Harvesting Hope: Second Annual Turkey Trot in support of those with Prader Willi Syndrome

7 Oct

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MomTime’s 2016 fall service project is well underway.  Organizers of the community race, Harvesting Hope, Julie Foge and Rachael Fischer spoke to MomTime in October to orient and educate the group on a rare syndrome affecting a number of families dear to our group called Prader-Willi Syndrome.  On October 7, we had a brainstorm session led by Julie and Rachael on how to best promote and support the race and its fundraising goals. MomTime joined in the creative and networking efforts.

This worthy fun run will be held for the second time in Stapleton’s Central Park in Northeast Denver. The race is a wonderful opportunity to get the whole family out for some physical activity on a day dedicated to family and feasting, while supporting the good cause.  In its inception year, 2015, despite the single-digit winter weather, the event was a great success.  More than $40,000 was raised for research and the awareness of the rare disease raised.  This year, organizers are hoping for an even bigger level of participation and of course, for better weather.

The entire family is encouraged to come.  Kids are free and each child participant receives a terrific medal.  The course is certified for those serious runners out there.  Also, the prizes and swag bags were a hit!

As it is a very new race, sponsorship possibilities for local businesses and organizations are very affordable and available.  If you know of a business that might enjoy such a prime chance to support Harvesting Hope, please get in touch with Julie Foge at or visit Harvesting Hope 5K or contact MomTime Service Committee, Francine Mugge.  Other ways to help support the cause:  do you know anyone who can donate a service or an item for the grab bag?  (donations are eligible for a favorable tax credit), visit the website and share on your social media, encourage your family to get out and run!  Finally, Harvesting Hope is looking for race day volunteers to help ensure this event is a success!  There are three shifts to choose from. All race day volunteers will receive a free race registration to use or share. 
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Creative Self! How to Tap into It

16 Sep

img_6724The fall 2016 MomTime session started with an inspiring and relaxing presentation by Delanie Holton of The Craftsman and Apprentice.  MomTime members painted with watercolors while enjoying each other’s company. Highlights of Delanie’s discussion are: to be creative is healthy and to have a hobby enhances our personhood and motherhood.  Simply put, it is fun to be in the moment making something new.  Some more than others were able to experience ‘flow’ while painting and socializing.  Delanie encourages not getting attached to the finished work, but to enjoy the process.  To create something new is good, regardless of outcome.  Though it is possible to make something beautiful, up to our own standards or taste, it may take time, practice and hard work to get it how one may envision it.  The process itself is worth it.

When creating something or trying something new, if you get stuck it is helpful to pause and ask, “what else is possible?”.  This way of thinking is the creative work of the brain, and “is really healthy for you.” Another favorite take-home message is that to make things, or have a hobby is a wonderful way to model balanced living for our children.  We’ve heard this many times in past MomTime sessions. Delanie shared that in resuming her creative life after children she had to learn that in her family “everyone is equally important”.   She encouraged all mommas to make time for fun, creativity and flow. Everyone will benefit!

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Delanie Holton-Fressler, Owner of The Craftsman and Apprentice

 

The 2016 Fall Schedule is Here

20 Aug

The upcoming fall season is upon us! There are many social gatherings, a service project, a retreat and our regular bi-monthly meetings scheduled.  Mark your Calendars for MomTime.

 

Junk in Your Trunk

6 May

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We held a trunk show of the household variety!  On a gorgeous Friday, MomTime members gathered in the garden for breakfast and a swap.  We cleaned out closets in time for spring. Members raved about the chance to socialize, exchange items, or just donate unwanted toys and clothes to a neighbor or friend.  All unclaimed ‘treasures’ were given to local charities: The Gathering Place and Gabriel House were prime recipients. Many described the swap as good inspiration to declutter, perhaps sparking joy, or at least momentary order in our homes and hearts.

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May Day Bake Sale a Success!

1 May

Last Sunday, MomTime held a bake sale to support Beauty Ashes for Uganda, an organization supporting women and orphans in that country. Proceeds will go to this worthy cause, as well as to provide MomTime scholarships.   IMG_6049

MomTime Bake Sale poster

Thank you to everyone who brought in delicious treats and to those who came to run the sale itself.  A big thanks to Amy Usalavage who organizes these complex and tasty fundraisers.

Teaching the Kids about Work and Money

29 Apr

Kayla Knopp, MA., PhD student at in Clinical Psychology at University of Denver gave an informative presentation, ” Guiding Your Kids into Adulthood: Teaching Children about Work and Money.

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She generously sent her presentation along to share with those of us who missed this meeting, or those of us who like to review!  Here is a link to Financially Fit Kids:

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The meeting was kicked off by Paula Ramirez who read the poem, “Evergreen” by Joyce Rupp. She shared that her selection was inspired by her friend and MomTime leader, Heather Weldon, whose grace and strength inspires so many.

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Bake Sale and Fun: May 1st Spring Service Project

20 Apr

May Day, May Day!

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We need your help with sweets and treats to sell at the Spring Bake Sale. This year our efforts will benefit Beauty for Ashes Uganda as well as provide scholarships for MomTime mamas.

Sunday, May 1st, we will be continuing the tradition of May baskets. I’m from the South but I hear that all y’all Midwestern gals celebrate spring by filling baskets with a few treats and then giving them to friends. It’s a sweet ritual of spring that has origins in Roman times when it was the Festival of Flora, the goddess of flowers. Sounds fun to me! So, in addition to our cute, individual treats at the table, we will have extra baskets available for folks that want to put together May Day Baskets for friends or family.

Please consider baking/making/buying treats for the Bake Sale. And even if you can’t be there Sunday.  To sign up go to SignUp Genius.

I’ll have the following drop locations for your convenience:

– The little kitchen at the church: by the Common Area on Saturday (just label it MomTime Bake Sale).

– Jill’s house: when you come to the MomTime Spring Party on April 30th- bake, drop, then party!

If you have any extra baskets you’d like to get rid of, we’d love them too! Just drop them off with your goodies and we’ll put them to good use!

Thanks and Happy Spring!

Amy U.

720-471-7760

ausalavage@gmail.com

Date: 05/01/2016 (Sun.)
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm MDT
Location: Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church
Created by: Amy Usalavage