Monday, May 7, 2012

A Weekend to Remember | In Review Part 1

This last weekend was an extra special treat for my husband and I. For awhile now, we've wanted to go to one of the Family Life "Weekend to Remember" conferences and finally, the timing seemed right. At the moment, we don't have any nursing babies and we are blessed to have amazing family super close that can take care of our kids. Also, I was able to find a great discount for the conference so, that made it even a little more appealing. 

Even though we knew it would be an amazing time, it was still really hard for me to take the leap of faith and order our tickets. I really feel like the enemy tried to stop us from missing this amazing opportunity because the details of the trip overwhelmed me so badly that I almost wanted to skip the whole thing. 

I'm so thankful that my husband encouraged us to go, that my family eagerly offered to help with the kids and that I have an amazing network of women that not only say they are going to pray for me but, they do it. 

As I look back on this weekend, I can't help but smile, sometimes with little tears in my eyes (I know, how cheesy, right?). God met us there and He worked out every little detail and went above and beyond to bless us for our faithfulness in showing up. 

Normally when we leave the kids with my mom, Judah cries and has a hard time. This time, he smiled and waved at us as we pulled out of the driveway. There were many, many small details (more of which I will share later), that reminded me of how God sees us step out in faith and He not only meets us there but, He goes on to exceed our expectations. 

I've wondered how in the world I could possibly blog about this conference and accurately describe how wonderful it was. I feel like I would need to be a much more talented writer than I am, to even bring it justice. 
What I plan to do is write a few times this week and share some of my notes, some of the verses that spoke to me and some of content inside the notebook that was given to us. 

So, let me first share with you what a stay at home mommy does, that hasn't ever been away from her kids for a weekend before..........
She jumps on the bed! 
And please....don't tell the hotel because, the hotel was indeed, very nice. 
Yaaaaaahoooooo!!!!!!!
Friday night: Walked to the first evening session, set our books on some great seats and then left to go grab a drink of water before the session started. The greeters were super friendly, the resource tables were filled with inspiring books and love songs were playing in the background. Even though the first session had not even began, my eyes welled up with tears, and I had to go to the bathroom and tell myself to pull it together. You've been there, right? Standing in a stall, telling yourself  "there is no reason to cry and it's time to stop it, right now".
 The first session was about "Why Marriages Fail".
•Threat #1: Difficult Adjustments
•Threat #2: Our Culture's Pattern
•Threat #3: Inevitable Difficulties
•Threat #4: Extramarital Affairs (these can include career affairs, materialism affairs, love affairs and so on)
•Threat #5: Selfishness
~If couples are not intentionally moving towards oneness, their marriages will drift towards isolation.

Session #2-The Communication Toolbox
•Different styles of communication were explained
          But now, you must put them all away; anger, wrath, malice, slander and obscene talk from your       mouth. -Colossians 3:8
How to listen well
•How to express yourself well

In addition to the notebook that they gave us, to use in following along with the speakers, we were also given a book of "projects" to do together. So, after each session, there was a project that needed to be done that related to what the session had been about.

I feel like the conference was very thorough and that anyone could benefit from it. Some couples there were just engaged, while other's had been married for over 30 years. Also, the speakers were very different so, there was something for everyone.

So, when was the last time that just you and your hubby got away? I'm so glad we did and I'll share more about our experience in the next few days.
Angela 

4 comments:

  1. I look forward to hearing about it. It does in fact sound like you had a marvelous time. I would be jumping on the bed too. But I would be more worried about my kids finding out than the hotel management!

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  2. Love this post, Angela! I have been meaning to read it for a few days now and just had time to sit down and do it. I have totally been there, tears in my eyes for "no reason" because the Lord has blessed me with something special... it's especially meaningful after a period of challenges or just monotony. I'm so happy that you and Jeremiah were able to get away and have a special weekend!

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  3. Sounds like an amazing weekend! I would love to go a conference like that. Can't wait to read more!

    And thank you for linking up your posts for Marriage Week :)

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  4. I stumbled upon this blog as I was looking for reviews about FLW2R conference. My husband and I attended the conference in Reston, VA this past weekend (April 5th-7th, 2013. Although I'm not a stay at home mom, I'm well aware of the challenges of having alone time with my husband with both of us having demanding jobs. We had to press our way to the conference. It was an awesome experience of us being focused on building our marriage with a spiritual blueprint. We both came back renewed and more excited about God's plan for our marriage. Thanks for sharing your experience and allowing me to cosign with you wonderful experience.

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