Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Announcing our 2nd Annual Retreat for Mom's with a child who has suffered a near drowning accident. Would you like to help??
We are in the process of planning our 2nd Annual Retreat for Mom's who have children that have suffered from a near drowning accident. We knew last year when our first amazing retreat was over that we would have to do it again next year, so we've been planning it all year long. To say we are all getting really excited would be a understatement, most of us are ecstatic!!
This retreat is desperately needed for so many of us mom's this year as many of us have had some really scary and hard circumstances happen this past year. Many of our children have spent time in the hospital this past year, some of us mom's wondering if our precious children will survive another sickness. Just try to imagine for a moment what's it's like not knowing if you will get another day, week or year with your precious child, hearing Dr.'s tell you that your child is beyond their help, knowing that it's only God's grace and healing hand that allows them one more day with their family.
The stress that many of us mom's live with on a daily basis is severe, even when our children are healthy we still have to deal with the fact that our children are unable to walk, talk, move on their own, feed themselves, go to the bathroom by themselves or communicate their basic needs to us. Then add on top of that the Dr.'s appointments, PT appointments, OT appointments, dealing with insurance companies, fighting to get services for our children, pleading for help with their education, while some of the mom's are fighting to keep their marriage together and constantly making sure that our other children feel loved and are just as important as our child who ALWAYS needs our attention. It's a constant battle just to find a moment to ourselves, let alone find time to take care of our physical needs. Last but not least many of us mom's are severely sleep deprived. YEP we really do need this time away!!
Details, details, details, here are some details about our retreat:
It will be October 20 - 24 2011
Yes we have added one more night this time
At Suncadia Resort in Eastern Washington,
once again we've had the gorgeous Vara home donated to us for the weekend
We have 15 mom's coming this year
10 Mom's returning
5 new Mom's coming for the first time
Mom's coming from Hawaii, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Arizona, California, Utah, Wisconsin, Colorado and me from Washington 11 different states in all
Lindsey who has Santana nd 12-16-2006 from Arizona
Shauna who has Christian nd 7-8-2009 from Arizona
Jill who has Seth nd 9-15-2002 from California
Julie who has Joey nd 1-16-2007 from California
Dawn who has Collin nd 6-23-2001 from Colorado
Amy who has Jake nd 3-2-2006from Georgia
Joanna who has Ethan nd 5-12-2008 from Georgia
Kehau who has Caleb nd 3-6-2007 from Hawaii
Tiffany who has Abbie nd 5-3-2004 from Hawaii
Janet who has Travis nd 5-21-2007 from Michigan
Erin who has Aidan nd 2-16-2008 from North Carolina
Annie who has Izzy nd 5-16-2004 from Oklahoma
Teresa who has Samuel nd 7-19-2005 from Utah
Sue who has Luke nd 8-30-2004 from Washington
Lisa who has Brock nd 8-1-2008 from Wisconsin
Because of the fact that Luke has had so many challenging days, I mean weeks this past few months I have been negligent in letting people know that once again we could use your help this year with costs of the retreat. Of which I'm so happy to say that already a few people have either donated some money or said that they are going too:-) I'm not planning to do as much as we did last year, instead of spending a day in Seattle we will be going to a little Bavarian town called Leavenworth. We also plan to spend more time at Suncadia this year as it is such a beautiful resort. Here is my estimated budget for the weekend:
$250 for food, I'm hoping to get some of the food/meals donated
$300 for gas we have airport runs on Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday, it's 90 miles each way from the airport to Suncadia
$150 for our day in Leavenworth
$250 for a lunch at the Suncadia Winery Restaurant
$150 for the cleaning/maintenance cost for the use of the home
$50 for BUNCO prizes
Total $1150 - $200 that has already come in = $950
My goal last year and this year is to make the cost of the retreat free, except for airfare to get here, will you help fulfil my dream once again? I know that many of you are thinking that you not able to give a lot, just remember a when everyone does a little it equals out to be a lot:-) If you are interested in giving please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will give you my address, thank you.
Last but not least I would really appreciate your prayers, they are more desperately needed than your donations. Some of these mom's have never left their child for more than a few hours at a time and I know that to do so is a HUGE feat for them, also PLEASE pray that their children stay healthy so that they will be confident in knowing that leaving them at home will be okay. Thank you in advance.
Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue
PS I know that I need to do a update on Luke and I promise to do that in the next day or two, just know that he is doing pretty good right now.