Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Great MOMS Walk 2009


As you know, I am a mother of a preschooler (see picture)! I have been part of an amazing organization called MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) for the last year at Highland Church of Christ in Abilene. Every year around this time, MOPS organizes a Great MOMS Walk to help our local chapter raise MOPS awareness, gather new and potential moms, raise money, and impact the community with the message that “...Mothering Matters.” (This year, the walk is on April 18.)

Mothering does matter and I truly want to be the best mom I can be. MOPS exists to meet the needs of every mom–urban, suburban and rural; stay at home and working moms; teen, single and married moms; moms who may be different but all share a similar desire to be the best mom they can be through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Through MOPS, I have been given a wonderful opportunity to give back...by encouraging, loving and edifying other mothers in our group and receiving that as well. MOPS has truly been a blessing to me because of the lack of community we live in (the nearest town is 18 miles away). I look forward to every meeting we have and really miss the connection when we don’t have meetings! Unfortunately, some mothers cannot afford to join our amazing group. I want to help make scholarships available to them, continue to provide quality care for our children during meetings, keep dues low and help those who require extra financial support. I can’t tell you the number of ladies who have needed a group like ours to walk alongside them through a recent life-changing event. The years between infancy and kindergarten are foundational in a mother-child relationship, and are filled with unique needs. MOPS seeks to fulfill those needs through the glory of Jesus Christ.

The Great MOMS Walk is a time when we ask others to support us in any way they can–by donating, walking with us, or fundraising themselves. Even a small donation of $10 can make a huge difference in a mother’s life. I’m inviting you to join me in supporting Mothers of Preschoolers. Feel free to visit the official MOPS International website at www.mops.org or our local website at www.abilenemops.com to get more information about this incredible ministry. You can make a donation online by accessing my personal fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com/heatherratliff. If you want to donate, but don't want to do it online, email me and I'll send you my address. Please make checks payable to Highland MOPS. All donations are tax deductible. Don't forget to see if your company will match your gift! Your support is greatly appreciated.

2 comments:

Katrina said...

I linked to your blog via the Cloth Diaper Whisperer's blog - congrats on winning the diapers! Your little girl will look adorable in them. I just wanted to let you know I enjoyed looking at your blog - and loved the music you have playing. I'm a big Contemporary Christian Music fan myself - esp Newsboys and Casting Crowns. :) I too live out in the country, but thank goodness I can be in town within 5 minutes. It's not a big town, but Milwaukee is just 25 minutes away... Anyway, I wanted to say hello. I'll probably check back on your blog occasionally - best of luck with your MOMS walk - I'm sure many people will be blessed by your dedication and love for the Lord.

Liz said...

Hi! I found your blog thru the cloth diaper whisperer...congrats on winning this week! I REALLY like the idea of a MOMS walk. MOPS has been a total lifesaver for me this year as we moved to a new area. Have you done the walks with a lot of success? We are actually taking part of a HUGE yard sale tomorrow to raise funds for MOPS. BTW I LOVE the cute pics of your DD with the sign saying how old she is, such an awesome idea! I will have to steal that :)