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Young Moms’ Get-a-way Weekend

I spent the weekend speaking at a retreat for young moms. I got my fix of cuddling, cooing, rocking and pushing strollers with some beautiful babies.  The weekend brought back bittersweet memories of being a young mom myself. In some ways, those long ago days when I was taking care of my babies, seem like one big under water experience, with the odd moments of coming up for air. This retreat offered these young moms the opportunity to emerge and catch their breath.

Erma Bombeck said it best –

When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out. 

It was also really special to see some familiar faces from when I spoke at this retreat last year. The babies are bigger and the moms are healthier.

My good friend, Karen, leads up an organization called Sunrise Pregnancy and Family Support Services and for the past twenty years, has been committed to assisting and equipping young and pregnant women, who are in need of support for a variety of reasons.  The organization strengthens families through providing emotional care and meeting practical needs. Karen is one special woman whom God has used mightily in the lives of countless women in her community. She is deeply loved, respected and appreciated by everyone who gets to know her.

My partners in crime this weekend – two very special friends, Karen (L) and Linda (R). Linda accompanied me on Friday night/Saturday morning and the women really enjoyed her entertaining stories and her big heart. Thanks, Linda – for your input, wisdom and love.

I find great pleasure in watching these women enjoy the simplicity of the weekend – no children at their feet, (some moms with very young babies brought them along) no partners or husbands, no meals to make, no messes to clean up, opportunity to actually finish something they started, have time to play and best of all, enjoy the full freedom to take an uninterrupted and savored afternoon nap, is so desired. I do believe that what these women long for and love to do is simply sit and talk with each other – catch up on life, slow down the pace and laugh a little.

I spoke about friendships between women – how unique and uplifting they can be. On Saturday morning, we broke into small groups, each with women of different generations, sharing their perspective on various issues. It was wonderful to hear the confidence in their opinions and the conviction behind their decisions yet, they were all teachable and open to consider new ideas.

I love every minute of hangin’ with these women but I have to admit that I was exhausted when I arrived home yesterday afternoon – so much so, that I dropped all my stuff and collapsed on my bed for a three hour “nap.” I also had absolutely no trouble falling asleep and enjoying a full eight-hour sleep last night. To be honest, I’m still dragging this morning.

What a wonderful reminder about why women have children when they’re young!

Teen moms are courageous women.

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.
A. A. Milne

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  1. Thanks Diane. You were God’s woman for the weekend, and He is very pleased with you. Glad to hear you are normal though! Give yourself time to recover. Amazing how our energy level is o much lower as we get older. I know those special moms went home encouraged and built up in their faith.

    Wish I had a “Diane” during those early years. Yes, I relate to your comment about coming up for air, periodically . We forget so quickly what it was like. Good thing!

    Is that Karen Cunnington? I forget her married name for the moment.Dah! If it is, she always had a tender heart, just like her Mom and Dad. JD grew up with them, and I had the great pleasure of getting to know them in my late teens. I had the joy of visiting Karen’s Dad with JD’s mom just days before he died. He was such a gentle giant, in my books, right up to hs last breath. Our loss was heaven’s gain when her parents passed away. I was sad at the time. Won’t heaven be wonderful, reuniting with all these dear Saints, at Jesus’ feet! Oh, what a day that will be!

    Love you, Barb

    Sent from my iPad

    • Yes, it’s Karen Cunnington..now Karen Perrott. I met Karen years ago,when both our families were attending Unionville Alliance Church and we have been friends ever since. I really treasure her friendship – she is a marvelous woman and awesome friend. She will greatly appreciate your kind words about her parents. Diane

  2. Karen Perrott

    Thank you Diane for your kind words and also for the great job you did speaking on the weekend. Everyone loved you!

    And thank you Barb for your kind words about my parents. What a small world – that you 2 know each other! And I totally agree with you.My Dad was a Gentle giant, and my Mom a gem of a woman. I miss them so much. And it will be wonderful to see them again in Heaven!

    • Karen, you definitely come from good “stock.” 🙂 Love you always, Diane

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