Green Smiley Monday

My green smiley for today is all about the retreat. If all I did was get to meet and hug all my sisters of the heart it would have been worth it but it was so much more.
The weekend started & ended with traveling woes as Ken, Sharon, (momjmc) and Sue, (Dougadoug) and I's flight was cancelled with no notice, a change of planes and a 7 hour wait etc, etc but I had great company (Sue & Sharon). It was like a metaphor for FMO. A rough journey made bearable by the sisters of the heart. Ken was outside of the airport smoking most of the day, lol & then delay after delay to get home. But we made it & the retreat was worth it.
I learned so much. The guest speaker, Rhonda, a clinician from Hospice was excellent! Knowledgeable, compassionate and a great speaker. The sharing was deep. Everyone was accepting & for me the gathering at the fire pit to remember & honor our children was healing and cathartic. All with the backdrop of beautiful harp music on CD from our own Nora.
It was a safe place to be yourself, cry without stares and judgment but there was laughter and bonding as well.
I would highly recommend the FMO retreat to anyone if it is feasable to go next year for you. I took today off from work because I wasn't sure if I would be emotionally drained but I am feeling OK.
Many thanks to the committee at FMO that made this possible. Barbara our founder, who had the vision, Ann M., Teri, Anne A., Nora, Karen, Joanie (if I forgot anyone please forgive me). They were great accomodations in a beautiful setting as all details were carefully thought out.
I thought of all of you that couldn't be there and your precious children. I value all of you and I am blessed to know you. And I got some neat signs from Ed that I will share in a journal at another time.
Love and peace, Linda

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Sandi2947
Sandi2947

Very beautiful entry of the retreat....Sorry for all the delays...I always feel when there are delays there must be a reason...sometimes when i have been a delay due to traffic, I will find out that if I had not been delayed, I would have arrived at the moment of a terrible wreck...So when I get delayed, I just say that someone is watching out for me....and work around the delay.....so glad you had mom\'s and Ken to share the delay with...
Sandi
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deleted_user

The airlines are so unpredictably predictable. So sad you started it off with the delays. I am glad you had a safe journey and were able to meet some of your online mom friends, at last. Thank you for remembering Brandon and me...my love to you and Eddie....dale, brandon\'s mom
heartsandhands
heartsandhands

Thank you Linda. When i get back from my vacation... meaning end of the month... can we please get together so I can hear more? I hope you feel the after-glow of the gathering, emanating from your heart, for a LONG time! It\'s such a wonderful thing to do and I hope to join the next retreat.
xoxoxo Sarah
JerryJsMom
JerryJsMom

I am so happy that you had the chance to go to the retreat. It sounds like you have a very healing time. Thank you for thinking of Jerry and me. *Hug* Adrianne
KimRW
KimRW

Linda, I am so glad that I finally got to meet you! You are always so supportive on my journals, and now meeting you....I know the wonderful person behind those comforting words you always have for me. I\'m so glad we got to talk, but sorry I didn\'t see you before I left to hug and tell you goodbye. It was an amazing weekend. So glad you made it home safe. Love & Hugs, Kim
CorriesMom
CorriesMom

Sounds like a weekend of renewal, uplift and healing ~ thanks for sharing your travel adventures and a bit of the energy of the retreat.

Love and big hugs to you and Eddie ~ Debbie
Missinglisa
Missinglisa

I knew it would be worthwhile! I was thinking about you. I am planning for next year!
Hugs, Marlene
biowoman
biowoman

So glad to get a real hug from you! And, I am so glad the weekend was meaningful to and for you...love and a big ole hug! Karen
ter1
ter1

Linda, I\'m so glad you had a good time at the retreat. I plan to be at next years retreat, I already told my husband. I really am looking forward to hearing about the new signs from Ed, I\'ll be watching your journal... Sending love to you and Ed, Terry
momjmc
momjmc

Couldn\'t have had such a peaceful journey without you! (and Sue) Got Sue at the airport this afternoon (the same flight we took the day before was also delayed - why am I not surprised?!) and she is now safe back on the Cape. See you here! Love, prayers, and hugs, Sharon
Robin4
Robin4

Our plane was delayed as well. One thing about the retreats...they are always an adventure from start to finish, but always worth any inconvenience. Again, it was so good to see you and I\'m glad you enjoyed your time. Love Robin
dougadoug
dougadoug

Yes, we did have an adventure, but luckily we were amongst good company! So glad you enjoyed it. Love, Sue
Erikalan
Erikalan

Linda--thanks for sharing about the retreat. I would have loved to be there, but joined too late for this year. Hopefully, next year I will be able to attend and meet some of you dear sisters of the heart! When do they announce the next year\'s date? I am in Calif. so will have to see about it all. Thanks again, and so glad you were pleased with the weekend. Margery Ann
Abotsd
Abotsd

Glad it was good and glad that you\'re back! love ya, abby
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deleted_user

I am glad that your retreat time was an enjoyable one for you! Hopefully next time the traveling to get to the retreat and back will be more enjoyable...oh those flight delays and cancellations. I once had a gate agent continue to tell me our flight would depart on schedule, when the plane had not even showed up at the gate shortly before we were to depart! Uggh!
Love+Hugs, Donna