Savor the Holidays: This Thursday, December 18th at 9:30 a.m.

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Savoring the Holidays

Join us for a peaceful time of reflection and connection this Thursday, December 18th at 9:30 a.m.

We’ll talk about holiday traditions and expectations. What are traditions you honor or are just beginning in your families? What are your hopes and dreams for this season? What are the expectations you put on yourself or sense from others? What brings you meaning and joy during this season?

We look forward to this special time of sharing and savoring the holidays together.

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Nurturing Your Life: Fieldwork from Last Week’s Meeting


Nurturing Your Life: A Note from Bev
Caring for your body, mind, heart and soul are ways in which you cultivate your capacity to be kind and loving to yourself.
Self-compassion is not selfishness, in fact it is just the opposite.
As you come to feel loved and cared for, it is as if you have inhaled all that you need. And then, as you breathe out, you exhale loving energy  to others.
Enjoy these busy rainy days remembering to take time to replenish.
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  • Set aside 10-15 minutes just for you. Have your journal handy and a cup of tea or coffee. Light a candle or sit by the fire. This is your time to listen to you.
  • Close your eyes and notice your breathing and any tightness or tension in your face, jaw, neck, arms, body, legs.
  • Breathe, just breathe.
  • Take a moment to wonder about some of the reasons that self-care is important for you.
  • How would you benefit by making time for you?
  • What would replenish you right now – in this present moment?
  • Which area of self-care do you sense would be most helpful to you now? Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual – what do you sense is your deepest need?
  • Name one way you can say “yes” to caring for yourself this week.
  • Write this in your journal.
  • If you have a friend you can share this with – do so for support. (Call someone from our Mom’s group!)
  • Notice how you feel when you follow through on caring for yourself in just one small way.
See you at our next meeting on December 18th!


The Transformative Power of Self-Care: This Thursday, December 5th at 9:30 a.m.

Learning to attune and respond to your needs and desires — practicing self-care — impacts every aspect of your life. Nurturing yourself is not selfish — it’s essential to your survival and well-being.

- Renee Peterson Trudeau

IMG_7784-1The Transformative Power of Self-Care

I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving.

This week I will be talking about that idea of “putting your own oxygen mask on first.” This tried and true analogy speaks to an important aspect of loving our lives. When we become attuned to those times when we feel connected and nurtured we begin to build awareness of what we need to thrive. And..when we value our self-care, we are more fully present to those we love.

How does a busy mom find time to take care of herself–especially during the holiday season?

Let’s talk about it this Thursday!


Blankets for children coming into foster care in Kitsap County
Calling All Blankets!

We had a fantastic time making blankets at our last meeting.The blankets were stacked at the alter and blessed during services at Grace.

If you took one or two home to finish up, thank you! Please return them to this week’s meeting as we are preparing to stock the closet at DSHS Children’s Services!

Many thanks to Sonja Ross for coordinating this project, and to Kendra Field for making this possible–and for the many donations of fleece!

Yay, Moms!


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