Kim, the MOPS Coordinator also had a few items for the DGLs, which I was able to include in the bag.
I had fun packaging them.
The whole process of planning the mini-retreat was a lot less stressful because I didn't have to do it alone. The MOPS Mentor Coordinator worked with me. She and I gel really well and she was so wonderful to come to me to plan so that I didn't have to drag my kids to her place. She was a wonderful sounding board and graciously tweaked some of my ideas with her wisdom. I am so blessed to get to work with her.
One of the things that is new for us this year is we have the luxury of having a "Back-up DGL". We have six DGLs and only five tables. We've found that our DGLs have to miss from time to time because of sickness, and the thought of having a DGL who could step in when the need arose was really, really appealing to me. We had an obvious choice in our group. One of our DGLs happens to be on Steering, she's in charge of Registration. So she already has had some degree of contact with all of the ladies. She's also a really adaptable person and it just made sense to choose her. It also gives us the flexibility that if we get slammed with registrations the first week (which can happen) to add a sixth table.
Carrie, my "Back-up DGL" was the first to get the "point" of the exercise. Immediately prior to the exercise I had told the ladies how important it was that they understood that they could always ask Linda or me for help this year. I didn't want them to feel like they were doing their jobs alone! They truly were apart of a team. Carrie was the first one to ask me for help. I didn't do it for them, but walked them through the solution! She also immediately wanted to help the other group! She SO got the point!
Sometimes I have a hard time believe that the Lord blessed me with such an incredible group of ladies to work with this year. I had so much fun yesterday. I also felt so exhausted when it was all done. I'm not a natural leader and it does drain me, rather than nourish me. But God made it so clear to me that He was calling me to fill that role this year, so I knew He was going to make up for my lack.