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Fondue Night!

Wonderful fondue as always!!  Thanks to Vanessa and Diego for hosting a beautiful, delicious night.

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Easy I Am Thankful Pumpkin Craft


Easy I am Thankful Pumpkin Craft!

 Found this on Pinterest and wanted to share it with Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up.  We have so much to be thankful for.  This is a GREAT way to give kids an opportunity to count their blessings 🙂  Plus, an easy craft is always a bonus in my book!


Materials Needed:
*orange and green construction paper
*staples or brads

Step #1
Cut out 8 pieces of orange contraction paper into 1 inch strips.  You will also need to cut out 2 leaves and 2 skinny strips of green contraction paper for the vines.
Step #2
Have children write something they are thankful for on each strip of orange construction paper.  Be sure to leave about a 1 inch space on the sides of the strip so the writing isn’t covered up when stapled together.

Step #3
Use a stapler or brads to attach the orange strips at the top and then at the bottom to form a pumpkin.

Step #4
Add your leaves and green vines.  I rolled up the green construction in a paper to help curl the vines.

Super easy…super cute…and SO much to be thankful for!

From moffattgirls.blogspot.com

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October 16 Meeting Recap

Hi everyone!  We had our first craft meeting of the fall and made beautiful Giving Plates.   They’re to fill up with food and give to someone, then they do the same and give it to someone else, and so on.  Such a great connection with our flourishing friendships theme this month, and teaching our kids the joy of giving with no expectation of something in return.

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To make the plates:
Use ceramic plates (the ones at Ikea were recommended) and write on them with glass art markers from JoAnn’s (see below).  Put the plates in a cold oven and heat it to 350 degrees.  Bake at 350 for an hour, then turn off the oven and let them cool in the oven.
Speed Friending was our other activity today.  We had two rows of ladies standing, facing each other. We had a few minutes to ask questions, the bell would ring, then we would shift rows and talk to someone else for a few minutes. and repeat..so fun!!

Upcoming events (see emails for details):

October 28:  MNO at Vanessa’s for Fondue Night

October 30:  Trick or treating at nursing home with kiddos in costume (always a fun time for the kids and older folks)

November 6:  meeting 9:30-11:30 – Embracing a Heart of Gratitude


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October 2 Meeting Recap

For the month of October our theme is Flourishing Friendships.  To coincide with that, today we watched a video put out by MOPs featuring Shauna Niequist, then had time for table discussion.  Shauna had so many interesting points to make about being a friend and finding space in our lives to build friendships.  Here are some highlighted points:

–In friends, we can see ourselves how God sees us, without all of the negative self-talk.  Friends reflect to us how God knows and loves us.

–True friendships are affirming, positive and allow for vulnerability.

–Friendship can hit some speed bumps and still make it through the long haul.  Sometimes we feel hurt or hurt our friends, but friendship is a long road and we try to get past those times.

–Find time for your friends.  Your calendar should be less about what you want to get done, and more about the people you want to spend time with.

–Let go of toxic “friendships”.  Be with people who celebrate the best parts of you and want you to succeed.  If a friend diminishes your success and highlights theirs or cuts you down, they’re not good for your soul.

–The best friendships are reciprocal relationships – each person has a balanced amount of giving and receiving.  Sometimes there is more of one or the other during different seasons in our lives (for instance when one has a baby) but overall the balance should be there.

During our table discussions we worked on a cute craft put together by Jeri to help us reach out to our friends:


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On the inside we put a tea bag package, and a little note that reads “A little cup of friendship, in this cup of tea.  When you sit and drink it, I hope you think of love from me!”  We also received a note card to send a handwritten note to a friend.  Let’s keep those friendships thriving!

We’ll continue to focus on Flourishing Friendships at our next meeting on October 16, which will be a craft day!  We really hope to see you there.