A couple of weeks ago another adoptive mom and friend emailed me about this retreat, Created for Care. It is a ministry that puts on this retreat, it was created by adoptive moms for adoptive moms. I had never heard of it, or if I did I did not pay attention before. She told me it would be fun if I could go go, she had just registered and it was the first day of registration. Apparently for 2011 retreat registration filled up in 48 hours. So I thought about it, this would be a huge stretch of my comfort zone, going to a retreat with only myself and meeting up with some friends, whom I have only really talked to through emails and texting. Anyone who knows me knows this is the kind of thing that makes it hard for me to breathe. But I thought what the heck, I need to do more to get out of my comfort zone and how fun would it be to spend a weekend with other mom's, mom's to be, etc. who all have one thing in common - ADOPTION. Since we are in the beginning of our 2nd adoption This might be a great time to connect with other mom's before our road gets rocky and we really need the support of others on the same journey. I know we will need that support, we have been there done that! Well in the 10 minutes it took for me to decide yes I am going to go, registration was full! 400 women in something crazy like 9 hours. Tell me Adoptive mom's don't need somewhere to bond, connect and relax! I was really bummed since I was really looking forward to spending time with my friend Holly. Holly took pictures of Daniel before we were able to bring him home, and we started the process together for the 2nd time at the same time. So I did what everyone else did and added my name to the wait list and was waiting.
Well on Sunday I got an email from Created for Care that they were opening up a 2nd Retreat in March. Well since I was on the waiting list for January I have already registered but for all the rest of you reading this who have not registered or didn't get in in time for January - registration opens tonight for the March retreat at midnight! From what I read and see you probably want to wait up and get on that list as soon as possible.
I have never been to this retreat but from what I have read on their facebook page and website and just listening to those that have been there it is amazing and definitely worth the time. I can't wait to go and connect and make some new friends (and yes just saying that makes my heart skip beats with anxiety). The following was taken from their website www.createdforcare.org describing the retreat:
Created for Care is a non-profit ministry designed to encourage, equip and bring rest to adoptive families through yearly retreats. Because leaving little ones can be difficult, we began our ministry with retreats for moms--but we record all of the sessions so both parents can benefit from the time of encouragement and insight shared from counselors and other adoptive moms. Our retreats always fill up quickly, and we truly believe God is in the midst of doing something amazing through them. He loves orphans too much to leave them orphans. And He loves your family too much to not lead you, love you and carry you on the rest of your journey as you raise your sons and daughters for His glory. Come join us at the next retreat...So here is the information for how you can also come along to this retreat, visit:
You can see the schedule of events, the lodge (it is beautiful) and the dates and times. I hope you see you there!