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Created for Care Retreat…coming up!

Alright…we are getting geared up and ready to share some news!!! We will post a list of all the breakout sessions THIS weekend for you to checkout! They will be posted here, on the C4C blog, on the C4C website AND on the Created for Care page on Facebook. I’m SO excited about this next year that I could POP. Seriously–I almost need to make a video to tell y’all the scoop because it’s going to be so stinkin’ awesome!!! The only real difference you’ll see below is the cost–we added an additonal meal…along with a few other things–including the retreat T-shirt. You mommas getting the T-shirt at the retreat will save this momma from months of late nights trying to package tees;).

It is super affordable–AND get this…they are giving us the SAME crazy low rate of just $109 per night…and you can come with other moms–and split the room up to 4 ways. You pay for the retreat at registration but you don’t have to pay for your room until you check out! Sweet to split those up:). Thought you’d like that. Soooo…mark your calendars!!! Last year we filled up in 48 hours…so I wanted to let y’all know about this so you can start planning now:). SOOOOO EXCITED!

Here are the details…feel free to share! YES–you are welcome if you haven’t adopted yet and simply have a heart for adoption!!! OR if your daughter is coming and you’d like to simply join her…we’d love to have you! And I’m sure she’d love knowing you “get it” and understand what her family is going through as they hoop jump and wait…and wait…and wait:). Can’t WAIT to see ya’ll in just a little over 5 months!!!

Here’s the low down…

More to come!!! Our rockin’ web momma is going to make buttons and banners to go on your blogs and such, so you mommas who joined us last year or those who already have heard the word can help us spread the news before registration day!!! I want the word to spread near and far–so those adoption moms who really need this time away to retreat and be refreshed hear about it! CAN’T STINKIN WAIT! (AND…can I just say…I secretly hope to have a referral of our little girl by then. IF I do…I’ll totally share her picture with ya’ll on the big screen;).

I’m gonna end this post on the purpose that brings us all together–a sweet adoption slideshow of my friend Lauren’s sweet family. At the last minute she couldn’t come to the retreat because they got the call they would be traveling to Ethiopia! HERE is the video of their journey!!! We love you Mareto…and we are so, so thankful for you. So Lauren and I live in different states–but you Created for Care moms know…that us adoption moms just connect through our journeys!

Kim - August 13, 2011 - 12:49 am

Cannot wait! I will be there!

Christy - August 13, 2011 - 6:48 am

You are amazing – planning all of this, Andrea! Does the conference center have shuttle service from the airport? Or is there a way to find a ride there?

Andrea Young - August 13, 2011 - 9:21 am

Christy–The hotel doesn’t offered it–so last year we decided to go the extra mile and pull off this service ourselves. What we learned was…it’s not worth it. Moms paid $45 for roundtrip shuttle service. If their flight got delayed–there was nothing we could do and their spot still had to be paid for because we got the rate we did based on the number of ladies committed to using the service. If they missed the last shuttle, they had to rent a car. Using we found those ladies who missed their flights car rentals for just $45. SO…we are suggesting moms to do this instead and then they pay the same and don’t have to wait an hour at the airport for the next shuttle. AND they can leave the retreat when it’s over whenever they want (some had late flights but they had to leave at 10am and miss the share session b/c so many had early flights–and they were bummed about that…but we only got the $45 rate if we did multiple shuttles on Friday and just one on Sunday). Tough stuff. SO…technically if moms have the option for making it even cheaper by sharing their flight times on Facebook and hooking up with another mom to split the car rental with!!! At worst, you don’t split it with anyone and pay the same as you would for a shuttle…but it’s way more convenient!!! There is an $8 gate pass fee once you get there–but you only pay that for the entire weekend and you can come and go as you please with no additional fee at the gate:)

Rory Cookman - August 13, 2011 - 9:41 am

Woohoo! I can’t wait! It looked amazing last year and I am so excited. In fact, since I’m on Pacific Time over here I’m gonna have to camp out by my computer on August 31st (you know, like those nut-bars outside Wal-mart the day after Thanksgiving:)) just so I can make it in time! AAAAHHHHH! Is it September yet!?!?!

Leigh - August 13, 2011 - 10:40 am

Can’t wait!!!! it was amazing last year and just a few days before we got our surprise referral for our son!!! I have to say, I am practicing typing quickly because it’s going to fill up fast!!! haha!

Alison - August 13, 2011 - 1:27 pm

Yay!!! I am so excited to see this! Last year C4C was AMAZING!!! I can’t wait for this year, and I will definitely help spread the word! Hope we can bring an even bigger crew from Mississippi this year!!! 🙂

Sara - August 13, 2011 - 2:04 pm

So excited for the retreat! And thank you for sharing the video. Just what my heart needed today. 🙂

Julie Johnston - August 13, 2011 - 7:25 pm

So excited! Been planning and saving for it all year….can’t wait!

Farrah - August 13, 2011 - 10:02 pm

Is the retreat for moms who have only done international adoption?

Andrea - August 13, 2011 - 10:10 pm

Farrah–It’s for domestic…international…foster care!!!

Rebecca - August 14, 2011 - 7:07 am

Wouldn’t miss it! Happy to help if needed. 🙂

Stacy - August 14, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Thank you so much for sharing the info and the video…every video I see, I hope brings our family one step closer to it being US in the video. 🙂 I can’t help but cry with every one I see. Beautiful!

Lauren - August 15, 2011 - 9:49 pm

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!!!! I’ve got September 1st burned in my brain with my fingers ready to type! 😉 Thank you so much for sharing our video!! Love you!!!!

chris anne - August 17, 2011 - 2:03 pm

if i remember correctly we were told at the awesome retreat last year that we would have a guaranteed this spot this year, is that still true? i am so excited!!

Kristy Jeansonne - August 18, 2011 - 9:56 pm

How many spots do you have for the conference?