First Fall Meeting Slated for Thursday, September 17th at 9:30 a.m. Plan to Join Us!

Ah…doesn’t this look relaxing? Do you need a vacation from your vacation?

In a Summer Daze? Plan to Join Us This Fall for Replenishing Time With Other Moms!

It’s not too soon to plan ahead to join us for an amazing year of learning and replenishment with Bev and our terrific group of moms! We are looking forward to seeing new and familiar faces at our first meeting on September 17th, at 9:30 a.m. at Grace Church.

Mark your calendars!

Steering has been hard at work (with some play thrown in) putting together a fabulous program for you. We’ll tell you more soon about our theme for this year, but wanted you to have the year’s dates so you can plan ahead.

Here’s the Full Schedule of Dates for the Year:

  • September 17th- First Meeting
  • October 1st
  • October 15th
  • November 5th
  • November 19th – Blanket Activity
  • December 3rd
  • December 17th
  • January 7th
  • January 21st
  • February 4th
  • February 18th – Winter Break for BISD
  • March 3rd
  • March 17th
  • April 7th – Spring Break – Fun meeting no talk
  • April 21st
  • May 5th
  • May 19th
  • June 2nd – Last Meeting of the year
  • Your Fall Steering Committee 

Steering is a wonderful way to be even more involved with Mom’s Morning Retreat!

We’ve got an amazing group of women serving on Steering, please welcome:

  • Mentor: Bev Gaines
  • Chair: Annie Hodges
  • Grace Liaison: Jenny Lange (returning)
  • Registration: Jane Church
  • Hospitality: Dawnae Whittlesey (returning in a new role!)
  • Communications: Julia Matakis
  • Childcare: Melissa Meyers (returning)
  • Outreach: Kendra Field (returning)
  • Finance: Amy Drake
  • Activities: Sonja Ross (returning)
Thank you to all of you for your hard work and dedication this summer!
Looking forward to a rich and rewarding year!
We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. — Thich Nhat Hanh

Celebrate with Friends: This Thursday, June 4th at 9:30 a.m.

Celebrate Good Times (Come On!)

Join us this Thursday for our last Mom’s Morning Retreat meeting of the year!

Steering will provide a “pick up brunch”; this will be a relaxed time for visiting together.

Year-end Survey

Please fill out a year-end survey! We will have them available at the Thursday meeting and they will also be emailed out this week via Survey Monkey–simply respond online.

We rely on your feedback–the good, the bad, the mindful–for planning! Give us what you’ve got!


Announcement of our new Steering Committee

Co-chair – Carrie DeFoe

Co-chair-  open

Activities – Annie Hodges

Budget – open

Child Care – Melissa Meyers

Communications – Julia Matakis

Grace Liaison – Jenny Lange

Hospitality – Dawnae Whittlesey

Outreach- Kendra Field-Bennett

Registration – Jane Church

Big thank you to Lori Hungerford, Renee Pethram, Adrienne Brown, Sonja Ross and (pat self on back) Anna McClain for serving on Steering! It was fun!

Loving The Life You Have

We’ve enjoyed wonderful conversations at the meetings this year; with many thanks to our amazing mentor Bev Gaines who brings new perspectives and invites us to explore who we truly are as mothers, individuals, and a community of women.

Thank you for being a part of Mom’s Morning Retreat!


Along the path we encounter shadow and light; this is simply how life is.

Reflecting on This Year’s Journey: “Loving The Life You Have”: Tomorrow, May 20th, 9:30 a.m.


Reflections on This Year’s Journey: Tomorrow, 9:30 a.m. at Mom’s Morning Retreat

We know May is a busy time of year for many a mom!

And yet, talking a little time for yourself to replenish can work wonders!

We invite you to come relax and enjoy a cup of coffee with friends tomorrow morning as we look back on the journey we’ve taken together this year.

Last fall, Bev asked, “What do you need more of to help you love your life?” and the question got us talking about  what holds us back–from perfectionism to conflict, exhaustion. health issues, anxiety and grief.

Bev then talked about “minding the gap”–that space of disconnection between the platform and the railroad car; that place in our lives where we need to align with our own values in order to claim fulfillment.

We wondered together, how indeed can we can live in a way that is in alignment with our values: minding the gap between someone else’s expectations for us and our own authentic values?

Through the year, we’ve talked about ways to increase our sense of peacefulness and well-being and Bev has guided us in practices around mindfulness, gratitude, the latest in happiness research as well as forgiveness and emotional intelligence.

Tomorrow, take time for you–come join us for coffee and conversation as we reflect together on this year’s journey–with deepest gratitude.


Fill Out A Survey: Help Us Plan For Next Year!

Please take a few minutes to fill out a survey at tomorrow’s meeting. What worked for you this year? What would you like to see more of/less of? We read surveys carefully and incorporate the feedback when planning for the next year.

Thinking about Joining Mom’s Morning Retreat Steering Committee?

We’re excited to have several new members coming onto Steering this summer, stay tuned for that announcement! Steering is still ISO someone who enjoys running a budget. (We’ll miss you, Lori!)  If this is you, please talk with Carrie or Bev for more information. Steering is a great way to become even more involved with Mom’s Morning Retreat while having fun, sharing in meaningful projects and getting to know one another better.

Love the life you live; live the life you love
–Bob Marley

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