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2017 November

Happy Fall,

Can you believe we are approaching the end of another year? With life moving so quickly, I so appreciate the extra time with family and friends the holidays bestow. The end of the year simultaneously leads me to reflect back on this past year, as well as look ahead to the next. And, all the while, I strive to live in the present moment. This dynamic reminds me of some words spoken by author Melody Beattie: “Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
At PEPS, our year has been one full of reflection, listening, learning, planning, and visioning. We are deepening our journey of knowing who we are, where we have been, the impact we make, and how we can improve. This deep internal work is a labor of love – a labor that will continue into the new year and beyond. We are grateful for you: our community that is a wellspring of love, support, wisdom, and generosity. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.
I wish you a quiet, relaxing moment to soak in the perspectives, stories, and insights in this newsletter. And from all of us at PEPS, we wish you joy, laughter, and connection with your family and friends this holiday season.


Take care,


Jessica Lawmaster
Executive Director

Upcoming Events

November & December Fridays, 11:30 am - 1 pm
Check listings on the Adjusting to Parenthood page for current offerings.
Adjusting to Parenthood - Seattle Holistic Center
Support group for new moms, focusing on the emotional adjustment to parenthood.

November 28
Support our campaign and help PEPS raise $2,500 in one day!

Saturday, December 2, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
PEPS Leader Training
Want to lead a group? Please RSVP to Cate Palmer to attend an upcoming training.

December 6, 12 - 1:30 pm
Grandparent Brown Bag Lunch - Pacific Science Center
Tell all the grandparents about this brown bag lunch with Executive Director Jessica Lawmaster for a discussion on The Power of Connection with time for Q&A.

SAVE THE DATE: March 6, 11 am - 1 pm
PEPS Benefit Luncheon - Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
Join us and bring your friends at our "Counting on Community" Luncheon. Reserve your table here.



We are so thankful for Laurie Alexander!

Outgoing PEPS board president Laurie Alexander leaves a lasting legacy at PEPS and we're deeply grateful for her leadership. "She has helped build a dynamic board with a robust committee structure and an intentional vision for further board development and she has established a precedent for steadfast support of and open, trusting and consistent communication with the Executive Director." Read more from incoming board president Mary Ellen Cunningham.

Groups Starting in January

Get ready for winter and register for Baby Peppers, Little Peppers, Second Time Around and NEW Evening Groups just for moms. New locations in Columbia City, Renton and more - please help us spread the word!

Welcome a new PEPS Network member - Building Villages!

Building Villages is a new member of the PEPS Network. Building Villages is a nonprofit in Boise, ID offering peer-based support to parents of newborns 3-16 weeks and babies 6-12 months, as well as workshops and book groups. Yay for parent support!

#Upstanders, a funding contest for nonprofits

Check out Chris Ballew, also known as Caspar Babypants, as he talks about PEPS in this short video about community #Upstanders, a funding contest for nonprofits. As Chris says, PEPS helps parents and new families and "that is how we save the planet." Thanks, Chris!


Articles & Resources

Desegregating Your Child's Life

"Our children imitate what we do much more than they listen to what we say. If you lead a segregated life, then your child will act accordingly. It's not easy, but be intentional."

Jasen Frelot shares this new essay with ideas for how to live a desegregated life with your kids.

NEW Option for PEPS in the Evenings

Experienced PEPS Leader Jill Farbarik piloted an evening group for moms last spring. Evening groups for new moms are a great option for single parents and for parents managing work schedules. Read about this new offering and let new moms know about this flexible new option in January 2018.

Helping Families Form Lasting Relationships - a PEPS Network Partner in North Carolina

While in Seattle, Monica Richardson earned her MPA from The Evans School at UW with the encouragement of her PEPS group. Then, when she returned to North Carolina, she founded TAPS. Read more about this new PEPS Network partner.

What is identity development?

We have an important role supporting our baby's healthy development in an increasingly diverse world. "Very young children, including babies, are learning about themselves and their social identity from birth." Hear more from anti-bias expert - and PEPS grandma - Debbie LeeKeenan.

Helping others helped me feel like myself again

"How does a completely immersed mom claw herself out of the abyss of early motherhood? It started with a book and ended with a hammer." Shawna Gamache shares about her work with the Low-Income Housing Institute. This is the second in a series by PEPS mom Shawna Gamache.

A Community That Cultivates Joy

"Xander was born a 34-week-old baby boy, clocking in at a strong 3 lbs, 10 oz. He spent 22 days in the NICU. Finally, the day came when we could take him home and be a family - we felt so whole!" Sara tells the story of her PEPS Group in this essay, saying "One of the biggest strengths that PEPS offers is acknowledging that being a parent is tough stuff."

There are no other people's children

ParentMap shares seven essays from parents of children with special needs, including how pet chickens have created a special connection, how to manage without a formal diagnosis, and how to parent in the present.

Arguing in a wetsuit

"If I've learned nothing else from the past 7½ years of single parenting, it's that life is made up of the small, ordinary things that are easy to miss." Seattle's Child and Samantha Updegrave share about parenting and swimming with sharks.

Big First Steps for an Awesome Little Dude

Luke Minor is the Senior Associate Director for Washington's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) Program and he's recently become a new uncle. Luke shares a personal essay on why he wants to start saving for college for his nephew.


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