Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekending





       This weekend I went on a retreat. Alone. Ok, I wasn't really alone, but Chris and the kids stayed home. Recently I was asked to join the board that runs the Quaker internship organization that I particpated in when I first moved to Seattle, eleven years ago. It's been fun coming full circle and hanging out with the current interns that are living in the same house I did, and committing to the same year of simplicity and community that opened so many ways for me. We took the weekend to gather at the beautiful beachside home of some folks from the Meeting. We walked on the beach and read and cooked. We talked about communication skills, and played silly camp games and reflected on our lives. And, I slept in a book nook, complete with a sliding ladder. I wish I could wrap the weekend up in a bow and give it to every parent I know. I feel so replenished.

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4 comments:

oma said...

this looks so lovely. i got away to brunch with friends this weekend, which was nice, but it was no sleeping in a book nook. so happy for you.

Obaitori Spiritual Mothering said...

A wonderful weekend for you, always great to have time to oneself. The Quakers assignment sounds fabulous. I'll happily take your gift, thank you. Have a great week, Katie x

Here is a little of mine;

http://obaitori.typepad.com/obaitori/2011/10/warming-up-to-summer.html

amanda {the habit of being} said...

that sounds like an amazing way to spend a weekend!!!

mama cindy said...

It's amazing what a little communing with nature can do to calm the spirit, isn't it? I'm going to try to do more of that myself. [It will be much easier in a couple of months. :) ]