For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke.

~ Psalm 66:17, NLT

I have so much to share about the retreat that Tim and I attended, but for tonight I will just share the verse above. The truth of this verse is what I saw this weekend: A group of aching, hurting parents who were praising God as they cried out to Him for help.

It was beautiful, sad, heart-wrenching, healing, and so much more all wrapped into one weekend.

I think the biggest thing I took away from the weekend was the reality of how many amazing kids Nick is with in Heaven. Pictures of all of our children were placed on easels throughout the lodge living room. Stories were told about all of the kids. I was just overwhelmed with joy to think that Nick is in such great company!

Coming home to the reality of Nick’s absence is never easy.

This time was no different.

But, I am thankful for the affirmation of Nick’s present glory that I received this weekend. He is missing nothing here–that is for sure.

And would you believe that when we arrived there were only two rooms left in the lodge……

Room 7


Room 11

That’s right!


Tim and I couldn’t believe it!

I’ll tell you more tomorrow! I found out I’m subbing the next two days, so I need to get some things done around the house!

I love you all so much!

Thanks for every prayer while we were away!

Praying that each of you will continue to choose to praise Him even as you are crying out for help…..He is listening!