This weekend was Beale's PWOC Board Training and Planning Retreat. It was a lot of work to get to the start line....always is.... but this is the first weekend I've organized a "board retreat" post PWOCI and WILD training. This HAD to be not just planning, but training. I am AMAZED we got through five training sessions (Beale's Vision (My vision), PWOC 101, PWOC 201, Dressed for Success, Team Work) AND planned an upcoming year, complete with reports from several ministry team leaders! Totally amazed....
The board retreat was here in our home - and it worked as well as I'd prayed it would. It was intimate, close for those with babies who wanted to run home, allowed plenty of room for those who wanted to spend the night and I think all feel they know me more for having been in our home. I planned simple meals and did what prep work I could before the retreat and during the times when the gals were working in small groups. This saved us TIME as we didn't have to break for meals.
Those who still had the energy DID go for dinner Saturday night before we "broke." I had very, very few words left. Time and touch are my love languages and I feel connected to this group after this weekend. I felt a bit disconnected from my family. LOL
While I did this -
Michael took the kids with him to a resiliency event the chapel hosted - white water rafting! They spent the night in the trailer at fam camp. Saturday they went bowling, to the mall, wal-mart and I don't know what all.
I got home at 9:30 p.m. to a waiting family, lots of excited stories AND flowers and a dvd of a movie I had really wanted to see but missed when it came out. This man loves me so well.
PWOC - Protestant Women of the Chapel - Military Women's Ministry
WILD - Women in Leadership Development - training previously provided by PWOC Region and International leadership.
PWOCI - used as a stand in for regional and international leadership teams in this case
Living all of life before the face of God...