(Happy photos shot by the amazing DrewB.)
Life doesn't equip you for life.
It certainly doesn't prepare you for parenting.
Nor does it prepare you for how quickly time passes.
I didn't listen to those who told me to cherish every moment when I was wearing a path through our house, walking seemingly endless miles through the halls, trying to soothe and survive a colicky newborn.
I barely remember surviving the next colicky/ refluxy/ angry newborn, while trying to also care for her not quite two year old sister.
I thought that was the epitome of how hard parenting could be.
Oh how wrong I was.
I had the nerve to blink and am now realizing that although those small years were tough, the years ahead of us are a different type of hard.
Newborns and infants need love and their basic needs met. Get that figured out, and although you are bone tired, poured out, and exhausted, you are basically winning at this parenting gig.
Bigger kids need those basics plus ten million other things, while ten million other things are fighting for their time and attention.
My baby girl will be starting sixth grade next week.
We are so similar it is ridiculous.
Her passion and determination is infectious.
This golden ray of sunshine will be a first grader.
I am pretty sure she was a bald newborn just five minutes ago.
Our family has been through so much change in the past year, and these girls have walked along side us as we planned, prepped, and planted Encounter Church, with so much grace and flexibility.They are used to sharing our home with people most days of the week, they come to church early, they stay late, the make new people feel at home.
They have been patient and loving as their parents were often overwhelmed.
They pitch in to help with happy hearts.
They are pretty much the best thing ever.
We recently returned from week at Forest Home Family Camp, and it was the very best thing we have ever done together as a family (And we have done some really amazing things before.)
It bonded us and healed us in ways we never expected, and we left changed for eternity.I will share so much about our time there (I cannot wait!) but today I have such HAPPY HAPPY NEWS!
Forest Home has so generously offered to give away a weekend at their Mother & Daughter retreat.I KNOW!
If you live or can get yourself to Southern California the weekend of September 11th-13th I invite you to join us at Forest Home. I am praying that God has the specific family in mind that needs this weekend, and I cannot wait to pick a winner on Friday.
There are still a few spots available, and if you feel like this retreat is something you and your daughter(s) need, I encourage you to find a way to attend. If you have been to Forest Home, you know what a special place it is. If you have yet to visit, I wish I could come up with sufficient words to emphasise what a worthwhile investment it is.
You can read more about the weekend and register by clicking here.
Mother & Daughter Retreat
|September 11 – 13, 2015|
|Starting from $182* for daughters and $277* for mothers|
|6 prepared meals, lodging, programming, recreation and downloadable media|
|* Prices vary widely according to accommodations.|
they start crawling, it’s only a few short steps to college. And yet,
with all the responsibilities of each day—demands of work, cooking and
cleaning, picking up and dropping off—it can be difficult to slow down
and spend time together. Let us cook your meals and clean your dishes as
you take time to explore and adventure together, rediscovering the
wonder of your child, of creation and of the Creator.|
You and your daughter(s), ages 5 to 18, will have opportunities to nurture your relationship with Christ as a pair and as individuals through uplifting messages and age specific programming.
One reader will win the opportunity to attend the Mother/Daughter Retreat as a mother with her daughters; includes set retreat meals and accommodations, activities, etc.
(Travel expenses and additional expenses during free time are not included.)
- To enter, leave a comment answering the following question: Have you every been to Forest Home? If yes, what is your favorite Forest Home memory? If no, what would you be most excited to experience at the Mother/Daughter Retreat with your daughter?
- Additional entries:
*Follow Forest Home on Facebook.
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*Follow Forest Home on Instagram
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*Follow Forest Home on Twitter
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Winner will be announced on Friday 8/28.
Come back this week for some fun camp and mountain themed printables, and to hear more about our time at Family Camp.
I truly hope to see you and your daughters together at Forest Home in September.