Good Old-Fashioned MOPS

Today’s meeting started with a blast from the past, courtesy of a guest speaker from the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. She showed photographs and told stories about the many women who were mamas in the Ozarks just like us. We heard about a mother whose intuition helped her save a daughter who’d been paralyzed from polio, a mother who had twins that people came from miles around and lined up just to see and hold, and a mother who got tears in her eyes when she remembered how her firstborn of six children got his name . . . or her name. I’m not sure whether “Duell” was a boy or a girl!

The talk reminded us to take and preserve photographs of the precious and fleeting moments in our lives with our children. The speaker advised us to write on our photographs in pencil rather than ink and to identify the people in the photographs for future generations. She also reminded us that simple snapshots are sometimes more precious to later generations than formal portraits are.

Here are some glimpses from the presentation:

What mothers of preschoolers looked like a century ago.

What mothers of preschoolers looked like a century ago.

Check out that beautiful baby carriage! And I thought my B.O.B. was fancy . . .

Check out that beautiful baby carriage! And I thought my B.O.B. was fancy . . .

Casual snapshots are rarer than formal portraits from the past, but sometimes they capture moments so much better.

Casual snapshots are rarer than formal portraits from the past, but sometimes they capture moments so much better.

This man is visiting his mama while on leave from WWII.

This man is visiting his mama while on leave from WWII.

FYI, if you need some unique baby name ideas, look no further than these photographs. Some examples: Ona, Oleta, Cora Belle, and Eula. Also, twins named Ronald and Conald. Seriously.

For our craft today, we assembled Friendship Soup. Everyone brought a soup ingredient to put in a mason jar, and we attached cooking instructions on the outside. This soup just might save the day for someone if it’s too cold and icy to go out for groceries this winter!

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We wrapped up our meeting by scheduling a play date and a Mothers’ Night Out for the month. We’ll be heading to Brick by Brick with the kids one morning and to Smitty’s Garage for dinner and trivia one evening. Check our Facebook group for dates and times.

This Mopette definitely has all the important dates on her calendar:

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Perhaps we should elect her to be our event planner for the year! Or maybe we should wait until she’s at least three :)

About Fayetteville Mops

Welcome to our blog! MOPS is a group for mothers of children from Birth to kindergarten age. As any mom can attest, the early childhood years are often full of a whole lot of laughter and tears. MOPS is a non-denominational Christian based organization meant to encourage and uplift moms by providing support and community during this crazy, busy time of our lives. Our group meets the second Monday of the month during the school year at The Grove Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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