October 13, 2008 Topic: The Identity Adventure I have realized that before I became a mother I was like a piece of broken glass. My imperfections were full of sharp jagged corners. By the hands of God and my children's innocent touch, however, I have become, in essence, "sea glass." I know I will never be perfect, no matter how much I strive to ☻ be. But motherhood has rounded those edges, shaped, softened, and smoothed me — continuously striking at my heart, much like the glass is smashed upon the rocks. Is about… Admittedly, motherhood can take a lot out of a person. The glass is relentlessly beaten by the Celebrating motherhood ocean's waves. It's the sleepless nights. There's the constant concern for your children's happiness and well-being. There are times when you are helpless to prevent your kids from suffering in a situa- ☻ tion that is out of your control. The uncertainty of whether or not you are doing what is best is always Meeting Needs there. Crash! Slam! Go the waves on the glass … on the "unfinished" us. There are times when as mothers, we feel like there is nothing left of us, as the chil- ☻ dren come and take over our previous identities. No longer are we a capital "ME;" in fact, Making Connections the maternal lowercase "me" is at the very bottom of our priority list most days. Our kids change eve- ☻ rything about us, and we can get lost in the all-consuming transformation of becoming moms. But what we can't see is what having children is truly doing to us. What beautiful treasures we are be- Experiencing God’s coming! love… Through relationships and resources. 2008-2009 Steering Team Name: Crystal Brinson, Anniversary: Aug 4th 2001, Kids and Ages: Karlee 4 How did you meet your husband? At church camp as staff (aint that sweet) Darla Hubbard Hobbies: Scrapbooking (but who has time for that), Favorite Movie: any chick (Coordinator) flick!, What kind of music do you listen to? Christian... all kinds, Favorite Crystal Brinson foods or favorite restaurant: Italian!!, Foods you dislike: Hamburgers (I know so un-American), Favorite vacation: Disney World no kids!! As a child, (Co-Coordinator) what did you want to be when you grew up? it changed daily... probably Marisa Burrell why i kept changing my major in college, What did you end up being when Creative Activities you grew up (besides a wonderful mom)? the wife of a youth pastor's which keeps me plenty busy!, What was your New Year’s Resolution this Janean Reese year? take more pictures, What makes you laugh? the silly things Karlee says Publicity & Outreach Favorite item of clothing: cut off sweats... so comfy, Morning person or night owl? definitely night owl, Name a guilty Amanda Bartel pleasure: Snow Cone!, Name 1 thing you always Hospitality carry with you: cell phone, If you had a whole Lisa Schmidt day to yourself, how would you spend it? taking Finance a long bath, vegging and watching what TV I want, What is your favorite room of the house, why? Mentor Moms: our living room that is where all the fun is, When LaDonna Pembrook, Pam Voth, do you feel the most at home? Sunday after- Cindy Bartel, Karlea Ewald noons when it's just our family hanging out Counting Blessings— by Lisa Barker Dear Toddler of Mine, When you got up at 3AM and took all the books off the shelf, took your diaper off, and found the box of cookies in the lower cupboard in the kitchen, you gave new meaning to "the pitter patter of little feet." I thank God for those little feet and baby gates and my ability to spring into action when I think there’s a burglar in the house. When you showed me the pretty picture on the wall that you had made all on your own, you gave new expression to interior decorating. I thank God for your little hands and Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser. When you surprised me with an elaborate homemade gift, you left me speechless. I thank God for my imagination so I could praise you for how wonderful it was...even though when you’re 18 I still won’t know what it is. When you slammed your fist on the table and screeched at the top of your lungs because I did not know that you wanted three cookies, not two, and that I must line them up EXACTLY in a straight line, you cleared up any doubts I had about your self-esteem...and I thank God for your ability to count. When you pulled the cat’s tail and experimented with static electricity on poor kitty, you made me believe my grandmother was right. You ARE a little professor. I thank God for your clever little mind. Toddler of mine, there are so many things you say and do every day that make me thankful I am your parent, even if I have to think very carefully when I count my blessings. I cannot imagine my life without you. How dull it would be living in a quiet house...without Big Bird or Mickey Mouse and Kool-Aid on the couch, thank God for Kids. How downright boring it would be without having a little one insist I read a favorite bedtime story for the 69th time in a row. How empty the house would seem without your toys and books strewn everywhere. How do you do it, Little One? You try my patience, you force me to stretch and grow. You insist I never have time to sit, think, or take a deep breath. You’ve got me cutting MY food into tiny bite-sized pieces and speaking like a Teletubby. Once upon a time, I could never imagine motherhood. Now it’s all I know. And yet, in just a short time, you will spread your wings, and leave this nest, and leave me with only fond memories of days I could hardly remember as I lived them. Life is so chaotic now I can’t imagine the solitude that will follow, so I ask God for one more blessing. Grandchildren. Sweet Cinnamon Popcorn: Shake popcorn with cinnamon sugar Corny Caramel: Heat caramel or butterscotch sauce, pour over popcorn, and stir until coated. Spread on wax paper to dry or roll in balls. Cheese Popcorn: Mix 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese with 1.5 T melted butter or margarine and toss with 4 cups popped pop- corn. Pizza Popcorn: Mix a pinch of oregano, basil, and parsley in melted butter before tossing. Tex-Mex Popcorn: Add a pinch of chili powder or taco seasoning to melted butter, pour over popcorn, toss. Preparing for the Birth • 1st baby: You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB / GYN confirms your pregnancy • 2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible. • 3rd baby: Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes • 1st baby: You practice your breathing religiously. • 2nd baby: You don't bother because you remember that last time breathing didn't do a thing. • 3rd baby: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month. The Layette • 1st baby: You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau. • 2nd baby: You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains. • 3rd baby: Boys can wear pink, can't they? Worries: • 1st baby: At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby. • 2nd baby: You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn. • 3rd baby: You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing. Pacifier: • 1st baby: If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it. • 2nd baby: When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle. • 3rd baby: You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in. Diapering: • 1st baby: You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not. • 2nd baby: You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed. • 3rd baby: You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it sagging to their knees. Activities: • 1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour. • 2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics. • 3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner. Going Out: • 1st baby: The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times. • 2nd baby: Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached. • 3rd baby: You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood. At Home: • 1st baby : You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby. • 2nd baby: You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby. • 3rd baby: You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children. Swallowing Coins: • 1st child: When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays. • 2nd child: When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass. • 3rd child: When third child swallows a coin, you deduct it from his allowance. ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 08-09 Meeting Topics November 2008 The Help Adventure December 2008 Tuesday, October 28th @ 7pm Christmas Party Tin Lion Coffee House January 2009 The Growth Adventure Every 4th Tuesday of the month a group of ladies (all ages) get together at the Tin Lion February 2009 Coffee House and enjoy coffee, friendship and The Relationship Adventure an easy game of bunco. Moms, March 2009 here’s your chance to have an eve- The Perspective Adventure ning without the kids. April 2009 The Hope Adventure Play Dates May 2009 Play dates will be held every Tuesday morning at 9:30am through October. You will receive an email each week letting you know where the play date will be held (park, church, etc.). Mom’s bring your kids and enjoy a fun morning with your children along with your friends and their children.