I have two important things to share with you – well, probably more, but two come to mind at the moment.
First, I’m very excited to be speaking at the Passion for Orphans Retreat in Beaver Creek, Colorado, September 25 – 27. I am especially honored because this is my second time being invited. Two years ago, April 2013, I stood before the women at this retreat and told my story of being an unlikely adoptive mother. It was a very sweet time.
The Passion for Orphans retreat is for anyone who is passionate about embracing orphans:
foster care moms
moms in process of adopting
wanna-be adoptive moms
and future orphan advocates
(I stole that from the website because I want to get it just right.)
There will be worship, teaching, discussion groups, good food, and plenty of time to relax, regroup, connect with other women, or take time for solitude.
Early bird registration ends August 14 and gives you $40 off, so if you’re thinking about coming, sign up soon.
I hope you can make it.
Second, Annarose is pushing me to take the leap into the world of Instagram. Isaiah created an account for me more than two years ago, and I didn’t post a single photo. Blogging and Facebook were enough for me to manage, Twitter was a bit too much, and Pinterest came and went.
Then the kids got me an iphone and taking pictures to post online became instantly easier. I think I’m ready for Instagram now, and it’s going to be fun. If you want to see my pics, you can follow me on Instagram. At the moment, Annarose is posting Whidbey Island pictures – I just might hire her to be my social media assistant.
Whidbey Island continues to bless us with beautiful views, water, sunshine, beach glass, thrift store treasures (you can see one on my Instagram) and time together. Russ and the boys began constructing a fabulous beach fort yesterday, which I’m hoping will occupy the boys for our remaining week.
I got some quiet time with Russ on Tuesday when we made another trip to Costco. We are plowing through food at an alarming pace. When we get a pocket of calm, our conversation often turns to Kalkidan, the accident, our grief, our loss of Nick, and how the kids are coping. As often happens, tears come.
I am deeply, profoundly, thankful to have Russ walking by my side and holding me close. I don’t even have words to express this – he is the most faithful, loving man. I am very blessed.
The kids are all still sleeping, but soon they’ll wake and the adventure will continue. I expect the day will hold a long beach walk, blackberry picking and cobbler baking, fort building, book reading, game playing, and laughter.
I told Russ yesterday that I feel spoiled rotten by God – this time and this place are lavish gifts.
What does your day hold? How are you? I would love to hear from you. Thank you to everyone who left an encouraging comment for Annarose; it means so much to her.
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