This past weekend I attended Created For Care, a retreat for adoption moms. I realized I hadn't written about my plans to attend here on my blog, but I honestly wasn't sure what to expect..thus, not sure what to write beforehand.
Can I just tell you that it was incredible?
After a rough travel day -- think a delayed and then cancelled flight + a rescheduled flight + two gate changes + three hours of sitting on the tarmat before takeoff, all because of a little snow and cold weather that hit Texas that morning...the weekend drastically improved.
I roomed with Megan and Brittany (who graciously waited for me for SIX+ HOURS at the airport with all of my delays), and I was so blessed by them. I laughed harder than I have in a long time, but opened up about struggles more than I have in a long time too. It's beautiful and interesting what the common bond of adoption and orphan care will do to grow and further a relationship.
We attended several break out sessions on different topics, and I attended sessions on staying sane while raising a large family (something we hope to have some day), connecting with your child while still correcting behavior (based mostly on Karen Purvis' books and training), and lastly, a session/panel where four black mothers shared their advice and experience for white women who will be raising a black child (something I'll obviously be doing in the future). I loved them all, but what I really loved was that no session leader presumed to be an "expert;" instead, she was just a fellow mother sharing her experience and struggles.
Beth Guckenberger, one of the co-directors of Back2Back Ministries, was our main sessions speaker and was absolutely incredible. What a privilege to watch a woman get up and just preach it. She shared one of my most favorites thoughts of the weekend -- "We serve a Lord who is always on time." In this time of adoption, a time full of unexpected changes and doubt, I needed the reminder that God not only does things on His time, BUT that His timing is absolutely perfect. I'm writing that truth on my heart.
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If you're an adoptive or foster momma, I absolutely recommend this Created For Care in 2015. Subscribe to the newsletter and keep your eyes on the site since the retreats typically sell out quickly.
I can't wait to go back.