Woven by Love Retreat!

Monday, February 1, 2016

This past weekend I went to the Woven by Love Retreat with fellow adoptive momma friends, Trisha and Megan.
We left Friday afternoon and headed to Gull Lake Ministries in Kalamazoo. We were greeted with swag bags and snacks at registration and then checked out our accommodations for the weekend. We stayed in the Matthew condo and it was incredible!

this was Trisha's room, a little more impressive than me and Megan's!
Such pretty views of the lake!

We had our first break out session which was called "Conversations of Race, Adopting and Belonging" at 4:30 and then had dinner and our first main session with Renee Swope and also had a time of praise and worship.

After that we headed back to our condo for bedtime snacks and stories. 
They had put homemade chip dip in all the refrigerators with chips and candy for everyone to enjoy! 

Megan, Trisha and I headed to our rooms to find little necklaces had been put on our pillows with three interlocking circles to represent the adoption triad of an adoptive mom, the child and the birth mother. So sweet!
We put our robes on (oh yes we did!) and then headed to the living area for "bedtime stories", which is where we all got a chance to tell our stories and share about our adoption journeys. 

The next morning we had breakfast, and another main session and our second session breakout which was called "Five Factors of Healthy Adoptive Families" and then lunch. 

After lunch we all came together and heard a panel of three women telling their stories from the adoptive triad, which was so emotional and amazing!
Our last breakout was called "A place I didn't belong: Hope for Adoptive Moms". After that we had a break to redo our smeared make-up :) and then dinner,  and another main session to wrap up the second day. 

That night we had homemade brownies waiting for us when we got back! A few of us girls did some clay face masks and we headed to bed.

The next morning we had one last main session after breakfast, and we were on our way back home by 11.

It was such an amazing retreat, so awesome to be surrounded by so many other adoptive moms and be encouraged and inspired together! 

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2 Responses to “ Woven by Love Retreat! ”

Ashley said...

Looks like ya'll had a fantastic time! :) Love seeing happy ladies who love God!

Ashley B. said...

Sounds like an amazing experience!