Monthly Archives: March 2013

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Accepting Help from Others:Roadblocks of the Prideful

A couple week ago we posted this article about how YOU can be a champion for Grace. Today our post gives a first hand account from a graduate from the Saving Grace program. God is doing amazing things in the hearts of these young women!

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“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope”                                                                                                            Jeremiah 29:11

By: Kimberley A. Lane- Graduate of the Saving Grace program.

735210_487450104650921_421711586_nSaving Grace is a transitional home in Rogers, Arkansas for women between the ages of eighteen to twenty-four who have phased out of foster care or simply it is a safe place for women who are currently in an unsafe environment.  I applied to Saving Grace in September of 2010 because my aunt had just kicked me out of her house and none of my friends or other family members had room for me. A pamphlet at a local church led me to Saving Grace. After I applied and interviewed, I was immediately accepted.

My first year in Saving Grace was a difficult one.  Anger was all I felt for everyone around me. The staff, my mentors, and my RA’s were all my enemies. I felt as if no one in this world loved or cared for me because no one was able to take me in. I blamed the staff of Saving Grace for the pain I was feeling.  Not only did I maintain a negative attitude, but I led several of the girls I lived with astray with me. We rebelled against the program and spoke openly about how horrible we were being treated. We lied to every person we came in contact with who asked about Saving Grace. Because of this behavior, the staff of Saving Grace wanted to ask me to leave. Several members of the board thought it was in the best interest of everyone if I were to no longer live there. However, Becky Shaffer, the founder of Saving Grace, saw something inside of me and refused to let me leave.

“God is keeping you here,” Becky had said to me, “I don’t know why, but you are still here because he wants you here.”

Soon after that, I decided to let God into my heart and to forgive all of the people who have caused me pain throughout the years. I started attending counseling regularly and participated fully in the program. My leadership skills were then used to help the girls in the house find out their own self-worth and to help them realize the value of Saving Grace.  I then found a full time position at a retail store and have since then moved up to management.  In February of 2013, I transitioned out of Saving Grace and now live in my own apartment. I still visit Saving Grace once a week to be involved with the girls and show them that I still love and care for them even though I no longer live with them.

Kimberley and two of her mentors

Kimberley and two of her mentors

This program introduced me to a side of God I had never seen before. For the first time, I felt I was worthy of love. I lived in Saving Grace for two and a half years and was able to meet some amazing people. I have met women who walk into a room and God’s love radiates out of them. I have met others who have been through horrific events and yet hold their head high because they stopped their past from determining their future. I have met men who would die for their families and are determined every day to study God’s word and lead their families down the right path. No matter where God takes me in life, Saving Grace will always be my home. I know the women there will always be there for me. I have established friendships that will last a lifetime. Saving Grace helped me to trust God and to let him decide my future.  Without Saving Grace helping me, I would be lost, hurt, and angry. I will forever be grateful to all those who support Saving Grace. May God bless your lives the way you have all blessed mine.

250537_170378343024767_211715_nIf you are in Northwest Arkansas and would like to learn more about Saving Grace, you can attend a fund raising event with us.  Please contact comment below or Jennifer via our Facebook page for more information.  If you simply want to donate to Saving Grace to help more girls like Kimberley, click here.

DIY: Creating Personalized Wall Decor

“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Proverbs 31:13

By: Jennifer Mullen

As I have mentioned before, at some point all the writers of this blog has been involved in the same MOPS group.  Throughout the past 18 months, we have mentioned MOPS in various articles and how the group has shaped us in to the mothers and leaders that we are today. If you are not familiar with MOPS, read Why MOPS: Because You Are Not Alone! 

Currently, Gretchen and I serve on the steering team, Sarah and Melissa are mentor moms, and Dana is a new member to MOPS this year.

Part of MOPS is taking the time to learn a new skill be it leadership, a new craft, new recipes, etc.

A couple weeks ago, we had a craft night with our MOPS group.  We had 15X30 pieces of wood that we used as a blank canvases to create a piece of decor for our home.  Here is what the writers of Mosaic of Moms came up with:

Jennifer: I completed my board early so that I could help the other mommas at the craft night.  I have seen this quote a lot lately and found it very fitting for our family. My sweet cousin cut the letters out for me and we Mod Podged them on.  I painted a wooden letter “M” for Mullen and glued it on.  I will hang this on my family picture wall.

 

Gretchen:

Gretchen used various fonts of stencils and traced the letters for this board. Then she used a paint pen to fill in the letters. It is a family rules board that she found on Pinterest.

 

 

Dana:

Dana free handed her quote in pencil first and then painted over it.  All that Zaner-Bloser handwriting training in her education classes came in handy. She custom blended the paint to match her bedroom. Here is her Pinspiration.

And here is her final product:

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Sarah:

Sarah started with this Pinterest idea. She used graph paper to help with the layout.  My cousin cut the words out for her.  She Mod Podged them on.

 

See below for Sarah’s project summary.

We had a great time fellowshipping with the MOPS mommas and learning a new skill.  It was much easier than I thought.  So easy I might try it again.

Feel free to Pin these ideas.  You can follow Mosaic of Moms on Pinterest by clicking this link. 

Linking up with Today’s Creative Blog!

Making it Official: Introducing Sarah Smith as a Member of Our Writing Team

Sarah has been guest writing for us for awhile now.  Her perspective has been so refreshing to our readers!  We have decided to make it official and bring her onto the team.  Her most popular post has been Broken. To see more of her posts click here.

321075_10200216163716612_1877969279_nSarah Smith was raised in a small town in Iowa and is the youngest of four children (2 sisters and 1 brother).  Her Dad’s example of working hard to provide for the family taught her to always do a job well and with pride no matter the job.  Her Mom had a servant’s heart and always put others before herself.   Sarah moved with her parents to Rogers, AR when she was 16.

Sarah is a University of Arkansas graduate with a degree in accounting.  Her intentions were to work in the public accounting field but when she became pregnant in 1994 with her first child and realized she was due right before tax season, she knew it was time to rethink her plans.  While she did work the first 18 months of her son’s life as an office manager, when the family moved to Georgia because of her husband’s job, she and her husband decided it was time for her to be a stay-at-home mom.

Sarah’s parenting style when the kids were younger fell under the attachment parenting umbrella.  (Yep, she slept with her babies and nursed longer than “normal”.)  Her best advice to new moms is to listen to advice from all ‘sides’ and to follow her own ‘mommy heart’.   Just because one way works for one mama doesn’t mean it will work for every mama.

Sarah and her husband Brian have been married for almost 20 years.  She is joyfully surviving being the mom of 2 teenage boys (18 year-old Fisher and 15 year-old Carter) and one pre-teen girl (11 year-old Lydia).  She homeschools her daughter while both sons have done very well in public school.  The oldest graduates this year (May 2013) and will be off to college soon.

She chooses to remain in denial that anyone will be leaving the nest anytime in the near future but has noticed that just when she thinks she’s reached the best years of parenting – it gets even better!  She enjoys watching her children in their activities – all 3 play golf and her daughter also plays volleyball.  Both boys played baseball when they were younger. Digital scrapbooking those activities and other fun family moments is her favorite hobby.

Psalm 100 is one of her favorites.  It reminds her of her mom and she prays that she, herself will always offer up joyful songs – giving thanks and praising His holy name – knowing that His faithfulness will continue for her personally and in the generations to come.