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October 2012


Confessions Of A Clutter Queen When I have kids- they will say things like that. I will never let them eat food like that. My kids will never play with toys... like that. My house will be organized. I will craft. I will cook. I will clean. I will... fail. Maybe I can hold my breath & pretend that I have planned my pregnancies... I meant for it to be this way? Maybe if I buy more child-safe candles my house will... not smell like apple sauce & sticky hands? Ok friends. I cannot do this. By the grace of GOD & your help, maybe I can pull it togetherforgive myself of my shortcomings... Maybe I can look like actually become the mother, wife & friend that I have always wanted to be.

Redefining Accomplishment Last night I went out by myself, leaving both kids at home with my husband for the first time. It was lovely. However, one of the things that really made me smile was not anything I did while I was out, but something my husband said when I got home... He was simply listing the things they did while I was

gone. “We cleaned up from dinner, went potty, put our shoes on, went outside ” He kept going, but I got caught on the “put our shoes on” statement. I love that! Somehow, it made me feel so validated and understood. {continued on page 2}

Welcome, you’re invited...

Old Jeans? Cut 6-inch-wide strips & paint yellow ‘stripes’... Tada- you have your very own set of traffic pants! Bonus, this is especially great for little fingers that can’t connect traditional tracks into place yet ;)

What you do today is important, You are trading a day of your life for it.

12 Awesome Fall Kids’ Crafts! Find it on our Pinterest wall!!! Super fun ideas to do with all of your kiddos of every age :)

Redefining Accomplishment {continued from p.1} by Karen •••


Before being mom to a toddler, putting shoes on was never a major item on my to-do list, nor was it reportable as a major accomplishment for the day. But last night, my husband—a productive, hardworking man— listed putting shoes on as one of the tasks of the evening!   He didn’t have a clue how much that would mean to me. But it helps me fight back against the depressing feeling of “I never get anything done!”

Perhaps in my pre-mommy life, I was more productive, tackling projects, transforming the “to be graded” stack into a “graded and recorded” stack, doing stuff that shows and seems to matter. I never wrote “cut fingernails” on my to-do list. Now I honestly feel quite accomplished if I get all ten nails done!    What I heard last night was that that’s ok. It’s just a different kind of productivity. Putting shoes on is an event that can take a lot of time and energy. So is getting in the car seat or helping Ashlyn pull her socks on “all by herself.” No, those don’t  really show up on a todo list or make me feel like I have much to say when I talk with my working friends. But I

am investing my time in my daughter—on purpose. I am choosing to take care of her, to support and encourage her independence, to enjoy the little non-newsworthy moments together.    I think it’s time to rewrite my list and celebrate my little accomplishments as much as I celebrate hers. Maybe the list should look more like this:    Eat breakfast Wipe sticky fingers and face with the“rag monster” Stack dishes in the sink Tickle Ashlyn Put shoes on Find cool rocks and pinecones Take a nap •••

Confessions Of A Clutter Queen Please join me if you’d like! I am going to attempt my previously impossible tasks of creating a better home for my family. {ok... really for my sanity} Let’s share our ideas & victories! :) Last year I discovered FLY LADY! {And then I’ve been avoiding eye contact with her site ever since...} She seems to be the ultimate queen bee of organization! This October, I’m going to start following her tips... Courtesy of Bitterroot MOPS- they will be sharing one Facebook tip per week, getting our lives a bit more organized & hopefully a little bit better. has these awesome tips & more resources. FLY is an acronym for Finally Loving Yourself.

FlyLady’s 11 Commandments 1) Keep your sink clean & shiny. {ie: do my dishes!? ok!!!} 2) Get dressed every morning, even if you don’t feel like it. Don’t forget your shoes! 3) Do your morning & before-bedtime routine... every day. 4) Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked by the computer. 5) Pick up after yourself. If you get it out, put it away. 6) Don’t try two projects at once. ONE JOB AT A TIME!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

7) Don’t pull out more than you can put back in 1 hour. 8) Do something for yourself everyday. 9) Work as fast as you can to get the job done. This will give you more time later! 10) Smile even when you don’t feel like it. It’s contagious. Make your mind up to be happy & you will be. 11) Don’t forget to laugh everyday. Pamper yourself! You deserve it!!!

ANTIQUITES PICS! Antiquities & other fundraisers are how we can afford to have such an awesome MOPS group, without charging extra $ per member- per meeting!

You can buy our tickets via! WHO: Your Kiddos

All you have to do is show up on time with your kids and your pre-purchased coupon, and smile! Photo sessions will WHEN: Fri & Sat November 9&10 be 10-15 minutes and the photographer will take different shots WHERE: Lone Rock Bible Church and poses of your kids. You can even do outfit changes (time permitting). WHY: Because you can never have You will receive a 10x13 sepia-tone too many portraits of your kiddos! photograph of your kids, and you won't be disappointed! All of this for {plus you don’t have to plan a thing} $10!!!! All of this for only $10!!! Plus, if your friends {family, neighbors, etc} purchase a coupon you can earn FREE PACKAGES for yourself!!! WHAT: Sepia Children’s Portraits



Jane Holmes

Jackie Sutton

1) Where were you when you first found out you were going to become a mommy? I was in college in my apartment and freaked out because I wasn’t married. God had (has) good plans for our lives though. He turned my sins into love and a lasting marriage. 2) What is your favorite part of being a mom? Favorite part of being a mom is when my kids look at me like I’m a superhero. It doesn’t happen often but it makes me feel like I’m doing a thing or two right. 3) If you could do anything you wanted today {kid-free} what would you do? Wow... kid-free? I would go shopping. I love shopping but there’s hardly a time I get to go without a “buy me this” or a “but mooooomm” And I would buy stuff for myself. No kids’ clothes. No groceries. No toilet paper. 4) What's your favorite treat to sneak after everyone else is sleeping? Chocolate, in moat forms... brownies, cookies, candy bars, ice cream... I’m fairly un-biased. 5) What is your favorite children's book? Velveteen rabbit, because my kids love it! Love really does change things.

1) Where were you when you first found out you were going to become a mommy? In the bathroom. Although, my husband had already told me we were pregnant with a girl. 2) What is your favorite part of being a mom? When my kids out of the blue look at me and say, “Mommy, I love you.” 3) If you could do anything you wanted today {kid-free} what would you do? Music or hike 4) What's your favorite treat to sneak after everyone else is sleeping? Cookies 5) What is your favorite children's book? Berenstain Bears

1) Where were you when you first found out you were going to become a mommy? At home 2) What is your favorite part of being a mom? It changes all the time. I love seeing their little faces light up when I’m helping them learn. 3) If you could do anything you wanted today {kid-free} what would you do? Walk the mall, or something unhurried! 4) What's your favorite treat to sneak after everyone else is sleeping? Dark Chocolate!!! 5) What is your favorite children's book? I love You Stinky Face

Awesome things to do this month! White Chicken Lasagna 2. Lightly

1 1/2 Boxes Lasagna Noodles 1/2 c Butter 1 Onion, Minced 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced 1/2 c Flour 1/2 tsp Salt Ground Black Pepper, To Taste 2 c Chicken Broth 2 c Milk 4 c Mozzarella Cheese, divided 1 c Shredded Parmesan Cheese 1 tsp Basil 1 tsp Oregano 1 c Ricotta Cheese 1 1/2 c Chicken (cooked & shredded) 1 sm Box Spinach (thawed & drained) 1 sm Box Butternut Squash puree (thawed) 1. Melt butter

in a large sauce pot. Add onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until translucent.  Add flour, salt, and pepper.  Cook flour mixture 1-2 minutes.  Add chicken broth and milk.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1 minute.  Turn off heat and add 2 cups mozzarella cheese and 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese.  Stir in dried spices. Bri$ney  Caldarone  370-­‐5941   Coordinator Joni  Madruga  207-­‐5415   Co-­‐coordinator Whitney  Alexander  210-­‐9567 Fundraising  &  Hospitality Sonja  Reeves  542-­‐8838 Finance Johanna  Bouma  240-­‐2587 Publicity Connie  Gevock  273-­‐2547 MOPPETS  Coordinator


spray a 9×13ʺ″ baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Ladle some cheese sauce onto the bottom to thinly cover.  Add a layer of lasagna noodles. (prep noodles according to box’s directions/use just-bake noodles)  Layer with more cheese sauce, the chicken, and the ricotta cheese.  Add another layer of pasta.  Top with cheese sauce, spinach, and 1 c. mozzarella cheese.  Add another layer of pasta.  Top with cheese sauce.  Using a spoon, spread the butternut squash puree over the cheese sauce.  Top with remaining 1 c. mozzarella cheese and 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese.  Add final layer of lasagna.  Top with remaining cheese sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.  3. Cover with

foil and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove foil and continue to cook until bubbly.  If cheese doesn’t brown on top, turn on the broiler for the last couple minutes.  Allow lasagna to sit about 15 minutes before serving for easier slicing. •••


FIrst Friday


Missoula Baby Fair FREE Caras Park 11am-3pm Missoula

10/13 Saturday Family Fun

Day $5 Missoula Art Museum Multi Colored Leaf Prints 11am-2:30pm

10/13 Garden City Harvest

Fest | Live Music, pumpkins, c i d e r, f a c e - p a i n t , $ 1pm-4pm Msla PEAS Farm

10/20 The Great Pumpkin

Pa t c h F R E E p o n y ri d e s 9:30-11:30 (with a nonperishable food donation) | Kids events 9am-2pm, Pumpkins sold till 7pm, Hayrides, Apple Cider | Msla Alliance Church


Lone Rock School Trunk or Treat | Candy, Car Decorating & Costume Contests FREE 5pm setup 6-7:30 Trunk or Treating


Missoula Alliance Church Kids Carnival | FREE Begins @ 6pm Wednesdays | 10:30am @ North Valley Public Library Story Time & Craft ages 3-7 Thursdays | Free Day @ Ravalli County Museum Hamilton

Missoula Maze $ Open Thurs, Fri, & Sundays Love as if

your life depended on it

Table Leaders Liesl  Uskoski    777-­‐7207 Erica  Wagner  241-­‐7471 Stacey  Wagner  503-­‐260-­‐1424   Amanda  Scheffel  396-­‐5331   Mentor  Moms Lani  Schoening  777-­‐3078 Katy  Hofman  360-­‐1485 Marsha  Turner  777-­‐2501 Charlene  ValenRno  777-­‐7265 Kathy  Edman  777-­‐5788  

1st & 3rd Tuesdays Monthly Lone Rock Bible Church Beginning @ 9:30 am

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