Monday, September 16, 2019

LAUGHING WITH THE DREAM TEAM

Last October, I connected with a group of adoptive moms mostly from my church who attended the WITH Retreat.  We bonded through shared laughter and shared understanding of the complexities in each of our families.  I've said it a million times - adoption is beautiful and complex, and no one understands this as well as people who are in it with you.

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We've been meeting together almost monthly to share our stories and celebrate God's faithfulness, and one of our Enneagram One members graciously agreed to spearhead planning a retreat for us.  Lo and behold, a cabin was offered by a wonderful hostess, and because we are a group of moms, we easily filled in the rest of food and fun.  We shed our collective 45 kiddos and holed up for two delightful days.

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I rode with a few friends, and we started a little early with a late lunch.

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And then, we headed to the lake to meet up with the rest of our crew!

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The whole experience was dreamy.  There was coffee on the porch overlooking the lake.

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There was enough food to last for days.  People who wanted to read in the shade did exactly that.  People who wanted to sleep until 9:30 both days did exactly that. 🙋🏻‍♀️  Many of us spent hours floating in the lake on Saturday, and since we are still experiencing intense heat, this was very refreshing.

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We had a group pilates session and a spa night!

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But mostly, we had laughter - so much of it that my abs are a bit sore.  Though that might also be the pilates talking.  These women are treasures - each and every one.  We played games and talked and laughed and my heart healed little by little.  It's been a hard week/month/year, and I was a bit bruised and fragile going into the weekend.  But God used these people to lift me up the whole time.  We were honest about the hard, but this weekend, that is not where we camped out, and I think we all needed that.  There is plenty of hard that we got to leave at home.

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If you don't have people, find some.  Especially the kind that agree to match hair with you and take crinkly eyed selfies in the sun.  Do the work - because don't let the ease of this blogpost fool you - this takes works.  Be intentional.  Be vulnerable.  It pays dividends in support, treasured friendships and bellyaches from laughing.  Having a tribe of people that points me to Jesus through their own lives and reminds me that we can all do hard things is invaluable.  So thankful for this crew and this time!

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