Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Refresh and Renew!

I am back! I had such a great time this last weekend at my church's women's retreat in Leavenworth. There really are no words if you haven't ever been to a retreat with your church. I came home totally renewed and ready to live for Christ. I am definitely not sweating the small stuff nearly as much, and I have this renewed motivation to get into the word more than I have in the past. It was so great getting to know all the women better, even the people I already thought I knew I learned so much more about.

We were lucky to have a woman who has been a missionary in The Chad for years come and speak the entire weekend, and she really hit home on a lot of things. Major reality check for me. AND, I get home and my house is spic and span! How amazed was I. If anyone knows my husband, they know that he is NOT a neat nick, he is as messy as messy can be, but he did such a good job keeping the house in ship shape while I was gone. I almost cried when I walked in the door!

And of course I left Avery for the first time. For anyone who hasn't left their baby over night for the first time, let me tell you, it IS as hard as you think it's going to be. All I could think of was her waking up and me not being there. It was sooo hard driving away from that house the first night!! My heart was really hurting. I was, however, very glad that it went well. She had a lot of fun with Chad's mom and dad, and when I got home I got the biggest squeezie I had ever gotten. Of course she won't let me out of her sight now because she swears I'm going to leave again! I'm glad she missed me, makes me feel good. I missed her and Chad soooo much while I was gone that when I got back nothing mattered except my time with her and my time with my hubby. I called Chad's parents at least twice a day while I was gone too, so that helped !


Katy said...

I can't wait until next year! But then we will both have babies with us! Have you noticed on your baby ticker that you can see the little heart beating. It may look alien like, but it has a heart for sure!

Ali said...

I'm thankful for the time I spent with you, Em...even if you did try to kill me on the way up there! Haha! The words you shared on Saturday morning really struck a cord with me, as well. It took guts to get up and share like that, but I was proud of you.

Em said...

I was shaking like a freaking leaf when I stood up. I don't have a problem speaking in front of people unless it's about something personal, then it's really hard! I'm glad I got through it though.