Category Archives: Sarah Smith

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An Open Letter to My Mom: A Joyful Song

Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Psalm 100:2

By: Sarah Smith

For my Mom’s 70th birthday in 2006, my sister created a scrapbook to celebrate her life.  It contained pictures from my mom’s childhood, young adult years and beyond.  I love to look at that book and remember our time together.  Several pages were a collection of letters written to my mom from those who loved her.   Below is the letter I wrote.  Next to it was a copy of the song “Sing” by Joe Raposo (made popular when the Carpenters performed it on Sesame Street.)

All of my memories of you, Mom, are accompanied by one song or another.  I now know that you had to sing to keep your sanity!  It’s hard to be grumpy with a song in your heart.  This song really brings back the memories and it seems to summarize the way I feel I was raised. Continue reading

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Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 2

Continued from Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 1

By: Sarah Smith

So, here I sit…reflecting and remembering.  I need a Bible verse to support where I am right now. I need to find strength in His Word.  I type in several different word combinations to search for the right one and read several different pages with various verses…this one catches my eye.  

Jesus knew that they wanted to question him, so he said to them, “I said, ‘In a little while you will not see me, and then a little while later you will see me.’ Is this what you are asking about among yourselves?  I am telling you the truth: you will cry and weep, but the world will be glad; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into gladness. When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world. That is how it is with you: now you are sad, but I will see you again, and your hearts will be filled with gladness, the kind of gladness that no one can take away from you. John 16:19-22

This takes me back to when I was cherishing having Fisher all to myself in my womb.  And, if you are a mom, you know that following delivery, all that matters is the joy of holding that newborn baby.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a long, painful labor process or if it’s an easy delivery or a c-section – our hearts are filled with gladness when we hold our child. Continue reading

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Sadness Turned Into Gladness: Part 1

”When a woman is about to give birth, she is sad because her hour of suffering has come; but when the baby is born, she forgets her suffering, because she is happy that a baby has been born into the world.” John 16:21

By: Sarah Smith

I was having a hard time finding inspiration for this week’s blog post.  I’ve been so emotional lately…April is a hard month for various reasons and now it’s amplified because May 18th is fast approaching…what is May 18th?  My oldest son will graduate from high school.  Sigh…so hard to say that out loud, let alone type it, as if my silence could prevent it from happening.

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So, imagine my delight when reading Dana’s post from last week, a beautiful reflection on her daughter’s first year and excerpts from a letter to be given to her at a later date.  I decided to build on her idea and give a view from the ‘other side’ as my son is about to graduate from high school.

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The Empty Tomb – an Easter Garden Craft

“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” John 20:1

By: Sarah Smith

(No one seems to know where this craft originated but you will find it on-line in various places.  So, shout out to the crafty Mom who came up with this idea!!)

Supplies:  (Keep in mind you can make this as big as you’d like….the ones the kids made at church were the sizes shown below.)

  • One 6-8 inch terra-cotta base
  • One 2 inch terra-cotta pot
  • Pebbles or gravel
  • Potting soil
  • A package of seeds – quick grow grass or sprouts
  • Small twigs and twine – form into 3 crosses
  • A small to medium size rock (approximately as large as the opening of the pot)

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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. 

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