Sunday, November 15, 2009

One Wild Week-end ! read that right. I just got back from a wild great week-end.

Did I get your attention?

You're probably thinking - ohh...where did she go this time with hubs and the kiddies? Well, you'd be thinking wrong - sorry.

I was solo. Yep, alone. Just me (and about....oh.....40 or 50 other wild gals) on this cute little island in the middle of Lac St. Louis.

So....are ya still with me?
I went on a ladies retreat. Ever been to one of these? It's typically a time where you get away for some alone time, away from the hussle and bussle, do some soul searching, or thinking and praying and hopefully come back refreshed. Thus the name - retreat.
And if you're really lucky you get to hear some fantastic thoughts and sharings by a great speaker.

Bonus. was a powerful bonus for me.

The guest speaker was my dear, dear friend - Joanne Goodwin - whom I have known forever. (Here's her website link.) And man can she speak. From the gut with an arrow straight through to your heart. I used to be a public speaker and have sat through many speakers, preachers and more. Some are good, a few are great and a very few are blessed with a rare and wonderful gift from God.
Joanne would fall in the latter.

And then some.

She can make you almost pee (no really) your pants with a rare, bawdy humor and tear your heart out with such a poignant picture of pain and despair, then lift you up with a balm of encouragement and hope. Whew - it's just a gift.

And I share it with you.

She's just that good folks.

Joanne speaks all over North America so check out her website for her schedule and go catch her if you can. You can order audio CD's from her site and she has a DVD coming out. She will be a guest speaker on a Carribbean cruise in Jan and I think there are still a few spots left.

If you have ever wondered why bad things happen to you, why your kids are messed up and what can you do about it, is God really there and does he really care.......Joanne sheds new light on these not so new issues. I'm just waiting for her to write that book. I believe I've been nagging gently suggesting this for years.

So Joanne, get writing. (And umm....I want the first copy.)

And btw....... hubs and the kiddies?




the greek chinese connection said...

I'm so sorry I missed this...again...may-be next time. Glad to hear you had such a great weekend, you deserve it my friend. Hope you did some praying for me too!!!

Luv u


Jodee Leader said...

What a fabulous weekend! Time away is the best!

Wanda said...

Yah...listen up H aka "me". Next time you ARE coming with me or I'm not going. (I got the CD's for you!)


Lisa said...

Your weekend sounds glorious! Your friend and her message sounds just as glorious!

How wonderful to get away and recharge, a gift in and of itself....then to come home and KNOW your hubby and chicks did so splendidly...another gift for certain!

LOVED the beautiful pics in your previous girls days out(of school that is!!) at the park ~ visiting your blog always leaves me smiling!


a Tonggu Momma said...

A weekend away is definitely a blessing from God! Glad you had fun.

Buckeroomama said...

I always say that I want a weekend away, but when push comes to shove, I still can't do it. I've decided not to go with my parents to Zhongshan for a weekend a couple of weeks from now. I still have until Tue to change my mind. While I am seriously thinking about it, I don't think I will change my mind. Not ready yet... :)

Glad to hear that you had a super weekend!

3D said...

Good to hear that you had a wonderful weekend for you!

Keep smilin!

Leslie said...

wow i will have to go to her site!!! FUN STUFF!

Our family said...

Way to go! How wonderful that you had such a spendid getaway! I think it is so important to feed our spirits...

Have a glorious week!

Two Brothers Waiting said...

Hello fellow Quebecer ;0) Thank you so much for your comment on my blog...I was very touched! You have a beautiful family!!!