I went on the BEST mom's retreat ever this past weekend.
Twenty women from my mom's group rented out all but one room of a bed and breakfast, and the entire adjacent guest house. We played games. We laughed. We ate pizza and cheesecake.
We felt a little sorry for the couple that was sharing the house with us. We tried to keep our enthusiasm under control....but when someone has to mime diarrhea....
We disbanded to our rooms sometime after midnight. Neighboring rooms visited a little later into the night.
Morning came and we gathered again for breakfast.
Biscuits with sausage gravy, blueberry coffee cake, and fresh fruit.
I glanced at the couple across the room. Feeling like I should go over and offer my apologies for the night before.
But the woman got up and came over. She spoke to one of the gals in our group, who then pointed her to our leader. She whispered something and then stood in front of us all.
She and her husband, a pastor, wanted to take a moment to offer us encouragement. She said the most wonderful words. She shared her journey with us. She said, "when you can answer 'yes' or 'no', take another moment to explain. Before you know it, your children will be off on their own."
She told of the times she and her husband would pray at night.
Of how God blessed her with a job opportunity right out her back door once her kids went off to school.
The tears! You should have seen the tears streaming from our faces.
We said we had been worried the night before that we were disturbing them. She said they had been happy for us. Glad that a bunch of young mothers could sneak away and find refreshment and laughter.
It was refreshing.