A Mommy Retreat

Our two daughters-in-law with school-age children are busy homeschooling mommies, each with five children. When GiGi went to visit my sister for two weeks, it was a perfect opportunity to get a retreat day for both Melanie and Anna Marie—a time of spiritual refreshment. The goal was to give them a break from their everyday lives that are filled with giving of themselves in service to their families, and for them to be able to spend a day quietly with the Lord.

Melanie had her day first. She took a suitcase with her that was filled with Abby’s down blanket. It was a surprise for Melanie. Abby loves that blanket dearly, and Melanie used it all day! Bethany helped collect Melanie’s Bible and books. She wrote a note and put it in Melanie’s Bible. She also packed her lunch in a cooler.

An especially sweet part of Anna Marie’s day was the note she discovered at GiGi’s house for her from her 10-year-old niece, Abby, with Scripture verses on it. Psalm 63:1 was one of them, and when she read that verse, she spent much of the day studying and meditating on that chapter. Also in her hurry to get ready and out the door by 9:00, Anna Marie hadn’t grabbed breakfast. When she opened the fridge at GiGi’s, she found breakfastyogurt and cheese that Melanie put there for a special treat for her. Anna Marie told me that Melanie didn’t even know those were two of her favorite treats.

Trusting in Jesus,

Ellie came over with Sarah to take pictures,
and Danny is very fond of Ellie.

On Anna Marie’s day, in the afternoon, Anna was actually
babysitting for some of Nathan’s crew too, so she combined them!

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the
heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalm 46:10). 

25 thoughts on “A Mommy Retreat”

  1. That is a beautiful thing to do for them. Not many mommas have the opportunity to do that – what a special way to honor them and their service.

  2. I LOVE this!!! What a great idea and I love how so many invested in not only making it happen, but making it extra special!

  3. That is such a lovely idea, and the breakfast left by Melanie for Anne Marie made me smile. I love reading about the ways you bless each other.
    Heidi x

  4. Oh wow! So did the Mom’s just hang out, read, relax etc. all day?
    Hmm, I’m wondering how I might could bless a Momma in my area like that. Something to think about. Most young Mom’s don’t have the luxury of living near family and having the sort of repreaves that you all provide.

    Love this idea!

    1. Yes, that’s what they did with the emphasis on time with the Lord. They took their Bibles and hymnals. Gigi has a piano at her house. She has a comfortable chair that looks out her front window. It was a whole house of quiet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anna Marie is still nursing Elizabeth so we took Elizabeth over at nursing time and picked her back up when she was done. I love the idea of you doing that for some young moms you know.

  5. What a blessing! Something my mother and mother-in-law would never do, but definitely something I hope I will be able to do if I have daughter-in-laws! Thanks for posting this. I often feel bad for thinking I just wish I had some time to be by myself and the Lord, but this post shows me that’s it’s ok to feel that way. Thanks Teri!!

    1. I think it is very normal to desire time alone and extra time with the Lord. The problem comes if we turn that desire inward and feel sorry for ourselves if we don’t get it. I have never sensed that in you!

  6. Teri, what a blessing you are to your family. I can see that by carefully planning your hours, days, and weeks you have time to thoughtfully consider the needs of others and to act on them. Despite the (surprisingly) negative reactions I get about efforts to set goals and plan my time, I’m encouraged because I see the fruit produced in your and your family’s lives – and I see it in mine as well – the complainers are benefitting : )
    Thank you for taking your role as mom(in-law) and grandma seriously and sharing what you do. It’s inspiring!

  7. I wish I could do something like this! Both my family and my husband’s family live 2 states away. Mamas definitely need some alone/refreshment time!

    1. Yes, long-distance relationships take creativity to maintain and obviously don’t allow for some of the activities that near-distance relationships do.

  8. What a wonderful blessing for the moms! So sweet of you to do for them. I’ve found that spending time in the Word alone brings so much refreshment to my soul so I know they appreciated a whole day of it. And I sure hope that GiGi enjoyed her trip.

    1. Yes, they both indicated that it was very special for them to have that much time alone with the Lord, and they were spiritually nourished and refreshed. And Gigi had a great trip.

  9. This is really amazing. How nice! I love hearing things like this. (As a side note, I see your big, blue weather calendar–we have that, too! When I ordered it years ago, for some reason I thought it was going to be small, so I was REALLY surprised when I had to take a whole section of wall up with it! ha!)

    1. It does take up quite a bit of wall space. I asked when I was over that day whose job it was to rearrange the numbers and put in the special occasions each month. Six-year-old Christina said it was her job.

  10. Such a wonderful thing to think of for the busy mamas. What are the chairs that Anna Marie is using for her children? I’ve seen them before and noticed that she has several. We have a friend who has one but its price seemed prohibitive so we didn’t look more into it but I see that Anna Marie must like them! Are they worth the extra cost?

    1. I think you are referring to the chairs the children are on around the dining room table. While most of the children are Anna Marie’s, they are at Melanie’s house since at that point, Anna had them all. I don’t know the brand name of the chairs, but I can find out if you would like. The first one was given to Nathan and Melanie by Steve’s sister. The others they have purchased through Craig’s list because I have heard them say they are expensive, but not so much from Craig’s list. Since that’s what Nathan and Melanie are using and have worked to get more after their first one, I would say they are quite happy with them and think they are worth what they have spend on them via Craig’s list.

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