Next Meeting December 2nd

Hello Ladies.  We are so pleased and excited to send out our first newsletter of the year, and indeed, the first newsletter ever for Mom’s Morning Retreat!  We hope you have received it without incident, but if any problems have occurred please contact us for help at  Please share this with any of your friends who may not have registered yet.  We don’t want anyone to miss important information about our meeting this week.


On December 2nd, Mom’s Morning Retreat will offer an activity at our meeting.  This activity will be about “doing for others”, which as we all know is a great way to find joy- especially as we enter the holiday season.  We will be putting together small gift boxes to give to the residents of Messenger House, a nursing center here on Bainbridge Island.  We plan to decorate shoeboxes and fill them with small necessities and gifts.  If you are able to donate any of the following items, please bring them to the December 2nd meeting.  If you are unable to help with donations, for any reason, no worries!  Please still come to the meeting, as we need plenty of hands to help assemble the packages.  We hope to make 35-40 boxes.  Thank you for your help with this project. 

Primary needs:

  • Combs, small hairbrushes
  • Tissues, especially individual size packages
  • Sample size toiletries:
    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste
    • Dental floss sticks
    • Chap stick
    • Hand lotion
    • Body lotion
    • Body wash
    • Shampoo

Other small gift ideas:

  • Nonskid socks
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Coffee mugs
  • Paperback books, magazines
  • Food treats*

*Food items are welcome, but please keep in mind that many of the residents have special dietary considerations, including diabetes, heart disease, allergies, and swallowing problems.  Any food item must have a good shelf life, not require refrigeration, and be well wrapped. 


Perhaps as early as our next newsletter, this section will be a reminder as to which group is assigned set-up/clean-up for the next meeting.  This same group will also be responsible for bringing goodies to share with everyone.  We have not been assigned to our small groups yet.  When this has happens (soon), there will be a permanent webpage with this information, as well as instructions as to what set-up/clean-up entails.  This can be a fun part of your morning, and a nice way to do a little extra bonding with your small group. 

What Are You Doing With Your One Wild and Precious Life?

The content of this space will change from mailing to mailing.  Sometimes it might include a poem that was read at a meeting.  At other times you might see a brief interview here with one of your fellow Mom’s Morning Retreat attendees.  Whatever it is, the idea is to inspire, bring a smile, or simply to help you feel a little lighter inside.  Today, we have a poem that Bev read to us all at our first meeting:

The Summer Day

by Mary Oliver

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?


from New and Selected Poems, 1992, Beacon Press, Boston, MA, available for purchase at Eagle Harbor Book Company located on Bainbridge Island, WA