Me and my small group mommas Angie, Laura and Kimberly…they ALSO 3 of my dearest adoption mommas friends. LOVE doing life with these girls!!
It was an amazing weekend! I truly felt the Lord leading and guiding all the way through it. How wonderful it is to step back in a room of over 400 moms who share your calling and heart…and worship the Lord together.
So thankful for my non-adoption mommas who came to simply love and serve this weekend. This weekend would not be possible without them!! HOW I LOVE Y’ALL!!! Not everyone is called to adopt–and I’m so blessed to have friends who give of themselves in service to moms who are called to grow their families in this way. What a testimony they are to me!!! They calling is so holy to me!!! EACH of them have cared for our family so much in our own personal adoption journey, and it melts me to see them still serving! (Thank you girls!)
One thing we have A LOT of moms approach us about is having a retreat CLOSER to their cities. What we don’t always share is that we TRIED to have the March one in California or Texas and it would have been more than TWICE as much in cost. We are still praying about another location–and hoping we can find something affordable. Currently we only have to charge $165 for the weekend registration fee–and moms can split their rooms (at a rate of just $109 per night) up to 4 ways making it REALLY affordable. The $140 of the $165 registration fee covers food and transaction costs (Paypal’s $5 charge)–and the other $25 buys their tee, mug, bag and materials. We still have to raise about $20,000 so we can keep their costs this low (really the registration fee should be $230 each–but we LOVE keeping it so much lower as many travel far to get here!) In order to raise the money we would need to BREAK EVEN this weekend, we bought LOTS of fun things to sell!
We sell PJS…
TShirts, journals and mugs…
And oh how the Lord provided!!! We knew we’d probably be several thousand dollars short…yet Christy, April and I were at peace knowing and believing ultimately He would provide. On the LAST night of the retreat I was having dinner when a donor who has encouraged us since the beginning showed up and handed me a check that would cover ALL OUR EXPENSES for the weekend and even put us ahead for the March retreat!!! I had a table FULL of precious moms and I sat there SPEECHLESS and overwhelmed with God’s perfect provision…a reminder HOW MUCH He loves and cares for these adoption moms and that He is in this and will continue to provide!
The weekend was TRULY amazing…and it was so much fun (I even break-danced on stage for everyone…yes–it’s true! I have the DVD and I’ll try my best to post that clip soon for you so you can see my skills;).
We are overwhelmed with JOY for all the Lord has done, all He IS doing and all He will do. We can’t WAIT for the March retreat!!! Hold on to your seat belts ladies…you are in for quite a ride! We’re even tweaking a few sessions after receiving feedback from the January retreaters to make March EVEN BETTER…as if that is even possible!
Thank you to all of you who joined us…who stepped out in faith with us! We love you all so much…and we are so encouraged by all of you!