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Volume  1    Ÿ    Issue  6  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         February  2012  

A  monthly  publication  of  Yokota  MOPS  

 

 

Sparkle on the Inside
By  Tricia  Goyer  

 
“How  do  I  look,  Mommy?”    My  three-­‐year-­‐old  daughter   gazed  up  at  me  with  big  brown  eyes,  anticipating  my   response.    With  her  curly  hair  and  sweet  little  smile,  she   looked  like  a  perfect  angel  to  me.     “You  look  beautiful  today,  honey.”    I  pulled  her  into  a   squeeze.    “But  your  joy  on  the  inside  is  especially  sparkly   this  morning.    After  all…”     Leslie  joined  in  as  we  said  the  words  together,  “…what’s  in  the  heart  is  the  prettiest  part.”     1  Peter  3:3-­‐4  says,  “Your  beauty  should  not  come  from  outward  adornment…instead  it   should  be  that  part  of  your  inner  self.”    Because  we  live  in  a  world  obsessed  with  physical   appearance,  it’s  important  to  teach  children  the  importance  of  inner  beauty  at  an  early  age.     (Especially  when  we  ourselves  struggle  with  this  concept!)     It’s  easy  for  us  to  remember  to  comment  on  our  child’s  outer  beauty.    (They  are  adorable!)     But  also  remember  to  praise  traits  such  as  kindness,  honesty,  and  obedience.    Admiring   these  things  will  show  your  toddler  that  actions  allow  inner  beauty  to  shine.     Later  that  same  day,  I  watched  my  daughter  “draw”  a  picture  to  share  with  a  friend.    The   sparkle  of  joy  in  her  eyes  hinted  at  the  love  in  her  heart.    It  was  true  beauty  indeed…and  I  let   her  know.  

HA P PY B IRTHD AY T O A LL T H E B IR TH D AY B AB E S & B AB IES !   B irthd ay Ba be s Rebecca  Morain  {2/8}   Jennifer  Santellan  {2/8}     B irthd ay Ba bi es Isabella  Atkinson  {2/6}   Brooke  Paschal  {2/18}   Kennedy  Postelmans  {2/19}           NE XT M O P S M E ETING   Where  in  the  World  is   Carmen  San  Diego?   Fun  &  Effective  Traveling   Techniques   March  20,  2012   9:30  am  –  12:00  pm   Traditional  Chapel           S T EE RING T E AM
  Laurie  Schmaus,  Co-­‐Coordinator   Laura  Middleton,  Co-­‐Coordinator   Amanda  Romero,  Finance   Morgan  Burchette,  Registration   Lisa  Howell,  Hospitality   Carol  High,  Discussion  Group   Sarah  Larson,  Creative  Activities   Heather  Gerold,  MOPPETS   Maricel  Johns,  Publicity  

“That’s the thing about inner beauty. Unlike physical beauty, which grabs the spotlight for itself, inner beauty shines on everyone, catching them, holding them in its embrace, making them more beautiful, too.”
-Lisa Yates

Tips  for  Emphasizing  Inner  Beauty  
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
 

Admire  a  sparkly  heart  and  good  attitude.   Use  a  mirror  to  show  your  child  the  loveliness  of  his  smile  and  the  brightness  in  his  eyes,   the  inner  beauty  coming  out.   When  your  child  seeks  a  compliment  about  her  physical  appearance,  also  compliment  a   kind  action.   Pray  with  your  child  each  morning  asking  God  to  give  him  a  sparkly  heart  that  loves   others.   Remind  your  child  that  she’s  a  special  creation  designed  by  God,  unique  inside  and  out.   After  you  read  a  story,  compare  the  characters.    Who  should  inner  goodness  and  who   did  not?   Finally,  be  an  example  of  inner  beauty  for  your  toddler,  modeling  the  concept:    What’s   in  the  heart  is  the  prettiest  part!  

 

   
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Monkeys in a Barrel: Jelly Bean Prayer
 
Last  year,  our  kids  were  3,  4,  and  6,  and  we   felt  40  days  to  give  up  one  thing  was  a  bit  long   for  them.    We  came  up  with  this  idea  instead   to  go  along  with  the  jelly  bean  prayer,  and  it   was  a  hit  at  our  house.    The  kids  are  excited  to   do  it  again  this  year.     On  Ash  Wednesday,  we  set  out  a  glass  jar  for  each  child  with  a  small  copy   of  the  jelly  bean  prayer  taped  to  it.    We  determined  a  behavior  to  go  with   each  jelly  bean  color  (corresponding  with  the  prayer).    Each  day  the  kids   could  earn  a  jelly  bean  of  any  color  they  followed  through  on.    They  could   not  eat  the  jelly  beans  until  Easter.    The  kids  could  not  earn  white  jelly   beans  as  these  represented  the  grace  of  Christ,  which  is  a  gift  not  earned   ourselves.    On  Easter  morning,  the  kids  woke  to  find  their  jars  filled  up.     This  is  how  we  interpreted  each  color.    You  can  make  your  own  ideas   based  on  ages  and  needs  of  your  children.     • RED  is  for  the  blood  Christ  gave.    (Each  morning  we  chose  something   to  sacrifice  that  day  to  earn  the  red  jelly  bean.    It  had  to  be  something   they  would  have  had  the  opportunity  to  have  or  do  on  that  day.)   • GREEN  is  for  the  grass  he  made.    (Green  jelly  beans  were  earned  for   good  deeds.)   • YELLOW  is  for  the  sun  so  bright.    (Yellow  jelly  beans  were  earned  for   sharing  God’s  light  through  kindness  to  others.)   • ORANGE  is  for  the  edge  of  night.    (Orange  jelly  beans  were  earned  for   attentive  behavior  during  bedtime  prayer  time  and  nighttime  bible   story.)   • BLACK  is  for  the  sins  we  made.    (We  earned  these  through  apologizing   to  anyone  we  hurt  with  our  words  or  actions  that  day.)   • WHITE  is  for  the  grace  He  gave.     • PURPLE  is  for  His  hour  of  sorrow.    (Purple  jelly  beans  were  earned  for   assisting  others  in  need.)   • PINK  is  for  our  new  tomorrow.    (Pink  jelly  beans  were  earned  when  we   forgave  those  who  apologized  to  us  for  hurtful  behavior.)     A  bag  full  of  jelly  beans  colorful  and  sweet,  is  a  prayer,  a  promise,  is  a   special  treat.    May  the  joy  of  Christ’s  resurrection  fill  your  heart  and  bless   your  heart.      
Credit:    “Jelly  Bean  Prayer—One  Family’s  Experience  Shared  by  the  ‘H’  Family.”              http://www.catholicmom.com/Lent_jelly.htm.    “The  Jelly  Bean  Prayer”  by  Shirley  Kozak.  

Hungry Hungry Hippos: Kin g Cake
Cake       Filling   1  cup  m ilk     1/3  cup  melted  butter   1  large  egg     ¼  cup  sugar   4  cups  bread  flour   2  tsp  ground  cinnamon   4  T  sugar     ½  tsp  ground  nutmeg   ½  tsp  salt   5  T  butter  (cut  in  4  pieces)   2  tsp  yeast       1) Make  dough  in  pan  of  bread  of  machine.     Microwave  milk  for  1  minute.    Pour  milk  and  egg   into  pan  of  bread  maker.    Add  bread  flour,  sugar,   and  salt  to  pan.    Tap  pan  to  settle  ingredients.     Level  ingredients,  m aking  sure  mixture  is  in   corners  of  pan.    Place  butter  in  corners  of  pan.     Make  a  well  in  the  center  of  dry  ingredients;  put   yeast  into  center  of  dry  ingredients.    Lock  pan   into  bread  maker.    Program  for  DOUGH.    Start   bread  m aker.    Watch  to  see  that  dough  forms— add  more  flour,  if  needed  (if  no  window  on  bread   maker,  check  after  5  minutes).    When  dough   cycle  is  finished,  remove  dough  from  bread   maker  and  place  on  floured  surface.    Knead  for  1   minute.    Divide  dough  into  2  equal-­‐sized  pieces,   then  let  rest,  covered,  for  15  m inutes.   2) Roll  each  piece  of  dough  into  a  rough  rectangle.     Both  should  be  as  close  to  the  same  size  as   possible.    Brush  m elted  butter  onto  the  dough  to   within  1  inch  of  edge.    Sprinkle  cinnamon,  sugar,   and  nutmeg  mixture  evenly  over  dough.    Fold  the   dough  to  cover  filling,  sealing  as  you  go.    Repeat   with  second  piece  of  dough.    Twist  dough  pieces   together.    Form  a  circle  by  moving  the  ends  of   the  dough.    Pinch  ends  close  to  close  circle.       3) Bake  on  parchment-­‐paper-­‐covered  baking  sheet   in  preheated  375  F  oven  for  approximately  25   minutes,  until  golden  brown.    Tap  bottom  of  loaf,   it  should  sound  hollow  if  done.     4) Cool  thoroughly  on  wire  rack.   5) Drizzle  on  powdered  sugar  icing.    While  is  still   “wet,”  sprinkle  on  purple,  green,  and  gold   decorative  sugar.      

         

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