Right about the time that I reached into the very last box of Devil Dogs only to realize I was down to the final two…
And The Colds came back with a vengeance…
And someone named Rube Goldberg began interjecting himself into our peaceful homework routine…
And the mailbox got obliterated…
That’s about the time I began to lose my mind.
Forget about the 2 loaves and 5 fishes multiplying. What about the 2 loads of clean laundry I just put away that have suddenly multiplied into 4 more loads I need to do? I do not like that kind of math. Oh no I don’t!
Whatever is a mama to do? Because a simple Calgon bath isn’t gonna take me away, y’all. (And if you don’t get that reference? That’s okay, we can still be friends.)
I’ll tell you what this mama started to do. I started planning how I could get out of Dodge.
And I found a way to do it for free! Yup, free.
Well, sort of.
The wonderful team of women over at (in)courage are inviting you (yes, you!) to their second annual (in)RL Virtual Beach House Retreat on April 26th and 27th. (That stands for In Real Life, in case you were wondering.) With other women longing for a little spring get away, just like you! All you have to do is click here to find the community of (in)couragers meeting closest to you and register. Women in over 400 locations around the world are offering to host this virtual retreat from their homes or churches, or are choosing to meet up at restaurants or parks. From Jacksonville to Joplin to Japan, there’s sure to be an (in)RL meet-up near you.
And me? Well, I am hosting one of these meet-ups here, at my home.
“Um, she does realize this means she’s not going anywhere, right?”, you might be wondering.
Why, yes! Yes, I do.
You see, my Sweetman? He’s da bomb diggety (And I don’t care that I’m the only one still using that phrase. It’s fun. I like it.) He offered to take the kids to the grandparent’s house that Friday night and stay until Sunday.
And even I realize what that means. 2 WHOLE DAYS TO MYSELF! I apologize for the yelling. I’m just so excited! I get to hang out with women longing to connect and drink hot chocolate without having to share the marshmallows and not worry about the laundry being sneaky and multiplying behind my back. And doesn’t that just sound so… Awesome!!??
Ya with me now?
I promise, with this year’s theme of “The Challenge to Stay in Community”, we all have much to learn and share. And celebrate! Isn’t this entire Spring season about celebrating the one Victory that makes community such a beautiful thing in the first place?
So, even if you don’t know a soul in the community group meeting nearest you, GO! Run to register! Make some new friends with other women who are longing to get away and refresh their souls. You can find out more on the FAQ link or Register to host or Register to attend, here.
Have I piqued your interest? I surely hope so. And if you are the husband, brother, father, or loved one of a woman who could use some encouraging? Send her over to (in)courage to find out more! She’ll thank you. Promise.
And, if you live in New England, use one of the social media buttons to the right to contact me, and I’d be happy to share my meet-up info. I’d love to meet some of you in real life. Oh, yes indeedy!