That's all it took for me to settle in and feel downright giddy at the thought of being 'alone' for the next 2 days (Brooklyn is with me since she's still nursing). In fact, despite the fact that I didn't arrive at my little retreat until 10:30pm, and am in a perpetual state of fatigue these days, I was up until 1am.
It's just so peaceful here. I couldn't help it! :)
I love these rare times when I can steal away and relax, think, pray, and seek God. He is so gracious to show up and provide rest, refreshment, and new perspective. I am still learning how to effectively balance life as a family of six, and I really want to slow down the pace of life a bit. But how can I do that when I barely have time to think?
This time away is probably the best Mother's Day treat ever. Thank you SO much, Cathy, for the use of your beautiful home! It is a treasured friend who not only knows my need for time away, but then gently insists that I take the opportunity when I can. What would I do without you?!?
Thank you also to my sweet husband, who has the older three children with him. He isn't just keeping them alive while I'm away -- he is doing all sorts of fun activities with them! (Are you sure they miss me, hon? ;)
Now that I'm recovering from the craziness a bit, I am off to take my sweet baby out to dinner, then indulging in a little 'just for me' shopping! Happy Mother's Day, my friends and family. And for those who are still waiting to become parents, you are on my heart today. Don't give up! :)
------------------------------ So, if you had a couple days to yourself for an in-town retreat, what would you do to rest, recover, and have a little fun?