- Keeper of the Hearth
- Feasts of Jesus
- Feasts of Mary
- Midnight Feast
- 12 Days of Christmas
- Stir Up Sunday
- Madi Gras
- Shrove Tuesday
- Ash Wednesday
- Palm Sunday
- Holy Week
- Good Friday
- Ascension Day
- All Saints/All Souls
- Christ the King
- Stations of the Cross
- Liturgical Year
- Feminine Arts
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
My Mummy Retreat.....Homestyle
What is so special about a Mummy retreat you may ask, well probably nothing really except it was an opportunity for me to spend some very much needed ME time.
Gasp... horror... shock.... not ME time you say!
Now normally I may scoff at the idea of a retreat and at having time- just to me. A time to focus on my thoughts and ideas and uninterrupted knitting and craft time, which is what I had hoped to achieve.
However I have mentioned over the last few weeks a feeling of frustration with the way I have been handling my responses to everyday events and my constant tiredness that just seems to not allow me to be the best wife, mother and homemaker I can be.
So after another week of feeling I just needed some time to put everything back into place, especially after I realised I had missed a much looked forward to Feast Day I (after pushing my guilt feeling to the back of my mind) decided to see if our older children were happy to help in this goal of mine.
As it seemed they were and I really didn't want to leave them completely unattended especailly knowing how our little ones don't like me to be away, and I just couldn't leave Arwen completely. I retreated up to our bedroom with a multitude of 'stuff' and many fluffy ideas on what I wished to achieve.
I did remind the children that I was supposed to be left alone, except in the case of Arwen needing a cuddle or being put to sleep etc. This was supposed to be 'retreat time' and not to be disturbed by minor squabbles.
My retreat did not quite turn out the way I had thought, for one thing the younger children couldn't help but seem to interrupt me throughout the day. They did like to bring me coffee and biscuits and then of course take the biscuits that I didn't want to eat themselves. Lunch was provided on a tray by my beautiful girls complete with flowers.
But I did get some of the major spiritual items looked at. I looked at what I was wanting to add or subtract to my morning and evening devotions, spiritual reading and what other reading to be doing apart from light entertainment reading.
I was able to write a couple of letters to dear pen friends and just spend time listening to a favourite Christian music CD Sons of Korah, my favourite being Redemption Songs. Their music is based on the psalms and I find them very relaxing and even use them for lullabies for our babies.
By about 4pm the children both young and old were ready for Mummy to re-emerge from her solitude. So I was able to blend back into the family and give our little precious girl a bath and getting in her 'Jammies', read a story and have a snuggle.
I wasn't as 'refreshed' as I thought I might be but I think that is because I actually still was in the house, and still able to hear the children and be aware of the household.
Having never actually been on a proper retreat I think this is all I will be able to achieve and I thank God that I was able to have even this small amount of time to myself.
Thank you to our children for allowing me to have this day and your openness and willingness to help make it work. I love you soooooooooooo much ♥
Blessings to you and your homes,