This is me and the lovely Jan Johnson trying to pose for a picture while holding a phone camera a foot or so away. It only took us about 4 times to figure out the pics looked funny because we weren't looking at the right dot. Anyway, I couldn't focus on my smile because I had to make sure my eyes were looking in the right direction. Hence, the enormity of my teeth. Oh well. Jan is beautiful, yes??
So, a few weeks ago, Jan drives down to see me and take me out to lunch (I told you she was cool). She pays for mine (yep, she just gets better and better) and I say "Thank you!" of course. And then she says, "Well, it's kind of a bribe..."
"Remember that blog post I wrote about my summer vacation and one of the SDG girls mentioned a SDG retreat?"
"Well, I want a retreat." (okay, so she was pretty much this bold, but I am paraphrasing here)
And, if you would have been there, you would have seen my mouth drop open because (and I so love it when God works this way) because God had just been putting on my heart that, yes, it might just be time for an SDG retreat.
And so, I am 99% sure that our theme is: Lost in the city, Found by God, which means, we are not retreating from the city, but still relaxing and reveling nonetheless in downtown Austin, Texas in October 2012.
Yes, less than a year. LESS THAN A YEAR!
I'm thinking October 19-21, 2012, but I am currently in the process of getting bids from area hotels and scoping out meeting spaces. My heart is to make this as inexpensive as possible and it seems like perhaps, the more people we have, the less it will be per person. Plus, we will have options of rooming, like how many people per room, etc. I'm also hoping that Friday night will be super cheap (pizza, wine, and soft drinks??).
So, details are fuzzy, but the heart and the mission are becoming clearer by the minute. God is in charge and I am simply following His lead. It's an adventure for sure because I am not an event planner!
What can you do to help now?
1. Pray. Please pray for the retreat, pray about if you can come, pray, pray, pray!
2. Let me know if you are considering coming and how much you would be able to spend without including your personal transportation costs (include lodging, helping with meeting room costs, and food). You can either email me or let me know in the comments.
3. Be thinking about others who might want to come and join us. What an exciting way to build our community!
SDG Community Builder: Pray for our retreat. Start talking about it as you visit other blogs to make sure people know that they are welcome, loved, and important.
P.S. I'm on a fun family adventure, so I won't be able to visit around this week.
P.P.S. If you missed last week, I've started selling my art. If you are interested, please click here.