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Sisterhood of Stepmoms Retreat

Refreshment and Renewal for Stepmoms

Dear Stepmom,

Are you looking to refresh your soul? Would you like truth and love spoken over you?

Are you hungry to connect with other women on the stepfamily journey?

I lead a non-profit organization, Sisterhood of Stepmoms, and we’re excited to announce our upcoming day of refreshment and renewal: September 15th, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. This day is an opportunity for you to hear words of wisdom, support, and hope. An opportunity to meet other stepmoms and find a community, YOUR community.

Registration includes a complimentary copy of my upcoming book, Stepparenting With Grace: A Devotional for Blended Families that Worthy Publishing releases August 7th.

Enjoy food, fellowship, and connection with other stepmoms.

Learn how to:

  • Lean on God during times of drama, fear, frustration, and anger.
  • Overcome feelings of isolation, loneliness and being the “outsider”.
  • Respect your husband even when he isn’t stepping up.
  • Recognize when a stepmom should step back.
  • See the situation through the eyes of your stepchild.
  • Pray without ceasing for your stepfamily.

Space is limited so register today.

Details and registration can be found here.

What past attendees say about the retreat:

  • “I really appreciate how the presenters shared their own hurts. They gave us practical tools and they understood my pain because they have lived it too!”
  • “This retreat lifted a weight from my shoulders.”
  • “My husband was worried the retreat was going to be a big complaint session. NOTHING could be further from that. Women shared their struggles. Even the speakers shared struggles. But everyone was encouraging. It wasn’t complaining. I left feeling understood, encouraged and knowing what I struggle with is normal. I gained friends and tools to help me on this journey.”
  • “I learned that I’m not alone; this is worth it in the long haul. Plus I can see things through the eyes of my stepchild a little better.”
  • Read more testimonials here.

Here are some video testimonials. If you can’t see the video, please click here.

 Come join us!

Details and registration can be found here.

 

We Need Each Other—Here’s Why!

Randy and Mom

Randy and his mom

A knot formed in my stomach as I watched my husband, Randy, take his suit out of the closet and pack it in the car. “I think you need to take funeral clothes too,” he said. “We don’t know what lies ahead.” I looked away as tears pooled in my eyes.

We had just learned that my mother-in-law was in the hospital. She had come through one surgery already, but the news wasn’t good. The doctors were taking her back for a second surgery to repair a hole in her intestines that was dumping bacteria into her system.

Driving out of state, Randy began talking about his mom’s husband, Tommy. “He’s so dependent on Mom. He has no friends or former work associates who stay in touch. I don’t know how he’ll cope if Mom doesn’t make it.”

“I know,” I said. “It makes me sad to think about.”

Arriving at the hospital the next morning, I braced myself for the worst. I knew my mother-in-law was in ICU, hooked to a ventilator. Her swollen hands and ash-colored skin revealed how sick she was. It became obvious that her time left with us was limited.

“Where’s Tommy?” I asked my sister-in-law, Lisa, as we walked out of the hospital room.

“He’s at home,” Lisa said. “He says he can’t come. It’s too hard on him.”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” I said.

Later that afternoon the nurses gathered the family together to give a report. “She’s too frail to fight this,” they told us. “We’ve given her everything we can, and she’s not responding.”

Randy and his sister knew it was time to make a tough decision. Their mom had always said she didn’t want her last days to be strung out in a hospital room, surviving only on machines. They wanted to honor her wishes. But shouldn’t Tommy be there for his wife’s last breath? Read more