Or is that wild church-ladies in the woods?
Every year at about this time, the women of my congregation take a much-needed getaway: Women's Retreat. We go out to a retreat center north of here, and from Saturday morning to Sunday noon we hike, talk, reflect, do handwork, worship, sing, and enjoy one another's company and the break from the day-to-day.
Last year Joy came down with a 24-hour tummy-bug, not a week before the retreat. I was up all night holding her as she retched. "I mustn't catch this," I told myself sternly. "I want to go to women's retreat!"
Then a day or two later, Rose caught the bug. Again I was up all night with her, positioning the bucket at 45-minute intervals. "I won't catch this," I promised myself. "I'm going to go to women's retreat!"
Friday came around and I packed up my things for the next morning's departure, still feeling fine. And then...
JoyDad started feeling rumbly in the tummy.
Hadn't even thought of that! But there went the daughter-care for the weekend. I stayed home and took care of the girls (and him, though he didn't let me hold the bucket) while he retched, and missed the retreat. And then, insult to injury, came down with a mild version of the bug myself the following Monday.
This year? I'm fighting a cold, and so is JoyDad. Plus, Joy has discovered how to keep herself from falling asleep, for hours at a time. She stims on her blankets or stuffed animals, and vocalizes loudly. This applies to nap, to bedtime, and lately to wake-ups in the middle of the night too. Rose sleeps through it, but JoyDad and I are missing big chunks of sleep (as we try to fight our colds).
I'm still planning to go to women's retreat, though! The theme this year is "The Power to Lift Up." I'm expecting a beautiful, uplifting time -- our pastor (yes, a woman) always does such a lovely Sunday-morning worship at retreat, and the setting is idyllic, and the company is fantastic. And the craft project is related to the uplifting theme as well...
Wild church-ladies in the northwoods. Can't wait. Think good "sleepy-Joy" and "cold-B-gone" thoughts for us.
Pumpkin photos when I get back!