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With Love, from MOPS

We are giving away shirts and journals and showing you all sorts of pretty things this week! read more

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A Free Trip, MOMcon 2015 and Inspiration for the Road Ahead

What’s more exciting than winning a free trip? How about winning a free VIP trip with up to three other MOPS members to MOMcon 2015? Just like any other important endeavor, we occasionally need a getaway — not only to rest but also to gain new inspiration and encouragement for the road ahead. read more

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An Interview with a Chief Gratituder

What is it about hand-written notes? For whatever reason paper and pen makes words mean more. Suddenly, you have encountered a gesture of goodness transforming your whole day. Let us introduce you to Matt Richardson, cool dude, chief gratituder, believer in handshakes and paper and pens. read more

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Conspiring in Secret

One of the best feelings in the world is knowing someone conspired in secret to bring you joy. If you think about it, that’s kind of the essence of gift-giving, right? It’s less about the gift someone wraps for us and more about the time and energy invested to plan for our enjoyment. read more

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Paying Attention to Summer

Wait, it’s summer already? That came up fast. I’m certainly not ready. I haven’t made plans to take advantage of the special warmer days and longer nights. We’ll be talking about summer all month on the blog in ways we hope inspire you and let you know that we’re all in it together. read more

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Feeding America

Feeding America is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S. and helps provide food to over 46 million people each year. It all began in Phoenix, Arizona, more than five decades ago when John van Hengel was volunteering in a soup kitchen. read more

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Fall 2015 Magazine Call for Submissions

When we celebrate, like really stop and take stock of what we have, it changes our days. Celebrating regularly allows us a break from constantly evaluating what we don’t have. A chance to turn off that part of our brain that can’t stop comparing ourselves to others. read more

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Hello, Dearest

Yes, dearest, if you look close enough you’ll notice we changed our name. We wanted to use a word that felt a little more personal because you are dear to us. Moms traveling on this road, raising the next generation of the world are best when we’re raising all these little people together. read more

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Gathering Together

When her group almost had to stop meeting, Jules was one of the moms to step up and join the Leadership Team. She knew moms needed MOPS, but had no idea how much their community would need MOPS in the coming months. read more

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Best of the Best

There’s something feel good about “the best of the best.” That’s why this month alongside the posts from our house bloggers, we’ll be reposting some of your favorite articles from the past year. Some are poignant, some are practical. read more

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Giving Hope to Other Moms

We find hope in shared experiences. We find hope from others who have gone before us and made it through the gritty days. And on days when we have lost hope, we have a community of sweet sisters walking alongside us in the gentlest of ways. read more

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Held Your Whole Life

Held Your Whole Life is the organization we are highlighting this month at Hello, Darling. Held Your Whole Life strives to help couple’s grieving the loss of a baby in utero, either through miscarriage or stillbirth, by providing them a piece of jewelry as a remembrance. read more

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Bravely Giving (and Living) Life

One of the most powerful gifts I received from MOPS was this encouragement – to tend to my dreams, so I could give life to my family. This idea of a mom-friendly retail store brewed inside me. I dreamed about it. I thought about it. I talked about it.all.the.time. It made me come alive. read more

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Roots & Wings

We’ve committed to brave pursuits – parts have gone well, parts have not. We’re becoming and we haven’t yet become. This month on the blog is about taking steps, recognizing successes and failures, and going the journey together. read more

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A Fierce Flourishing

Can you remember that moment when you knew you had a special spark? A life-giving force that made you uniquely you? Unfortunately, along the way we sometimes forget about our spark. read more

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Summer Dreamin’

Summer days are long, and there are expectations of fun activities and vacations. Before we get too far down the road into summer it feels like we’re digging ourselves out of a pit of doldrums, let’s band together to share the best of the best ideas for making the most of the warm, sunny months. read more

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Jill’s House

This month, we’re highlighting Jill’s House. It is an organization set-up to provide rest for families with children with special needs. It can be overwhelming, and Jill’s house is there to provide that respite. read more

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One Mom’s Journey

On February 12, I left the comfort of my home, my everyday routine, the security of my family and surroundings to bravely follow a shoebox. What I received in return is something I will never forget. read more

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Wildflowers: An Interview with Joy Prouty

Joy Prouty draws out brilliance in those around her. She is brave with her own story so others can be brave with theirs. She captures the beauty she sees in her life with her camera. She lives an inspiring story. Joy and her husband, Donny, longed for a different pace of life, a simplified pace. read more

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Summer 2015 Magazine Call for Submissions

Maybe if we can pool together the richness of what we know about friendship – what we gain, what’s been lost, the richness, the almost inexplicable gift it is – we can, as the Hello, Darling community, better love one another. All that to say, this next Hello, Darling issue is about friendship read more

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Preemptive Love Coalition

This month, we’re highlighting Preemptive Love Coalition. Preemptive Love Coalition works to train Iraqi heart surgeons and nurses to provide help and hope to families waiting for their child’s lifesaving heart surgery. read more

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Introducing Tasha Levert to the Hello, Darling Family

Darling, we are excited to introduce you to Tasha Levert, our newest resident writer to the Hello, Darling blog. We love Tasha’s irreverent and bold conversation about topics that matter deeply to us as woman, wives and moms. read more

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March Call for Blog Submissions

There’s that one thing you do really, really awesome. You know that thing I’m talking about. It’s one of those things you feel like you were built so perfectly to do you almost don’t have to think about it. Whatever that thing is, we would love the opportunity to learn from your expertise. read more

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Every Family Has a Story, Welcome to Mine

It was during my first year of MOPS I first heard about Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child. A time when I was really questioning if what I did mattered. It was a question I asked frequently. I couldn’t find a contentment between being a mother, being a wife and being me. read more

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Chemo Angels

I was 25 when I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. I had so many emotions and fears rolling around my head and heart. I have been cancer free for 12 years now, and when I look back on my cancer journey, it isn’t the fear I remember. read more

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Sole Hope

This month, we’re highlighting Sole Hope. It is an organization creating sustainable change in Uganda. They have a unique approach to impacting lives, and I had the chance to chat with Holly Jones, U.S. Office Director of Sole Hope, and learn more about their brave work. read more

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Spring 2015 Magazine Call for Submissions

We hear the words, “Be you, Bravely,” and we feel this stirring. Our heart beats a little faster, and there’s a little skip as we think of our next brave steps. Then we’re thinking about possible outcomes. There could be success, there could be failure. read more

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Happy Christmas, Darling

There are few videos that explain the Christmas story better than this one. Happy Christmas, Darling. read more

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January 2015 Call for Submissions

At Hello, Darling we want to tackle the good, the hard, the heart-warming and the nitty-gritty of friendships in January. read more

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BRAlapalooza and Free the Girls

We love Free the Girls. This organization collects new and gently used bras to help support women rescued from sex trafficking. Their model is so genius and practical, we can’t help but love them. We are double-dog daring you to send in those bras in the back of your drawer you don’t wear anymor read more

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Winter 2015 Call for Magazine Submissions

That’s why Hello, Darling is going to walk the journey alongside you this year. In the Winter 2015 issue of the magazine we want to talk about identity, authenticity, courage and bravery. We’re collecting articles for this issue of the magazine, and the turnaround is going to fast! read more

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December Call for Blog Submissions

Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year. It's a season set aside to celebrate. Our hearts are open with hopeful expectation. Then the other kinds of expectations creep in: expectations for gifts, attendance at parties, costumes for pageants and the myriad of expectations from family. read more

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The Lulu Tree Boutique

I didn’t intend to found a non-profit. I didn’t – and still don’t – feel qualified to start one, I just wanted to partner with someone who was doing what I wanted to do. But no one was. read more

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Hello, Darling on Instagram

Instagram is a way to share our world, receive glimpses of friend’s lives, a creative outlet and an escape. But more than that, it’s a place to be inspired. read more

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November Call for Submissions

MOPS is going to be launching something really, really great in the next month or so that includes gathering around the table. That’s why we’re focused on hospitality for the month of November on the blog. read more

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Seeing Beauty

There are those moments when we can step out of our own list of bodily imperfections, and raise our heads and see the beauty in others. Those moments are inherently beautiful. read more

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Carissa Gallo Photography

Carissa Gallo has a knack for capturing life on camera, and we were honored to interview her about the beauty she sees in life. read more

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Mom's Night-Out

I think audiences are hungry for filmmakers who have something to say. I don’t mean they want movies that bludgeon them with a big message, be it religious or political. read more

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October Call for Submissions

We’ll be talking about bravery and our brave pursuits all year, but we want to take the month of October to launch into the theme of Be you, Bravely together. read more

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The Privilege of Femininity

For the Summer 2014 issue of Hello, Darling, we dug deep, soul-deep, into what it means to be a woman. We did our best to cover the beautiful, the unsightly and the complicated. But there was so much more than we could put on paper. We’re dedicating the next two months on the blog to talking about read more

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An Open Letter to Moms from Kid President

“If every mom in the world knew how awesome they were, every problem in the world would be fixed.” Watch to see the rest of the 10 things moms should know. read more

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Call for Authors: Beauty, Health and Self

There are a couple items that seem to be true for moms: beauty regimens change when we have kids, and it becomes harder to take care of ourselves when we're taking care of everyone else. That's why we want to spend an entire month covering these topics. read more

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We Speak Mom Language, Part 2

We took to the streets to ask people if they knew the meaning of common mom-words. You know, that wide array of colorful words women learn when they become moms (it’s a super mommy power.) We posted the first set of videos already, but wanted to share the rest for your enjoyment. read more

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We Speak Mom Language

When we became moms, we learned an entirely new language full of colorful words. It's another Mommy Super Power. When those outside the mom club try to guess the meaning of mom words, it gets fun. read more

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Celebrating the Release of Atlas Girl

Hello, Darling. It's time for a celebration, don't you think? Our own Emily Wierenga is releasing her memoir today, and we couldn't think of a better way to share it with you than giving your an excerpt. (Plus, she's giving away 5 free copies!) read more

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Call for Writers: Marriage and Sex

Happy, JUBILANT JUNE! Today we’re giving away a beautiful wall hanging that says, “This home has endless love and laundry.” (It’s funny because it’s true!) Also, WRITERS, we need you! We are putting together some new materials and hope you’ll help us with some material on a very specific read more

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Bret Cole Photography

Did you see these amazing family images in the Spring 2014 issue of Hello, Darling magazine? We were so moved by images of this family, that we wanted to give you a second look. read more

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Blog Roll

Are you a blogger? If so, we need to hear from you. Fill out this survey so we know about your online presence. read more

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Calling All Photographers

Are you a photographer? Do you love taking pictures? If so, we should talk. Fill out this survey so we can start the conversation with you about your work. read more

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JJ Heller Music Video & Giveaway

Making music videos is a family affair for the Hellers, "Fortunately, we don't have to look too far to find cute actresses, and we get to pay them in ice cream." Check out her newest video and enter to win a special gift from JJ Heller. read more

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We Need Writers to Tackle a Special Issue on a Short Deadilne

Authors, friends, there are times in our lives when we look at something we’ve put together a say, “we can do better.” This is one of those times. We put together the topic for the summer issue of the magazine and now that we’re closer to the issue, we started asking, ís this really our bes read more

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A Conversation with JJ Heller

Hello, Darling had the opportunity to chat with musician extraordinaire and mom-of-two JJ Heller this past week, and learn a little more about her music, her family and, of course, her favorite beauty product! read more

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A Conversation with Glennon Melton-Doyle

In April, Hello, Darling blogger Mandy sat down with Momastery's Glennon Melton-Doyle for a heart to heart. Get ready to eavesdrop. read more

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Dayspring Reusable Tote Bags Giveaway

Today Hello, Darling is giving you a chance to win these amazing reusable totes from DaySpring. We love them! read more

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Try Something New for 30 Days

New Year's Resolutions can be intimidating. What if instead, you took things you wanted to incorporate into your life and committed to doing them for only 30 days? read more

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3 Queens

Motherhood: this is what it looks like in a 2 1/2 minute video. read more

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The Good Mother.

I’m a good mother. Say it with me, even if your kid is wearing a yogurt shirt today like mine is. Say it if you have no idea what’s for dinner. Say it after you raise your voice because your kid won’t get in her freaking car seat. Say it out loud to yourself. Say it to your friends. read more

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Photo Gallery Contest Winners

Kids make for easy targets for pictures, because, well, they do so many things we want to remember. MOPS had a photo contest for an upcoming event and we thought you might enjoy moments captured in other homes. read more

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A Conversation with Martha's Trouble #2

Here's the second half of the interview Mandy did with Martha's Trouble. They talked about all sorts of things including mom friends, school schedules and a special song Jen Slocumb wrote for a mom who lost her husband in a small town in Canada. read more

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A Conversation with Martha's Trouble #1

Hello, darling! Mandy sat down with Jen Slocumb to talk about motherhood, touring and attempting to do both at the same time. Jen and her husband, Rob, comprise the musical genius of Martha's Trouble, the soundtrack of all of our Hello Darling videos. read more

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Portraits of Toddlers Tasting Lemons for the First Time

The toddlers honest, sometimes brutally so. In this photo shoot of toddlers trying lemons for the first time their responses are as strong as the taste of lemons themselves. read more

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Week 4: The Artist's Daughter Book Club

When does the mess get cleaned up? Will we ever have cars without crumbs? Sinks without dishes? Probably that day will come. And when it does we will probably miss the mess and the little people it represents. read more

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Week 3: The Artist's Daughter Book Club

Motherhood and comparisons don’t have to go together, but they often do. Why? I think it’s because we want to know if we’re doing motherhood RIGHT. read more

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Week 2: The Artist's Daughter Book Club

There was a time when I needed to take charge of where I was headed and be responsible for my own gunky feelings. And I needed to forgive. read more

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Week 1: The Artist's Daughter Book Club

There is no question where we've been – the things that have happened to us and because of us – shape who we are today. They impact our understanding of the world and our place in it. read more

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Sip n' See

Welcome to our brand-sparkling-new blog that has been created especially for all of us. You, me and all our friends. Because we're all in this together, right? read more

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Artist's Daughter

Alexandra talks about the inspiration behind her book and setting out to answer the questions Am I lovable? Am I loved? Am I loving? read more

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A Mother's Flaws

Often we think we need to hide our flaws and mess-ups from our kids. But what they really need to see is how we handle things when we fail. read more

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Nothing is really lost until...

Mom: the hide-and-seek expert. read more

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Wife Song

"These are the things you don't say to your wife!" read more