MOPS Called & Told Me to Bring my Voice

I’m trying to psych myself up for a full and very busy week, but my heart is still in holiday mode.  I don’t think I’ll be able to shake the festive spirit until the last of the turkey is consumed and that could be a while.

Do you ever feel like we jump from one holiday to the next?

I get that feeling every fall.  I’m still burping stuffing and we’re putting up the Christmas tree.  Some days I want scream S-L-O-W-D-O-W-N, but no one would listen anyway.

I have zero gifts bought.  Somehow that already makes me feel behind, because according to Facebook, everyone was done Christmas shopping in September.

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I generally don’t stress out over the holidays, because somehow Santa always comes, food magically appears on our dinner table (after the last-minute run for groceries and the washing of three hundred and twenty pots I forgot I owned), and there’s always cool people to celebrate with.  I love the holidays.

Besides, there are so many other things I can stress out over.  For instance, I’m speaking to a MOPS group in Pennsylvania next week.

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My body may have been snoozing in my bed last night, but my mind was in PA and I felt like my legs were running through the states trying to keep up with my brain.  It was really restful…if you’re a Tasmanian Devil suffering psychosis.

I’m freaking out a little.  I mean, I write.  I don’t speak.  Can I just send an email?

True Dat - How I feel about speaking to a MOPS group.via

Sure, I’ll find a way to get my hands on some sedatives pull myself together before the big event, but rest assured, I will do something fantastically stupid.  Put some pressure on me and the natural blond I keep hidden under all this dark hair, well, she knows it’s her moment to shine.  And, shine she does.

State of Pennsylvania and all mothers with children under six, please forgive me in advance for being a ridiculous dork.  I cannot help myself.

And, as if speaking candidly, coherently, and humorously weren’t difficult enough, there’s a very grave decisions I must make.

What in the world do I wear???

I'm hoping for very great things, because there's a whole lot of stupid going on over here.via


I’ve already decided there’s nothing worthy in my closet.  I rent my clothes, bemoaned my poor fashion choices, and blamed Target for leading me astray.

What was I thinking?

I don’t own one outfit that says MOPS Christmas Speaker.  Should I dress like an elf?  The kids would be all kinds of excited.

So, there you have it – my holiday angst wrapped up in a cheap outfit and a ball of stress.

Can we just push Christmas out to the middle of January?  Please.

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If you’re finished with all your Christmas shopping, please keep that joyous tidbit to yourself.

If you know what I should wear to a MOPS party, please don’t hesitate to give fashion advice.  Heck, come to my closet and we’ll play dress-up.

If public speaking is old hat to you, do tell me the secret to squelching my inner Tasmanian Devil.

Mostly importantly….

Who is still eating turkey?


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    • says

      Lesley–MOPS, otherwise known as Mothers Of PreschoolerS, is a ministry for moms of children 6 and under. We get together twice a month for breakfast, to hear a speaker, chat about what we’ve heard, and then we come back together and do a craft of some sort as a group, all while our children are well taken care of in their age appropriate groups. It builds a community of support where there is no judging, no condemnation, just the love of Jesus. It changed my life! If you have any little people, you should look for a local group!

  1. says

    I plan on wearing jeans and a long sleeved T-shirt. I’ll also be covered in drool and have random snot clumps smearing my shoulder. I always go all air for MOPS! ;) Cant wait to meet you!

  2. Rochelle says

    Dear Tricia, We’ve never met but after reading your blog for less than 5 minutes, I feel like I’ve known you for years. I look forward to hearing you speak next week, elf or not (although that might actually freak some of the kids out). Happy travels, we’ll see you in PA!

    (PS – I love how the most of comments center entirely around your wardrobe. Did you say Christmas is close??)

    • says

      Clothes always seem to steal the show. Unless of course they are elf clothes. Those might freak me out too! Cannot wait to meet all of you ladies either. We’re going to have a blast. I just know it.

  3. says

    I’m looking forward to you joining us at Covington MOPS! For real, wear whatever you want :) And don’t sweat the public speaking…we’re so happy to be sans children for two hours that we are full of grace, haha!

  4. Kimberly says

    To quote you from a previous blog post, “As long as you’re dressed, it’s good by me.” We’re looking forward to your visit!

  5. says

    You are going to be FABULOUS!! I wish I could come here you speak. What’s the topic? Sending you lots of good thoughts and wishing you well!!

  6. says

    This is awesome!! MOPS saved my life when my girls were younger and I had an opportunity to give back years later. I along with a team of women at my church started a MOPS charter!! Go forth and share all that God lays on your heart.

  7. says

    Uhm turkey pot pie out of the oven last night. YUM! Where in PA? I have family in the western half. And something warm. Your favorite jeans, a top & cardigan, boots? Pennsylvania people, they’re practical. You want to look clean, but not way too pulled together, else they won’t trust your words. ;) Have fun!

  8. Katie says

    I belong to a MOPS group in Wisconsin. Our speakers just wear what is comfortable. I would say wear what makes you feel great. I’m sure most of those moms are not dressed up. Why don’t you wear your custom made dress, sweater, and leggings. That was super cute!

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