Our first ever S"Craft"ing Retreat will be this November 1 and 2. This is a fundraiser for our organization so plan to participate and invite your friends and family!!!!!
Spouse: Doug Zernechel, they will be married 8years on December 3rd
Spouse: Doug Zernechel, they will be married 8years on December 3rd
Children: Caleb 3, Emma 6, Zach 10
1. The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does that mean to you? A messy area that we live in but are still happy being there
2. What do you eat typically for breakfast? A breakfast sandwich
3. Favorite movie? Dirty Dancing
4. Favorite thing/things about MOPS: My favorite thing about MOPS is getting together with other moms/having a time without children - oh and food
5. Finish this sentence: As a mom I never thought I'd say....because I said so!
6. Best advice you have received: Best advice I read somewhere is "let your kids be who they are and not who you want them to be"
7. Tune that makes you dance every time you hear it: Burnin Love by Elvis- we had that song played during our wedding
8. Will you leave the house without makeup? NO!!
9. What's something you were totally not expecting when it came to motherhood? How different their personalities would be
10. Candy you stash just for you? Chocolate
11. Messiest place/room in your house: Kitchen
Every year MOPS International has a book that corresponds to the theme. The theme this year is "A Beautiful Mess" and the book that goes with this theme is a memoir entitled "The Artist's Daughter." It looks like a delicious read and right now it's a great deal on Amazon for the Kindle.
Name: Heidi Burns, Mentor Mom
Kids : Joe 10, Finn aka Sean 8, AJ aka Aidan
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you: "She did what she could." Some days we have more to offer than other days. It means extending grace to ourselves, and it means extending grace to our families and friends, or even to strangers who cut you off in the grocery aisle."
Book you recommend to everyone: "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Park Sue. "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain.
What chore do you hate the most? "helping my kids brush their teeth."
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family? "Stay home and let the kids use their imaginations to play. I love watching their creativity flow."
Favorite flavor of ice cream? "Anything with peanut butter and nut clusters."
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate? "How he puts his family first, no matter the cost to his own ambition. And how he is intentional in letting us all know how much he loves us every single day."
List one item on your "bucket list". "Go to Ireland with Matt"
Do you dye your hair? "Of course."
What's one thing your children have taught you? "Practical flexibility."
What is something you do "just for yourself"? "Make things to give to others."
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from you mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? To let my kids know when they are doing something right. Approval isn't something they should seek from me, but rather I should freely give it when merited.
What is a family tradition you started: "1) Eating supper together and having each member of the family tell us what the "best part of their day" was. 2) Friday pizza night -- homemade pizza, family movie, eat in the family room on the floor. "
Name: Wendy Ellison, Coordinator
Spouse: Tim Ellison
Children: Trevor - 4yrs and Karter - 2yrs
Best part of being a mom: "Watching my kids grow and change, almost daily. Watching their eyes light up every time they learn something new for the first time and can do it "all by myself"!
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you? "Life in general I think can be a mess sometime, but when it comes to motherhood it's always a mess it seems. Whether you are cleaning up after your children, running to and from activities, cooking dinner, doing laundry or any other of the never-ending activities life throws your way, its a mess, no matter how organized we try to make it. That's where God steps in and reminds us that regardless of how messy or complicated things get, we are Beautiful and capable with His help and guidance!"
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family: Sibley Park, Children's Museum
Book you recommend to everyone: "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" by James Patterson
What chore do you hate the most? Dishes (what I wouldn't give to have a dishwasher =)
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Current favorite is 'I Do Wedding Cake' by Blue Bunny
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate? "He has always been a hard worker, but now even more for our family. He has worked hard so that I can stay home and raise our boys and still manages to find time to take them out to play so that I can have a break at the end of the day."
List one item on your "bucket list" Earn my pilot's license
Do you dye your hair? Occasionally, but should be more frequent as I'm growing more gray by the day thanks to my boys =)
What's one thing your children have taught you? "Unconditional love and how impressionable children can be. You may not always notice it, but they are always watching your every move. They have taught me a lot about myself."
What is something you do "just for yourself"? I enjoy reading, quilting and playing piano
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from you mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? "Always say I love you whether you are angry or not, do not walk away without saying it to your family. My dad growing up said it constantly, to the point it was almost annoying at times, but there was never a doubt in my mind that he loved me, even in the midst of an argument."
What is a family tradition you started, not related to a holiday? "I recently purchased a "Celebrate" plate that comes with a journal to record each use. We are going to start recognizing each others accomplishments and celebrating each other, not just on birthdays.
Tawnda Andrews, Publicity
Spouse: Shawn, married 8 years
Children: Evelyn, 5 years and triplets Ella, Henry and Grant, almost 3
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you: "I think that this is one of the best descriptions of motherhood. We are all struggling with our own inner and external messes (being late, procrastinating etc) but the reality is that God's word tells us we are beautiful."
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate? "The parts of his personality that are opposite of mine. He helps keep us on time. He gets the kids outside. He wrestles with them. He balances my carefree attitude."
Do you dye your hair? Yes, but not as often as I need to :).
What is something you do "just for yourself"? Regular manicures, I love to have pretty nails.
What is a family tradition you started? "We try to take a mini vacation during Memorial Weekend. Since we had the triplets that usually means going to the Twin Cities."
Best part of being a mom? "So many things: cuddles, sweet kisses, I love each of their personalities and how they interact with others and the world around them. I especially love that I am the one who knows their story, their personalities down to their favorite foods."
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family? "Going to the park, church activities and our weekly visit to the library."
Book you recommend to everyone: "Loving Your Kids on Purpose." I haven't finished it yet but I've highlighted a ton of it. It just makes so much sense.
What chore do you hate the most? Dishes and folding laundry.
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Rocky Road
What is on your "bucket list"? Travel to Europe and get back to my pre-triplet weight
What's one thing your children have taught you? "I love how my kids mimic me, whether in play or with others. I've definitely had my eyes opened to my selfishness and to my flaws."
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from you mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? "That marriage can last forever, you just have to work at it. My parents are still married 30+ years later and my dad still calls my mom every night he works at 9p (on the dot) and they hold hands all the time. Plus they still date each other! I think this is one of the best things Shawn and I could do for our kids too!"
Name: Stephanie "Stevie" Lee Knauss, Care Groups
Spouse: Tony, Married 6 years
Children: TJ, 4 years and Jaxen, 2 years
Best part of being a mom: Watching my childen learn and grow and just knowing I am part of that sweet miracle :)
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you: That life may not always be as organized and as pefect as you would like, but it is beautiful no matter what... I think most moms would say their life is a "Beautiful Mess." Its just part of being a parent, I guess.
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family: We enjoy skiing at Mt. Kato in the winter, playing in the water (Swimming, fishing, boating) at Lake Washington in the summer, going to the Children's Museum, and walking to the many parks around our house.
Book you recommend to everyone: The most recent one I read for book club was "Gone Girl." It was a page turner.
What chore do you hate the most? Folding laundry and emptying the dishwasher.
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate? He works hard and plays harder. As in, he works all day long and then takes the kids and plays to give me a break, even though he is exhausted.
List one item on your "bucket list": To witness a baby being delivered, beside my own.
Do you dye your hair? The only time I ever dyed my hair was my Sophomore year of high school... my friend put blue streaks in my hair. Wow, cool!
What's one thing your children have taught you? Patience, patience, patience! And that I could love someone so unconditionally!
What is something you do "just for yourself"? Ski team, MOPS, Book Club with my friends.
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from your mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? Every night we sit at the table as a family and have dinner. Both my husband and I did that growing up and it stuck with us.
What is a family tradition you started: Every Sunday night we eat dinner at my parents house, Every Friday night we let the kids choose what to have for dinner... most of the time its orange chicken. I swear though, our lives don't revolve around food. :)
Name: Jessalyn Altringer
Spouse: Gary, married 11 years
Children: Brooklyn, 20 months
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you: Embracing life with all it's up and downs, and finding Joy in everything we do!
Best part of being a mom: Watching Brooklyn learn new things, and discover who she is.
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family? Sibley Park and we enjoy a lot of church functions!
Book you recommend to everyone: "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks... A real tearjerker!
What chore do you hate the most? Dishes! Laundry a close second!
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Tin Roof Sundae
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate?
Its nice to see a more tender side to your spouse, I enjoy watching them play together differently than I do with her. I also love how hard he works for our family.
What is on your "bucket list": Adopt more children, Live to see my grandchildren. :) And learn to play the guitar!
Do you dye your hair? Yes...Unfortunately its not for fun!
What's one thing your children have taught you? Brooklyn has really taught me to be a better person, and to stop and enjoy the little things that God has made, like bugs, flowers, etc.
What is something you do "just for yourself": I like to take bubble baths!
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from you mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? How to show love through disappointments.
What is a family tradition you started, not related to a holiday: We have started a whole family trip in the summer when my sister is here from Texas. Usually camping!
Look for our new series "Meet MOPS", which starts today and runs every Wednesday:)
Each MOPS meeting offers social time, learning time, discussion groups and creative activities for mothers while children are cared for by loving caregivers. If you're a mom looking for support, encouragement and fun, join us, your Mankato MOPS group.
If you're uncertain about MOPS, come and visit one meeting--there are no fees at your first visit.
For more information, see the left information box on this page or contact Rebekah Gregor or Stacie Bosse at email@example.com
Every first and third Tuesday of the month, September 18th through May 21st.
Hosanna Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall
105 Hosanna Drive
Mankato, MN 56001
9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. (MOPPETS opens at 8:45 a.m.)
MOPS Spring Meeting Topics:
January 15th--Personal Connection-Nutrition/Budget/Spiritual Refreshment
February 5th--Spouse Connection-Making Marriage Work
February 19th--Spouse Connection-Dad Panel
March 5th--Personal Connection-Personal Growth and Self-Care
March 19th--Personal Connection-Adoption and Foster Parenting
April 2nd--Family Connection-When to go in to Dr./at home treatments
April 16th--Family Connection-Depression Awareness
May 7th--Beach Party
May 21st--End of Year Picnic
You will get to relax, have some refreshments and get to know other moms!
A typical meeting includes a speaker sharing on a subject of interest to mothers of preschoolers, a creative activity and discussion in small groups. Your children will be cared for in a separate room by dedicated childcare workers.
Well Child Policy:
We are not staffed or equipped to give the extra special care that a sick child needs. We also do not want diseases to spread. If your child has any of the following symptoms we ask that you keep them home:
*Fever over 99.7 within the last 24 hours
*Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
*Runny nose with yellow or green drainage
Please use your best judgement.
Yearly Fees (due at registration):
*MOPS Registration: $23.95
Semester Fees (Fall and Spring):
*No Children in MOPPETS: $15
*1 Child: $40
*2 Children: $45
*Family Rate: $50
Semester tuition fees for MOPPETS are due at the first meeting of each semester (September 18 and January 15). Semester fees are prorated if you join MOPS later in the semester.
Scholarship are available. Please contact Darci Karau at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
What is Moms' Night Out? It's an excuse to take some time out for yourself! Once a month, ladies from MOPS moms present and past, meet at a predetermined establishment to catch up. No RSVP is necessary, so bring a friend with you and come as you can!
Moms' Night Out
- Wednesday, April 10th--Dessert at Axel's Bonfire at 7 p.m.
- Friday, May 10th at 6:00 p.m.--Edenvale Nursery. Bring your own pot and purchase plants there to fill it OR purchase both your pot and plants there to fill.
All MOPS Play-Dates
Once a month, a different table at MOPS will plan and host an all MOPS play-date.
This month's play-date is:
- Friday, April 26th, join us at Sibley Park (animal side) at 10:30 a.m. Feel free to bring along a bag lunch as well. Hope to see you there!
The emphasis of this year's theme is relationships and hope. MOPS communicates a message of hope and creates an atmosphere of supportive relationships that moms need to survive a world of constant change. Taking the plunge in relationships is being authentic and going deeper. In our MOPS groups, relationships offer hope to moms, especially as moms go deeper and take risks to create authentic community. All facets of relationships can be strengthened through taking risks, going deeper and showing authentic love-- neighborhood, friendships, marriages, extended families, the world around us and ultimately relationship with God. Throughout the year, groups will focus content on these different types of relationships and equip moms to be relationally healthy and thriving.
Verse: 1 Peter 4:8-11 (The Message)
Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless--cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it; if words, let it be God's words; if help, let it be God's hearty help. That way, God's bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he'll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything--encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
Coordinators: Rebekah Gregor and Stacie Bosse
MOPPETS: Starla Goblirsch
Finances: Darci Karau*
Hospitality: Stevie Knauss
Publicity: Wendy Ellison*
Technology: Elisa Knoepfel
Technology: Elisa Knoepfel
Creative Activities: Jessalyn Altringer
Care Group Coordinator: Melany Sutton
Mentor Mom(s): Open
Support Mankato MOPS Fundraiser!
As a way to target the problem of lost belongings and a large lost and found closet, Mankato MOPS is fundraising with Mabel's Labels, a company with all types of labels that are colorful, indestructible, easy-to-use and fun!
Iron-Ons, Stickies, Bag Tags, Allergy Alert labels & more! Personalize your labels with names, nicknames, initials-whatever you choose. Cool icons help even little ones identify their own belongings. Dishwasher, microwave, laundry & kid tested! Dispatched within 24 hours! Visit http://www.mankatomops.mabelslabels.com/ to place your order while helping our fundraiser!
About Mabel's Labels!
We are moms who were frustrated by the amount of stuff that left our houses, never to return. After lots of research and testing we created the perfect fun, durable labels for the stuff kids lose!
Our sticky labels and clothing labels, which are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe, are not only practical, but also designed to be very special to each child. The labels are customized with a child's name, favorite mix of colors and an icon (animal, symbol, etc.). We have also expanded our product line to include personalized stationery products, ID wristbands and household labels.
We strive to continuously design innovative labels for babies, kids and grown-ups alike. You'll be amazed at what you can label!
For every Kwik Trip Gas card that is purchased, MOPS receives 10% of the cost of the card. The cards are available in various denominations (from $5 to $500) and can be used at the pumps or for any in-store purchases in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. You can also ask your friends and family to purchase cards. There is a sign-up sheet on the fundraising table at every meeting. We ask that you pay for your cards when ordering. We place orders the 25th of each month. You will then receive your cards at the first meeting of the month. This fundraiser will be available throughout the year.
Family gas budget for the month of October: $300
Family, friends, and neighbors purchased: $200
Total amount purchased: $500
Amount Mankato MOPS receives: $50
For perspective, if 30 moms bought/sold $200/month, at the end of this year, we’d make $6000 from this fundraiser alone!! The past couple years, our “big” spring fundraiser brought in about $4000. We are not asking you to purchase anything “extra” just use these cards for your usual gas budget and whatever else you may buy here. There’s no markup—kwik trip is the one “losing” here as they pay us 10%!! As an extra incentive, whoever sells the highest dollar amount by our last meeting in December will win free spring semester tuition.