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Newberg MOPS

Welcome to Newberg MOPS!

MOPS is a grassroots movement that believes moms are world influencers. We believe that incubating hearts and giving just-because-hugs can change the course of history. That’s why MOPS connects moms all over the world to a community of women, in their own neighborhoods, who meet together to laugh, cry and embrace the journey of motherhood. MOPS groups are rallying women to be more honest, to feel more equipped and to find our identity by journeying alongside one another.

MOPS stands for Mothers of Preschoolers, and by preschoolers we mean kiddos from birth through kindergarten. We know it’s a little confusing so let’s just stick with “MOPS.”

We are moms, and we believe that better moms make a better world.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: ANDREA VALDEZ

ANDREA VALDEZ is this year's Publicity person.  She's in charge of getting the word out about our events, meetings and anything else going on.  She is also in charge of the monthly newsletter and managing our blog, facebook and email.

• Name: Andrea Valdez

• Position: Publicity

• Kids/FamilyHusband Ryan, Andrew (4) and Ethan (2)

• Favorite thing to do with my family: Anything and everything – we enjoy being outdoors, road trips, board and card games, movie nights, bowling, and so much more.

• What a day to myself would look like: I would sleep in, have breakfast at a restaurant and go for a hike.  I would then go somewhere quiet and read a great book and meet my friends in the evening for an awesome dinner out and hours of laughing and talking.

• Why I joined Steering: I felt called to serve and develop some deeper friendships with other women on the Steering Team.  It's been a wonderful, challenging experience.

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: The fellowship.  It’s so nice to be around a group of women that truly “get” where you’re at in life – your struggles, your triumphs.  And the deeps friendships I have developed are truly heaven-sent.

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS:  Developing close friendships with my table group and attending as many of the outings as I can.

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: I really love the tag line for this year's theme.  "Wonder • Hope • Kindness".  I really want these 3 words and concepts to be bountiful in my life. I want to always feel hopeful about the present and the future.  I want to always find wonder in the simplest of things.  I want to always find kindness to be prevalent in my life.  I want to look at the world like a child on his or her first trip to Disneyland.  I want this even more for my boys...and my husband too!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: NANCY ALMQUIST

We are so fortunate to have NANCY ALMQUIST as our Mentor Mom Coordinator.  Nancy is an amazing woman and mentor to all of us in the trenches of motherhood.  She is in charge of finding, supporting and encouraging the Mentor Moms at each table.

• Name: Nancy Almquist

• Position: Mentor Mom Coordinator

• Kids/Family: Married to Paul 26 years; son Tim, married to Emma; Son Mark, married to Mackenzie and son Andrew - all grown

• Favorite thing to do with my family: hike, play games, cook and eat together

• What a day to myself would look like: getting my hair or nails done; unlimited time in JoAnn's Fabrics and Crafts, coffee with a friend, lunch with a friend, dinner with my guy and a bubble bath with a chick flick to end the day

• Why I joined Steering: I am passionate about women seeing themselves as God made them....I hope to impact generations with this message

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: the authentic relationships and lotsa sweet kiddos

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: watching new leaders step up into their God blessed roles

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: We have such great reason to HOPE - look up into the heavens...see the God of the universe set the the stars in place - one of those stars is YOU and the ways he has planned to BLESS YOU!

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: ANNA DUFF

ANNA DUFF is the queen of all things creative and we are very lucky to have her back as our CREATIVITY person this year.  Anna is in charge of crafts and does a fabulous job finding fun and meaningful projects for our group.

• Name: Anna Duff

• Position: Creativity

• Kids/Family: I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 9 years. Derek and I have been together for 15 years. We have a quirky, hilarious and creative 5-year-old daughter named Lily. We also have a 2-year-old son named Hayden who always has a giant smile on his face and is the biggest tease I know.

• Favorite thing to do with my family: I’m a pretty easy gal to please. The simple things in life make me the happiest. I love playing board games and watching TV with family, playing and crafting with my kids, talking with the ones I love and sharing delicious food with family and friends. There is something warm and cozy about sharing a good meal with loved ones. It provokes good conversation, laughter and creates precious memories.

• What a day to myself would look like: Long before I had kids I made a list of my “Top Favorite Things in Life.” I’m not sure why I did this. It seemed important at the time. Wow, I can’ imagine having the time to even begin making a list like that in my current stage of life. One of my top favorite things was and still is 3:00pm naps. I always crash around that time of day, especially since having kids. Nothing, absolutely nothing feels better than a nap. So, if I had a day to myself I would definitely take a nap. Of course, this would follow a full day of shopping, eating and drinking coffee all by myself. You know, the things you did before having kids without truly appreciating the luxury of completing simple tasks without adorable little people hanging off your legs.

• Why I joined Steering:
I joined steering as a personal challenge. I tend to be a shy person and get a little too comfortable with my simple day to day life. I knew I needed to branch out and meet other moms. I needed to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone. It was announced at my very first MOPS meeting that the crafts position was open. This was right up my alley. I decided to dive right in and go for it. This ended up being a great decision. This is my 5th year on MOPS Steering! The friendships and comradery I have experience by being a part of steering has been amazing. Some of my dearest friends are ones I meet at MOPS. These ladies have helped me believe I could do things in my life that I didn’t believe I could do.

• What I enjoy most about MOPS:
Hands down, the thing I enjoy most about MOPS is having the friendship and wisdom of dozens of fellow mamas at my fingertips. The knowledge I have gained from other MOPS moms over the past 4 years is priceless. In terms of raising a preschooler and getting through all the stages that crop up between birth and age 5, some moms have been there before, some are there right now and some have yet to get there. Each of us has different experiences and knowledge to share.  It’s fun to share the good times with friends, but also good to know that you are not alone during the rough times. I think there is truly something special and powerful about a woman’s relationship and bond with other women.

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: BUNCO, I’m itching to play some BUNCO! I’m kidding...kind of. I do love the Mom's Times Outs. They are the perfect recharge for my tired “mom battery.”

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: Honestly, I really didn’t understand this year’s theme at first. One afternoon while searching Pinterest for MOPS craft ideas I ran across the following theme explanation. It completely opened my eyes to the meaning of the theme. I couldn’t say it better myself.

"Starry Eyed means looking for the light even when darkness is enveloping. It is an opportunity to hope recklessly and to witness God’s presence guiding things seen and unseen, comfortable and uncomfortable. When we reflect back over our lives, this year is going to stand out. It will be the year that we decided to live fully by both sunlight and moonlight. Because audacity is rising in the deepest and wildest parts of our souls. And the best part is, we will experience it all together."

Friday, September 9, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: KELLIE COX

KELLIE COX is our Discussion Group Leader (DGL) Coordinator this year.  She has a very important job, supporting and encouraging each table's DGL.

• Name:  Kellie Cox

• Position:  DGL Coordinator

• Kids/Family: Avalyn, 2.5 years, Grace 16 months

• Favorite thing to do with my family:  Going on family walks.  We live in Dundee so we enjoy walking to Red Hills for a coffee and a cookie then heading to the park to play. 

• What a day to myself would look like:  It would definitely include coffee, a pedicure and going shopping.  Trying on clothes with a one year old and two year old is just about impossible!  I'd hopefully be able to meet up with a friend too, I like some alone time but prefer hanging out with friends more!

• Why I joined Steering:  It's a great way to serve in a ministry that I believe is truly needed.  MOPS is a fantastic way to connect with other moms and feel like your aren't alone in your mommyhood journey.  It also fits in to our family schedule because the meetings are in the evening and childcare is provided at the MOPS gathering so it's not too much of a challenge to serve.  Plus, the fellowship with the other steering members is wonderful!

• What I enjoy most about MOPS:  As I mentioned, meeting other moms that are going through similar stages and phases with their own children is such a comfort and support!  Before I became a mom I was a teacher, so I spent my entire day with people and I loved it.  To suddenly be at home most of the time after my first daughter was born was very isolating.  Having friendships with other moms that I can have play dates and connections with has been so helpful for me.  I know I'm a better mom when I am not feeling isolated or disconnected. 

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS:  I have a different position on steering than last year, which was crafts. Crafts was fun, but is was more activity focused rather than people focused.  This year working with the DGLs is exciting to me because its really all about supporting and encouraging all the moms who attend.  I hope to find different ways to help individuals connect with their table group and form long lasting friendships. 

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me:  My 2 year old asked me as we were in the car one morning, "where did the stars go momma?"  I told her they were still there you just can't see them until it's dark outside.  My answer was not profound my any means but it sort of stayed with me when I thought about our starry eyed theme.  We all know that sometimes in life, things get dark.  But I think its important to recognize the "stars" in life's darkness.  Jesus didn't promise Christians that there would never be challenges or hard times.  But he did promise that he would never leave us or forsake us and he would walk with us through those valleys and dark days.  So being starry eyed to me, means holding on to hope and Jesus even when things are hard.  And noticing the good and beautiful things that sometimes only appear when it gets dark.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: ANGELA KANTZ

This year, ANGELA KANTZ is in charge of Hospitality.  She is responsible for the lovely (usually hand-made) table gifts at each meeting, organizing our Mom's Time Out events and more.

• Name: Angela Kantz

• Position: Hospitality

• Kids/Family: I've been married to my husband Ben for almost 11 years, we have two kids, Noah who will be 6 in September and Selah who is 2.5.

• Favorite thing to do with my family: My favorite thing to do with my family is walking to the park. The kids love to go and Newberg has some great parks! I also enjoy running errands and just being together.

• What a day to myself would look like: Well well well...it would start with an Americano magically arriving on my nightstand, followed by an uninterrupted shower. I would read a good book, take a trip to the spa, do some exercise, take a nap, and meet up with my friends for some hangout time. 

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: I love the connections I have made over the years. I enjoy hearing from the speakers and the Moms Time Out. 

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: Everything! 

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: When I first heard about the theme for this year it felt a little hokey. But as the steering team has dug a little deeper I am excited about it! There are some phrases that stand out to me that I am excited to ponder and explore: 
  • "Seeing the light in the darkness and choosing to live courageously in both." 
  • "It is opening our eyes to wonder and choosing hope over fear."
  • "It is a choice to live fully and wholly and to breathe our way back to life."

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: ERIN WIEBOLD

Let's welcome ERIN WIEBOLD to our Steering Team Care position.  Erin is in charge of making sure each birthday and pregnancy/birth/adoption is celebrated with an acknowledgment and a special gift.  When a member suffers a loss, she will also make sure our group mourns and prays with that mom. 

• Name: Erin Wiebold

• Position: Care

• Kids/FamilyI have two rambunctious BUT adorable boys - Jackson is 2 and Judah is 1, been married to my my man for 6 years this September!

• Favorite thing to do with my family: My favorite thing to do with my family is to have a family day that is planned out! Having a plan is key when it comes to having toddlers lol. We wake up and make a big yummy breakfast to start us off right- Strawberry waffles, eggs, bacon and of course a cup of coffee! From there we would head off to the zoo as that is the kids favorite right now!

• What a day to myself would look like: A day to myself would look like waking up when I want and then heading out to a hip cafe or grabbing breakfast at a place like Red Hills Market. I would sit and Journal or read a book for a bit while sipping my white mocha. From there I would go on a road trip to the gorge and go on a hike and explore Hood River.  To end the day I would grab dinner at a local brewery and then shop some of the cute boutiques there. Of course trying to find a bargain in one of the shops. Love a good deal!

• Why I joined Steering:  I joined steering because I love being involved in leadership as there is such a richness of friendship, involvement/serving, and connection that happens.

• What I enjoy most about MOPS:  Last year was my first year at mops and I absolutely loved it! I felt pampered from the moment I walked in.  Just having had two boys 18 months apart made life rich but I was very drained and coming to MOPS allowed for me to feel refreshed and gave me the little boost of encouragement I needed to get thru the rest of the month! 

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: I am looking forward to MOPS this year as it means good community and conversations! Love the friendships and the camaraderie that forms at our tables! I value this so much while raising my littles. Having this community is such a blessing. I look forward to meeting more of you! 

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: This years theme “We are the starry eyed” means a lot to me actually. I feel like my journey in parenthood is very reflective of our theme. Being Starry Eyed means looking for the light even when darkness is enveloping. It is an opportunity to hope recklessly and to witness God’s presence guiding things seen and unseen, comfortable and uncomfortable. Parenting is such a mash of super lovey dovey/grateful moments and moments where you want to run away and hide and not have to deal with ANOTHER toddler meltdown. Moments when you wonder if your failing miserably at this mom gig?!?! The highs and lows are very real in parenting yet I have found that God is near and is working in our lives even in and through the hard moments.  Often we think in our parenting fail moments or when we are going thru unknown parenting territory that God is distant hoping we can "pull it off" and if we don’t do so well …  well...he’s upset. Yet in my experience Gods heart for me is tender, compassionate slow to anger and abounding in love, but for some reason I just forget this.  I strive to earn this freely given love, yet as I begin to trust his heart as I parent thru the highs and lows I see that there is hope when the darkness of life happens. There is purpose, redemption, and hope even in the midst of those hard parenting days. And because of this I’m becoming more and more at peace with the dark and light I have to deal with on a daily basis.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: STEPHANIE THOUVENEL

This year's Steering Team's fearless leader is STEPHANIE THOUVENEL.  She does a fantastic job of making tough decisions, lining up speakers, keeping the steering team members focused and so much more!

• Name: Stephanie Thouvenel

• Position: Coordinator

• Kids/Family: My husband Joseph and I have two beautiful kiddos. Our daughter is 6 years old and our son is 3.

• Favorite thing to do with my family: We really enjoy music, whether it’s singing, playing, or dancing. We also love playing board games and exploring new places. Bike riding has been a favorite this summer as well.

• What a day to myself would look like: I’m always torn when people ask this question. I think I need two days. Yes, I’m going to take two days to myself. The first day would be completely productive. I’d get up early, go for a run, deep clean, cook a whole bunch of food, and get completely organized. And the second day I would sleep. ALL. DAY. LONG.

• Why I joined Steering:  I originally joined Steering as a way to get involved and meet new people. I stayed on Steering because I have a dream that every woman who walks through our doors at MOPS feels welcome and finds “her people,” and I want to be a part of making that happen.

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: I love MOPS and the way it brings mom’s together in a time of life where so much drives us apart. I love meeting so many new people and having the opportunity to develop depth in relationship with moms who can understand where I am at and what I am experiencing.

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: Everything! As we plan out this year I found myself getting more and more excited about it all. From MOPPETS outings to MOM’S Time Outs to listening to the awesome speakers we have lined up, I just can’t pick.

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: When we first become moms we all sit and wonder at our children, how special and magical it all feels to hold your baby for the first time. And yet, we often lose that wonder in the mundaneness of sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, messy kitchen floors, and piles of laundry. To me, “We are The Starry Eyed” means allowing ourselves to recognize light and darkness in our lives, the good and the hard, the mundane and the magical, and being willing to walk in both. It means choosing to live in hope, kindness, and wonder, while also folding the wrinkled, clean (hopefully) laundry off the couch.  We may be dazed from lack of sleep or long days, but we can also be starry eyed and look towards hope.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: JENNY HEADLEY

The Finance Coordinator is an extremely important Steering Team position and JENNY HEADLEY is definitely up to the task. She will make sure our books are perfectly straight and keep us all on budget.

• Name: Jenny Headley

• Position: Finance

• Kids/Family: I have  been married to Paul for 5 years and we have 2 kiddos. Simon, 2 years old, and Emma 6 months old

• Favorite thing to do with my family: we love going hiking, playing at the park

• What a day to myself would look like: sleeping until I am ready to get up, actually getting to finish my morning cup of coffee, some time to read, spend time outdoors...and, most importantly enjoy NOT doing any laundry!!

• Why I joined Steering: I love working with this great team of women...the shared vision, how we learn from each other and support one another

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: I find the community very meaningful, especially with the challenges that come with daily life with little ones

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: new friends and getting to know old friends better

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me:  For me the theme is a lot about perspective- holding hope through the challenging phases that come with parenting and not letting the low times define me or my family.  It is about seeing the beauty in the mess and reflecting that to others.  

Friday, September 2, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: ARIA ASSAD

ARIA ASSAD is joining our Steering Team as Fundraising Coordinator this year.  She has taken on the hugely important job of organizing the Newberg MOPS Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale along with other fundraising opportunities throughout the year, raising money for MOPS scholarships and more.

• Name: Aria Assad

• Position: Fundraising

• Kids/Family: Amos (18months), Tim (Husband)

• Favorite thing to do with my family: Cuddle, read books, make music, go on walks

• What a day to myself would look like: Sleep in, drink coffee, read a good book, crochet

• Why I joined Steering: I never knew just how much moms give every day until I became a mom. I love moms, and I want you to know you are wonderful.

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: I always come home feeling blessed and supported.

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: Journeying together. What a great thing to be able to join each other on our momming adventures!

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: “We Are The Starry Eyed” means that, even in the darkest, loneliest hour, we hold a sacred hope for goodness, life, and beauty.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Introducing our 2016-17 Newberg MOPS Steering Team: DANAE MOORE

Please welcome DANAE MOORE as this year's Registration Coordinator.  She's in charge of registering MOPS moms, organizing our Registration Event and making sure all of our information and payments are up to date.

• Name: Danae Moore

• Position: Registration

• Kids/Family: I’ve been married to my husband, John, for 10 years. We have two energetic daughters: Karris (3) and Freya (20 months).

• Favorite thing to do with my family: It is the simple things for me. My favorite thing to do with my family is just to relax and enjoy their company on a day free from rushing and responsibilities.

• What a day to myself would look like: A day to myself would start with sleeping in and waking up to a clean house and breakfast made for me followed by a nice long shower. The remainder of the day would involve no cooking, drinking coffee, rocking my workout and relaxing on the couch. A successful shopping trip where I buy new, hip clothes for myself may also be included. And, since I’m by myself, why not go all out and get a facial and a massage?

• Why I joined Steering: I joined Steering so I could feel more involved in MOPS and make new friends.

• What I enjoy most about MOPS: The thing I enjoy most about MOPS is the fellowship at the table. It is so great to hear the shared stories and realize I am not alone in the struggles I face as a mom. 

• What I am looking forward to this year with MOPS: Making new friends!

• What this year’s theme “We Are The Starry Eyed” means to me: To me, this year’s theme is all about living in a state of awe and hope for what God is doing and will do in our lives as moms. It is about the choice to live in a constant state of thankfulness. This is definitely something for me to aspire to, so I’m eager for what this year’s MOPS will bring!