I'm pretty sure that today was one of my favorite MOPS ever. One might ask, "How could today have been your favorite MOPS? Your son was hysterical when you dropped him off and ten minutes later you were also crying, to the point of washing all your makeup off." Well, there are many reasons that MOPS was great today and I'll share just a few with you.
First of all, when my heart was sad for my hysterically crying son (mentioned above), my mentor stopped and prayed with me. She literally held my hand and we prayed for him, his teachers and also for me. So often people say "I'll pray for you". "I'm praying". "I'll keep you in my prayers". It often seems like more of an expression, rather than a verb. I love when someone doesn't just say that they're going to pray for you but, they do it, right there.
Secondly, our devotional time was filled with prayer. There was a time for "popcorn praying" and anyone could pray out, if they felt led to do so, and thank God for various things, even the things that don't seem like blessings.
Third, after MOPS, when I picked up Judah, he had a huge smile on his face. He said "Look Mommy! I'm not crying anymore!!" He, his teacher and I clapped for him. It was great to see how he recovered from being so sad.
Tonight I'm preparing for Thanksgiving to be at our home. I'm making The Pioneer Woman's Peanut Butter Pie and instead of making a homemade Oreo crust, I'm making a crust out of cupcakes that I messed up. I don't know why I feel compelled to share my oh-so-humbling stories but, I do......So, here we go.
Yesterday I made Brownie Cupcakes that I was going to give the ladies at my table for a little "Happy Thanksgiving" treat. For a Thanksgiving theme, I decided to decorate them like turkeys. Well, long story short, they tasted amazing but, they DID NOT look like turkeys. If someone with a really great imagination and a really good explanation looked at them, they might have been able to see how they were supposed to be turkeys. I did not, however, feel like giving ever girl at my table a wonderful explanation of the strange cupcake sitting in her spot.
So, tonight I played the Turkey Cupcake recovery game. I'm sure you've heard of "No Child Left Behind". Well, I say....No Turkey Cupcake (that tastes good) Left Behind.
I took them all out of their wrappers, warmed them up in the microwave to soften them a little, smashed them up and then formed them into a delicious pie crust. Peanut Butter Pie in a brownie crust? Oh yes! I think that will do!
Brownie cupcakes, in a bowl, after I took all the decorations off the top of them.
If any ladies from my table read this, please know that I had very good intentions to give you a these turkey cupcakes. However, I just couldn't do it. I think your children could have made them look more like turkey's than I did. I'm smiling to myself and counting it as a learning experience.
For the rest of tonight, I plan on making a centerpiece for our table and maybe a Thankful sign for our living room. Tomorrow and Thursday my husband is off work and I'm looking forward to having some much needed family time.