do anything you wanted today {kidfree} what would you do? Float the Bitterroot and get in some good fishing! 4) What's your favorite treat to sneak after everyone else is sleeping? Dark Chocolate with sea salt & almonds! 5) What is your favorite children's book? Oh Say Can You Say by Dr Seuss

1) Where were you when you first found out you were going to become a mommy? Driving in Zac’s car & he pulled out a picture of Natali & said the DNA test result came back & she was his. So I was now his girlfriend & Natali’s Stepmom. 2) What is your favorite part of being a mom? I love when my girls run up & hug me & tell me they love me all on their own. 3) If you could do anything you wanted today {kid-free} what would you do? Have a whole day just me & my husband. 4) What's your favorite treat to sneak after everyone else is sleeping? Doritos Spicy nacho chips 5) What is your favorite children's book? Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin & Eric Carle

Awesome things to do this summer! PARK & PLAY TUES

MOPS Mamas will be headed to Florence Park & Others! Every other (maybe every ;)) 1st & 3rd Tuesdays all summer Look for the park posting on our facebook wall!


Missoula Farmers Markets Downtown MIssoula FREE - $$$ Food crafts music, missoulaness ;)


It's banana swirl from "Daniel Tiger"! When I found this recipe I was so excited that I could finally enjoy a nice cold treat that’s dairy free and nutritious! The best part is you only need one ingredient for banana ice cream, just bananas!

Toddler Music & Motion in Florence | Local Living Fam Cent.10:30-Noon FREE

Ingredients: Bananas, very ripe Step 1: Peel Bananas Step 2: Cut them into small slices Step 3: Place slices in freezer for about 6 hours (I put mine in a glass dish/bowl) Step 4: Remove banana pieces from the freezer & put them in the blender/food processor. Step 5: Blend until it’s creamy texture Step 6: Scoop & enjoy! (or refreeze in molds to make yummy popsicles)

You can also add other * To add other ingredients: place them in fruits such as strawberries the freezer with the bananas, blend or blueberries for more with the bananas, and presto: another flavor of banana ice cream. variety or even cacao to make chocolate banana ice cream. (peanut butter is also fabulous) (... or nutella!)

Wednesdays | 10:30am @ North Valley Public Library Story Time & Craft ages 3-7


spectrUM Kids Science Discoveries 3:30-7pm Skaggs Bldg @ UofM in Msla

Thursdays | Free Day @ Ravalli County Museum Hamilton

Love as if

your life depended on it

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1st & 3rd Tuesdays Monthly September - May Lone Rock Bible Church Beginning @ 9:25 am

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