What do my book + MOPS International have to do with each other??

Years ago, when our kids were still small and I only had two blonde boys at home (ohhhh how things change!!), I heard of this thing called MOPS International. I first thought how weird the name was...and then thought the acronym didn't apply to me because I wasn't a Mother of a PreSchooler, I was the mother of two toddlers. (Helloooooo...they didn't need to be IN preschool, they needed to be pre-elementary school aged! I was totally their target mama!)

Even though I didn't really "get" what it was all about, a friend was starting a group at our church and she asked me to co-lead it. I really shouldn't have said yes and was the worst leader ever because it was right around the time we brought home Imani...and then Ezekiel, and I was so massively over-capacity that I could hardly function in life, let alone lead 40 other exhausted mamas.

But alas...God used being the co-coordinator at our MOPS group to get my feet wet and learn what this incredible non-profit was all about and teach me of its impact during my exhausted season with little ones underfoot.

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Fast forward several years of living in Denver and I became friends with a handful of women who worked in MOPS' corporate offices (who knew their home office is mere minutes from my own home?!). God is so fun to have introduced me to the organization when I, too, was trying to figure out this whole motherhood-thing. He brought me to these women who love-on and support mamas in the most beautiful way and then moved me closer so I could link arms with them! I love that He sees 10 steps further than I ever could.

One sweet friendship I've made is with Mandy Arioto, the CEO of MOPS International. She even wrote the foreword to my book. So humbled by that.

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(don't tell Mandy I posted this photo, it's horrible of both of us, she'll kill me hahahaha)

A few days ago, MOPS' blog featured my story and the heart of what Beautifully Interrupted is all about. 

Here's a snippit:

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Click the button below to read the rest of the article!

**If you're not involved with MOPS and you have babies on up, click here to learn more. They also have groups for teenaged moms, military mothers, as well as moms with school-aged children.**


By the way, have you preordered your copy of Beautifully Interrupted yet?

I keep getting screenshots from friends after Amazon has sent them updates on the delivery date...how crazy that some will arrive on doorsteps on April 30th when the release date isn't 'till May 15?!

Go order now and you might get it before it hits stores, too!!

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(PLUS... by preordering, you'll have access to freebies!! See what I'm talking about here)

Take Joy,

Teresa

a (new) kind of planner + a GIVEAWAY!

I am over the moon excited to introduce you to my sweet friend Deana and the amazing concept of her new planner.

Don't doze off on me...this isn't your normal calendar, or planner that simply keeps you organized.

It's so much more.

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Grab a cup of coffee (Yes, another one. Mama, I know you need it) and keep reading to hear Deana's story of how Anchored Press came to be and how they're so unique!

Plus...wouldn't you like to WIN one?!

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Hi, I'm Deana, founder and creator of Anchored Press Planner.

Well, truly our sweet Jesus is the official “Creative Director & Writer” of Anchored Press and He should get all of the glory for it.

I wanted to share with you though how He teaches us so much through the various Seasons we're in right at this very moment.

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I want to share it because I am currently witnessing how God has used my different seasons, good, bad & status quo; to fulfill a call He recently placed on my heart.

After a few years of owning an online stationery business that turned into a niche wine tag business, I woke up one day and felt very convicted that I was not using my God-given gifts to bring God glory.

Why would God pluck me out of my 10-year career in pharmaceuticals to keep me at home making wine tags? There had to be more in this plan of His.

So this past January I closed my Etsy shop for one month and spent time being still with God.

James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you”…Well, I am here to tell you that there is so much truth in that “truth.”

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The closer I got to God and the more time I spent with Him, the clearer the call became. He put on my heart this intense desire to help get more women into His Word.

I saw the transformation in my own life when I took time out of my day, everyday, to spend time with God and I wanted this for other women.

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At that same time, I started writing. I was never a big writer when it came to my quiet time with God. But, God gave me words, so I picked up a pencil.

By the end of my month “sabbatical” I had written over 100 devotions.

So the next question was, “God, what on earth do you want me to do with these?”

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At that same time, I looked over at my daily planner that was bursting at the seams. Over the years I have turned my planner into a place to keep my schedule, devotional, prayer journal, meal plan, goals and memory keeping.

All that I added into my tool to keep me organized, actually made it appear and feel as if I wasn’t organized at all.

And, that’s when it hit me! I realized that women are in their daily planner everyday, so what better place to put God’s Word?

The Anchored Press Planner was faithfully designed for all of you mothers out there looking for a way to stay organized, while also keeping you anchored in God’s Word.

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God is so good and faithful! I just love how He uses the random-seeming seasons or times or experiences in our lives.

As we look back, they're not random at all...rather than being wasted, they're actually opportunities that God uses in preparation of future plans He has for us!

Below is some awesomeness that makes the Anchored Press Planner so unique...

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What makes it more than just a planner:

. Family Memory Making .

with prompts to put together a lat of the memories you want to make in 2016

. Family Go-To Dinners .

a tool to meal meal planning intentional and fun by creating a list of the dinners your family loves, and that require zero thinking!

. Daily Devotions .

The heart of the entire planner are the daily devotions. They're doable even on the most chaos-filled day when you haven't had the chance to crack open your Bible like you're craving!

. Mid-Week Prayer .

Every Wednesday, you will be prompted to pray a specific prayer over your child. And there's a spot below the prayer to expand it and make the prayer more personal.

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. Saturday Praise .

This is your chance to stop and give praise to God for all He's blessed you with that past week.

. Red Letter Sunday .

Since Sunday is the Sabbath, we're blessed with words straight from Jesus Himself.

. First Four .

What Deana's calling your "to do list with grace." Write down the first four things you need to accomplish and hold yourself accountable to them. Then feel so good about all you accomplished!!

. Prayer Requests .

A place to write down all the prayer requests that surface throughout the month.

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Want a planner for yourself or a friend (remember, Christmas is coming up!!)?

You can purchase them here.

OR...scroll down to find out how you could win one!!

Giveaway

TO ENTER:

Simply make sure you "like" both the Hugs & Punches AND Anchored Press Planner Instagram Pages (we will be checking).

(@hugsandpunches + @anchoredpress)

Then tag FOUR FRIENDS on each of our pages (each additional tag is an additional entry).

That's it!!

The giveaway ends 11:59pm (pacific) on Thursday, November 19th.

A winner will be chosen on Friday, the 20th so make sure you're watching our feeds that morning!

GOOD LUCK! xo

Winner must be a US resident...so sorry if that's not you!

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