Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Time to Get Away

In less than twenty-four hours, I am outta here!!! Yes, tomorrow at this time I will be in the middle of a four-hour car trip I will be on my way to heaven Cleveland, OH, where I am attending the Women of Faith conference.

Four years ago Brian was at a conference for work and was placed in a hotel room all by himself. *sniff, sniff* When he told me about it on the phone I could not understand the disappointment in his voice. I thought a couple nights in a hotel room alone sounded wonderful. My mind started working and I started searching the internet.
I discovered that in a few weeks Women of Faith was coming to Michigan. Though I had never been to Women of Faith I had heard good things about it, and I really needed to get away for a while. So I did some checking around for information and when Brian came home I had a proposal for him. I said, since he got to have a few days away and a hotel room all to himself, I thought I should get to go away, too. My husband is wonderful and he agreed. *grin*
I went to the conference and had such a great time that we decided it would be an annual "thing" for me. Once a year I get to go away - completely by myself - and I love it. Don't get me wrong. I love being with other people. But there is just something wonderful about going away by myself that really picks me up.
It may seem strange, but somehow I feel even closer to God when I'm alone. I talk with Him more. I am more aware of His presence. Since there is no one else "looking out" for me, I think I rely on Him more. It's like everywhere I go I am mindful of His arm around my shoulders - guiding me.

Is it time to go yet???

So, anyway, dinners for the next three nights are in the fridge, ready for Brian and the kids. I have printed out directions to the hotel and have my tickets. Still need to pack. Can't wait to go!

And, shortly after I get settled in my hotel room I'll be calling in to do my interview on WLGT. Remember to click the BlogTalkRadio button and join me Thursday night at 8:00. Even though I am going to be having my "alone time," I would love to talk with you on the show! (Just don't call me "Mom" or ask me if you can have a snack. *grin*)

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km said...

I keep telling M that I'm going on a sabbatical in a few years. One day for each year that I've had children and not consecutive time alone. I'm not sure what I'm doing yet...but I know it will be glorious to be alone.

Thursday night I'm at my woman's study, or I'd be sure to call in. I hope I can hear the interview some other time. Will is be like a podcast that can be downloaded? I'm new to this blogtalkradio.

StaceyStace said...

But I WILL need a snack...

I'm so happy for you! I love to get alone with God, too.

And, that speech I gave my kids is up for grabs! They certainly get tired of hearing it, but just when I think about giving up, the insane passion I have to see them know, love and live for the Savior gets a hold of me. I know you are right - it is a work of God. Too often I try to make it happen by reason of my will.

Melissa said...

It has always been a dream of mine to spend a couple days in a hotel room all by myself - but I guess for now I'll have to settle for an empty house when my two red heads go to South Carolina for a week each year.

Mike said...

Have fun. Lots of it.


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Stacey said...

Have a wonderful time! My husband is so gracious, he encourages me to take 2 weekends a year to go away by myself. As much as we love our children and hubbies, we NEED that quiet "me and Him" time :) Plus, it's always nice to come home and know how much you were missed. Enjoy your conference.

I've been reading your blog for several months now, and am so thankful that God uses you and your life lessons through your blog. Our God is awesome!

JanMary said...

Oh have a wonderful time - I had a couple of nights in England in January and it was so good to get away, and you appreciate your home and family more too when you get back :)

luvmy4sons said...

Have a great great time. Many blessings...

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

Yay for getting away by yourself. Enjoy every minute of the peace and quiet...can't wait to hear all about it!

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

Have a blast! I'm so jealous

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

I am so glad you have that time away! I went to the Women of Faith Conference for one day with my friend from church two years ago when WOF came to Philadelphia. (about 1 hour away) It was wonderful. I've been reading through a Women of Faith Bible the last year and a half - lovin' it. And don't you just love how those ladies interact together - what fun!

Hope your interview went well - God bless!

freetofly said...

I know just what you mean! I am so happy for you & praying for you and your sweet family while you are away!

Looking forward to hearing about your time at the conference!