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Preparing for Retreat

Saturday, April 28, 2012

My mother-in-law passed from this life the day after my last blog Living Well in Tough Times. What was I thinking when I started a new Challenge this week? Actually, I've done pretty well, missed my daily Spring Into Shape Bootcamp video only once the day of her memorial service.

I've had an unexpected opportunity to make a retreat next week. I'll be at Eastern Point Retreat House in Gloucester Mass 4/30-5/8 for a silent directed retreat - time to rest, time to grieve, time to ask what next. This is my thank you from my husband for caring for his mother. Check out the site for some awesome pics.

I didn't know until late Thurs afternoon whether there'd be an opening for me; these retreats fill up months in advance. I've been scrambling around, making last min flight and travel arrangements, thinking of what needs to be done here before I go--I think I just wrote the last thank you note, starting to make packing piles, making lists. I've been trying to do things as I think of them instead of letting them pile up. The last thing I'll do tonight is put away a basket of laundry.

Actually, that's not quite the last. The last thing I'll do tonight is sit down for a few minutes with my journal and write a short gratitude list. Maybe I should just do it here instead of waiting.

Grateful today for...
Going out for ice cream with husband
The last piece of travel planning done at 6 AM
Reasonably good airfare for last minute
Gas prices dropping
My dishwasher working again
continued outpouring of sympathy and condolences
The kitten's antics making us laugh. She must think her name is NO, Grayce!

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    Hope you are enjoying the retreat. Rest and recoop and be at peace.

    2148 days ago
  • SUNNY572
    I am sorry for your loss and so glad that you were able to get away for a little while to recoup from the events. Your hubby sounds like a winner. Enjoy your time away! emoticon
    2149 days ago
    So glad you can retreat before advancing again! What a thoughtful husband! Soak up a little extra rest and send it our way! emoticon
    2152 days ago
    I hope you have a great week on your retreat, Get some rest you deserve some me time. I loved the gratful list we all need one. Enjoy your time away.

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    2152 days ago
    What a great opportunity! So happy it worked out for you to go. Wishing you a good retreat. And continued prayers for you and the family. Take care my friend!
    2153 days ago
    What an awesome opportunity! I hope you relax and enjoy every moment of your trip. It sounds wonderful. Great idea on your husband's part!

    PS Isn't it ironic how much one has to do BEFORE a vacation. Sometimes I think the vacation is all about relaxing after getting ready for one!!
    2153 days ago
    We should all have a grateful list every day and praise God for all the wonderful things that go on every day. I will try to start journalling again. I'm so inconsistent because of busyness. thanks for reminding me. I do pray every day many times but writing is harder for me. Take care. Hope you are finding peace.
    2153 days ago
    OH, good reminder... I heard of a retreat that is happening the weekend of my birthday, I should look into it now before it fills up....
    2153 days ago
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